Dairy is a very addictive food group. With its full-fatty goodness and large flavors that make taste buds dance, it can be a hard realization to discover they may be a huge contributor to acne, rosacea, eczema, and more.
As many of you know, I am a big advocate against dairy in general but especially if you are suffering any type of inflammatory skin condition. Dairy is one of the biggest inflammatory triggers and carries a hormonal impact on the body as well. My own discovery here came with a heavy heart, but as a reformed cheese addict I would rather have beautiful, breakout-free skin than dip my hands into a cheese quesadilla ever again (at least a non-vegan one ). It’s not just my personal experience and watching countless clients get clear and they clear the dairy from their diet, research continues to mount and back up the skin-dairy connection as well.
If you’re not ready to walk away from milk goods 100%, what’s a person to do? I’m here to walk you through taking the first steps towards ditching the dairy in your diet.
• Get rid of cow’s milk. This is #1 in my book. If you have rosacea or pimples, dry skin or eczema, hives or dermatitis, you absolutely need to get rid of all the cow’s milk in your life. Even if its organic. Here’s the deal: we’re talking about drinking milk from a 1,000 lbs animal with natural hormones intended to grow its young to the same size. If you’re downing non-organic, you’re also getting a slew of bonus hormones farmers inject into cows to increase their milk output. Ew. And SOOO bad for your body and skin. Switch to almond milk, coconut milk, organic soy milk – anything but cow’s milk. Even in a bind, I will take non-organic soy over cow’s. It is not great at all, but in my opinion there is no comparison as to which is worse.
• Switch to coconut milk substitutes for yogurt and ice cream. You won’t be losing the sugar, but you will be losing those dreaded hormones and a lot of the inflammation. If you’re not ready to move away from yogurt and ice cream just yet, at least rid yourself of the milk component.
• Love cheese? Grab for organic goat’s and sheep’s milk cheeses. Smaller animals mean smaller amounts of natural growth hormones, and less chance of breakouts for you. Be sure to check the label because many common goat and sheep milk cheeses are being made with cow’s milk these days for efficiency.
I hope these help get you see more beautiful skin by making a few new conscious decisions. If you need more help, consider a consultation!
-Elise May, CN + LE
“The Skin Nutritionist”