About a year and a half ago, I quit dairy for a few months because I knew it wasn’t doing my body any good. At first, I had some difficulty adjusting to life without cheese, milk, and butter, but then it became my new normal. Currently, I eat dairy on occasion, usually when I’m out to eat or at a friend’s house, but it is not a part of my daily diet. I’ve found this works best for me; I’m not completely depriving myself of something I do enjoy, but I’m also not regularly eating something my body doesn’t like. The more I learn about dairy, the more I believe that it is not a vital part of anyone’s diet and shouldn’t be consumed with regularity. Let me tell you why I limit my dairy and you can decide for yourself!
It doesn’t make me feel good.
When I eat a lot of dairy, I tend to get an upset stomach and am generally more tired. After quitting dairy without changing anything else in my diet, I immediately felt better, had fewer stomachaches, and dropped five pounds. This was five pounds of bloat that I was carrying around because my body doesn’t easily digest dairy. More energy, no stomachaches, and weight loss were good enough reasons for me to stay off it.
I get pimples.
It may be a vain reason for not eating dairy, but who wants pimples on their face? There is science to prove the relation of milk and acne, but all I need to know is when I go back to eating dairy, pimples follow shortly after. No thanks! Almond milk tastes just fine to me (shown above).
Milk is for calves, not for humans.
Cow’s milk is meant for calves, as human milk is meant for human babies. We are the only mammals that drink another species’ milk. Cow’s milk has an addictive substance that makes the calves want to drink their mother’s milk, which in turn helps them grow. So now, us humans are drinking and eating this addictive substance as adults. It’s a little odd, don’t you think?
Would you ever consider cutting back on dairy?
Giving up dairy is not easy, and you may wonder what the heck you are going to eat. If you think you might want to give up dairy and need a bit of help with the process, check out my Real Food First program and Winter Meal Plan…both include 28 days of real foods that are 100% dairy and gluten free…and 100% delicious.