RE: no milk no tofu, no soy
Posted Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 4:38 PM
I would like to know what to use instead milk or cheese. I can not eat soy or tofu, because I had breast cancer sensitive to hormones and the doctor recommend me to not use soy products.
I was/am a total milk and cheese freak (recovering, at this point)
Even when I was an omni or just a garden-variety vegetarian (not vegan), I always went dairy free whenever I was sick. I could always sense how much dairy increased that already bad mucus of a cold; I just couldn't bear to increase it more (I typically got BAD colds). It was very hard the first few days, but by the end of the cold, I wasn't really thinking about drinking milk much at all. I always did go back to it.
Just before this Kickstart began, I got a cold (literally, the day after Christmas!). Out went the dairy, as usual for me during a cold. But this time I didn't restart!
In the past, when I'd tried various non-dairy milks (usually while I was still drinking dairy), I just didn't like them...AT ALL. It was as if I still had the taste of dairy in my mouth, and simply preferred it; it was familiar.
This time....it was completely different. The taste of dairy was already out of my mouth...and I found I really enjoyed almond milk! I don't use it a lot, just to make my hot cereal a little creamier and to take my medications (which I have to crush up and take with applesauce).
I've also tried hemp milk, and plan to try others to see which I will like for various uses. I bought some bulk nuts, and plan to try making some of my own. Working my way up to soy and rice...I REALLY didn't like those when I tried them years ago.
So maybe just give your palate time. Get completely off dairy for at least a week (which you've done if you're on this Kickstart). Then try a non-dairy milk made from something you really like (which was almonds for me; I would never try the hazelnut one available at my grocery store...as I can't stand hazelnuts!) Don't drink it straight if you are unsure; have it as a part of something (I do love a little stirred into my hot kamut). Don't expect it to taste like dairy; be open to its unique taste!
Hope that helps!
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