Did you know??
The primary form of lactose maldigestion is estimated to occur in about 75% of the word's population? Crazy, right? Actually, many people are finding these days that they are acutely allergic to certain foods, most especially the ones that are typically extremely processed or are genetically modified (particularly corn, rice, milk, milk products, wheat/gluten, soy, peanuts etc). This is because it has only been since about the 60's (the "green" revolution) that we began genetically modifying our foods. Because our bodies have only had about 52 years since this shift in the way we grow and consume food, our bodies have not had enough time to adapt and many people are finding their bodies cannot tolerate these foods whose DNA as been altered.
If you experience headaches, excessive mucus, ear infections, gas, bloating, intestinal discomfort or "goopey" eyes in the morning after consuming dairy you most likely have an intolerance to lactose. The scary thing is that many people, particularly in the U.S., do not know they have a lactose intolerance until they either 1) ask doctor about it 2) are lactose free for a few days/ weeks and then try milk products again to test for allergic reactions. This is because most people have never gone without dairy products in their everyday diet, so they do not know the difference in how their bodies preform until they go off of it for a while. Even if you have been tested are definitely NOT lactose intolerant, it is good to go on a cleanse for a week or so every time the seasons change to flush the buildup of toxins and mucous out of your body. Citrus fruits and dark, leafy greens are some of the cheapest, easiest, most natural foods that will gently cleanse and heal the body from the mucoid plaque that comes from overloading the body with heavy, cooked, highly processed foods such as dairy products.
The very first thing I started changing in my diet when I went vegan was what I was putting on my cereal in the morning. No leche!
Generic milk can easily be substituted with rice, almond, or soy (which I actually DONT recommend, because soy also creates a lot of mucus in the body). These alternative milk products can be found at Good Earth, Smith's (in the Health Food Isle/section of the store), or at Costco in bulk. You can also make your own nut milk for a fraction of the price. I'll post the recipe below :)
- 1 C of soaked nuts (any kind)
- 3 C of water or 2 1/2 if you want it to be more like "whole" milk
- pour through a cheesecloth to get rid of pulp
- taste, and add (optional) cinnamon, agave, honey, stevia, maple syrup, nutmeg, vanilla extract or almond extract to perfection!*
ALSO, the reason as to why both recipes recommend soaking your nuts before you make them into a nut milk is because soaking initiates the growing process, causing the dormant life contained inside each uncooked nut you are using to begin to sprout and thereby increasing your nut milk's nutritional value exponentially.
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If you still have doubts about how to make almond milk, watch this video! (It's less than 1 minute long!)