I’ve struggled with dairy since I was about 20 years old. After years of tolerating it (or so I thought), I suddenly became bloated and uncomfortable every time I ate any kind of dairy product (mainly low fat varieties of low quality dairy). I tried Lactaid for a while but gave up as it is extremely expensive and kind of made me think that maybe I shouldn’t be eating it if it bothers me…
When I got pregnant the first time, suddenly I could dairy again! No problems whatsoever. I continued to go on and off the dairy for the next nine years. Which brings me to today.
The vast amount of knowledge I’ve built up over those nine years is just not quantifiable, it’s invaluable. I eat dairy as much as I want now, no problem, no digestive aids, no Lactaid, nothing. So what is the key to being able to eat dairy no problem? Although I don’t feel like I’m qualified to answer that question for everyone, here is what worked for me:
Eat high fat dairy, preferably cultured or fermented. The bacteria added to cultured and fermented dairy aids in it’s digestion. My favourites are grass fed yogurt, butter and kefir. Hard cheeses such as KerryGold Dubliner are a favourite too as well as any and all goat milk products (naturally lactose free).
Baby Bo, who is still being fed by his mama…but likes a little thumb now and then too.
Then I found another way to get the goodness of dairy in another form. Raw dairy. Not something that is easy to find and potentially illegal, but I like to take risks and support local farmers. No one tells me what I can and can’t eat, only I get to decide that.
So I found a cow share, which essentially means I own a share of a cow and get to have a portion of it’s production (milk). I’m telling your ight now, there is nothing in this world that tastes quite like fresh raw milk. It’s is grassy, sweet and buttery. It tastes like heaven and danger all at once (oooo…it’s illegal!).
So after having all this grass fed milk and raw milk I literally cannot go back to regular. It’s like comparing truly fresh squeezed orange juice to the “fresh squeezed” orange juice in a carton (which is NOT even close to being fresh squeezed at all), there just isn’t a comparison.
So if you can find raw grass fed milk or even just grass fed non-homogenized milk, buy it up! Buy up all the KerryGold butter you can find! Besides all the health benefits, you will truly begin to appreciate the flavour you’ve been missing out on all these years.
This Paleo Porridge (or Paleo Oatmeal, or Paleo Cereal or whatever you want to call it) uses milk but can also be replaced with yogurt (watered down a bit) or kefir or coconut milk. Don’t use any almond milk in a carton, the additives used are known carcinogens but you can make your own almond milk if you really want it.
I made this cereal as more of a before bed snack for Adrian and I than for breakfast, although this would make a delicious and filling breakfast for those of you that eat it. The consistency is truly like a big old bowl of Cream of Wheat and it has the stick to your ribs goodness when combined with the optional ingredients. Top your yummy cereal with yogurt, nuts, fruit, honey, add in some cocoa or frozen berries, it’s truly a versatile dish. So go ahead, experiment.
What would you top your Paleo Porridge with?
One year ago: Lemon Coconut Poppyseed Muffins
Two years ago: Raisin Bran Muffins
Three years ago: Fresh Fruit Salsa
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