Fun Fact: Humans are the only mammals who continue to consume milk after we are babies.
Being someone who has restrained dairy from my diet, for the past 2 years, I have seen multiple benefits in my overall health and they are all worth it. I chose to do this when I began to realize that my body no longer responded the dairy the way it used to. I could eat ice cream and cheese all I wanted still but it no longer would digest. I also chose to restrict my dairy intake when I started breaking out as well and while hormones may have had an impact on my acne, I knew that eating dairy only made it worse.
I thought it would be hard cutting out dairy, being someone who loves their pasta covered in cheese and loves eating ice cream, I had my doubts about whether or not I could truly commit but I came to find out that it turned out to be a lot easier than I thought.
Making the Switch:
Instead of buying Milk, substitute it with alternatives such as Almond Milk, Rice Milk, and Soy Milk. Not only are you eliminating the harmful effects of consuming dairy by making this switch, but you are also gaining plant based nutrients in these substitutes and these alternatives do not need to be refrigerated until they have been opened so you no longer have to worry about milk going bad. And personally, the taste of these other milk are better.
There are also many substitutes for butter, ice cream, and yogurt. And while there are multiple substitute options for cheese I will admit that I have yet to find one that I like but I really don’t miss cheese all that much.
You will lose weight– you will be cutting out all of those extra calories and either substituting it with healthier alternatives or cutting it out altogether.
Your skin could clear up to an extent– again, acne can also be caused by hormones but eliminating dairy will only help against fighting off acne.
Your digestion could improve– at least 70% of the world’s population is intolerant to dairy to some extent. By cutting out this product you are eliminating a factor that could contribute to digestive conditions such as IBS.
Can reduce the risk of getting Diabetes.
Can reduce exposure to antibiotics and added hormones that can be added to dairy products.
How to Make the Switch?
Being Driven is key– In order to follow through with cutting off this product, it helps to have a reason for doing so. For me, I wanted to cut off dairy for multiple reasons. The main one being that I could clearly tell that my body was not happy when I would consume dairy and therefore I didn’t feel good. I also cut it off because I wanted my skin to be clearer. With these reasons for doing this, I was more determined to cut it out in larger amounts and to do so more quickly.
Don’t Get Angry at Yourself– remember, cheating is OK! I admit that there is one thing that I simply can’t give up and that is Pizza, so I limit myself to one cheat day and that is Friday. I get Pizza and depending on how willing I am to test my digestive system, I may even throw some ice cream in sometime during that day as well. Depending on how much you consume and how well your body can handle it, you may find no effect from it or you could find yourself spending the night in the bathroom. So PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!
Everyday Foods That Don’t Contain Dairy:
3. Ritz Crackers
4. Triscuit Crackers
These are just a few of the foods that are common to eat that don’t contain dairy. While I recognize that most of them may not be the healthiest of options, they may help satisfy that craving for certain dairy products.
So Now What?
Now, I encourage you to try to cut out dairy little by little and see how you feel. I would love to know how the journey goes for you! My final tip of advice I can offer to you is to make sure that you get calcium suppliments because you want to make sure you are getting enough of it. It is possible to get enough calcium without dairy, but you just have to make sure you get it from other sources which is easy to do!