Lose the Dairy Challenge – Are You In? 

You may already know that dairy can be the cause of eczema and skin issues. Did you also know that it is also one possible culprit of a weak + unhealthy digestive system? This can cause poor absorption of much need nutrients, constipation, bloating, and more. This intolerance or sensitivity is likely in relation to the lactose or casein (protein) in the dairy products.

Is dairy adversely affecting you? The only way to know for sure is to remove it from your diet for a minimum of 2 weeks.

So, I have a challenge for you…. eliminate dairy from your diet for 2 full weeks. This includes whey protein, yogurt, milk, and cheese. Let’s begin Monday December 7th. That way we’ll have our answers before Christmas.

I know I know…that just sounds horrible! But think about it. It’s only 14 days. How bad can it be?  You might just find that your body works more efficiently and feels healthier without it.

During the 14 days keep a record of how you feel…

  • Do you have more energy?
  • Less cravings?
  • Is your skin getting clearer?
  • Do you have less mucus build-up?
  • Better digestion?
  • Fewer headaches?

On day 15 – December 21st – eat dairy a couple times. Something like a yogurt and then some cheese or your dairy of choice. Notice how you feel 30 minutes, an hour, later that evening and even the next morning. Constipated? Diarrhea? Bloated? No noticeable adverse effects?

Also, maybe take some time to find the answers to these questions:

  •  Is dairy really the best source of calcium? What about protein?
  • Why do we, as a society rely so heavily on dairy products?
  • Is it natural for any other species to drink the milk of another species?

Making it Easier

When you start to remove dairy from your diet, you’ll notice how much dairy you actually eat. It is in so many of our staple foods. For me, it was helpful to start by reading labels to see where the hidden dairy was in my everyday food choices. Then I looked for replacements for the dairy. Here is what I found and enjoyed.

~ Daiya cheese is a vegan and soy-free cheese that is good for home cooking, sandwiches, etc. It comes in shredded, block and sliced options. It melts too!

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~ Use avocado for sandwiches, egg salad, or anywhere that creaminess is desired. Check out the health benefits too, by clicking here.
~ Use almond or coconut milk versions of your favorite milk, creamer, yogurt and ice cream.
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~ And a tasty dairy-free ranch dressing by Hilary’s Eat Well – Ranch Chia.
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So, are you ready to give dairy-free a try? Let me know.
Have questions? Please ask! rockwateryoga@gmail.com Type ‘Dairy Challenge’ in the subject line.
Follow me on Instagram, post photos of your dairy-free meals and tag #rockwateryoga.
I’ll find the two photos that inspire me the most and reward those people with a free Wellness Strategy Session! ($85 value)
For more about my wellness coaching, click here.
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Move Your Body

Walk, run, skip, play outside with your children/grandchildren/dog, take the stairs…move your body every day.

By keeping the physical body moving + the breath flowing, the prana or chi (energy) will move and flow in ways that promote healing. Be amazed at how movement boosts your mood, shifts thought patterns, improves internal organ functions, and changes your outer appearance. 10603481_10152560495434536_5111260077959162507_nFirst, find what movement works for you…dancing, walking with a friend, taking the stairs to your office every time, playing on the playground, or taking a group fitness class. There is no need to subject yourself to an exercise routine that doesn’t fit your needs and lifestyle or feels intimidating. That is not sustainable. Once the added daily movement becomes habit + part of your routine you can then being to explore other forms of movement. Until then….stick with what you know + what you are comfortable with.

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Learn what types of movement are most beneficial for building transferable strength, increasing fluid movement and improving balance; then incorporate that movement into your weekly schedule. These types of activities require a will to strengthen and control the body, and ultimately the mind. When the body and mind are in sync + the breath is being brought deeper into the body more regularly, optimal health can be achieved.

Such movements include but are not limited to yoga, paddling, tai chi, rock climbing, metabolic training, martial arts, and functional strength training.  The key is to find what works for you and stick with it.

Follow me on instagram, Share your movement with me – hash/tag rockwateryoga.