Updated: Jan 3
“Dairy is nature’s perfect food — but only if you’re a calf.”
We are drilled into us as children that Dairy is good for us! However when you really research it, theres not much to say it is! Dairy’s good for your bones, is always the classic line we get told as kids however countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis? And studies of calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in reducing fracture risk. We’re also not told that 75% of humans are lactose intolerant! Our human bodies aren’t designed to digest dairy on a regular basis. What we do need is calcium, potassium, protein, and fats, however these can be found from other food sources, like whole plant foods such as vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Scientifically it hasn’t been proven that dairy causes spots, and for years this was enough for me to not give it ago. However, after hitting breaking point, and thinking maybe these beautiful skinned vegans are onto something ( Don’t all healthy vegans just seem to glow!?), I decided to give cutting diary out a go, and honestly I have never looked back!
I started with milk, as this was the easiest thing to find an alternative to. I’ve always been a big tea and coffee drinker (an absolute sucker for a latte) and loved these with milk. When I really wanted a latte, I just used coconut milk instead, and actually it was nicer than with cows milk! This was my first challenge underway, and actually after a while I preferred both tea and coffee without milk. The same went with cereal or porridge ; there was always an alternative…Almond, Soy, Coconut, Rice!
For a while, unrelated to me skin, I was randomly getting bad stomach aches and constipation. To try and identify what was causing this, and potentially my flare ups I started a food journal. I realised I was eggs ALOT and this was perfectly coinciding with my stomach aches, and on top of that I was eating cheese with most meals. I decided to give up eggs then and there but continued to eat cheese. Cheese was my weakness, my absolute devil food and Id have it at every opportunity because I loved it so much! I had started eating more vegan than not, when along came Christmas in the UK. Any of you brits will know that we love Cheese and Biccys, especially once it hits december and the excuse is always ” go on then…its Christmas”. Anyway, Christmas rolled around, and I had eaten so much cheese that I was nearly rolling around too! I actually pushed myself to my cheese limit, and after eating vegan for months, I actually made myself physically sick. Anytime I ate it I would throw up the next morning, and my skin was horrendous! It completely proved to me that eating cheese was freaking my body out.
I now know that I am very intolerant to dairy and I have stopped eating dairy full stop. I saw the vegan light, and my skin really thanked me! You cant put acne completely down to dairy, however since I have started connecting with other Acne sufferers so many have said that going dairy free helped clear their skin. Dairy is full of hormones, and so this is something to really take into account with hormonal problems such as Acne.
My advice is to just give it ago, and swap to a milk alternative like nut milk whilst working towards eliminating other dairy when you are ready! Alot of people will experience breakouts if they give up dairy all together full stop as the toxins released in this process ( like any toxins) come out through your skin. Before changing your diet drastically, i would recommend seeing a specialist, or just making sure you really do your research on Veganism!