I'm a bad parent because I don't give my kids milk...!!

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I'm a bad parent because I don't give my kids milk...!!
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Sat, 04-14-2012 - 5:28pm

Hello All,

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Hi Abbie and Welcome to the board. My SIL does almond milk for her kids and I think it's becomming more and more popular. She also does spinach in anything she can put it in and her kids are just as healthy as can be. She's never mentioned that she takes any flak for her decisions so maybe your friend is just out of touch with more "trendy" nutrition practices. :-)

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So if it's not dairy milk, it's not considered milk?!? Almond, coconut, or powdered milk would have been perfectly acceptable choices for me.

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Hi Abbie, I was just lurking here, but wanted to jump in. It seems so hard for people to understand that not giving cow's milk is a perfectly healthy and normal thing. I think the Dairy Counsel has brainwashed most people! ;) Don't let them get to you.

I'm in the process of trying to wean my family from cow's milk. The kids get it at lunchtime at school and that's about it. DH may also drink a cup every few days. People seem so surprised when I talk to them about some of the facts - no other animals drink the milk of another species, other animals don't drink milk at all after they've been weaned from their mothers milk, the allergies and diseased that milk can cause, the fact that our bodies aren't evolved to process milk past a certain age, and so on.

Honestly, I think a lot of people don't even understand that there are a lot of foods that provide calcium, other than milk and milk products.
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Hi Abbie,

I think your comments to your friend are "right on". Dairy milk is NOT healthy and is NOT needed for

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Thank you all! I don't know how to reply to everyone so I just replied to my own post...

Anyway - thank you for the support. It has been a tough dairy free week here! Not only did my friend get down on me but then I went to my doctor because I've been feeling really tired and I'm hypothyroid so I wanted my levels checked. After going through my diet of whole, natural foods, no soda, no processed foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, grains, nuts, beans, seeds and hardly any dairy or meat, my doctor said that I could be calcium, iron, B and D deficient. So now I'm on the search for a doctor who is more accepting and knowledgeable about nutrition! I was so discouraged! She said that it was most likely not thyroid related and probably had to do with my diet. I eat a healthy diet! Healthier than 90% of the people I know!! How can you be telling me that my diet is depleting me of nutrition!

I will definitely check out that link because I'm tired of having nothing to say back when people question my choices. The doctor even asked me to list what I was eating that was a calcium source besides milk and besides a few things, I had a hard time with that! I felt like I was on trial! She also told me to be careful of nuts because of the calories. I just wanted to leave and never come back!

Abbie

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Your doctor said you "could be"

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Hi dear.No, you are no bad parent!Concerning dairy joghurt, it includes lab!I just eat soy vanilla and caramel

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She's checking me for anemia and she said I could be iron, B12 or some other kind of anemic. She said if those tests came back normal, we can look at other things. I was just so shocked that she wasn't impressed with my diet at all. And she immediately assumed because I was dairy and meat free that I would be deficient in nutrients. It was alarming! But she is getting me checked.

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That's a great site, thanks for posting!
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Oh my goodness, I would run quickly and not turn back. Talk to a nutritionist or dietician who is familiar with - and supportive of - vegan/vegetarian diets.

Chin up - your diet is good for your body and for the environment, so feel confident in your decision!

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