Awesome Dairy Alternatives

Millions of Americans eat dairy everyday, multiple times a day, but there's something in that dairy that most people are clueless about. It's called "casein" and it's the main protein found in dairy products. What's wrong with casein you ask? According to Dr. T. Colin Campbell, "Casein is the most relevant cancer chemical carcinogen" and can actually turn "on" cancer genes. You're probably thinking "who the heck is this Dr. T. Colin Campbell guy and what the heck does he know about cancer anyway?!" Well, my friends, he performed the most comprehensive study on the effects of nutrition on the human body, especially how food turns cancer genes "on" and "off" and went on to write a little book called " The China Study" documenting his findings. Of course, there are other factors to be considered such as, the environmental carcinogens, but we can't control that as much as what we put into our bodies. The dairy you are consuming is actually doing way more harm than good, the milk that comes from the cow isn't milked by a farmer on a beautiful pasture, it's actually done (typically) in a dirty ass factory farm and a vacuum type of machine is used to suck everything...and I mean everything from the utter. What you are getting with that milk purchase is also a side of hormones, blood, pus, and antibiotics. Yes, the FDA allows a certain amount of blood and pus in your milk. Sounds delish! That's why it's so important to know what you're consuming and the effects it will have on you. 

I know, I know. Most of you are freaking out because you can't live without your cheese, but I got you covered with my plant based substitutes for all things dairy! 

1. Almond Milk

I love both almond and soy milk, but there are so many options now-a-days you could try them all! Now you're asking, "but where will I get my calcium???!!". There are plenty of places to get your calcium that you may not have heard of! The top foods to snag your calcium are with sesame seeds, chia seeds, almonds, kale (so in right now), broccoli, and even oranges! Your cow's milk may actually be doing more harm  to your bones than good. Here's how... all animal protein, which includes milk, makes the body acidic and our bodies are alkaline. Our body's pH then triggers a biological correction in order to neutralize the acid, and whats good at neutralizing acid? You guessed it! Calcium! It's an excellent acid neutralizer. But where does our body get this calcium to neutralize? The biggest storage of calcium in the body is in the bones. So the calcium that we are thinking that we consume with dairy products to keep our bones strong, is actually beings used to neutralize the acid in the milk we are consuming! Oh the irony! Once calcium is pulled out of the bones to neutralize, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.

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2. Cream Cheese

Tofutti cream cheese is the bomb diggity. I usually top a bagel off with this after a race with some lettuce and tomato (and of course a side of home fries). It tastes like the real stuff, with none of the yuckiness. So, you can still be a real New Yorker and have your bagel and (non-dairy) schmear. 

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3. Daiya Cheese

This is my favorite non-dairy cheese, it's also gluten and soy free. I love this stuff when it comes to pizza and taco night. Which, lets be real, it's every night pretty much. You can also make a mean mac'n cheese with this stuff, the possibilities are endless. Daiya also makes slices, blocks, pizza, dressings, cheese cake, greek yogurt, and sauces. 

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4. Coconut Bliss Ice Cream

I have saved the best for last. I LOVE ice cream, ice cream does not love me, unless it's in a non-dairy form. When you try this ice cream you will not miss the "real" stuff. This company uses all organic and pure ingredients and you won't get that "yucky" feeling you typically get after you eat dairy ice cream. Get the salted caramel and can thank me later. 

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Caroline Plank