Whether because you are allergic, sensitive to dairy, vegan, or removed dairy from your diet for another reason... I PROMISE that your life doesn't have to suck because of it.
And trust me, Owowcow ice cream (delicious grass-fed milk based ice cream) is probably my favorite food or an epic slice of pizza... but I'm still hanging in there on this dairy-free life!
Eating dairy-free is actually really simple.
Plus, there's SO many replacements these days for things like milk, cheese, yogurt, & ice cream to ensure that us cheese-lovers still get our fix somehow :)
The big question is, SHOULD you eat dairy-free?
And nobody can answer that question for you but yourself. Some people can crush yogurt, cheese, milk, and ice cream on the reg with zero noticeable issues. Some people eat 1 piece of cheese and are stuck in the bathroom for the rest of the day. Others consume it in bigger quantities on occasion (a few slices of pizza or pint of Ben & Jerry's) and are bloated for days with foul smelling gas. Each person's tolerance of dairy really is super individual, but that doesn't mean there isn't a benefit of going dairy-free or at least reducing your overall quantity consumed.
The biggest issues often noticed with dairy consumption are acne, bloating, gas, digestive upset, or painful PMS/period irregularities.
Ladies, you probably have heard about the impact of dairy on your hormones. This is a constant debate but research backs that if you have a casein sensitivity, A1 casein can stimulate your immune system to generate inflammatory cytokines. If you have a dairy sensitivity, it can stimulate histamine production. Some women have found that "lower histamine can relieve PMS, period pain, and heavy periods. .... My clinical observation is that stopping normal cow's dairy is one of the best front-line treatments for many period problems including PMS, acne, endometriosis, and heavy periods." (page 125-129, Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden)
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Dairy is considered one of the top inflammatory foods. Inflammation has a significant impact on human health and longevity and is linked to chronic illnesses, poor gut health, fatigue, obesity, etc. The double whammy is going gluten AND dairy-free, which ends up being very similar to a paleo style diet. It's considered an “anti-inflammatory diet” because a common cause for removing the two is digestive inflammation or discomfort.
There is a big difference between an allergy and a sensitivity though. Suspect you may have a dairy sensitivity? Read more here: www.pureindianfoods.com/dairy-intolerance-a/259.htm
Whatever your reasoning may be, there are plenty of delicious foods to include in your diet! Below are some of my favorite foods, brands, etc. See bottom for photos!
Shop on THRIVE MARKET under "dairy-free" for other staples:
Dairy-based studies for further reading:
I am passionate about creating a healthy lifestyle for myself & helping those around me.