How to Get Calcium Without Eating Dairy

I remember the day I had to cut out dairy from my life (ughh lactose intolerance)!

No more cheesy pizza. No more yogurt. No more milk. No more cupcakes.

Boo hoo, I thought.

But to my surprise….after I cut out dairy I soon realized it actually wasn’t so hard after all.

Did it take a little bit to get used to? Well sure.

Did I miss my morning yogurt? You betcha.

But I focused on the benefits and the positives, as I always try to do.

I started to feel better, had less bloating and less trips to the doctor. So, I reset my mindset and instead of missing dairy, I focused on how amazing I felt and what it was doing for my body. It was clearing up inflammation, toxicity and mucus as well as a whole bunch of other stuff…

Before I knew it, I didn’t even think about dairy.

It didn’t happen overnight so if you all of a sudden have to cut it out because of inflammation or an intolerance or allergy, don’t beat yourself up…these things take time to get used to. Start slow and add in some almond milk instead of your cow milk, try coconut yogurt in place of cow yogurt and use coconut oil in place of butter for cooking and baking. Starting with these teeny steps will help you get through your day without craving a pint of ice cream.

Here are a few calcium rich foods for those of you who (like myself) can’t eat dairy. I was surprised that these foods contained such high doses of calcium and I’m sure you will be too. Reach for a few of these each day for a good dose of tasty calcium without the moo!

  • Chia seeds
  • Dried figs
  • Cooked collard greens
  • Cooked turnip greens
  • Cooked cannellini beans
  • Cooked mustard greens
  • Sesame seeds
  • Hummus
  • Raw kale
  • Cooked amaranth
  • Almonds
  • Blackstrap molasses




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  1. As it turns out, we don’t need all that much calcium, anyway. What we really need are Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, magnesium, a few other trace minerals & probably good protein.