MOOve over Milk
by: Leanne Ely, CNC
Milk is good food, or so we’ve been told. But for many, there’s this issue of lactose intolerance that is prevalent across the board. Lactose intolerance shows up as tummy aches, skin issues and excessive mucus being the top symptoms. Both of my children were lactose intolerant as younger children–my daughter had multiple ear infections, my son had eczema. Pulling them both off of dairy worked miracles and gave them the relief they needed. Back in those days, the idea of that type of food sensitivity/allergy was foreign; my pediatrician certainly didn’t help, it was my nutritionist that zeroed in on the problem!
Removing dairy due to lactose intolerance from your child’s diet or your own often brings the question, “what about calcium?” And my answer invariably is, “what about it?” Calcium isn’t just in dairy products but abounds in other foods such as your morning orange juice!
The entire bean family is another place to choose your calcium. One cup of beans contains as much calcium as half a cup of milk. Broccoli is another fantastic calcium source. I love steamed broccoli, but you’ll get the most calcium out of the veggie when it’s raw.
Grill wild salmon for dinner (one of my favorites), and add some broccoli. For dessert try some figs! They’re fantastically sweet and will satisfy your sweet tooth with just one little bite. Look at that dinner with a calcium-packed punch!
Some people can tolerate fermented dairy, like yogurt or they can drink goat’s milk. What’s your experience?