FOODIE 101: CONFESSIONS OF A “DAIRY QUEEN”
I have a confession to make, so I can’t come clean at Confession, because I’m born and bred Jew! So that’s why I’m confessing something online to all my loyal #zenonaplate followers that definitely takes a backseat to , “I want to be Kaitlin Jenner!” confession! Although my confession has to do with food, it may have a bigger impact on your life than you really know. Here it goes, drum roll please…
I’m a former “Dairy Queen” Addict! So I wasn’t exactly fueling my dairy addiction at America’s Favorite Fan Food, aka “Dairy Queen”, or from my toddler days of viewing “Dairy Queen” as America’s favorite Ice Cream Palace! Instead, I’m speaking in a #zenonaplate lingo, and that means my daily #zenonaplate plates consisted of more dairy than a “Dairy Queen” could actually handle! A typical week consisted of occasional breakfast cereal with milk, to my morning love affair with Starbucks skim milk lattes, and of course to my secret nightly flings between PinkBerry and Tas-ti Delight to feed my dying love for dairy! Although I had separation withdrawals from my dairy love over the past two years, I found other alternatives that go better with my #zenonaplate lifestyle!
However, just because I’m no longer the “Dairy Queen” it doesn't mean that I have to give up dairy a 100 percent, but with smart planning I can have every once in a while! Read on to find out some other ways help you cut back on processed dairy, and figuring out what dairy is the best for your dairy cravings!
The following below outlined in the quotes is taken directly from http://www.healyourlife.com/25-reasons-to-adopt-a-dairy-free-diet
“Some would say that dairy comes naturally from the cow and therefore can be included in the Earth Diet, while others say that nature intended cow’s milk to be consumed by baby cows or goats and not humans. Some people living this lifestyle choose to have dairy and others choose to avoid it completely.
When I was healing my body I eliminated dairy completely. Since my health transformation, I pick and choose when to have dairy and am extremely selective about it.
Two Reasons Dairy Is Toxic For Humans
1. The dairy industry has changed and milk has a lot of hidden dangers.
2. We have over indulged in dairy products and it has become too much for the body to digest.
If you want to heal your body from any health issue I suggest eliminating, or at the very least, cutting back on dairy. When I went dairy-free my health was completely transformed. Dairy includes milk, cheese, butter, margarine, whey, processed cookies, cakes, biscuits, yoghurt and is also hidden in a multitude of other prepared foods.
When the body wants change and attention, it will direct our focus by creating some kind of illness. It is then up to us to face it, address it and create an action plan to heal it. Dairy might be causing you a lot of unnecessary health issues that you are not aware of. If you are having the following health issues, I would recommend eliminating dairy from your diet for 14 days and see if you notice improvements.
Dairy can cause these 25 health issues:
2. Inflammation in the body
3. Slow Metabolism
5. Stuffy blocked nose and other sinus problems
7. Psoriasis and other skin rashes & issues
10. Thyroid issues
11. Weight Gain
12. Tiredness and fatigue
13. Ear infections
15. Acidity, which leads to all types of acidic disease including cancer
16. Weakened immune system
17. Excess mucus in the body
18. Excess parasites
19. Ovarian issues
20. Weakened eye sight
21. Cancer risk
23. Dull hair & skin
24. Chronic constipation
25. Weak bones and fracture risk
Why Dairy Is So Much Worse For You Now
The dairy industry has changed dramatically in the past 20 years. Once upon a time, if you kept your own cows on your farm, you knew for the fact that they were free range, relaxed, happy cows, grazing in the fresh field.
You milked them at leisure, resulting in milk that was much cleaner compared to milk from a modern-day conventional farm. It all went wrong as the demand for dairy grew and grew. The dairy industry had to keep up with consumer demand for milk, cheese and yogurt, and so farmers had to find a way to produce excessive amounts of dairy.
This means machine milking the cows, whether or not they are ready to be milked. Many of these cows get sick and tired. Their milk becomes full of mucus and the farmers then injected them with hormones and antibiotics to keep them alive in order to be able to produce more milk. These same cows are also fed with GMO corn and grain.
All this leads to extremely unhealthy cows, producing extremely unhealthy milk. There are many documentaries you can watch on this topic.
Most people think they should be drinking dairy because it is high in calcium and good for their bones - this could not be further from the truth. Milk actually causes weak bones and there are many foods out there with much higher amounts of calcium.
Nourish Your Body With These High Calcium Non-Dairy Foods
If you are worried about not getting enough calcium in your diet, the following foods are VERY HIGH IN CALCIUM and safer than dairy.
• Bok Choy
• White beans
• Snap Peas
• Chia Seeds
• Black eyed peas
• Turnip Greens
• Sesame Seeds
• Oats “
Some other Great Articles on why you should cut back on dairy
#ZENONAPLATE STRATEGIES TO CUT BACK ON DAIRY
1.Go for Plant based milks like almond, coconut, Oat, Hemp, Soy, and even Rice Milk
2.Go for plant based yogurt like milk coconut, almond, soy
3.Replace Butter with vegan butter, or olive oil or coconut oil
4.Replace Cheese with vegan chesses or look for nut cheeses
5.Modify recipes with dairy free alternatives (see below)
6.Read package labels to look for dairy free products
7.Skip on regular ice cream and replace with plant base ice cream or make fruit sorbet
8.Be smart and selective when eating dairy. Limit to once or twice a week and use with recipes or if you know that your on the go and won’t be home to cook meals. The less processed dairy has the least amount ingredients and is labeled organic, grass fed, and does not contain low fat, and with cheese its white color not orange (cheddar.) With yogurt,always go for plain brands that are not flavored and opting for yogurt that is Greek style with beneficial bacteria is an extra plus, because it rebalances the bacteria in the gut.
Goat Milk is less processed than cow milk so going for goat milk, and goat cheese over cow dairy is better. There is less lactose than cow milk which means higher lactose often triggers inflammation and allergies.
#ZENONAPLATE PASTA EXPLOSION (VEGAN, GF)
Multi Grain Gluten Free Penne Noodles –Half the box- 3 cups
Quinoa Gluten Free Veggie Curls – 3 Cups
1 bag of frozen organic mixed veggies your choice (I used peas, corn, carrots)
3 cups of crushed tomatoes with basil Muir Glen
3 Tablespoons of sundried tomato paste
1 Cup of white butter beans organic
3 Tablespoons of Fresh Parsley
3 Tablespoons of Golden raisins
Two packets of Stevia
Treeline Tree nut Cheese whole square
2 cans of coconut cultured Greek yogurt style
2 Tablespoons of chopped nuts (almonds recommend)
2 5 oz unsweetened Applesauce
1/8 tsp of salt
Half a lemon squeezed
Boil both types noodles until they are soft and then take to a strainer and drain. Next find a separate bowl to mix ingredients for the white sauce, which is a replacement for a cheese sauce. Next, take the treeline cheese first and break into pieces with your hands until broken up completely.
Then add the remaining white sauce ingredients and mix around until uniform. Then set aside the bowl. Next, combine all the red sauce ingredients starting with the crushed tomatoes, and save the parsley for last. Once that’s done set aside. Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. In a sauté pan cook the frozen veggies until soft and set aside in a separate bowl.
Next, get a medium to large cooking pan that can hold lasagna or baked pasta. Oil the pan with olive oil so the pasta doesn’t stick and make sure you have all four bowls next to each other: pasta, veggies, white sauce, and red sauce because it make easier to combine everything in the pan.
Start by pouring all the red sauce in the pan, and then take pasta and do another layer. Use only ½ of the entire white sauce when mixing into the pan because we want the red sauce to still have a bit more of dominating taste, and leave the second half for another dish or to add on when baked pasta is finished.
Make sure to scatter the white sauce while adding the veggie mix evenly until pasta looks like big explosion! Then scatter parsley on top, and pop in oven for 20-25 minutes. I did around 22 minutes.
#ZENONAPLATE PUMPKIN TOFU MUESLI WITH TANGY CHERRY TOMATO MIX (VEGAN, GF)
Tofu Half a block (1 cup cubed or a bit more)
1 Cup Imagine Pumpkin Soup
Bob’s Muesli Gluten Free
Salt, and Pepper
2 cloves of garlic
¼ cup of chopped onions