I think I need to give up dairy.

Certain events lately have led me to believe that I should probably give up the moo juice (and all of its related delights) for my health.

I have a mild form of rosacea and it never occurred to me that my rosacea flare ups could be related to my dairy consumption until I read someone’s blog post a couple of years ago about how they made the connection (and I canNOT for the life of me remember whose it was – if it was you, shout out in the comments please!!).  I didn’t really change my habits because I wasn’t drinking a lot of milk at the time, but thinking back, I was probably still eating cheese, sour cream, and yogurt on the regular. I still don’t drink a lot of milk (I put a splash of it in my coffee every morning though) but I have been consuming large amounts of brie lately. I can definitely tell when I’ve had a weekend of too much dairy because by Monday morning my face is as splotchy as a Jackson Pollock painting. 1275431_orig


Fast forward to this weekend when I kept burping all weekend long (honest confession: I burp all the time. Sexy, I know) and I decided to Google “Why do I burp so much” that I ran across this article that says excessive burping might be caused by lactose intolerance. Really??? I’ve never heard that before, but it could be true, I suppose. I do put milk in my coffee, and sour cream is always a favorite, and then there’s my unfortunate (but delicious) brie addiction…I’m coming to the curious conclusion that I might need to nix the dairy as an experiment for awhile.

Le sigh.

So I am definitely going to cut back and maybe swap out some of my dairy favorites for things like almond milk and goat cheese (does goat cheese still count as dairy???) and cut way back on the amount of sour cream I use. I’m not upset about it…just curious to see what will happen. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Anyone else come to this conclusion before? Did you have to give up something you loved for your health? Was it worth it? Chime in below!

(Fun fact: I had to go through this post several times and correct the mistake of typing diary instead of dairy. Sheesh! )


15 thoughts on “I think I need to give up dairy.

  1. Sounds like a good thing to try! It takes about 10-14 days to get dairy completely out of your system. I have a casein allergy and feel so much better when I eliminate all dairy (your post inspires me to be strict about it after the holiday weekend). The Go Dairy Free website has lots of information on making the switch. Thankfully there are lots of coconut milk, almond milk, and flax alternatives. Except for cheese….vegan cheese is not cheese. It can be delicious but it’s not cheese. 😉

  2. I have stopped dairy several times. I am talking about over the years. Each time I realize I need to be off it totally. (GI problems, major problems, and bloat). Then it creeps back in a little bit at a time until I stop again. This time I think I am permanently stopped, not allowing the creep. Because the GI problems are definitive.

    In addition to preventing GI issues, I find it extremely helpful to be off dairy because it is so easy to over eat. Yogurt and cheese. Just too readily available. Just too easy to over eat. One of the kindest things I can do for myself is just not eat it.

    I would encourage you to totally stop all cow milk products to be able to really see if that is your cause. Usually have to eliminate things for about a month to really see.

    Cashew milk is a great substitute, but it gives me severe migraines. (I tried alternatives a few weeks ago looking for a protein shake combination.) So I do not do coconut or almond either. We have family history of all kinds of tree nut issues. But I can eat pecans with no problems (go figure, I do not understand that either).

    We actually do not keep cow’s milk in the house. Only rice milk. Because we try to diversify everyone as much as possible. Since they eat cow yougurt, we keep rice milk.

    No one at my house has ever been a milk drinker. We just use it IN things.

    They eat it on cereal. I do not eat cereal. They use it in pancakes/waffles, which I do not eat either.

    I have never been a coffee drinker (I would have to put so much in it to disguise the taste that there would not be any coffee left). I can’t even stand the smell.

    1. My husband & kids drink A LOT of milk. I think we go through 4-5 gallons per week. They drink it alone and in cereal – everyone freaks out if we run out of milk. :/ I switched to soy milk for a long time on the recommendation of my Gyno, but I got out of the habit of buying it. Almond milk is probably what I’ll switch to next.

        1. When my middle child was 1-2 years old, she had a rash on her face that would not go away. Finally figured out it was from milk. We stopped the milk for a long time, then somewhere along the way she picked it up again and has had no problems (she’s 15 now).

  3. Goat cheese has lactose but less than cheese made from cow’s milk. My 17 year old was recently diagnosed as lactose intolerant. If you really want to know if lactose is the problem you can have a hydrogen breath test done. If you are lactose intolerant, you’ll know it long before the test results come back.

  4. I love almond milk. Specifically Vanilla Unsweetened Almond Breeze. I’ve tried other brands and definitely didn’t like them as much. But I do love my dairy, and hope I never have to give it up. Its a fairly significant source of protein in my daily diet–cottage cheese and yogurt. Goat milk (for puppies) is supposed to be so much easier to digest than cow’s milk. I think I’ve heard the same for humans. Maybe you could experiment.

    1. I tried Walmart’s brand of unsweetened vanilla almond milk and I was unimpressed. I’m going to try Almond Breeze and hopefully it won’t be as..meh. 🙂 I love my dairy too, but I’m afraid that if I keep consuming large amounts (see brie addiction above) that it’ll just make my skin issues worse. And I feel like if it’s showing up in my skin – what’s it doing to my insides???? Yikes!

  5. I used to work in a law firm that had milk, orange juice, bagels, peanut butter, etc. out for the employees. I love milk and would drink 3 big glasses a day. Until I couldn’t anymore – I literally may as well have drunk it on the toilet because that’s how fast it came out – sorry, not sorry! 😛 Anywho, I can’t drink milk like I did back then, but cheese and dairy are fine – also, have you tried cashew milk? I love the stuff and it’s only 25 calories a cup 😀

  6. Hi Jill
    I actually prefer goats milk, and the cheese is so tasty. Not quite sold on goats yoghurt yet tho…Love coconut and almond milk. Reckon you will get on fine without dairy, well worth it for great skin 🙂 Doing a cleanse is often good for sorting out intolerances, gets the body working well again so you can re-introduce things slowly. I like the aloe cleanse http://www.ninedayslim.com as the aloe is really good quality, doesn’t taste great tho.
    Also, homeopathy can be great for sorting out intolerances. All the best 🙂

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