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 ❤
I originally made the full transition to a vegan diet in 2016 after my dog died. When I was watching him suffer, I realized that I never wanted to contribute to an animal’s suffering for as long as I lived. I also made the connection that “meat” came from an animal, an animal who was tortured and killed for my five minutes of pleasure.
Although the animals were absolutely enough to keep me vegan for the entirety of my lifetime, I truly love the health benefits of being vegan as well. I had hoped that I would feel better but some of these benefits were truly unexpected. My body has completely transformed inside and out. I will take you through some of the major health benefits that I have experienced over the last two years.
Lyme Disease Remission: for those of you who haven’t been following my blog for long, you may not know that I was diagnosed with Lyme Disease in 2015 (for more information on this please click here). I had awful symptoms including severe leg pain, digestive distress, anxiety, brain fog, insomnia, memory loss and fatigue. I spent $1000’s on treatment and at one point was taking over 90 supplements per day. Within a few months of switching to a vegan diet, almost all of my symptoms disappeared.
Less constipation and bloating: okay this may seem like TMI, but going to the bathroom is a really important part of our health. On a diet that consists mostly of animal products, we are not getting the fiber that we need (meat, dairy and eggs contain 0g of fiber!!!!). This can lead to constipation and bloating. (Side note: did you know that a healthy person should go to the bathroom 3 times per day?!). Going vegan definitely helped me with this issue.
No more thyroid pills: just like many people around the world, I was put on thyroid medication at a very young age. I had been taking thyroid medication for 15 years prior to going vegan. After a year of being (mostly) a whole food plant based vegan, my thyroid had healed itself and my doctor took me off of my medication. No more of those nagging pills!
Clear skin and strong nails: this one may not seem very important but I am sure that most of us know what it feels like to wake up with a giant pimple on the center of your face! It can truly halt your confidence and put a damper on your day. Whenever I would consume dairy, I would almost immediately develop cystic like acne on my face and body. My skin has cleared up dramatically since being vegan. In addition, my nails are stronger than ever!!!
Less pain during that time of the month: I can vividly remember the days of curling up in a ball on the floor because my menstrual cramps were trying to kill me! This would happen every single month and I truly dreaded my period. Nothing seemed to help including Midol or chocolate. Although I still get a tiny little cramping, it is nothing like it used to be.
Transitioning to a vegan diet has truly been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I love the feeling of saving animals, but it has improved my health dramatically, and in only two years. I cannot wait to see what the future holds and to see how my health will improve from here. I bet that it will just keep getting better and better ❤
I would love to hear from you; what health improvements have you seen from switching to a vegan diet?
Hello everyone and happy Wellness Wednesday!
Today’s Wellness Wednesday Spotlight comes from my friend and fellow activist, Lindsay Mitchell. Below is her story of how changing her diet helped decrease the pain of her monthly menstrual cycle…
“I’ve been vegan for 1.5 years. Before I went vegan I suffered from severe menstrual pain. My periods would basically cripple me so much so I couldn’t even move without agonizing pain. I’d get very bad headaches, and irritability and I took every pain med under the sun to ease the pain but nothing helped. Furthermore, they would last an entire week and be very heavy. The only thing that has kept me from work or sent me home from work aside from an injured neck, is the pain of my period.”
“Since I have had a whole food plant based approach to my diet, the pain of my menstrual cycle is virtually diminished. It was noticeable within the first couple months of a shift in my diet! It is now very light, only lasting but a few days and the pain is not completely gone but more of just a mild annoyance. That may not seem like much, but if you’ve ever experienced chronic symptoms due to your menstrual cycle then you know it’s actually HUGE deal.”
Do you have a Wellness Wednesday story that you would like to share? Please contact me to featured. ❤