My Experience Going Dairy-Free
When I decided to cut dairy out of my diet about 10 years ago, it was tough. I’m not going to lie that I craved cheese, ice cream, half and half, greek yogurt for months after going dairy-free. This might have been a type of addiction.
Over time, my cravings for dairy reduced, though, and now are rare. The point is that it takes time to learn to live without a food you’ve possibly eaten for decades. Go easy on yourself and take it one day at a time!
Adult Humans Don’t Require Milk
Humans are the only mammals that consume dairy products from other species. As soon as a baby is weaned off of its mother’s milk, it is usually given cow’s milk as a replacement.
The dairy industry has convinced us that this is a requirement for healthy bones and proper growth. Consuming milk of a cow is absolutely not a requirement for health, unless you’re a calf!
Dairy Products Can Be Estrogenic
You can actually help your hormones by ditching dairy. Dairy consumption promotes excess estrogen in the body due to it containing estrogen from female cows. It can account for up to 80% of dietary estrogens if someone is drinking a lot of it. This is not good since excess estrogen from any source has been linked to an increase risk of female cancers.
Men aren’t off the hook though. They are more at risk for developing testicular and prostate cancer when they have excess estrogen in their bodies. This hormonal imbalance can also cause mood swings and lead to unwanted reactions like acne.
Dairy can lead to an increase in inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is most definitely not healthy, and can result in troublesome symptoms such as join pain, headaches, and others.
But, What About Calcium?
Dairy consumption isn’t the only way to get its beneficial vitamins and minerals into your diet. Dairy is often touted as a good source of calcium. However, there are better sources of calcium besides conventional dairy products full of hormones, antibiotics, and pesticides.
Some excellent sources of calcium include kale, broccoli, almonds and bok choy. You can also obtain calcium from fortified dairy alternatives.
Calcium supplementation should be carefully considered as well. Please seek the help of a medical professional if you decide to use a calcium supplement. Improper use has been shown to increase calcification of the arteries and lead to an increased risk of some cancers. As always, it’s best to get your nutrients, such as calcium, from properly prepared, whole-food sources.
If you do decide to supplement with calcium then be sure to find a quality calcium supplement that also includes K2 and vitamin D3, which all help direct calcium to be deposited in the bones, and not in the soft tissues.
What can you eat on a dairy free diet?
You don’t need to feel limited if you are on a dairy free diet. You can eat whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, healthy fats, and tofu.
If you’re unsure whether or not you should go dairy-free completely, try an elimination diet. By cutting out dairy for 6 weeks, then you can get a very good idea if you feel better going off dairy.
You can always book a time on my calendar for a free call if you need support going diary free. This may really help you lose weight.