Woman to Woman Wednesday: For the Love of Milk

Posted on September 15, 2010

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Farty Girl ~ Woman to Woman Wednesday Guest Blogger



In 2001, I found a lump in my breast.

Actually, I found a bunch of lumps.

One afternoon, I stopped in at the gyno. She felt me up.


After the exam, she explained that I did not have cancer. Rather, the lumps in my boobs came from not eating enough calcium.

I looked up at her, like: Huh?

I LOVED milk. I drank it every single day. I also ate a ton of cheese. Fettucini alfredo was one of my favorite dinners through college. Most of my life, I was a firm believer that milk DOES do a body good.

Let’s fast-forward nine years.

Today I’m a vegan on a gluten-free, sugar free, soy and corn free, high fiber, high raw diet who runs at least fifteen miles a week and does yoga every other day.

I do not drink milk.

I do not eat yogurt.

My tits are lump-free.

So much for the great source of calcium in your cow’s milk, huh?

When it comes to digestion – it’s important to consider your dairy intake and how it makes you feel.


Thirty to fifty million Americans are lactose intolerant. Seventy to ninety percent of the human beings living on the eastern hemisphere cannot digest cow’s milk.

I know it’s presumptuous of me… but I can’t help wondering…

Maybe

just MAYBE

It’s because we’re not supposed to be drinking it?

There are SO many great sources of calcium out there. Most are easier to digest than milk. Most give you more BANG for your buck too. Not only do you get calcium, you get tons of other vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Check it. Check it. Check it.

Calcium is easy to get into your system. It don’t take effort or complicated recipes. Here are some of my favorite easy fixes.

Collards
Instead of using a taco shell, stick your fixin’s into a collard.
It holds together way better anyway.

Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale
Here greens are sauteed in evoo, garlic and a pinch of nutmeg and eaten with pakora pancakes.

Broccoli
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Soak in some boiling water for 3-5 minutes. It softens up the broc without losing the nutrition.

Beans
There are beans under there, I swear!!!

Seaweed
Vegan sushi – my new favorite breakfast!

Tahini
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I drizzle it on top of my sweet potatoes.
I mix it with carob and hemp milk for puddin’.
Such a great picker upper!

Questions

As for milk substitutes, there are SO many choices out there. My personal current fave is…

365 ALMOND MILK!!!!

Let’s review the ingredients, shall we?

Almonds
Water
Sea salt
Xanthan Gum
Tricalcium Phosphate
Potassium Citrate
Sunflower Lecithin
Vitamin A
Vitamin D2
Vitamin E

Notice anything missing?

There’s NO CARRAGEENAN!!!

There’s NO SOY LECITHIN!!!!

YAY!!!

And I forgot to mention – it tastes awesome.

I bought three boxes. Here they are in the back of my car.

When it comes to non-dairy milk, I prefer to make my own. This way, there’s none of the “ates” and “ins” and “ols.” You know, the stuff that we see on every processed food but don’t really know what it is? I mean, it’s convenient. But it’s not ideal.

How to Make Non-Dairy Milk

Take 1/4 cup of nuts or seeds.

Process them in a processor.

When they are well processed, add 1 – 1 & 1/4 cup of water.

Let the processor whirl until everything is smooth and white.

Strain through a nut milk bag or…

a t-shirt!!!

Pour strained milk into a bottle.

Admire its glistening crisp clean glorious whiteness.


Place bottle in the fridge.

Smile.

Feel like it’s the 1930s or something…

whenever milk was last delivered in bottles!!!!

Any kind of nut or seed makes good milk. Different milks go good with different things too. My personal fave is almond, because it’s cheap and goes good with anything. Hazelnut and pecan are good to save for tea and coffee. Hemp works well for smoothies. When feeling really decadent, make some macadamia milk. It’s very rich and luscious.

Now, not to discredit 365…

… But this is America, land of the overworked and lazy. We are busy little bastards. Not every day leaves a spare half hour to squeeze nut juice out of a t-shirt.

Yes, I know what I just said.

Wink. Wink. Nudge. Nudge.


The BEST thing about the new 365 milk is that it’s closer to the REAL thing.

And to my carrageenan, naturally flavored, soy-filled Almond Breeze, I am saying…

SEE YA, SUCKERS!!!!

After Farty Girl was diagnosed with IBS, lactose intolerance and a gluten allergy, doctors suggested meds.  She decided to heal herself with eating healthy foods instead. She has read many books, studied labels and sampled brands.  Now she wants to pass all that info on to her readers via easy-to-digest blogs.