Should you give up dairy? Let’s get to the bottom of this once and for all. Will it actually better your life?

First off let me just say that I could probably write a short novel on dairy. My opinion on it objectively, my personal experience & anecdotal as well as research supported ideas about the stuff—but I know you are busy and don’t have time for that as you fit this read into your daily hustle. I will try to keep this short & sweet ;) 

 

The Controversy

So I know that if you are reading this, you are somewhat aware of this “dairy controversy.” Diet gurus and influencers alike speak of dairy with negative words MEANWHILE the shelves are stocked with low-calorie, sugar-free, diet friendly yogurts. Plus MDs & our government recommend dairy for strong bones.

What.is.the.deal. 

Well in a nutshell, here’s what I have to say—take it or leave it:  

1) The dairy industry in the US is highly profitable for our government. I’m talking BIG GOLDEN MONEY BAGS GURL. Therefore, any & all pro-dairy recommendations don’t have our best interests in mind. Recommendations are driven by $$$.

2) Dairy, or I should say conventional dairy, AKA 95% of the dairy in stores {unless you source your milk form some small farm or something} has been found to contain high levels of hormones, antibiotics, & even remnants of puss. It’s not a theory—This is just true—use Google & see for yourself! 

  • Because of all that^^ dairy causes problems for many people. Our bodies simply don’t thrive in the presence of those kinds of toxins. Cue skin problems, digestive upset, joint pain, allergies, and “mystery symptoms.”

The Facts

Now, controversy aside, what are the facts? Is it bad for you? Will you glow-up into the goddess you’ve been waiting to become if you change to almond milk?  

You’re going to love this answer... ;)

...it depends on your body. There are some people who will smoke a pack of cigarettes every day and will live till 105 & there then are some that will get lung cancer off second hand smoke.  

Similarly, some people will eat dairy everyday and will literally be & feel full of health. Others will eat the “healthy dairy” like fat-free Greek yogurt and will developed a little belly pudge, maybe some hormonal acne, or mucus in their respiratory tract. 

Bio individuality

The idea of bio individuality is something I was turned onto through my studies with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. The concept in a gist: every body is different {no surprise there}...but what’s important & often understated is the idea that no one diet will work for every body. Period! 

 👉🏽 So, the question is how.do.you.feel?

You have to be real with yourself and decide whether you can draw connections between dairy & annoying symptoms you are having...even if you really like pizza. {bloating, acne, low energy, allergies, runny nose/eyes}.

My Experience + Opinion

#Proof: Stolen right off my Instagram Archive 😆^^

#Proof: Stolen right off my Instagram Archive 😆^^

 So I personally love love loved cheese 🧀 & yogurt 🍦. Specifically frozen yogurt. Ask any of my high school friends and they will tell you that well into my health journey I was hitting up Yogurtland on a weekly basis for a solid 18oz of what I thought of as a somewhat healthy approved treat. I’d pop a handful of Lactaid pills to prevent the lactose-intolerance bloating & deal with the zit I would wake up to the next day. It was ok at the time. I made it OK. I was OK with the symptoms...until I wasn’t. 

Essentially, over time I realized I was actually using dairy as a comfort…an odd thing to realize but when I got my yogurt 🍦 I would numb-out. It was so soothing...but only temporarily until the bloat & pimples came & a strange feeling of dependence.

I got to this point where I just didn’t want to deal with it anymore. Even if it was only once a week, I was over it.

I decided to do my own research and despite how much I loved the taste, I just couldn’t settle with the facts. 

Dairy contained a lot of sh*t that didn’t resonate with my values or my goals.  

In life I really try to evaluate things under that lens...like: “does this thing X, resonate with my values & goals?” & make decisions off that.  

So, I gave it up cold turkey. Seriously— I find it much easier to do that versus “weaning off”—I’ll write a blog post on how to do that soon.  

I’m not going to lie, the first couple of weeks were rough as I craved the sugar from the yogurt. But more than that, I craved my soothing routine. My little 1/2 hour long escape 

Dairy-Free ice cream is everywhere these days! This place is in Culver City 🌃 Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Dairy-Free ice cream is everywhere these days! This place is in Culver City 🌃 Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

Buuuut I also felt less bloated within that first week...which in turn made me happy & more in control of my body. It was a done deal. I decided to ride out the cravings until they dissipated and to find alternatives, which are NOT difficult to find living in LA. 

Since then, I just feel better & that’s always the goal. The better you FEEL the better your energy & the cycle continues.  

Energy is all that we are..!!

At the end of the day though, you can make your own decisions—I will always advocated for the most healthful option & the one that fuels your fire…or at least does not work to extinguish it—but only you know you!   

Logistics

If you are still conflicted, why don’t you give, giving up dairy a try.  Like a new pair of jeans that you see on the rack, you don’t know how you’ll actually like wearing them until they are on your body. Same with food.  

I will advise, though, that if you do decide to go without, set a goal for yourself {we love goals here}.

👉🏽Your goal should be specific & time-bound.  

For example: “I will skip all dairy for a week and see how I feel. If I prefer how I feel with dairy, GUESS WHAT, I can add it back in. 🤷🏽‍♀️“

Though I highly doubt you’ll feel physically better with it, but who really knows! 


 

What are your thoughts? Does this bring you some clarity on the topic or do you have further questions? I want to help as much as possible so feel free to express yo’ self 🗣 Questions? Thoughts? Experiences? 👇🏽 

 

Hope this is helpful babes, 

Morning Dove 🕊