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3 Concrete Reasons Why You Should Drink Almond Milk Instead Of Normal Milk

3 Concrete Reasons Why You Should Drink Almond Milk Instead Of Normal Milk

You may be concerned about greenhouse gas emissions, antibiotics, and the carbon footprint associated with dairy milk. There are also exaggerated claims of the benefits of normal milk as outlined by Dr. Mark Hyman who has written many books on dieting. He has pointed out that a glass of raw, organic cow’s milk may have up to 60 hormones in it and that can lead to growth in many areas, including cancerous cells.

You may be lactose-intolerant like me. Whatever the reason, you will be interested to learn about alternatives.

There is quite a wide selection of alternative drinks on sale now – almond, hemp, soya, and coconut milk are all easily available. Almond milk is one of the best and healthiest of all the alternatives. You may be surprised to know that in medieval times, the nobility often preferred it to cow’s milk so it has been around for a long time! This is mentioned in the book Food in Medieval Times.

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Here are 3 sound reasons you should consider changing over to almond milk.

1. It contains no cholesterol

If you are worried about your heart health, drinking almond milk may be a lifesaver. It contains a large number of monounsaturated fats which lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes, according to the American Heart Association. These are the fats to go for, rather than the trans and saturated fats found in many foods. Almond milk has 0 grams of saturated fats. In addition, almond milk is free of cholesterol so there is no need to worry about that if you have your diet under control.

2. It has a low calorie count

If you are watching your weight, make sure you go for the unsweetened variety of almond milk as it contains only half the calories of dairy milk, which makes it a great weight loss dietary choice. See the infographic here by Kristin Kirkpatrick who is a dietitian and manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

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You will need to watch your protein intake when you switch over to almond milk. You might think that it would contain lots of protein as it a ground nut but this is not the case. In fact, it has a much lower protein count than milk. This is estimated at only 1 gram of protein a cup, compared to the 8 grams contained in cow’s milk.

Look at the pack of any almond milk and you will probably find that almonds are actually down a few places on the ingredients list as many brands use lots of sweetener, water, minerals, and thickening agents.

If you are concerned about getting more protein at breakfast, you can ramp up on other protein rich foods such as eggs, fish, soya, or chicken. It is great to lose weight but make sure you are getting enough protein, especially if you are also on weight training program. The experts say that you need 1gram of protein for every kilo you weigh.

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3. It may help to prevent cancer

There is a very interesting study published in the Nutrition and Cancer Journal which shows that drinking almond milk may actually help to prevent prostate cancer. The study showed that cow’s milk tended to stimulate the growth of cancerous cells because of the estrogen hormones it contains. But almond milk had the opposite effect. It actually suppressed the cancerous cells by as much as 30%.

Finally, make sure you choose fortified almond milk for that extra vitamin content. Did you know that just one cup contains 10% of the RDA for vitamin A, 25% for vitamin D and 50% for vitamin E? The other great plus almond milk has is that it has lower potassium and phosphorous counts than dairy or soy milk. This is a great boon for people with kidney problems. Another great advantage is that it has 30% of the RDA for calcium which is vital to build healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis later on in life.

I have also found that almond milk does not need to be kept in the fridge and that makes it a great choice for picnics and camping trips. It is a great way to lighten the ice chest. If you are interested in making your own almond milk, there is a very good recipe here.

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Featured photo credit: Springtime flowers, Almond tree flowers/ Bea via flickr.com

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Last Updated on June 26, 2019

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

2. Eat Healthily

I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

3. Write It All Down

Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

4. Get Some Fresh Air

It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

5. Get Some Exercise

This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

6. Treat Yourself

Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

Here’re more ideas to inspire you: 30 Ways To Treat Yourself No Matter What

7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

8. Dance

Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

9. Get Organized

A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

10. Pay It Forward

Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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