Before we get to the recipe, I want to tell you my own personal story with dairy, as well as my father’s.
My father’s Migraines:
My father suffered from terrible migraines about once a week throughout his life. And sadly, this had become a way of living for him. He tried to cope with the migraines the best he could, but really just accepted their presence in his life. About six years ago, I suggested to him that he give up dairy to see what would happen. He took my advice and has not had one. single. migraine. in six years. (!!!) True story. This small dietary shift healed him from something he had been suffering from his entire life. That’s the power of food.
My struggle with eczema:
My own story with dairy is similar. I suffered with eczema for years. My dermatologist tried treating it with steroid creams, a very typical response from many doctors. The creams would work for a day, and then the next day the eczema would be back. It was painful, expensive, and embarrassing. Plus, I was giving my body steroids on the regular! Once I eliminated dairy, all my eczema vanished. It was like a strange magic trick! Now it only reappears when I occasionally indulge in Greek yogurt or ice cream, but goes away after I stop consuming these products.
My and my father’s stories with dairy are not isolated incidents. I’ve known so many clients who have experienced a range of symptoms that disappeared when they removed dairy from their diet. And that’s the tricky part: sensitivity to dairy can reveal itself in many ways: bloating, pain with digestion, headaches, diarrhea, chronic sinus infections, excess eye gunk or earwax, and flaky scalps are often signs that dairy is trying to eliminate itself from the body.
Dairy is addictive:
Did you know that dairy actually has an addictive quality to it? The proteins in dairy activate the same brain receptors that narcotics such as heroine and nicotine trigger. And when our brain finds something it likes (that stimulates its pleasure receptors) it wants more of it! This is not surprising. That’s why dairy (and cheese in particular) is one of the toughest foods to cut out of a diet.