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Why I Don’t Drink Milk!

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:

Non-dairy milks:

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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Hey My Nut Buttahs!

Hey My Nut Buttahs! 😀

Can you believe I have already hit the bottom of my SECOND jar of walnut almond butter?! At least there is another OIAJ in my future! 😉 And by your requests, Protein Granola Bars will be next! 😀

My life has been pretty crazy over the last few weeks. Some of the things that have been going on include —


We have a TON of figs right now! We have a fig tree out front,  and it is officially a giant.

AND, it JUST decided to have ALL of its fruit go ripe.

(P.S. these Texas figs start green and turn yellow when ripe)

We’ve been giving them to our neighbors (well, more like on our knees BEGGING them to take some), and I must say, many of them didn’t know what they were. All we had to do was mention Fig Newtons and that these figs were the filling inside of the newtons did they say, Oh! YUM! 🙂 You’ve just got to love them! 😀

We have new revolving Pantry shelves to hold our canned goods.

With canned goods, we want to use the ones we get first before the new ones, but the older ones tend to stick in the back and the new ones are placed in front. So, we always grab the ones in front. With these shelves, we don’t have to worry about not using stuff. I also like that it makes things a little bit more organized. 🙂

I just received a box of goodies from Swanson Health! They sent me Coconut Flour, Raw Cacao Nibs, TVP (texturized vegetable protein), Muesli, Wheat Bran, and Oat Bran.

I can’t wait to use these!! 😀 What I love about Swanson is their wide variety of the products I love — and their prices are VERY good! Plus, shipping is always $4.99, so buying more stuff doesn’t mean shipping goes up.

Are you interested in getting some free Swanson Health Products goodies to review on your own blog? Then check out the Swanson Health Blog for all the details.

I got a package the other day with my shirt from the 28 day challenge I participated in!

I LOVE IT! Here’s a close-up of the design on the front.

I can’t wait to wear it! Paige is so sweet — I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to do this challenge with her and the other women!

My mom and I have been going over my college plans. It is getting really exciting! Right now I’m just finishing up a couple of classes (I finished another math class the other night — I’m done with Trig and now with Business Math). We discussed my SAT Scores and you know what — there was NO difference between them. I got the same score each time. What I scored on Writing on one test is what I scored on the other in Math, and vice versa. There was only a 20 point difference between the Math and Writing (those are my two strongest areas). I’m thinking I don’t have to take another SAT test unless I REALLY want to.

I re-did my room! 😀 Now my closet is organized, my shelves have been cleaned-up, and my floor is now spotless. It kind of reminds me of a hotel room in a way.

I love this quilt that is on my bed. What makes it so special to me is that my Grandma made it herself! By hand!

Guess what I put on my Mirror?

Can you see it? Here’s a close up.

Oh yes I did. My life is now.perfect. 🙂

What is one thing I should take into consideration when picking the college I want to go to? I’m having to decide between two and I don’t know what to do!

What should I do with all of these figs??? I’m thinking some Fig Walnut Bread! 🙂 And some Preserves!

What should I try first with my new goods? I’m thinking of some muffins


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Who Can Say No?!

Hey my lovelies!!!

You guys are absolutely AMAZING!!!! Have I told you that?! I can’t believe at the response I got from my last post on Q & A on my past eating disorder! I’m so glad that you guys have found that balance with yourselves. I know that my balance may not be what everyone else’s balance is, but I hope all of you, if you haven’t already, find that balance with you.

Remember my post on the Faith Leap? While I was at Teen Conference, I got to spend a whole lot of time with my friends. In addition to all of the activities that we did, the food was INCREDIBLE!!! Alison really did an AMAZING job with everyone’s different diets and such. I was in absolute HEAVEN!!! If only we could have access to that Salad And Fruit Bar EVERYDAY my life would be complete. 🙂

Here are some of my eats for that Teen Conference weekend!!!


They had so many different kinds of fruit! I instantly attacked the Watermelon, Strawberries, Pineapple, Cantaloupe, and HoneyDew. My mom doesn’t buy honeydew, so I really love it when places have it. 🙂

I brought my own oatmeal for my breakfasts, so I had oatmeal with my homemade Protein Powder.

Chocolatey and oh so good. 🙂


They had the Salad bar for Lunch AND Dinner — my favorite part of camp was this bar!! 😀 (who can say no to an incredible salad bar?!) This salad had leafy greens, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, and chickpeas. The only thing they didn’t have were sunflower seeds!!! That would have made this salad PERFECT! 😀

And MORE Salads along side some Quinoa Stir Fry!

It was the same salad as before minus the chickpeas, and with edamame. Alison also made the BEST QUINOA STIR FRY I have EVER had!!! Do any of you have a recipe that involves Quinoa? I have a big bag of it downstairs and I want to use it! 🙂

Camp Food was simply AMAZING.

I also brought baggies of almonds for my snacks in the afternoon. 🙂 It worked out REAALLLLY well! 🙂

After Camp, we went to Culver’s!!! I usually don’t eat anything there, but because it was my birthday, I wanted a little something. So Kelsey and I shared a Cookie Dough scoop of frozen custard with banana!

It was really good, but WAY too sweet! I could feel the sugar in the cookie dough as though it were sand in my mouth! I could only take so much and then I was done. The bananas were really tasty though! 🙂

And THAT, my dears, was Teen Conference — Food Edition.

Fun. Delicious. Incredible!

How do you prepare foodwise for camps? Do you pack everything, bring a few essentials, or just not worry about it? Usually I’ll ask what they’ll be providing and pack accordingly — bring essentials, like nuts, oatmeal, soy nuts, etc.

What is one of your favorite salad toppings? I LOVE SUNFLOWER SEEDS AND CHICKPEAS!

Do you have splurges once in a while? Rarely, but yes. Sometimes. It had really be a special occasion though — like my birthday.