My name is Jenny Nicol, holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher, meditation guide, retreat host and writer for Sweat Equity Magazine. My articles and recipes have been published in a number of Canadian magazines as well as in the top selling vegan bodybuilding and fitness book by Robert Cheeke, “Shred it!”

I have been living dairy-free for 9 years and my only regret, is not ditching dairy sooner!

We asked a few questions about her dairy-free lifestyle as part of this series, Living Dairy Free:

Why are you dairy-free?

I choose not to consume dairy for both health and environmental reasons. I did extensive research into dairy while in nutrition school and found zero benefit to keeping it in my diet. On the contrary, I discovered a number of reasons why I should remove it.

Dairy causes inflammation, mucus and is at the top of the list of food allergens.

Also, the dairy industry is excessively cruel, unsustainable and a significant source of pollution.

With so many delicious alternatives widely available, now is the time to ditch dairy for good!

Top favourite dairy-free products?

Of course YOSO tops my list! I love the unsweetened coconut yogurt. It is the creamiest, tastiest yogurt ever! I enjoy it plain, or build a parfait with fruit and nuts; I also use it for dips and dressings. It’s so versatile.

Daiya brand cheese shreds in mozzarella flavor. Perfect for topping homemade pizza or pasta dishes.

Silk brand, unsweetened almond milk. I use it as the base in energy shakes, overnight chia oats and baking recipes. Sometimes I drink a small glass over ice topped with a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

Vegan Stokes handcrafted cheeses. Smoked Gouda style is my fav! Super-yum!

Favourite local spot to eat that accommodates dairy-free?

My favourite local spot to eat dairy-free is Live Organic Food. I’ve been going to this plant-based eatery for over a decade. It’s an absolute must if you haven’t already tried it. Desserts to die for!

Favourite place to shop for groceries? 

Kensington Market. I love being able to walk around and get everything I need from fresh local produce and herbs, to spices and vitamins. It’s important to me to support small businesses and vendors as often as possible.  

For upcoming workshops, classes and retreats, find me on Instagram @jenny.nicol and www.jennynicol.com