Totally Nuts. No Moo.

Dear Gorgeous Soul Welcome to MYLKD!

MYLKD was created to start a conversation while raising awareness around the myriad of dairy alternatives you can create, purchase and enjoy. It is also a platform to highlight a reality of the dairy industry you may not know exists and how your every purchase, your every choice, effects not only your Divine body but also that of the animals and our home, Mother Earth.

We don’t need to continue supporting the belief that dairy is essential to health let alone good for us when more and more research is being conducted proving otherwise. You will discover as you read below getting all your calcium requirements, vitamin D, protein and much much more comes straight from the earth in plant based form. Right here you can learn ideas, insights and recipes to nourish your body and allow the animals to enjoy life too with a non-dairy approach to nutrition.

 

While I am more pro-plant based protein and dairy alternatives, as opposed to anti-milk what I’m presenting for you may come as a shock. I’m urging you to stop and re-think your choices, question what you are choosing to put into your body and how those choices are impacting you, me, the animals and the planet. For you this may be a bit of insight or a wake-up call to a reality you never knew existed. Wherever you sit on the fence I trust you take something away from MYLKD.

After diving deeper and furthering my studies and research as a health coach I learned that often we need to unlearn what we have been conditioned to believe is true in order to let the truth speak to us.

I choose health & vitality, wellbeing & freedom for all and I choose ‘No Moo’.

That’s why I created MYLKD.

With Love, Elise / S*M

My question for you is, are you MYLKD?

Why I Swapped Milk For MYLKD & Haven’t Looked Back

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You have one body for this lifetime and that means the healthier and happier it is the more fulfilling life you can lead. Health and wellbeing are directly connected to nutrition. What you eat breaks down and becomes your cell tissue, your muscles and the blood that pumps through your veins, essentially your entire body. I was brought up to believe that nourishing and fuelling my body with fresh, healthy foods is the ultimate investment. Now I know this is true.

While studying to be a health coach I found myself experimenting on my own body, researching deeper, reading articles and watching content that opened me up to a world we are not usually shown. I began to realise the reason I stopped consuming milk many years ago was not only for my own health, but also for the humanity of the animals and for our home, Mother Earth.

There was a time when I thought milk was part of a healthy balanced lifestyle, that it was an essential component of my daily intake of food and especially the key source of calcium. I soon learned otherwise. First it was my body that told me this wasn’t right. When my tummy bloated, I felt heavy, suffered digestion issues, small bumps on the skin of my arms didn’t seem to go away and a swift ‘I wish I didn’t just drink that’ comment from my body each time I consumed any. It was the wisdom of my Mum and her 30 plus years in the fitness and physical health industry and a naturopath who both suggested I stoped milk. So I did and I’ve never looked back.

Free from the same health issues I once faced, I am not alone in this shift. Many of my clients, friends, family and colleagues have all noticed the difference in their health and wellbeing by choosing Mylk and other non-dairy alternatives to dairy.

The Reality of Milk 

There are over 80 normal occurring hormones in cows milk in its organic and natural state. These hormones are foreign to the human body and can cause a myriad of health issues. A greater concern however is the consumption of regular cows milk that has been treated, homogenised and pasteurised, puss and nasty hormone filled. Animal milk was not designed to be consumed by humans, and my body knew this.

Though very few people are willing to talk about the reality of milk one medical expert I learned from was Mark Hyman, M.D. who mentions many issues including busting open the myth that calcium doesn’t strengthen bones the way vitamin D does. In fact research shows animal protein in dairy may actually contribute to bone loss.

 

 A Couple Of Interesting Facts Dr. Hyman Mentions

  • Full of saturated fat, dairy is also linked to heart disease.
  • Three quarters of the world’s population, that’s 75% of people, have digestive issues arising from dairy consumption – often due to lactose intolerance.
  • Dairy irritates IBS – Irritable bowel syndrome.

To listen to Dr. Hyman explain this CLICK HERE. He also goes into issues concerning raw milk.

 

So Where Do I Get The Calcium, Potassium, Good Fats & Protein From?

Whole plant foods! Vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, seaweed, nuts, seeds! That’s why you’ll see me mylking nuts, not animals on my Instagram feed, and find plenty of homemade #plantprotein meals, snacks and treats on there too.

 

Food For Thought

  • Twenty-five grams of sesame seeds contain more calcium than a glass of milk.
  • A regular soak up of vitamin D rich sunshine for extra bone strength is beneficial for you from your bones to your skin and it is even a mood booster! Just 5-10 minutes of morning or late afternoon sunshine can make a difference.

 

With ‘calcium deficiency’ from a lack of milk consumption being a common argument it is important to note that there is not one case in worldwide literature of dietary calcium deficiency caused by a low calcium diet. The body will always meet calcium needs, especially if you are eating those clean and fresh leafy green vegetables. As Dr. Hyman says, “If you want healthy bones take vitamin D, don’t rely on diary, get your calcium from dark leafy vegetables, sesame tahini, sea vegetables … and try giving up all dairy, everything and see how you feel after a few weeks … diary is not crucial for good health. I encourage you to go diary free and see what it does for you.”

Stella’s Fav Healthy Calcium, Protein, Potassium & Good Fat Filled Shopping List Includes…

Vegetables (Especially Dark Leafy Greens)

Alfalfa, barley grass, beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celery, capsicum/peppers, chard greens, cucumber, dandelions & edible flowers, eggplant, fermented vegetables, garlic, green peas and beans, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, nightshade vegetables, onions, parsnips, pumpkin, radish, spinach, sprouts, sweet potato, watercress, wheatgrass

Fruits

Apple, apricot, avocado, banana, blackberries & blueberries, cherries, coconut (fresh), dried dates, figs, grapes, grapefruit, honeydew melon & rockmelon, lemon, lime, nectarine, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, tomato, umeboshi plums, watermelon

Seeds

Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame (tahini), hemp seeds

 Legumes

Red and black beans, chic peas, black peas, lentils, kidney beans

 Nuts

Cashew, almond, walnut, hazelnut, Brazil nut,

 Sea Vegetables & Algae

Dulse flakes, wakame, chlorella, kelp, nori (sheets for nori rolls), spirulina

Also LOVE

Olives, olive oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, apple cider vinegar, fermented tempeh and tofu, ginger, herbs, miso, Himalayan sea salt, tamari, curry, chilli, vanilla bean, cinnamon,

*I am a huge fan of organic, home grown and local produce and I strive to support such food sellers and companies.

*I also aim for more high alkaline foods over acidic

10 Reasons Why I’d Rather Get MYLKD Than Have Dairy

As a certified health coach and life mentor I don’t push a one size fits all lifestyle on any client or soul that comes my way. But this isn’t just about you and me, it isn’t just about our Divine bodies, it is more than our health and wellbeing getting destroyed here, it is the lives of millions of animals around the world each year being subjected to abuse and slaughter. And it is our planet earth too who is feeling the beating of what we choose to support and do.

1) I’m Not a Baby, or a Calf

While drinking breast milk is our most natural source of nutrition known, we are the only animals in the world to drink milk beyond infancy and it’s not even from our own species. You don’t see goats drinking from cows, or tigers drinking from buffalos, or any other animal drinking from a different species for that matter, yet we do. And many if not most of us have been programmed to believe it is normal and healthy. I disagree.

*Have you ever stopped to ponder; I am drinking milk stolen from a cow. Why am I drinking milk beyond infancy? I don’t still drink milk from a woman’s breast yet I drink from a cows? …

2) I Honour My Body As A Temple, Not A Dump For Disease

Medical research has linked the dairy industry to diseases including but not limited to acne, allergies, arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, ear infections, osteoporosis, sinus … Don’t believe me? Do a little Google search or watch one of the many documentaries on the dairy industry such as, Got the Facts on Milk?

3) Mega Dairies & Factory Farming Harm Us All

Heightened methane levels in the ozone, doubling nitrate levels in water making it undrinkable, feeding the thousands of dairy cows on pesticide ridden crops… Mega Dairies are popping up more and more and while it may make buying dairy ‘cheap’ that’s exactly how you are treating your body, the animals and the earth if you support such factory farming.

4) Animals Aren’t For My Convenience

When you strip it back and explore the research available to us, you can see that consuming dairy really is a choice of convenience, habit and desire. All of which can be changed. We don’t need dairy and we certainly don’t need to be harming the animals just because we want a milkshake, a latte, or to bake our favourite dish (every drink, snack, meal and treat recipe can be altered and made with non-dairy alternatives). No living creature should be sacrificed for the sake of convenience, habit and desire.

5) I Don’t Desire To Consume Animal or Synthetic Hormones

Have you heard of rBGH? It is a genetically engineered artificial growth hormone manufactured by monsanto and injected into dairy cows to make them produce milk. Consuming synthetic and animal hormones can lead to increased oestrogen and progesterone levels in men and women. And as a result cause the suppression of our own hormone secretions leading to increased breast and prostate cancers and harming the development of your children to name a couple of side effects. And the higher the fat content in milk the higher the hormones. No thank you.

6) Sporting a ‘PUStache’ (milk moustache) Is Not My Idea of Sexy

‘Somatic cells’ are another way of saying puss, puss that is found in milk. 750,000 pus cells per ml is the legal amount of pus allowed in some US milk. Yet celebrities keep wearing milk moustaches in milk campaigns, leading us to believe milk is sexy? Can improve your athletic ability? Make you healthy? I don’t think so.

This clip explains a little more about somatic cells: Got a PUStache?

7) I Love Our Home, Planet Earth

Polluted waterways, noise, traffic, cost of the environment. We are not only hurting ourselves, we are hurting the animals and nature, all for the sake of milk.

8) I Believe In Honesty, Integrity & Humanity

I’m not convinced the dairy industry is honest with how they make milk and what is in the milk. I’m also not convinced the industry is the least bit concerned about your health or mine. If I drank a glass of milk today I would not know precisely what I am drinking and what it will do to my body. What I do know is my body would rather I didn’t drink it, and so would the animals who are dying in the millions each year to produce this milk.

9) Every Purchase I Make Is A Conscious Decision

When I swipe my card or hand over the cash I am voting for a company and their product. Essentially I am supporting what they do. When it comes to the dairy industry, I don’t support what they do, how they do it or their product. I’d rather make my own Mylk or support organic, natural, sugar & preservative free, animal friendly non-dairy products.

10) I Don’t Accept Rape Of Any Nature

One of the most heartbreaking and repulsive facts to consider about cows’ milk for human consumption is that, almost certainly, it requires the forced impregnation of each female cow. These female cows are strapped to a rack (industry slang often refers to this as a ‘rape rack’) and inseminated with semen stored in a giant syringe. She may not be able to say “NO” but every part of her being would be screaming in some way and this to me is inhumane and utterly unacceptable.

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RECIPES FOR YOUR FAVOURTIES

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Every recipe I ever loved that had milk in it I can now make myself with Mylk and plant based alternatives, or I can find restaurants and café’s, stores and vendors that sell healthy, natural, organic versions of what I am after. Almonds, cashews and hemp oh my! It may be nuts and a little bit seedy but these little wonders can make Mylk!

What is Mylk you ask? It is the non-dairy, animal friendly version of milk, without the moo and any of the hidden nasties. Made from nuts or seeds with their own delicious creamy flavour the benefits of Mylk are numerous for you, for me, for the animals and the planet.

*Please note fresh homemade mylk is the ideal by far and often the most nutritious. If you are purchasing pre-made or store bought opt for organic, sugar and preservative free. The more natural the better!

*What if I’m are allergic to nuts? Mylk can also be made from rice (brown, white or black), oats (if you are not gluten intolerant or celiac) and quinoa as well as hemp seeds.

 ALMOND MYLK

This is a fav. Rich, creamy, satisfying and that’s not even mentioning the health benefits.  Almond Mylk has no cholesterol or saturated fat like dairy milk does. But it is high in omega 3 fatty acids, the good kind of fat that helps your brain function to it’s optimum.

Almonds are calcium & vitamin D rich for strong bones, a healthy immune system and an upbeat mood. This Mylk will help your skin glow with the vitamin E containing antioxidants to help protect your skin against sun damage.

Then low carbohydrate level means almond Mylk wont spike your blood sugar levels. Being a low glycemic food source means your body will burn off the carbs as energy and not store converted sugars as unwanted fat!

Also containing protein, B vitamins – riboflavin and iron it can assist with muscle strengthening and healing. And the fibre in almonds will assist in keeping your digestion functioning healthy. Ready to whip up your own Almond Mylk?

AMAZING ALMOND MYLK RECIPE RIGHT HERE!

CHUNKY BRAZIL NUT CHEESE

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Ingredients

  • 2 cup organic brazil nuts
  • 1 cup cashews (pre-soaked for 30 minutes or dry)
  • 1/3 cup of olive oil
  • 2-3 tbl organic savoury yeast flakes (your cheesy flavour right here!)
  • 1 tsp organic turmeric powder
  • 1 chopped clove of organic garlic
  • 1/2 tsp of Himalayan salt
  • Juice of half an organic lemon
  • *Optional 4-6 dehydrated organic cherry tomatoes (dehydrated in halves), or 4-6 small chopped cherry tomatoes
  • *1 sliced mild baby red chilli with seeds removed / or a dash of cayenne pepper

 

Method

  • Blend all together in a food processor until the mix reaches a desired ‘chunky-ness’
  • Taste test with a spoon if it is to your liking.
  • Too salty? Add the other half of the lemon’s juice
  • Not cheesy enough? Add 1 more tsp of savoury yeast flakes
  • Spoon ingredients out onto bake paper and shape into a wheel with your clean dry hands.
  • Wrap in bake paper and place in a container and refrigerate
  • Chill for 1-2 hours and serve sliced on crackers or crumbled as a cheesy topping on your favourite dish (a tasty topping to a salad and a yummy addiditon to a raw pizza)

COCONANA NICE-CREAM

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Preparation

Peel, chop and freeze 3 medium size, ripe, organic bananas the night before

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup 100% pure, organic, cashew butter
  • 3 tbsp organic  maple syrup or stevia – as a sugar free alternative – can be used here)
  • 1 tin fat reduced pure organic coconut milk or coconut cream
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla bean powder
  • 3 frozen and chopped bananas
  • *Optional addition is 1/4 cup of shredded coconut and or a 1/2 cup of organic cacao powder to make this a chocolaty nice-cream treat!
  • *Organic shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs and cacao powder for garnish

Method

  • Simply combine your ingredients in a blender or food processor and whip until smooth and creamy
  • Sppon out into small single serve dishes and garnish with a sprinkle of organic shredded coconut.
  • Cover and freeze for minimum 3 hours
  • Your nice-cream can last in the freezer for months … though it wont, because it’s too delish!

EVEN MORE RECIPES ...

There are a myriad of StellaChef recipes online to make your own favourites from peanut butter cups,  blissbombs & blissballs and giant sandwiches to raw chocolates, caRAWmel slice, browniesStellaNutella, Zesty Lemon Muse Cake (just like lemon cheesecake!) and every other dessert you LOVE. It is also easy to get into the habit of substituting dairy with simple Mylk alternatives.

You may like to try;

  • Olive oil or chia seed oil drizzled on your toast and crackers instead of butter
  • Coconut oil & olive oil in the pan too!
  • Coconut oil as aa binder instead of butter and eggs in your cakes and pancakes
  • Coconut yoghurt instead of dairy yoghurt
  • Cashew cream to replace dairy cream
  • Mylk instead of milk – Or my secret is using sparkling water for baking if I haven’t made a fresh batch of Mylk yet. The bubbles give a light fluffy texture to cake and pancake mixes.

The Dairy Effect On You, Me, The Animals and Our Home, Planet Earth

Here is a small collection of the insightful medical research, clips, documentaries and articles available to help you get informed and make the right choice for you

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What you never knew about dairy

“‘Bobby’ is one of over 400,000 week-old caves discarded yearly as ‘waste products’ of the dairy industry. Most people aren’t aware that in order to produce milk, dairy cows are kept almost continually pregnant. Unwanted calves (known as ‘bobby calves’) are sent to slaughter in their first week of life so that milk can be harvested for human consumption.” – Animals Australia

CLICK TO WATCH – (WARNING: some people may find some scenes in this video distressing.)

Harvard University Gazette
Hormones in milk can be dangerous

Medical report suggests women consuming milk from dairy cows increases breast, ovarian and corpus uteri cancers.
“Milk was most closely correlated with the incidence of ovarian cancer”

Medical report showing milk consumptions aggravates acne and promotes chronic diseases.
“Milk consumption as a promoter of chronic diseases of Western societies.”

Medical News research link bacteria in cows’ milk to causing Crohns diesease
Milk weakens bones, causes osteoporosis and cancer

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Animal foods linked to cancer
Animal foods, protein, calcium and prostate cancer risk: the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition

Why dark leafy greens and beans are a top choice for calcium
Harvard Knows the Danger of Dairy – Why Not the USDA

FreeLee The Banana Girl summarises why you and I aren’t designed to drink milk and the reasons why you might want to rethink dairy and give it up.
5 Reasons to stop drinking MILK  [warning graphic clip]

PETA speaks out about the Dairy Indusrty
What’s the real #MilkTruth? PETA Pours Dairy Industry a Glass of Reality

Robert M. Kradjian, MD writes a letter to his patients about the truth on dairy

HOW THE DAIRY INDUSTRY EFFECTS THE ANIMALS & THE PLANET

COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret
The film that environmental organisations don’t want you to see!

EARTHLINGS
Multi-Award winning documentary narrated by Joaquin Phoenix with soundtrack by Moby

Dairy Farm Or Animal Factory? Mega Dairies house 8,000 cows crammed in sheds, kept in cubicles, connected to machines and fed on concentrates riddled with pesticides.

Actress and animal advocate Alicia Silverstone exposes the nasty side of dairy
Don’t be Clueless, “Organic Dairy is Still Nasty”, says Alicia Silverstone

Forbes Magazine explores the inhumanity of the dairy industry for cows
Milk of Human Kindness Denied To Dairy Cows

One Green Planet shows the unnatural life of dairy cows and the shocking truth about the dairy industry

The Daily PitchFork explores the real experience a dairy cow faces
A dairy cows reality

One Green Planet shares the devastating reality of the dairy industry on the planet and the animals.
Pollution, noise, traffic, cost of the environment. We are not only hurting ourselves, we are hurting the animals and the earth, all for the sake of milk.

More Informative Documentaries, Movies & Talks

Want more? Just enter ‘dairy industry truth’ or ‘milk truth’ into Youtube or Google.

Are you MYLKD? Let’s Talk!

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Share Your Thoughts On;

Non-dairy alternatives and why you choose to Mylk nuts and seeds instead of animals.

How you are helping the MYLKD movement for the greater good of all

Your personal MYLKD story.

THE MYLKD SHOOT TEAM

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Hair – Sarah O’Kane

Make-up – Yvette Gray & Andrea Hendroff

Models – Caitlin Farren, Kieran Clancy-Lowe, Paris Fontana, Elise Carr

Photography (models) – Ryan Murphy

Photography (food) – Elise Carr

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