One of the biggest changes I’ve made to my diet has been to go dairy-free. I know, I know, you think that’s totally impossible, and if you asked me 10 years ago, I would’ve said the same thing. I’m serious when I say my family would go through 5 gallons of milk a week without a problem. But here I am today 100% dairy-free 😉 This being said by someone who LOVES ice cream, because who doesn’t? So when I hear the moans and groans of my clients who just can’t give it up, I get it! But the really awesome thing is that people are catching on to this whole healthy lifestyle thing, and food companies are listening. There are great non-dairy milk options that are seriously legit. What I’m trying to say is, don’t knock it til you’ve tried it.
If you’re unfamiliar with dairy-free, you may not know where to even start. When my daughter was born, she would get extremely gassy when I had any sort of dairy from breastfeeding. I had to get really strict and when it came to visiting family, they didn’t realize how much of our food really had dairy in it. Dairy includes milk, cheese, butter, cream, and yogurt. The reason I encourage people to get off dairy is because it’s a huge burden to your liver. If your liver is not at its optimal level it can be a root cause to your postpartum depression, so taking some of load off by avoiding dairy is necessary. Dairy is a double whammy not only for the effects on your liver, but dairy fat in your bloodstream helps to breed viruses and bacteria. Viral infections are a another root cause for depression. To top it all off, it is now mainstream to add hormones, GMO foods, and antibiotics to the animals, which gets passed onto us. All of that is wreaking havoc on your body. So do me a favor and just try it. My daughter even healed her eczema going off it completely. Believe me, it’ll do wonders for you.
Now I know you may feel overwhelmed when I say get rid of it. Let me assure you, there are great substitutes for dairy. For this post, I’m going to concentrate simply on a great milk alternative And again, this is just one option. You can also try almond milk, hemp milk, oat milk, etc. There are some pretty tasty non-dairy milks you can get at the store and those would definitely be a better option, but they do have some added preservatives that you want to stay away from if possible.
I love this coconut milk recipe for many reasons:
- It’s inexpensive. I was making nut milk for some time but if you buy nuts on a regular basis, you know how pricey it gets!
- It’s super simple. The downfall with making nut milks is you have to soak the nuts overnight. I don’t always think that far in advance! It’s really as easy as throwing a few ingredients in the blender.
- They have more of a nutritional punch than nuts.
Not only that, there are great health benefits
Coconut: Provides vital glucose and critical mineral salts, (potassium and sodium) to your blood stream. When we go through traumatic events, our neurotransmitters essentially get destroyed by heat. Coconuts are a vital part of neurotransmitter chemical production.
Dates: Dates are great for your digestive system. They also are good at sweeping away heavy metals which is a common cause of anxiety and depression. They’re rich in almost 70 bioactive minerals that support the adrenal glands. (Adrenal dysfunction being another cause for depression)
How To Make Your Own Coconut Milk
- 1 c. shredded coconut
- 4 c. filtered water
- 2-4 dates
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extra or 1/2 a vanilla bean
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Add all the ingredients together. Blend on high for about 1 minute. Strain with a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, pantyhose, or an old t-shirt. Store in an air tight. Shake before drinking and enjoy!
I can’t wait for you try this. If you love the taste of coconut, you’ll chug this! My favorite thing to do is add this to my morning smoothie. It will be also great with some granola.