Hey my Chocolate Milkshakes!
Thanks for all of your comments on my Dark Chocolate No-Bake Cookies. I’ve already finished up all the ones I made, and I’m already eyeing the dark chocolate chips to make some more. I just love how easy and delicious they are. Haha, and I wasn’t kidding about eating it for breakfast — I totally would!
I don’t drink milk.
Dairy milk, that is.
So why don’t I drink milk? These are a few of the reasons.
- It makes my face breakout.
My lastest experience with milk: I was wanting some vanilla protein powder (because it just tastes so good) and I got some whey protein powder. I thought I’d try it and see how my body reacted. It was yummy, I must say, but it really messed up my skin. I never breakout — EVER. And then it started. A couple days after I started eating the whey. It’s not even like the whey has much lactose in it, so it wasn’t the lactose. It was really hard (because I bought a big bag of it from Costco and I only got half-way) to give it up, since it was so good, but you know what: I decided that the health of my skin was more important than that. Balance is something I strive for, and balance with my body and with myself are a part of that. My body was clearly telling me (and SHOWING me) that it didn’t like that. I’ve stopped it for about a week and a half now and my face is already getting better.
Studies have even shown that the protein in milk can irritate the skin and make it more prone to breakout (if you want the details and some good resources, click here, here, and here; I also like this book– it explains the correlation between milk and acne very well — I checked mine out at the library).
- It makes me bloated and uncomfortable.
Whenever I eat dairy, I always get a little bloated. Since I don’t like that feeling, I don’t eat it.
- It gives me stomach aches (it was even shown even as a baby I had to have soy formula because regular milk caused an increase in colic).
Before I found out I was lactose intolerant, I ate yogurt as a snack EVERY day in the afternoon — I loved it, so why not?! I finally linked my stomach aches to that snack. On days I had something else that wasn’t dairy, I didn’t have a stomach ache. On days I did, I got one. To make sure, I cut out the yogurt. No more stomach aches. And, my face started getting clearer.
- It doesn’t really make sense why humans should drink it anyways.
My grandmother wasn’t the biggest fan of milk. Her belief was that humans shouldn’t drink it. Humans are the only animals to drink milk after they are weaned, and it’s not even like we drink human milk – we drink the formula that helps baby calves grow into large cows. So, it doesn’t really make sense to drink it in a way. (this websiteshares my grandmother’s views)
- I can get my calcium in others ways.
My whole family has never been much of a milk drinker. We use it in cereal and such, but not much else. It was only when I switched over to nondairy milks did I ever start just drinking it to drink it. My doctor wants me to be having 1400 mg of calcium a day. I know, that sounds like a lot. But it really adds up fast! J
Some foods that contain calcium include:
- One cup raw kale has 90 mg calcium
- One cup of pinto beans 80 mg calcium
- Three ounces of canned salmon with bones has 180 mg calcium
- One cup of tofu (soy) yogurt has 310 mg calcium
- Three ounces of canned sardines has 330 mg calcium
- One-half cup cooked turnip greens has 100 mg calcium
- One cup of chopped broccoli has 43 mg calcium
Others are found in nuts like almonds:
Seeds like flax and chia:
Carob powder is a good source:
Even these dry roasted soy nuts contain a good source of calcium:
This is not an excluding list – there are many other sources of calcium. You can also buy calcium-fortified orange juice and breakfast cereal that are enriched with it. Calcium is also available as a dietary supplement(Please speak to your doctor/health care provider before taking calcium or other dietary supplements).
And yes, along with milk, I don’t eat yogurt (unless it’s soy), cheese (never been a big fan of the fake cheese stuff), butter, etc. I try to avoid dairy in all of its forms.
Please, I am not saying you can’t ever drink/eat milk. If you do decide to buy milk, make it the organic kind if at all possible, or at least free of the rbgh and rbst hormones. I just know that it doesn’t work for me, and these are my reasons. I am open to opposing opinions.
Milk works for some people. For me, it doesn’t.
Do you drink milk? I’m meaning the dairy milk — from cows. I don’t drink dairy milk, but I drink the nut and bean nondairy milks. I’ve also been wanting to try some grain milks like oat and rice; haven’t had the chance yet though.
Your favorite source of calcium (dairy or nondairy)? Almond milk. YUM!
Have any thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions? I’d love to hear from you!
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