The Pros & Cons of Quitting Dairy

Hey y’all,

Hope your week is off to a great start! Apologies for my lack of post last week.  I was traveling for a conference that lasted three days (and where I got to speak!!), so I had to focus on the event, client work and two work dinners. But now, we’re back to regularly scheduled programming… 🙂

Today I want to talk about dairy: the good, the bad and the ugly.  My family and friends know that I gave up dairy this January. So it’s been about ten months that I’ve been dairy-free and I wanted to share my journey with you.  If you’re considering making the move, hopefully this post helps you weigh the pros and cons.  [Also, this is my experience and what has personally worked for me.  Everyone is different and I encourage you to find what works for you!]

THE SCOOP ON DAIRY

Humans are the only species that drink milk past infancy.  The milk we drink comes from another animal, which is truly meant to nurse calves.  There are differing opinions on whether or not adults should drink milk.  The side arguing for milk says that humans have been milking animals for thousands of years, and our bodies have evolved to be able to break down the lactose in dairy products.  Not to mention, we gain so many nutrients (i.e. Calcium, Vitamin D, B2, and more) from milk products.

The anti-dairy camp says that our bodies do not produce the lactase enzyme meant to break down dairy after early childhood.  Hence, we are not meant to ingest and break down this product. There are also many arguments against the ingestion of dairy such as the potential increase of acne and some other more serious ailments.  [From my personal research, the evidence is not conclusive on the links of dairy and serious diseases.]

WHY I QUIT

Ever since I was about 23/24, I started getting acne.  I was the teenager that never had a pimple during puberty and started breaking out after graduating college.  [You can read more about that here.]  After years of trying countless products, seeing dermatologists and estheticians, I decided to try removing dairy from my diet.  Since my acne is primarily hormonal and mainly resides on my chin, I knew that changing my diet would only have a partial effect, but I was willing to try anything!

PROS OF QUITTING

Although dairy did not get rid of my acne completely, it certainly helped! My cystic acne started to disappear.  Now I still get breakouts, have redness and flare ups, but they are primarily around the monthly cycle time and are related to hormonal fluctuations.

In addition, quitting dairy got rid of excess bloating around my stomach. I could also tell that I lost about .5 – 1 inch around my waist and even lost a couple of pounds.  I didn’t give up dairy for either of these reasons, but I was really happy with the results!

CONS OF QUITTING

Since I quit dairy, I knew that I would have to supplement my calcium and vitamin D.  I started taking a gummy supplement which I take every night.

I am also constantly missing my bagels, lox and cream cheese! [Like the one pictured above from Russ & Daughters in New York. You can see my NY itinerary here.] I miss queso, nachos, bean and cheese tacos and more! I definitely still cheat and probably eat a meal with dairy about 1 – 2 times a month to stay sane. 🙂

PROS OUTWEIGH THE CONS

All in all, I’ve had a very positive experience with removing dairy from my diet.  My main goal was to help decrease my breakouts and I have achieved that.  I also don’t feel as bloated as I used to after eating dairy.  I do have to take a supplement now but to me, it’s worth it!

Have you ever thought about giving up dairy? Do you currently enjoy a dairy-free diet? I’d love to hear what you think about the topic and your own story!

My Morning Routine to Increase Productivity

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Hopefully Monday wasn’t too rough and you’re now in the flow of a wonderful new week! Over the last couple of months I have been focusing on how to maximize my productivity throughout the day.  It’s a journey and I do not have it all figured out yet.  But I have learned several tricks [like my sleeping hack I blogged about last week] that really help, and one of them is having a solid morning routine.

MORNING ROUTINE

Here’s my schedule starting from the minute that I wake up:

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Current Faves: Apps, Podcasts, Business Leaders

Hey y’all!

It’s finally fall and I feel like I’m living my best mini-pumpkin overloaded life over here. [But seriously, I just snagged a bag of mini white and orange pumpkins from Tom Thumb…insert *squeal* here].

As we enter into the new season and the start of Q4, my goal-setting and personal development self is operating at an all-time high. I think it also might have something to do with the fact that Rosh Hashana was last week, which is the Jewish New Year for anyone who doesn’t celebrate. 🙂 The New Year always brings out my desire to create new resolutions or at least revisit old ones. [Check out out my 2017 goals and H2 goals.] I plan on writing up my Q4 goals in the near future!

Today I want to chat about some of my favorite podcasts, apps and business leaders that I hope help you in your day to day lives.  I am always on the search for the best tools and thought leaders to help me become a more efficient businesswoman and now blogger/influencer.

My Favorite Apps, Podcasts and Business Leaders are listed below.

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Adulting Ain’t Easy

Hey friends!

It was my birthday a few weeks ago, and I think this birthday hit me harder than most.  This unshakeable feeling that I’d finally reached the age of “adulthood” came over me.  I felt this sudden pressure to have the next 50 years planned out, to be on our 3rd child, to have our retirement plans mapped, and on and on.  I used to think that your 20s are a time to figure things out and your 30s are when your grown-up years start. AKA, you know exactly what you’re doing, you are well on your way with your family, etc.  Let me just start by saying this: What a crock of $#%@!

Growing, maturing, transforming – these are not concepts solely relegated to your 20s.  Where did I get the idea that I had to have EVERYTHING figured out by 31? Why did I suddenly feel like we were supposed to be on child #3, with our lives planned out until retirement? I am not sure why I woke up feeling behind in life, or that all personal evolution had to be completed for the rest of my life.  Perhaps it’s social media comparisons.  Or maybe the picture in my head telling me what life “should” look like at this point. Either way, when I stopped to think about what was upsetting me, I realized how ridiculous and unfounded it was!

THE GROWTH CONTINUES

While this birthday brought up some funk that I had to deal with, I came out of it in a much better headspace.  At the end of the day, I realized several things.  You will never stop learning and evolving.  There is no specific decade for doing these things – it’s just called life.  And when I realized how much I’m still learning about myself and life everyday, it was such a relief.  I accepted [for the most part ;)] that I’m not perfect in my 31 years, I don’t know everything and that I never will. That’s what life’s all about – learning as you go and allowing yourself the grace to be imperfect and ever-changing.  When I came out of my birthday/life expectation hangover, I remembered how beautiful and wonderful my life is and how everything is unfolding in the perfect time.

THE YEAR TO COME

In the spirit of #LeoSeason [Hello A-Rod & J-Lo – need I say more?], I wanted to share with y’all 7 things I’m looking forward to in the next year:

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