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25 Reasons To Adopt A Dairy Free Diet

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25 Reasons To Adopt A Dairy Free Diet

Heal Your Body By Going Dairy Free
Liana Werner-Gray
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Jan 02, 2016 at 07:00 AM

I am constantly being asked "What is so bad about dairy?”

The Earth Diet lifestyle philosophy teaches an awareness of what nature provides. We redirect our focus from complicated processed foods in packages, to whole foods that come simply and directly from the earth. 

Some would say that dairy comes naturally from the cow and therefore can be included in the Earth Diet, while others say that nature intended cow’s milk to be consumed by baby cows or goats and not humans. Some people living this lifestyle choose to have dairy and others choose to avoid it completely. When I was healing my body I eliminated dairy completely. Since my health transformation, I pick and choose when to have dairy and am extremely selective about it. 

Two Reasons Dairy Is Toxic For Humans

1.    The dairy industry has changed and milk has a lot of hidden dangers
2.    We have over indulged in dairy products and it has become too much for the body to digest.

If you want to heal your body from any health issue I suggest eliminating, or at the very least, cutting back on dairy. When I went dairy-free my health was completely transformed. Dairy includes milk, cheese, butter, margarine, whey, processed cookies, cakes, biscuits, yoghurt and is also hidden in a multitude of other prepared foods. 

When the body wants change and attention, it will direct our focus by creating some kind of illness. It is then up to us to face it, address it and create an action plan to heal it. Dairy might be causing you a lot of unnecessary health issues that you are not aware of. If you are having the following health issues, I would recommend eliminating dairy from your diet for 14 days and see if you notice improvements. 

Dairy can cause these 25 health issues:

1.    Allergies
2.    Inflammation in the body
3.    Slow Metabolism
4.    Colds
5.    Stuffy blocked nose and other sinus problems
6.    Acne
7.    Psoriasis and other skin rashes & issues
8.    IBS
9.    Bloating 
10.  Thyroid issues 
11.   Weight Gain 
12.   Tiredness and fatigue 
13.   Ear infections
14.   Depression
15.   Acidity, which leads to all types of acidic disease including cancer 
16.   Weakened immune system 
17.   Excess mucus in the body
18.   Excess parasites
19.   Ovarian issues
20.   Weakened eye sight
21.   Cancer risk
22.   Diabetes 
23.   Dull hair & skin
24.   Chronic constipation 
25.   Weak bones and fracture risk

Why Dairy Is So Much Worse For You Now

The dairy industry has changed dramatically in the past 20 years.Once upon a time, if you kept your own cows on your farm, you knew for the fact that they were free range, relaxed, happy cows, grazing in the fresh field. You milked them at leisure, resulting in milk that was much cleaner compared to milk from a modern-day conventional farm. It all went wrong as the demand for dairy grew and grew. The dairy industry had to keep up with consumer demand for milk, cheese and yogurt, and so farmers had to find a way to produce excessive amounts of dairy. 

This means machine milking the cows, whether or not they are ready to be milked. Many of these cows get sick and tired. Their milk becomes full of mucus and the farmers then injected them with hormones and antibiotics to keep them alive in order to be able to produce more milk. These same cows are also fed with GMO corn and grain

All this leads to extremely unhealthy cows, producing extremely unhealthy milk. There are many documentaries you can watch on this topic.

Most people think they should be drinking dairy because it is high in calcium and good for their bones - this could not be further from the truth. Milk actually causes weak bones and there are many foods out there with much higher amounts of calcium

Nourish Your Body With These High Calcium Non-Dairy Foods

If you are worried about not getting enough calcium in your diet, the following foods are VERY HIGH IN CALCIUM and safer than dairy. 

•    Watercress
•    Bok Choy 
•    White beans
•    Okra
•    Broccoli 
•    Snap Peas
•    Sardines
•    Spinach 
•    Chia Seeds
•    Salmon
•    Figs
•    Kale
•    Black eyed peas
•    Almonds
•    Oranges
•    TigerNuts
•    Turnip Greens
•    Sesame Seeds
•    Oats

Going dairy free is easy when there are alternatives you are happy about and taste delicious! 

Here are my 9 favorite fun alternatives to dairy:

1. Plant Based Milks
There are so many great plant based milk alternatives that taste absolutely delicious - and make going dairy-free much easier! My favorites are Almond Milk, Hemp Milk, TigerNut Milk, Oat Milk and Coconut Milk! These recipes are all in my book. A basic recipe to serve 4 is 1 cup almonds (or cashews, hemp seeds etc), 3 cups water and 3 dates. Made in less than 5 minutes! Add 1 tablespoon cacao powder to make Chocolate Milk, 2 bananas to make Banana Milk, 1 cup strawberries for Strawberry Milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and a dash of salt for Vanilla Milk.

2. Plant Based Yoghurt
Cashews make delicious plant based yogurt! There are a variety of Yogurt recipes in my book

3. Plant Based Ice Cream
I make my own ice cream using cashews or almonds! There is a recipe in my book on page 160.

4. Vegan Butter 
Check out my Vegan Butter Recipe in The Earth Diet book. It is made with olive oil, coconut oil, real salt and apple cider vinegar. You can also use mashed avocado on toast or bread as a butter alternative - creamy, smooth and delicious! Nutiva also have a Vegan Buttery Spread made with coconut and palm oils! Remember to use code: earthdiet for additional 10% discount.

5. Dairy-Free Chocolate
There is an entire Chocolate section full of recipes in my book that do not require dairy to make incredible chocolate! Many of you know I am a huge, huge, huge chocolate lover! And my major obstacle was I was addicted to chocolate - but not good chocolate - the processed kind with dairy, soy, refined sugar and preservatives! Once I started making my own recipes I could eat healthy delicious chocolate everyday without guilt! I also collaborated with Raw Chocolate Man to make The Earth Diet Chocolate Cups (Almond Butter & Peanut Butter) and I have lived off them for the past 3 years! I recommend you try it if you haven't already! Available at www.RawChocolateMan.com.

6. Whipped Cashew Cream
Cashews are a soft nut and when whipped in a blender make delicious plant based cream! There is a recipe for Cashew Cream with Strawberries in my book.

7. Cheese
My go to cheese alternative is nutritional yeast - which is a vegetarian by product of the beet plant. Cashews blended also make a great cheese flavor! Check out the recipe in the book on page 108.

8. Nutiva Shortening 
This is for the bakers! I tried this product when I made Shortbread Cookies, and it is absolutely divine. It made the most delicious melt in your mouth cookies. Ingredients are a blend of coconut and palm oils whipped to creamy perfection! You can get this from www.Nutiva.com and use code: earthdiet for additional 10% off your order! 

9. Cheesecake
One of my all time favorite recipes. Yes you can eat Cheesecake! This recipe is made with whipped cashews, coconut oil for creaminess, vanilla and lemon! Check it out in the book on page 153.

I mentioned I was super particular about when I do have dairy. I choose to have it on organic pizza occasionally. And I make sure to drink it with Lemon Water to help cleanse it out. If you do choose to enjoy dairy in your life - absolutely make sure it is organic - it will be cleaner. You are worth spending the extra money. Do we have a deal? Hehe! 

Also I did an entire Hay House radio show on the subject matter of dairy. You can check it out in the Hay House Radio archives here.

Love Liana

P.S GIFT: If you are struggling with giving up dairy and would like some additional help, I can offer you a gift of a 20 minute complimentary coaching session with Certified Earth Diet Health Coach Kailey Donewald who gave up dairy herself and healed many health issues. Just email chizelle@theearthdiet.org and mention that you read this article and that you would like the coaching session and why. Kailey will provide you with a mini customized nutrition plan that can hold you accountable and is designed to have you succeed with your health and go dairy free! 

About Author
Liana Werner-Gray
Liana Werner-Gray is an advocate for natural healing using a healthy diet and lifestyle. After healing herself of many health conditions through embracing a natural lifestyle, she began lecturing and teaching about the Earth Diet internationally. Continue reading