So last week I tried a little experiment: I cut out dairy.
I initially decided to do so for my skin. I’ve heard rumors around the blogosphere that dairy has been linked to things like acne and inflammation. As a secondary reason, I’ve noticed lately that my go-to unhealthy meals (when I’m in a pinch, when I’m emotional, when I’m tired) usually revolve around cheese: pizza, nachos (be still my heart), that sorta stuff. I don’t drink cow’s milk (almond milk FTW!) but I am a cheese freak.
It’s become just a little too much. As we all know, “all things in moderation, including moderation.” But a little half and half here, a sprinkle of cheese there became more than an occasional occurrence: I rarely had a meal that didn’t involve some kind of dairy!
So the experiment began. So for today’s WIAW, let’s take a sneak peek at what a dairy-free week looks like.
Results? My skin is the same. Granted, it was only a week. My body, on the other hand, felt great. I felt less bloated overall and started to notice how many calories I was cutting by not adding cheese here and there. I gave myself a lesson in what NEEDS cheese and what can do without it. And now that I’m halfway through a week where I’ve reincorporated it into my life again (hello, beautiful) it’s been nice that I haven’t turned back to adding dairy to everything by default. I’m using coconut milk creamer, for example, and it’s blowing my mind.
- What’s your opinion on dairy?
- Have you ever gone dairy-free?