I often get asked what is the best milk alternative for people who are lactose intolerant, or have difficulty consuming dairy products. For me the the best alternative is coconut milk, and I consider it also to be the healthiest option for people looking to lose weight. I use USDA Certified Organic So Delicious Unsweetened Coconut Milk. So Delicious Coconut Milk comes in original, unsweetened, vanilla and chocolate. I use So Delicious Coconut Milk almost everyday in my protein drinks.
Here is my favorite post workout recovery protein drink recipe:
- 1-2 scoops of protein powder of your choice.
- 1/4 -1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- A dash of nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon of almond butter
- 1/2 whole pealed banana
- 6-8 ounces of So Delicious Coconut Milk (Vanilla or Plain).
- 2-4 ounces of water until you get consistency you prefer.
For those who follow me know how I feel about buying products endorsed by current or has been “B Lister” celebrities. For those of you who don’t. This is how it goes, just send your money straight to a charity of your choice that way you actually get something out of it. Or maybe you should just light the money you were going to spend on that magic weight-loss product on fire, because at least that way you will not suffer any harm. Ok, I think you are getting the idea how I feel about this topic, but there will always be those who think their favorite celebrity would never endorse such a bad product. My rule is firm on this one, avoid them all and that includes that wacky wizard Dr. Oz. Just because they put doctor in front of their name does not make it all right and the products they endorse safe. I will be writing an article about one of my favorite Dr. Oz episodes later this year, I promise it will be just as entertaining as his show (emphasis on his show is for entertainment in case you missed that).
Just for fun let’s take a look at some of the more famous and ugly celebrity health and weight-loss endorsements:
1) What began your journey into traditional/holistic nutrition?
I’ve always liked to cook, but it all really started in the early 70s when I read Dr. Weston A. Price’s book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I decided to apply the principles outlined in Price’s book to my own family, and raised my children on a rich diet that included whole raw milk, butter, cream, meat, seafood and organ meat’s. The result was that none of my children needed braces, even though I myself wore braces as a child. And they were much healthier than I had been as a child. Then, seeing these good results I had the idea to write a cookbook that incorporated Dr. Price’s principles. I started what was to become Nourishing Traditions in 1990 and the first edition was published in 1996.
2) What is the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and how was it started?
The Weston A. Price Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charity founded in 1999 to disseminate the research of nutrition pioneer Dr. Weston Price, whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples established the parameters of human health and determined the optimum characteristics of human diets. Dr. Price’s research demonstrated that humans achieve perfect physical form and perfecthealth generation after generation only when they consume nutrient-dense whole foods and the vital fat-soluble activators found exclusively in animal fats. (As taken from the WAPF website)
Whether early diet influences long-term health or achievement is a key question in the study of nutrition. Such long-term consequences would invoke the concept of nutritional imprinting, which is a process that can stimulate or retard future development at a critical period of a child’s life. Research from small mammals and primates shows that early nutrition may have potentially important long-term effects, for example on blood lipids, plasma insulin, obesity, atherosclerosis, behavior, allergies, learning, and very importantly, on influencing a child’s palate for future food selection.
As I have aged (and hopefully gotten wiser) I have been gravitating towards a more holistic approach toward living. I try to use more natural remedies to deal with my ailments as they arise. I must say, however, that by eating a healthier diet I do notice that these ailments occur less frequently than they used to in the past. I have found that in the face of continued increases in the cost of conventional medicine self care coupled with a holistic approach are becoming more popular and more accepted every day. In this essay I would like to describe holistic medicine as it most definitely fits into a more natural lifestyle and the The Simple Life Health paradigm.
Holistic medicine in various forms has been the ancestral approach to health care for millennia with its roots mainly found in the great ancient medical traditions of China and India. Unfortunately for us in North America, we have ventured away from the holistic healing approach, as science and technology have become the