Post # 1
I am a fan of Kimberly Snyder and her green glowing smoothies. She is really against dairy and I’m wondering if I really need to cut it out. I eat a lot of greek yogurt, and some 2% or fat-free milk with my tea, and the Francophile in me could never give up cheese, but is it a good idea to cut some of it out? I am trying to lose weight and I’m wondering if that would affect it. I always thought greek yogurt was good for the extra protein. Has anyone else cut out dairy and seen good results?
Post # 3
@vanessa7: I follow what I’d like to call the “pseudo-paleo” diet. I used to eat cheese with EVERY—and I mean EVERY meal, drink milk all day and eat tons of yogurt. I cut down my cheese intake to one slice every couple of days, don’t drink milk anymore, but I still have some greek yogurt occasionally and let me tell you—-HUGE DIFFERENCE! Let’s put it this way, I started my pseudo-paleo diet on a Wednesday, I believe, and when I went back to class on the following Monday, everyone noticed. Even my professor! This class had over 75 students in it.
I say go for it! I was skeptical and unsure of myself because I love dairy, but I am glad I did it. Once you stop consuming so much of it, you will not only notice the difference in your appearance, you feel different, too! I should’ve taken before and after pictures. Good luck
Post # 4
@vanessa7: I’ve cut way down on dairy, similarly to the above poster. I haven’t lost a ton of weight but I do feel healthier.
Post # 5
I’m completely against cutting dairy. It’s a great source of proteine that can be low fat, and completely delicious. Just do organic dairy if you feel like you don’t handle it well. But if you do, don’t cut it!
Post # 6
I cut out dairy for a while, and it cleared up my skin a lot. I don’t know if I lost any weight, since I wasn’t trying to. Now I don’t cut out any major food groups, but I only consume a little dairy, and try to drink organic milk, because it’s the only kind that doesn’t give me stomach problems.
Post # 7
I’m lactose intolerant so I eat little diary but I think you don’t have to put all diary out. Cut back and see how you feel. Most people have trouble to some degree digesting diary so it may help if you’re feeling bloated, not sure about weight loss though. But I thought greek yogurt is usually pretty high in calories, FI eats it as he is always trying to bulk up…
Post # 8
@bebero: I’m really against cutting out dairy too, but for different reasons. It’s really important for women to have a good source of calcium, and calcium supplements just aren’t as well-absorbed as the stuff found naturally.
Post # 9
Thanks, everyone! I eat as much organic as I can, I just realized that the “all natural” greek yogurt I’ve been eating isn’t organic, so that’s interesting. I used to eat cheese in every dish so I’m trying to cut back on that. With milk, I’ve been drinking organic, but I’ve been reading a lot about ultra-pasteurized and how that takes I out the good bacteria–I feel really uninformed. Do you all know what’s the best kind of milk? Maybe I should look for a good source at the Farmer’s market?
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@vanessa7: I definitely say drink pasteurized or ultra pasteurized. I think the raw milk trend is very dangerous.
Post # 12
I read somewhere that when you crave chips, its cuz you lack calcium. so I’ve been adding MORE greek yogurt to my diet.
Post # 13
Awhile back I read a book that my roommate (a doctor) had laying around called “The China Study”. In it, rats were fed dairy protein diets and vegetable protein diets. These rats were pre-disposed genetically toward getting cancer. In the study, basically all the rats that had the protein diet died or were near death at the end of the study. Of the veggie protein group, none had died, and only a few had cancer. I found it to be pretty interesting…
My mother and grandmother both gave up dairy and lost about 20lbs even though they didn’t increase exercising. They both are healthier now than they have ever been.
I switched out mayo to “vegenaise” , milk to soymilk, butter to fake butter, and personally I can’t tell a difference between fake cheese and real cheese. I don’t want to be an extremist on it, and I’m not giving up my 2x a month ice cream, but…. yea… I think it’s a good idea to give up a lot of dairy in your life. You won’t really miss it after a week or two.
Post # 14
@vanessa7: I cut out dairy and I do notice a huge differnce. I will only have milk once a week in cereal .I used to eat alot of cheese and yogurt but it wasnt agreeing with me and it made me feel bloated. I wanted to lose weight before my wedding and it was alot easier to lose the weight once I cut out the daily intakes of dairy from my diet
Post # 15
@elletiger: The China Study had a lot of problems with it, mostly that:
A) Rodents aren’t always good models for humans
B) A lot of the data researchers claimed acheived significance did not when examined by other researchers
C) The researchers have been accused of cherry-picking data to fit their hypothesis.
Mostly I think that “everything in moderation” is the only real way to health. For some people cutting back on dairy might be a good idea, but for others the calcium, Vitamin D, and other nutrients are a valuable part of their diet.
Post # 16
@angustia: I am also on “psuedo-paleo” diet. I’ve cut out almost all dairy, but good cheese is my weaknees.
I’ve definitely noticed a difference since I’ve cut out milk and yogurt, but I also think I may be slightly lactose intolerant as I’ve never felt great after eating these things. I’ve switched from organic skim milk to almond milk, which I really only use in my coffee or protein shakes. I never have the bloated feeling that I used to have and have lost almost 10 lbs.