Cut Out the Dairy

…and cut it out completely.  You’ll thank me later.

There are so many wonderful alternatives out there, that you end up not even missing the real thing.  Daiya is a company that makes dairy free stuff – cheese, cream cheese, pizza, yogurt, dressings, and more.  Daiya products are free from all dairy, gluten, soy, peanuts, eggs, fish, shellfish.  It covers a lot of bases – food allergies, vegan, special diet.  Try it out, you won’t be disappointed.

If you’re a baby calf, then you can skip this post.  So the USDA recommends that you have 3 glasses of milk a day!  Milk makes baby cows, big cows.  Once upon a time, I used to drink milk with every meal.  When I got into my late 20s, it started to bother my stomach.  I ended up not drinking as much, but when I went Paleo – I stopped altogether.  There are so many wonderful alternatives to drinking milk – almond milk and coconut milk are my go-to’s.  When you cut out dairy, you just have to make sure you’re getting calcium and vitamin D elsewhere – but that’s easy peasy.  Dark leafy greens and fatty fish are wonderful sources of calcium.

You’re body fat will go down, as well as your weight.  You’ll just start to feel better (and less bloated).  It seems like a win-win.  I promise you, that if you give the alternatives a chance, you won’t miss it.  I even made cheese once out of cashews and pine nuts, I’ll have to find the recipe.  The texture was a little off, but it melted like cheese and tasted like it too!

I have mild eczema, but when I cut out dairy, it almost completely went away.

Ghee and butter are staples in my diet, but I only buy grass-fed.  Kerry’s is a wonderful brand for butter.  I know it sounds like quite the commitment to give up dairy, but try to give yourself at least 30 days.  Elimination diets are good.  Sometimes you can find out that something really was causing a lot of trouble for you.  After going Paleo, I realized a lot of the foods I eliminated were causing a lot of problems for me…and I haven’t looked back.

So when you consume milk from a cow, you are getting a lot of extra hormones in it (because the cow is most likely pregnant).  The extra estrogen will cause a whole plethora of issues – allergies, eczema, endometriosis, decreased sex drive, acne…need I say more (because the list goes on)?  Listen to your body…give it 30 days.  What have you got to lose?

“Be mindful and listen to your body.  Take action – omit and reintroduce.” 

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I’m a 36 year old kid at heart. I reached a low point in my life where I felt like I needed to take control before I didn’t have the choice, and that’s when I decided that I needed to change my lifestyle. It’s going to be my life long goal to always achieve optimum health…I am still young after all. Here I am, over one year into my Paleo journey, and I never felt better.

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