Dairy…It’s Been a Long Time Comin’

So Forks Over Knives and The China Study had a huge impact on both me and The Mr.  We do eat pretty healthy overall as a family, but there are still so many more changes we can make.  This has been a long time coming, and something I’ve heard about and read about for the last several years.  The time has come for us to cut back on dairy…until it is completely out.  What?  I know.  It seems crazy.  The truth is that milk is a perfect food…for calves.  Not really for humans.  What put me over the edge was seeing statistical research about how it is actually worse for your bones than if you don’t drink it.  Watch this excerpt from Forks Over Knives for a brief overview.  This clip really could change your life.

This is in direct opposition to everything we’ve always heard and learned.  All of my college classes talked about the benefits of drinking milk and how vital it is to our health.  But in the 6 years since I have graduated, I’ve read enough to convince me otherwise.  The opposite is true.  The dairy industry are the ones making the recommendations for us to have 3 servings of milk daily, and they are the ones who fund the research to “prove” that this is beneficial.

A year ago I would have not been ready for this change, but the timing is right, and we’re going to do it.

This is my new 2 month change.  First I will cut out milk as soon as we finish up the gallon in our fridge.  After we have adjusted, we’ll move on to cheese, yogurt, ice cream (WAH WAH WAH!  This one might take me a looooong time, since it really is my first love), etc..  Stay tuned for reports of withdrawal symptoms.  I’m sure there will be plenty.  I’m excited to see if it will make a difference in how we all feel.

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The Best Movie of All Time

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE watch this documentary.  It will change your life!

I am a HUGE believer in this type of eating (and am almost there) and this documentary is extremely motivating.  I recently finished reading The China Study by Robert Campbell, and this is the video version of his book.  The Mr. was even excited to watch it with me.  We are not perfect, but have noticed significant changes in ourselves since we started eating a more plant-based diet.  Some people make fun of us, but trust me we are so not deprived.  We’ve never felt so good or tasted such good flavors, or had so much energy.  When you make a commitment to eat REAL whole foods, you will see instant results.  That is the best hour and a half I have spent in a long time. 🙂  Watch it!  Let me know how it goes.