As promised, I said I was going to give you a detailed explanation on my position regarding dairy.
Let’s look at actual facts rather than “arguable” opinions (true or not) like ”we are the only species of mammals to have another mammal’s milk”. Facts. I like FACTS.
(Extremely rare and sweet picture of a dog, feeding tigers. Source)
Is Milk Even Compatible with Humans?
According to AAFP, “worldwide, humans lose 90 to 95 percent of birth lactase levels by early childhood, and there is a continuous decline in lactase during the course of a lifetime.” (source) As humans, we can’t even digest this food!
How Often is Too Often?
Well, “a little” (namely weekly) consumption of dairy is enough to cause stress on our body. Imagine when we eat it daily. Most of us do!
Do this exercise: think of how much you ACTUALLY consume dairy products.
Include cheese, yogurt, ice cream, kefir and coffee/tea.
If you suffer from skin ailments, stop dairy completely for a week no exceptions. You can thank me later when your skin clears up (also when other conditions go away, but we’ll get into that later).
The Two Main Problems: The Hormones and The Processing
1. The Hormones.
When does a cow (or any other mammal for that matter) produce milk? When they have babies! So, in order to have a lactating cow for years in a row, farmers (or corporations) pump these cows with pregnancy hormones to make their bodies artificially produce milk ALL.THE.TIME. So this happens:
(normal vs growth hormone)
Source & Source
Because the poor cow’s udder gets infected, from swelling (and often tearing and cracking) cows go on antibiotics so that the milk we drink doesn’t infect us with the bacteria from the infected udder.
Which brings me to the Second problem:
2. The Processing:
When you have a product filled with animal byproduct (read: pus) you must pasteurize it and process it in order for it to be safe for the consumer. Then, it is separated in a homogenization process that separates the fat and cream from the dairy. And let’s not even go into more specific milks like “lactose free” and “flavoured” ones. How do you think this is achieved? By the time you get your hands on this end product, you are drinking a completely processed food.The Solution:
Believe me when I say I understand. Dairy
is delicious. There. I said it. And it was EXTREMELY hard cutting it completely out of my diet. But you must trust me when I say this: it’s like an addiction. Once you go through the detox phase, you don’t even crave it anymore. TRUST ME! I used to have dairy
3 times a day (cheese with my omelette, yogurt for a snack, more cheese at night, or maybe tea with milk at night). You will stick with it when you see the health results. I am not just talking about skin conditions, I am talking about health issues overall. Things you never thought would be related: migraines, joint pains, digestive issues, even sinus and asthma. Yep. There are great substitutes like almond milk. Try them!But What About Calcium? Dairy
is NOT the only source of calcium. Calcium in milk has all been an UNREAL (and quite brilliant) marketing campaign. Please take a look at this eye-opening comparison.
Please check the entire infographic here.
Courtesy of Kriss Carr
(you are awesome!)
To read more on alternatives for an easy switch check Kriss Carr’s website here
Are you curious to see what you feel like without dairy
in your life? If you are, let me know! I’d love to hear about it.
Have a beautiful weekend!