I hope that you had a wonderful ThanksLIVING! We had a wonderful holiday and I am trying to get myself back in gear 🙂
Today I wanted to discuss something that is near and dear to my heart, and it’s also something that most people do not know about. This subject is dairy!
I was vegetarian for years and often ate cheese, whey, ice cream, yogurt, and cottage cheese, all while thinking that I wasn’t contributing to any animals being harmed or killed. Unfortunately, I was completely wrong.
The dairy industry does a fantastic job at hiding the truth and telling us that it is perfectly okay to be consuming milk from another species. In fact, we need it for “strong bones” and “it does a body good”.
*Look at these happy cows, surrounded by family, living in green pastures.
Let me give you a quick summary of what actually happens in order for humans to drink cow (or goat) milk. First, how do you think a cow produces milk? Just like other animals, she needs to be pregnant! The farmer will artificially inseminate a female cow on a device that is often referred to as a “rape rack”. She will be pregnant for 9 months, just like a human, and will give birth to her baby. As soon as the baby is born, he or she will be ripped away from their mom (they don’t want the babies drinking OUR milk) and the mom will cry in agony for days. If the baby is a boy, he will be killed for veal. If the baby is a girl, she will be raised as a dairy cow. All dairy cows will be considered “spent” at about 4-5 years old and will be killed for beef.
In addition to the animal cruelty, the dairy industry has done an incredible job of hiding the harmful effects of dairy on our health. Dairy has been linked to certain cancers (including breast and prostate), is full of saturated fat, cholesterol and contains PUS. It has also been linked to asthma, acne, type 2 diabetes, bloating, constipation, and osteoporosis (you read that right! Because milk is so acidic, it actually depletes calcium from our bones!!!). Dairy definitely does NOT do a body good!
So next time you are at the grocery store, instead of reaching for dairy milk, just walk over 5 steps and try some plant based options instead. No animals had to be killed for them, they are better for your health and they are delicious!
Also, please know that I am always here for you if you have questions about making the transition ❤
There are so many benefits to switching to a vegan diet including incredible, health transformations. For Wellness Wednesdays I want to feature those who have healed from an illness, disease or health issue from simply changing what they were eating.
Today’s Wellness Wednesday Spotlight comes from Kathleen Kastner, my inspiring friend who has been vegan since 2002. Below is her story:
“I’ve been vegan since 2002. I was already vegetarian due to my love for animals and fish. I was having allergies, asthma and acne and was on an inhaler and nasal steroid. My doctor never asked me the four magic words, ” What are you eating?!”
I learned about the book called Diet for a New America by John Robbins and decided to go vegan to see if it would help my health issues, and it worked! Turns out I was allergic to the dairy. My skin cleared up and I got off my allergy and asthma medicine.
Once I learned about the cruelty of the egg, dairy and veal industry I became vegan for ethical reasons. Veganism is my passion and purpose in life: for the health, the animals and the planet!”
Thank you so much Kathleen for sharing your story with us. If you want to learn more about Kathleen, please visit her Instagram: @Kathleenvegan or check out her Youtube channel.
Did you heal a health issue by switching to a vegan diet? If so, I would love to feature you! Please send me a message ❤