Meatless Monday Inspiration: Milk, Menstruation, and the Alternatives
Dairy, dairy… always so contrary! So we were very excited to see a recent post from Well+Good comparing milk alternatives. But before we get into that, a little (very) personal story…
In the last few months, I’ve been really lazy about my dairy consumption. A broken espresso machine had me drinking my coffee out, so I wasn’t making my usual delicious coconut cappuccinos. Instead, I got into the habit of throwing half-and-half in my to-go coffees (and not even the organic kind). What’s a little cream in my coffee right? But I can put down a lot of joe.
Now, as is the case with many nutrition-related theories, I can’t really prove what I’m about to put forth. But here it is: This past month I had one of the worst, most painful periods that I can recall in recent menstrual history—I’m talking an-unadvisable-amount-of-Advil-plus-an-ice-pack-and-still-no-relief bad. And while I’m sure that stress and other factors played into it, the little vegan on my shoulder—that I’ve been dutifully ignoring of late, in favor of some well-sourced animal protein (aside from the aforementioned cream)—keeps whispering in my ear “dairy, dairy, dairy.”
Could it be that it’s the cause? Obviously, I’m looking for your thoughts in the comments, but given just how finicky hormones are (I could write another ten posts about mine), I think it could be. The good news is the espresso machine has been replaced, and the coconut caps are back in effect.
Which takes me to this awesome post from Well+Good comparing the best cow’s milk alternatives on the market. Personally, the SoDelicious Coconut is my fave for coffee because it doesn’t alter the flavor, but I do like me sugar-free vanilla almond milk as well. Do you have a favorite alternative?
From the post:
If you can’t swallow cow’s milk—because you’re lactose-intolerant, a vegan, or you read The China Study—then you’ve probably stood in the alt-milk aisle considering your nut, soy, and seed options.
Reading the labels, while key, can take longer than milking Bessie. And it’s hard to compare one type of milk with another.
So, we present the pro and cons to know, when it comes to the nutrition facts for each type of milk—from plant-based hemp, soy and coconut to goat and sheep. So you can more easily grab the box or bottle that’s right for you.