4 STEPS TO QUITTING DAIRY

Week one

The lactose (sugar) in milk fuels your sugar addiction so step one is to discontinue milk and use a substitute such as coconut milk, or even coconut cream, or homemade almond milk (make it yourself; the bought version contains nasty additives). If you can’t go cold turkey mix 50% nut milk with 50% cow’s milk but it’s best to transition immediately to almond or coconut milk. Do this for a week and I guarantee you’ll love it in no time at all. Put it in tea, coffee, or wherever you previously used cow’s milk. Extra encouragement for those wanting to shed a few kilos: homemade almond milk contains 0.6g carbs per cup, full-fat milk contains 11.49g carbs per cup and skimmed milk contains even more. Cut down on cheese this week by a third.

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Week two

Try coconut cream instead of yoghurt at breakfast – it’s a lot more satiating, does not contain hormones or carbs and, if you add some berries or nuts, it’s utterly delicious. Better yet, change to eggs for breakfast to give you the necessary nutrition and energy for the day. Eat cheese only every second day this week and no more milk from this week onwards, just the alternatives.

Week three

Limit cheese to the weekend – and either keep it that way or stop altogether. If you can’t bear not to have it reserve a sprinkling of grated cheese for weekends. If you have dairy infrequently and are relatively healthy you won’t experience side effects from limited exposure.

Week four

If you must have ice cream you can make it from coconut milk and nut milks – the taste is almost identical. Find good Paleo/low-carb recipes on the internet. Cut out all dairy other than butter. Next, stay off all dairy for a full four weeks and keep a journal of your wellbeing. You’ll be surprised at how well you feel!

Should I give my children dairy?

One school of thought says no mammal drinks the milk of another after weaning, while the other says children need the nutrients and minerals. As long as it’s not introduced too early, dairy is tolerated by most children. Milk does contain calcium, small amounts of vitamins A and D, B1, B2, B6 and B12, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and selenium, and is high in protein, fat and carbohydrates. That said, you can get these nutrients from vegetables and animal protein.

Dr Frank Oski, a paediatrician at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, was ahead of his time when he published Don’t Drink Your Milk! in 1977. He maintained that milk was linked to iron-deficiency anaemia, digestive problems, allergies, and childhood leukemia, among other medical conditions. A study conducted in 2005 by Dr Camilla Hoppe at the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark gave 24 eight year-old boys a high milk or a high meat diet for seven days. The insulin response in those on the high milk diet worsened by almost 100% and the entire group became insulin resistant. The meat group maintained healthy levels. Ultimately, the decision is yours.

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