Dairy Low-Down

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Photo by Digital Vision./Photodisc / Getty Images

There are conflicting theories on dairy in our diets. Many people attribute their skin, stomach, even pain issues with consuming dairy. My personal philosophy, with dairy and most dietary choices, is that every person is unique, and diet is a personal decision specific to our individual makeups. I include dairy in my coffee, yogurt for probiotics, eat eggs regularly, and will occasionally indulge when on vacation or special occasions. I prefer organic, locally sourced whenever possible.

Eggs are a great source for protein and B vitamins. I love two eggs scrambled with turmeric (for anti inflammatory benefits), black pepper, nutritional yeast and greens. I make the same recipe for my daughter and she cannot get enough! I am happy to give her the best quality eggs locally available and she tolerates it extremely well (no rashes, tummy troubles, or fussiness!).

Cows milk dairy is a different story. I usually only include cows milk dairy in my coffee (an indulgence I have yet to kick!) - and it's generally organic or locally sourced. The rest of my dairy - generally yogurt - is goats milk. I find this easier to digest, and less allergenic than cows milk. I give the same to my daughter, who reacts poorly to cows milk but can handle moderate amounts of goat milk. Yogurt is a good source of protein and probiotics for digestive health, and is an easy way to mix in fruits, nuts, and seeds (hemp and chia are our favorites!).

Pay attention to the signals your body sends when you have dairy of any variety. Does your skin break out? More trips to the bathroom? This may be a sign that your body is not processing the dairy well. While on a recent vacation I had cheese at breakfast two days in a row and my body soooooo felt the repercussions!

My favorite brands for goat milk dairy are Meyenberg milk, Redwood Hill Farms and Trader Joe's yogurt. I also like small amounts of Lifeway brand kefir (cows milk).