I am not a vegan. The main reason for this is that I love eggs so much. Also, I imagine being truly vegan is incredibly time consuming. And a lot of stuff vegans don’t eat is actually pretty good for us.
But I can get behind the whole cutting out dairy thing.
I know – insane. Who could live without cheese or Alfredo sauce or ice cream? And I’m talking the real stuff, not vegan versions made with soy or whatever.
However, while I am not living without these things, I do live with a lot less of them than I used to.
Biggest difference? Way. Better. Digestion. Waybetter.
Long story short, I went veggie, didn’t do a fabulous job of getting all the nutrition I needed, got crazy anxious (for a laundry list of reasons), upset my intestines, got more crazy anxious.
It really is true that your GI tract is like a second brain.
Anyway, because things were so out of wack in my gut, I started reducing my dairy intake, having heard that dairy can make digestive trouble worse. I knew it was working when I overindulged one night and was in a bit of tummy pain the next day.
Once things were back to normal in my belly and head, I thought more about my dairy habits. Most of my life, I’ve been a tall glass of milk kind of girl. Dinner was not complete without it. I loved cheese as much as the next guy, and enjoyed cream based soups as often as possible. Yet, somehow, I was doing alright without a lot of it. Just as I hadn’t missed bacon or burgers, I apparently didn’t have too much trouble ordering “light cheese” in an omelet.
Of course, knowing how much better it made me feel was part of the reprogramming.
I’m not going to go into whether or not humans should consume dairy after infancy or argue about the diminished enzymes in modern, processed cows’ milk. It’s just too much for one little post.
I will, however, mention this Harvard article on the sky high (natural) hormones in our dairy cows, and that we really don’t keep and milk them the way nature intended. Also – gotta ask it – how much milk do you think our early human, hunter-gatherer ancestors were drinking? I have a guess.
Once again, I end up thinking about the paleo diet and evolutionary-minded eating.
In sum, try scaling down your dairy, if you’re so inclined. Doing so is a lot easier than you might think. Mix your glass of dairy milk with a little almond or coconut milk. Forego the cheese with your eggs. Opt for fruit or veggies rather than cheese balls. It just might make you feel a little better.
Oh, and I suppose this journey was about me and the goats too. I just love goat cheese.