I cut dairy out of my diet these past 4 weeks and, to my surprise, my body started to change.
Spoiler alert: it changed for the better.
These are the 4 changes I noticed:
#1 – My Skin Has Gotten Clearer
“Most evidence-based studies agree that acne can be irritated by dairy. Eliminating dairy from your diet can improve skin texture and tone and improve skin conditions like acne and rosacea.” [Insider]
Acne is an inflammatory condition. And because dairy is a major cause of oils in the body, it can help inflammation grow.
Now I’m aware that there are other causes for acne, but for me, I noticed a change once I dropped dairy.
Peep the skin! (No makeup except for filling in my brows, no filter or editing on the pic either)
#2- My Digestion Improved
My digestion became more consistent and my bloating went down dramatically.
“Dairy is very high in fat, contains hormones, and directly feeds pathogens in the body which creates neurotoxins that can cause inflammation and other chronic health issues like bloating.” [LiveWellWithArielle]
Me after ditching dairy for 4 weeks!
#3 – Less Sinus Congestion
Before getting rid of dairy, my sinuses were always congested.
During the 4 weeks without it, I noticed that I wasn’t congested at all.
“Casein, the naturally occurring protein in dairy products promote the formation of mucus, and thicken existing mucus, causing congestion.” [TheActiveTimes]
#4- I Have More Energy
I thought I was tired all the time due to aging. But after going on this no-dairy challenge, doing more research, and paying closer attention to how my body feels- I can confidently say that age is not to blame.
“Dairy products such as milk and cheese have been shown to contribute to chronic fatigue in individuals. By going dairy-free, the body doesn’t have to work so hard to break down the dairy products.” [HuffPost]
Those are the four biggest changes I saw in my body!
If you’re interested in saying goodbye to dairy as well, here are some non-dairy substitutes:
- Soy milk: Contains 109 calories, 5 grams of fat, 7 grams of protein and 8 grams of carbs (14).
- Rice milk: Contains 120 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and 23 grams of carbs (15).
- Oat milk: Contains 130 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 4 grams of protein and 24 grams of carbs (16).
- Almond milk: Contains 60 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and 8 grams of carbs (17, 18, 19).
- Coconut milk: Contains 80 calories, 5 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein and 7 grams of carbs (20, 21).
- Cashew milk: Contains 60 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and 9 grams of carbs (22).
- Flaxseed milk: Contains 50 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein and 7 grams of carbs (23).
- Hemp milk: Contains 100–140 calories, 5–7 grams of fat, 2–5 grams of protein and 8–20 grams of carbs (24, 25).
- Coconut milk yogurt: 180 calories, 14 grams of fat, 1 gram of protein and 12 grams of carbs (29).
- Almond milk yogurt: 128 calories, 7 grams of fat, 3 grams of protein, 14 grams of carbs and less than 1 gram of fiber (30).
- Soy milk yogurt: 80 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of carbs (31).
- Hemp yogurt: 147 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 11 grams of protein, 16 grams of carbs and 3.4 grams of fiber (32).
- Vegetable oil blends: 50–100 calories, 6–11 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein and 0 grams of carbs (35, 36, 37).
- Coconut butter: 105–130 calories, 10–14 grams of fat, 0–2 grams of protein and 0–8 grams of carbs (38, 39, 40).
- Cultured vegan butter, made from coconut and cashews: 90 calories, 10 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein and 0 grams of carbs (41).
- Nut butters: 93–101 calories, 8–9 grams of fat, 2–3 grams of protein and 3–4 grams of carbs (42, 43, 44).
If you enjoyed this post, you’d love my [A Meat Lover’s 21-Day Plant-Based (Vegan) Challenge Results] post!