Why I say no to dairy

Let me begin by saying how much I love, and I mean love cheese. In fact, I still remember the day my mom brought home a gigantic box of Cheezits for the first time ever. I took a handful, ran back to the living room to play, and ran back in for another handful, back and forth for about 45 minutes. I first learned about my cheese addiction when I ran back in for another scoop, only to hit the bottom of the box where only crumbs and sadness remained. Yes, I ate an entire box of Cheezits at about age 6, I am not proud of this.

I share this story with you because I want you to know that nixing dairy from my life has been no easy feat. I am often one to advocate a healthy transition when making lifestyle changes, since it is usually unrealistic to change a deeply ingrained habit over night. I am no exception to this and I too practice what I preach. Upon learning and researching dairy products, I would love to say that I immediately banned it from my life and never touched the stuff again, however that is not the case. Though I did immideatly greatly reduce my intake overnight, I mostly began my transition with becoming more mindful of how often and how much I would eat.

Over time I hardly missed dairy and living without it wasn’t as big of a deprivation as I had envisioned. I would have moments where Cheezits could not be denied, or feta cheese on my salad was too good to resist, but as more and more time has gone by, I find it much easier to deny. One thing that helps is that my positive feelings are no longer associated with cheese, instead they have been replaced by negative ones. I go so long without it in my system, that when I do eat it my body reacts very unhappily, to the point that it’s just not worth it to me anymore.

So if you have a dairy product that you can’t imagine living without, take it from the Cheezit fiend over here, it is possible and your body will thank you for it.

So if you have a dairy product that you can’t imagine living without, take it from the Cheezit fiend over here, it is possible and your body will thank you for it.

So without further adieu, here is the low down on dairy products complete with some interesting research to ponder, some need to know facts to consider, and some explanations to what could be contributing to your health & beauty woes.

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Interesting Facts:

For one, humans are the only species to drink another mammal’s milk. Think about cows, baby cows drink their mom’s milk up to a certain age, not even adult cows drink cow’s milk, and neither should adult humans (or any humans for that matter.) “The chemical composition of cow’s milk is different from that of human milk, therefor our bodies are not designed to break it down.”

Humans are the only specials to drink milk past the first few years of life. The purpose of a mother’s milk is to provide a new and growing infant with the proper nutrition for healthy development. No other species continues to drink the milk from their mother into their “teen” years, let alone adulthood. “Lactase is the enzyme needed to break down and digest the sugar in milk called lactose. Problem is, “most of our bodies stop or greatly diminish the production of lactase by the time we are about two to three years old, as nature did not intend for us to be drinking mother’s milk after that.”(More effects of this below.)

Need to know facts:

Big problem concerning health= Casein

“The main protein in cows milk is called casein. It makes up 87% of cow’s milk protein…there is some casein present in the human breast milk, but in cow’s milk there is 300% more. The casein helps cows develop huge bones. Casein is such a strong binder that it has been used as an ingredient in wood glue! Without the necessary enzymes such as lactase to break it down, casein coagulates in the stomach and is very difficult for our bodies to break down (talk about wasted energy!) when casein is broken down in the human stomach, it produces casomorphins, protein fragments that contribute to a myriad of health issues… Dairy has also been found to >>double<< the risk of prostate cancer.

“Dr. Campbell, a professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell Universtiy, studied the effect of diet on rats exposed to protein carcinogens and found a strong correlation between protein intake and cancer growth. Of all the proteins, Dr. Campbell found that casein most consistently and strongly promoted cancer and that it promoted all stages of the cancer process.”

Additionally- the beauty woes:

Dairy turns into an extremely acid-forming food once it is put into our bodies. Highly acidic foods= encouraged weight gain and healthy looking bodies out the window, especially when consumed consistently and/or in large amounts.

Dairy also creates mucus. When excess mucus is created (past the natural and necessary amount our body produces), it engulfs toxins and the toxic remnants of certain foods and can become thick and cloudy to “trap” the toxicity and help it leave the body. This excess mucus can begin to harden and build up along the walls of our intestinal tract.

“When we ingest milk, cheese and other dairy products, it puts a huge burden on the body to try and get rid of the mucus (talk about your body spending its time on MORE wasted energy!) Dairy products begin to wreak havoc on our bodies as soon as they are ingested, so our bodies then try desperately to get rid of them in different ways, such as in the form of phlegm, mucus, or pimples.”

All added together and dairy products, being acid forming, difficult to digest, and clogging “can make it very difficult to lose the extra weight in those troublesome areas- our bellies, upper arms, thighs, hips, and under our chins.”

In the end, dairy is:

  • A ton of health risks
  • A burden on our bodies
  • A major contributor to weight gain and fat stubbornness
  • A major factor that ultimately keeps us from reaching our true health and beauty potentials

If giving up dairy does not sound like something you will want to do anytime soon, you can always start off by swapping some of your current purchases for better alternatives. Buying unsweetened almond, coconut, hazelnut or hemp milk are great options and can even be a super simple and fun project to make at home! Additionally, try goat’s cheese instead of cow’s cheese to transition as it is easier on the stomach.

If you have an addiction to dairy like Cheezit hoarding Shaina did, try seeing how you feel from just cutting it out completely for one week, if you are a frequent dairy consumer, and two weeks if you eat it more sparingly. If you feel bloated, gassy, suffer from acne, have trouble losing those last couple pounds or notice any other negative occurrences in your body, it is possible dairy could be playing a role. Go dairy free temporarily and pay close attention to any changes in how you feel, I promise it is worth a try.

-Shay

 

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2 comments on “Why I say no to dairy

  1. Carlene Delonais
    December 13, 2016 at 3:54 am

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don’t know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you aren’t already 😉 Cheers!

  2. Keyanna
    January 19, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Briiallnce for free; your parents must be a sweetheart and a certified genius.

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