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Top 10 Reasons To Not Eat Dairy & Some Interesting Facts

1).  It is the #1 food allergen.  This is agreed upon by Medical doctors, Naturopaths and Nutritionists.  It contains more than 25 different allergen causing proteins.

2).  Lactase, the enzyme needed to break down milk sugar stops being manufactured in the body between childhood and adolescence.  Over 70% of the world, yes the world is Lactase deficient.  This should indicate that adults should not consume dairy.

3).  Gas, bloating, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bedwetting, snoring, teeth grinding = Lactose intolerance/dairy allergy.

*Interesting fact: The nutrients in a food cannot be absorbed if the food cannot be properly digested.  Therefore, you will absorb very little if any Calcium from Milk products.  Lactose intolerance can actually cause calcium and other mineral deficiencies.  

4).  If you are consuming dairy because you believe you are getting calcium from it, think again.  The pasteurization of milk causes it to lose 50% of its available calcium.  And if you are into drinking low fat or skim you will not be getting any calcium as the fat is what allows the calcium to be absorbed.  This complete lack of absorption is even more true for cheese.

*Interesting fact:  The countries that consume the highest amounts of Dairy also have the most cases of Osteoporosis. 

5).  Highly Acidic = Disease can only happen in an Acidic body.

6).  Inflammatory = Root of most if not all disease.

7).  Unless it is from pasture raised/organic cows who have not been pumped full of hormones and antibiotics it is absolutely pointless to consume.

*Greens, grains, nuts & seeds contain more calcium than dairy.

8).  If you are constantly consuming a food that you are allergic to, it increases your toxic load.  This will result in a weakened immune system, faulty digestion (leaky guy, low stomach acid, taxed pancreas and liver) which will then lead to Candida, asthma, allergies, skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea.

9).  If it is a colour other than cream or white it most likely has had food colour added to it.  Unless you are getting “june butter” which is from cows who have eaten the first grass of the season and so it contains higher beta carotenes, omega 3 and more vitamins/minerals in general. If it is the orange colour it probably has Yellow #5 in it.  This food colouring is directly linked to asthma, hyperactivity, and attention disorders.

*Interesting fact: Organic butter is typically not an issue due to its high fat content.  Should still be consumed in moderation and watch for hidden ingredients.  

10).  It is a fat and will be stored as fat. Which is fine if your body composition is below 10% for a male and below 20% for a female.

*Interesting fact: Butter and coconut oil are rarely if ever stored as fat.  They are almost always used for energy production. 

Walnuts

imagesWhat is it with me and Walnuts lately?  I can’t seem to get enough of them.  I even caught myself dipping them in almond, hazelnut butter, which turned out to be a pretty good combination.

Walnuts just happen to be full of EFA’s (essential fatty acids, essential because our bodies cannot make them, we have to get them from the food we eat).  Walnut’s also  contain more Omega 3 than any other nut!  EFA’s are extremely important for many systems, functions and organs in the body, your brain being one of them.  Coincidentally walnuts look very similar to your brain, they even come protected in a hard shell.

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They are a Tree Nut and the edible part is actually the fruit.

Walnuts are one of those foods that offer substantially more than what their appearance  suggests.  100g Walnuts = 15.2 g protein. 13.7 carbohydrates. 65.2 g fat. 6.7 g fibre.  Along with an assortment of vitamins and minerals.

The Black Walnut, of North American origin, is know quite well for its antiparasitic qualities.

What I find even more interesting is it’s use in the Bach Flower Remedies.  It is really fascinating how certain influences can affect even your food choices.  Your body & mind definitely communicate on an intimate level.  This is something to be aware of on a regular basis.

Make sure to get Organic & as Fresh as possible.

Parmigiano Reggiano!

Parmigiano Reggiano, or Parmesan, the hard, delicously parmigiano_grating_parmigiano_reggianostrong flavoured Italian cheese that you grate onto pastas, soups & salads dates all the way back to the Middle Ages.  The name, Parmigiano Reggiano can only be applied to cheese that is produced in certain provinces in Italy, anything else is simply an imitation.

Traditionally and what you should look for when purchasing, is a Parmigiano made from cows milk who are grass or hay fed and the only additive being salt.

Parmigiano is very high in Calcium, the highest of any cheese.

It is a very versatile cheese with a flavour and texture that can lend itself to a variety of dishes. Even the crust or rind can be used in soups & sauces or roasted.

I add a chunk of the crust to my Simply Delicious Chicken Soup recipe as well as my pasta sauce.

Typically I do not recommend eating dairy, however there always exceptions and this is one of them!

Quick Tips

Simple, easy and quick tips to incorporate into your day, week or month to support a strong healthy body. It is often the smallest & simplest of changes that result in abundant & profound results.

 Chew your food thoroughly. If you think you have chewed enough, chew a little more.

 Do not drink any cold beverages directly before, during or after eating. Room Temperature water is the best, warm tea and red wine (one glass). The cold will put our your digestive fire, this is bad for digestion.

 Strength train, build a strong body!!

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 Take Digestive Enzymes in the middle of your larger meals.

 Begin each day with a glass of warm Lemon water.

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For a compromised digestive system, practice food combining for easier digestion:

Eat Carbohydrates with Vegetables. (Brown rice and vegetables)

Eat Protein with Vegetables. (Piece of animal protein with vegetables)

Do not eat Carbohydrates with Animal Protein. (Steak & Potatoes)

Do not eat more than one Animal Protein per meal. (Surf & Turf)

Eat Fruit alone, with other fruit and at least 20 minutes away from other foods.

Consume Lean Animal Protein and Good Fats early in the day.

 Limit Alcohol consumption to 1-2 glasses a week.

 Take a Fibre supplement and probiotics (good bacteria) at night before bed.

 For cooking use Organic Coconut OIl for higher heats. Olive Oil for lower to low medium.

 Avoid if not omit altogether Gluten, White Sugar, White Flour, Dairy, Soy, Corn.

 Eat lots of Onions, Garlic, Green Vegetables, Turmeric, Fresh Herbs & Spices, Local/Seasonal Fruits & Berries, Good Fats = Fish, Olive, Hemp, Coconut Oil, Avocados, Walnuts, Almonds, Pumpkin Seeds, Brazil Nuts, Cashews. 

 Take an Epsom Salt bath once or twice a month with a Tbsp of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.

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 Go for a brisk 20 minute walk at least 4 times per week.

 Dry Brush every day.

 Drink coffee that is made from fresh roasted and ground organic coffee beans.

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 Sleep in a completely dark room. No clocks, No phone, No electronic equipment.