I am going to start a new category of posts called "Health Nut"... under this category I will post about ideas that I get from health literature that I have reviewed. I would love it if friendly informative discussions could be evolved from the topics posted under this title.
My mother in law has been struggling with low energy for quite some time now. She has seen many doctors and tried so many things from therapies to vitamins recommended by everyone, including me. She just can't seem to break through it.
Dave and I started overhauling our highly processed diet because of a couple of documentaries we watched on Netflix. I highly recommend them, if you haven't watched them already. One is called "Food Matters" and the other is called "Hungry For Change." You don't realize how many CHEMICALS you ingest in things that you buy processed. Do the research yourself, I really don't want to preach at anyone. You all are big girls and boys, you can decide for yourself what you think your body will run better on.
Back to my mother in law. After Dave and I decided to make so many changes, she decided to start doing her own search for better health and nutrition. She came across some books involving food-combining and health makeovers. She purchased these books for me as well, isn't she so sweet? ha. So, I have started reading one of them.
The book is called "The 30 Day Total Health Makeover" by Marilu Henner. I know, sounds like a gimmick of a title. ha. I began browsing and found myself getting upset at a couple of the things she expected me to give up. I have already cut most refined sugar out of my diet. All of my sugars come from raw honey, raw sugar, and whole grains. The problem came when she wants to take away my caffine! DUDE! That is my stress relief! You can't take away my coffee, tea, and chocolate... yes, I know you can find decaf versions of coffee and tea... but seriously? I can't give up chocolate. Sorry... nope. Then she wanted to take away my dairy! Milk, cheese, yogurt, ICE CREAM, lattes and again chocolate!
After reading a little bit of what she had to say about milk, I can understand, it makes sense. A lot of people have some degree of lactose intolerance and that is because they lack the enzyme lactase to digest milk sugars (lactose) properly. It makes one wonder if the reason why some of us have the enzyme and some don't is because we weren't meant to consume lactose, and some of us developed the enzyme through adaptation. I don't know, I'm just guessing right now, but I have loosely read a few research articles on cows milk, and the research so far has supported that we do not have to drink milk, that we can get just as much calcium from nuts and dark leafy greens. Milk is simply the more convenient way to get calcium. I am going to be researching it more, but I am very interested in getting thoughts on a dairy free lifestyle, and how would one approach it with a toddler and kids? I have tried almond milk before and wasn't thrilled, I might need to give it another try. I can't do soy milk because the phytoestrogens are supposed to be dangerous for women who have elevated risk of breast cancer... ahem. I do. Soy is out.
I would love for you all to weigh in. Please only responses that you can back up with either experience or literature. I do not want opinions on dairy as much as I want facts to back up either keeping dairy in the diet or eliminating dairy from the diet (opinions with facts are highly welcome, though!). If you are living a no dairy lifestyle, then I would love to hear how you do it and how it effects your children if you have any.