You grew up drinking milk, eating eggs and cheese – but could these products in your diet actually be causing health problems like weight gain, lack of energy, high cholesterol, and lactose intolerance? If these symptoms sound familiar, going dairy and egg-free could be the best solution to feeling and looking better! Try this 6-day challenge!
Day 1 – NO MILK!
The first step of the plan is quite easy – replace milk with a non-diary alternative! According to a recent article on ‘BBC’ you can try almond, hemp, soy or rice milks – which are virtually free of saturated fat and cholesterol. They are available for around £2 pounds in major grocery shops. Also, don’t forget to make sure you are getting enough vitamin D and calcium; eat a daily serving of green vegetables like kale or broccoli. Additionally, spend 15 minutes in the sun every day!
Day 2 – NO YOGURT!
In the second day of your challenge, replace yogurt with non-dairy yogurt made from soy, rice coconut or other non-dairy milks. According to a recent study by ‘Medical Daily’ you should look for options containing Probiotics. (Probiotics are organisms such as friendly bacteria or yeast that are proven to improve health). After a few days on this plan, way will notice clearer brighter skin, and improved energy!
Day 3 – NO ICE CREAM!
This may be really tough! However, the good Doctor Oz says, that there are lots of non-dairy frozen desserts available which we can consume to satisfy our cravings! One good example is – ‘Almond Dream’ dessert!
Day 4 – NO CHEESE!
For some individuals, scalloped potatoes just aren’t the same without a topping of cheese! Admittedly, creating a good dairy-free cheese is not an easy task. Some soy cheeses (particularly the most popular ones) do in fact contain dairy. Nonetheless, there are a few good quality brands on the market, and even one that is soy-free and receives high ratings, ‘Daiya’. If cheese flavour is really all you are looking for, try some nutritional yeast. It tastes much better than it sounds, and offers a Parmesan-like flavour to most meals!
Day 5 – NO BUTTER!
Butter is one dairy product that is quite possibly the most frequently used in many classic cooking and baking recipes, so finding a substitute that works well is important! Here is a list of some dairy-free butter alternatives:
- Soy margarine
- Coconut oil
- Olive oil
Day 6 – PIES! (NO EGGS!)
‘Kool Cakes’ offer egg-free cakes suitable for a whole range of celebrations and events, so you can still enjoy great taste without the need for eggs in your cake! According to Dr. Thomas Behrenbeck, chicken eggs are high in cholesterol, and a diet high in cholesterol can contribute to high blood cholesterol levels!
In summary, health benefits of milk and other dairy products are widely touted, but it is certainly possible to obtain all of the body’s essential vitamins and minerals without drinking cow’s milk or including any dairy (and eggs) in the diet. Dairy avoidance, whether required because of food allergies or as part of a chosen vegan diet, provides its own dietary benefits as well!