Why not??? Milk protein allergies and lactose intolerance have been linked to a wide array of physical symptoms. For some, it is as simple as lethargy or weight gain, for others crippling migraines and “autoimmune” type symptoms are a lifestyle complication. There is a great deal of research linking dairy to prostate cancer, breast cancer, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol, heart disease…have we got your attention yet?
We’re not here to bash dairy. For some people dairy products may be completely benign, but for others, it can be a silent (or not so silent) killer.
Check it out; see if a dairy-free or dairy-limited diet improves your quality of life. It has helped many of us, which is why we want to share this challenge with you. What is the worst that could happen? Absolutely nothing…you have no reaction, no change; you go back to your cheesy habits. What is the best that could happen? Your migraines subside, your cholesterol plummets, your energy increases, your body seems lighter, your stomach calms down, or you just FEEL BETTER. Tempting? Give it a try, it’s easy.
Just about anyone! For those who may be allergic to milk or lactose intolerant (many more than you may think), it is essential that you consider a dairy-free lifestyle. However, even those who do not appear to have milk sensitivities may benefit through increased energy, easier more permanent weight loss, and increased muscle mass. We can hear a few hecklers out there hollering for more proof. There have been numerous research studies which evidence the benefits of a dairy-free diet, and there have been some inconclusive ones as well. The fact is, we as humans share many common health traits, but we are all still individuals. The only study that can conclude what is absolutely best for your health is your own. Prove it to yourself!
Just remember, it is always advised to speak with a doctor before any change in diet. If you have any health concerns, consult a physician. None of the information provided within this website should supersede the advice of your physician.
Since it is only 10 days, you can try it virtually any time. However, there may be times that are easier than others. If you can, try to do the challenge during a period when your travel is limited, and when you do not have any scheduled family and friend food gatherings. For the veteran dairy-free “foodie”, these occasions are no problem, but they can be tricky when you are just starting out. Browse this website for helpful tips throughout our extensive recipe, product review, grocery shopping, and dining guides. For some extra assistance, take advantage of our No Dairy Product Lists and Go Dairy Free, the premier guide and cookbook for transitioning to a dairy-free lifestyle.
For your 10-day trial it is most important to take a break from the obvious offenders. This would include milk, cream, cheese, ice cream, buttermilk, and butter. Many components of these foods also linger under various chemical-like names in processed foods. Milk proteins and lactose have an amazing presence on the grocery store shelves! If you choose to strictly follow the Dairy Free Challenge, then utilize our food labels section for some very useful ingredient-reading information. At the very least, do a spot check on food labels for anything that sounds “creamy”, “milky”, or “cheesy”.
Keep in mind, if you continue to ingest milk in smaller amounts rather than strictly cutting it out, milk-related symptoms and cravings may persist.
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This is it…a simple, quick, and efficient way to identify the majority of sensitivities to dairy products. Follow these step-by-step instructions to get the most from our Dairy Free Challenge:
* Very Important: Please use caution when consuming dairy following this challenge. Limit your intake to a “normal” amount for yourself, based upon your typical dairy consumption in a day. If you are in some way sensitive to dairy products a large consumption could have strongly adverse reactions. As with any dietary recommendations, consult a physician before you begin this trial.
Did anything change for you, big or small? Did you feel more energetic on the dairy free diet? Did you notice gastrointestinal symptoms when milk products were reintroduced into your diet? Was there a link between your consumption of dairy and headaches? Any reaction is worth noting, regardless of the magnitude. Let’s take a look at a few possible outcomes you may have experienced:
If you noticed significant changes between your dairy-free and your dairy-full days, then your body is giving you a big signal (a bright, red, flashing one) that you have an intolerance, sensitivity, and/or allergy to milk products. A dairy free diet may be your best option. It is easier than you think, and will quickly become a habit that you do not want to live without. Utilize Go Dairy Free as a personal resource guide. This site contains an abundance of useful information to address any questions or concerns, as well as recipes, menu ideas, and tips for eating out. After a few months, those dairy cravings will fade away, creating room for a healthier you to emerge.
If you noticed some improvements, but no dramatic swings, then you may still wish to consider a dairy free or dairy limited lifestyle. Any differences, no matter how large, do indicate that you are having some type of physical response to milk products. These small changes may also indicate a more dramatic internal change, which may not be apparent immediately, such as a reduction in cholesterol or a kick started metabolism. Consult your physician, and consider continuing the dairy free lifestyle for 3 months. If you discover more health improvements, great, keep it up!
If you opt to add moderate amounts of milk products back into your diet, check our page on the Dairy Rotation Diet for some healthy suggestions.
No noticeable reaction? Dairy may not be a concern for you. There are just a few considerations before you continue your dairy indulgence:
Ask your doctor about obtaining an allergy blood test or an in office lactose intolerance test. Don’t ignore food sensitivities. Full-blown allergies are not required to wreak havoc on our bodies. Check back… we will be adding information on allergy and intolerance testing in the near future.
If you opt to consume dairy in any amount, consult our section on the Dairy Rotation Diet for recommendations on the healthiest ways to do so.
In the end, it is your own body, health, and quality of life that you must consider. If you noted any type of dairy reaction after completing our challenge, then your body may be sending you a clear message that dairy may not be the best food for you. Disease and illness typically manifest in us over time. Even those ailments, which may come on suddenly, are given an open door from a weakened immune system. Limiting or eliminating dairy from your diet may be a very wise move in the long run. Not to mention, isn’t it nice just to feel better every day. Check with your physician to find out if a dairy-free or limited lifestyle may be beneficial for you.
*Always consult a physician before undergoing any change in diet.