Gluten-free. Fat-free. Carb-free. Sugar-free. It seems like everyone I know is giving up different types of foods these days for whatever personal reasons. I’ve never had to stop eating something for diet or allergy purposes (knock on wood!). Thankfully, I’ve been blessed with being able to eat as I wish although that’s definitely been catching up with me since my 25th birthday! The only thing I’ve stopped consuming is soda, but even that isn’t a strict rule. I still enjoy a Shirley Temple or an orange soda from time to time when the craving kicks in. I never thought I’d be one to give up a food – that the doctors would have to pull it from my cold, dead hands first – but that might be about to change…
I’m slightly…okay, massively addicted to milk. I mix it with oatmeal, dry cereal, and hot chocolate for breakfast. I’ll drink it with tacos and pizza. I’ve even been known to knock back a cold one if I order a chocolatey dessert. Yep, I’m not ashamed to order milk while dining out at restaurants with friends! Heck, I even drink some post-sweat sesh because I crave it during workouts. I seriously love milk that much. And don’t even get my started on my obsession with cheese. (Hint: I’d probably marry it…) I just have a fond place in my heart for the whole dairy product family.
But sometimes when we love something, we have to let it go…
I’ve recently been reading lots of articles and blog posts as well as having long chats with friends about a possible dairy-free lifestyle. The benefit to milk is that it has vitamins and nutrients we need, but these can all be found in other products that are better for our bodies.
There are many negatives to milk too. One of the main points that I’ve found mind blowing is the fact that humans are the only species to drink milk after infancy – especially milk from a completely different species. I’d never thought of that before, but it’s a solid case against drinking milk. Second, milk has a good amount of calories. Depending on the type of milk, one cup sets you back at least 100 calories. Third, in my discussions with friends, many have told me that eliminating milk and dairy from their diets has cleared up their skin and helped with digestive issues – always a plus! To top off the list, many people complain of the inhumane way dairy cows can be treated due to hormones, improper feeding, and poor living conditions. All are good points in my opinion.
I know I won’t be able to give up all dairy cold turkey, and I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to completely eliminate it from my diet completely. I’m just being honest. But, I am trying. First, I’ve replaced milk with almond milk in my breakfast foods. Unfortunately, it tastes too sweet and thick for me to drink. If you have any alternatives to milk or other dairy products, please help a sister out! This is my starting point. I’d love to hear any opinions, advice, or product recommendations from those of you that live a dairy-free lifestyle or are looking into it. Let me know in the comments below!
Stay fit and fabulous,