No dairy for 28 days seems pretty simple, right? That’s what I figured too.
And it was for the most part – except I realized how much dairy I really consume on a regular basis. But wait a second, why was I getting rid of dairy in the first place?
To be honest, I thought it was making my stomach upset and wanted to do a little experiment to see if I cut it out entirely if my body/mood/skin/anything changed. I didn’t really know too much beyond that and I honestly didn’t do my “homework” on what dairy really does to your body when it has too much or too little.
So I googled “what dairy does to your body” and I got this article.
Ok, I’m sorry what?!
For each daily glass of milk you drink, your risk of death rises by 15%, according to a study in the BMJ.
Yeah, I don’t buy it.
And then next, I find this article.
Less dairy, better bones. Countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
There’s a crazy amount of information out there about dairy’s effect on your body and it’s not super clear which sources to trust and which ones not to trust.
So I will tell you from personal experience…
NOTHING MUCH CHANGED. (on the surface)
I swapped my milk for my cereal in the mornings to almond milk, cut cheese and yogurt completely out, and when I felt like eating ice cream I would go for dairy-free options.
I wish I had more of an exciting outcome, but I honestly feel the same.
What I DID learn though is that CHEESE IS ON EVERYTHING!!!!
And I love cheese, don’t get me wrong. But a lot of the time it’s unnecessary. Cheese on a burger, cheese on a sandwich, cheese on a salad, cheese on pasta, you name it, I’m sure someone has put cheese on it. And after 28 days of saying “No cheese, please” I think I’m going to start saying that more. Cause a lot of the time they’re just mindless calories!
I also discovered my love for almond milk. Man, almond milk is delicious. You should try it some time if you’ve never tasted it before.
My major takeaways from this month:
- Listen to your body! If you think that something is making your stomach upset, or your skin flare up, or anything, take note of it and do a little experiment like I did. And through these experiments, you’ll get to know your body better and you may discover a new alternative you never thought of before!
- Do your homework. Yeah, I didn’t do this one. So maybe you should, lol.
Happy March and stay up to date with my current 30 day challenges here on my blog and on my Instagram @livinasleah!