Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The Benefits of Almond Milk
As I previously written, after I turned 40 I not only started to put on a great deal of weight, I also became rather "bubbly." So bubbly, that it became an embarrassment in social situation, particularly when the "bubbles" where odorous.
My allergies also became worse as I aged, and I developed a permanent post-nasal drip.
When I decided to get serious about weight loss, I began reading every weight loss book I could get my hands on. One of the most influential was Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin,
Now, Freedman ad Barnouin's approach to weight loss was a little too radical for me. They preach a strict vegan approach to weight loss. But the book overall was very well researched, and one chapter I found particularly interesting was entitled "The Dairy Disaster." Cow's milk, they pointed out is designed to grow a 90-pound calf into a 2,000 pound heifer in two years. Calves can double their birth weight in just 47 days.
If cow's milk can do that to a cow, then imagine what it can do to a human?
Moreover, they pointed out, the human body was just not designed to digest cow's milk, and the result of consuming is disease. What's more, all the information you've heard about why you NEED to consume dairy products is pretty much all just propaganda put out by the dairy industry. The countries' with the highest rates of osteoporosis, are those in which the people consume the most dairy. Of the 40 tribes in Kenya and Tanzania, only the milk-drinking Masai suffers from osteoporosis.
The Skinny Bitch anti-dairy argument was intriguing but I still wasn't ready to reduce my dairy intake. It took a naturalpathic physician's recommendation that I try to eliminate it for a few weeks to get me to do it.
Once I eliminated dairy from my diet, my gas and mucus problems cleared up, and my allergies pretty much disappeared.
I'm not totally dairy-free, I do enjoy a piece of cheese now and then, or cream cheese on a bagel (and let's not forget an occasional dessert), but whenever I indulge, I do feel the effects for a few days.
Having sworn off dairy for the most part, I, of course, needed a substitute for things like my morning coffee. After fiddling around with various "milk" substitutes, I settled on almond milk. Soy milk, I learned was just as mucus producing as regular milk, and rice milk contained a lot of sugars.
You can read about the benefits of almond milk here: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1734140/10_benefits_of_almond_milk.html?cat=22
I also just love the taste of Almond milk. It adds a yummy nuttiness to anything you add it too. My son, who's allergic to milk, loves almond milk as well. He uses it on his cereal in the morning, and I'll make him hot chocolate with it in the Winter.