This topic is a big change from some of the other topics I have tackled in my blog. It’s more personal.
I am just here to share my story.
I have had what I would like to call ‘complicated’ skin all my life, basically ever since I hit puberty. I have a super oily t-zone and chin area, dry skin in the cheekbone area and okay-ish skin on my cheeks. So there was never any one product that I could use that worked for me. I have used the cleanser, toner, and moisturizer technique when I was about 14, which I think is way too young to start, which may have aggravated my hormones further.
I used to break out on my forehead and cheek area a lot. There was never a day from the day I turned 13, that I felt happy about the way my skin looked. I was always envious of the other girls who had that smooth skin with a natural glow. And they didn’t even have to try!
I, on the other hand visited doctor after doctor, tried product after product which did subdue the breakouts but didn’t really get rid of it. So what I initially did was cut down a lot of the sugar I used to consume. This included ice creams, cakes, milkshakes, sweets etc. I still ate chocolates and Oreos though.
I had tried almost every single option under the sun, from ointments to face washes to creams. This is when I started to research about other things I could change in my lifestyle that would help me clear my skin.
I had been hearing about the ill effects of milk for quite some time. And I was on the edge about it, because milk had been part of diet ever since I was a baby till I was probably about 17 and left home to go to college. So in the hostel in which I stayed during college, I never had any milk except for the revolting coffee they served in the morning (which I lapped up happily, because I had no other choice).
The major portion of milk that I consumed before leaving home for college was through my two glasses of milk in the morning and evening, and chocolates. Chocolate is, was and I am afraid will always be my biggest vice. Cheese was never really part of my diet when I lived with my parents.
So in the hostel, I eliminated the two glasses of milk immediately. But there was chocolate and my next opponent, greasy, oily food: indo-chinese or otherwise. As a kid in college, I was always ‘broke’ and I wasn’t too keen on the food I had in the hostel, which is why I would end up ordering food. My metabolism was pretty great back then and I could easily survive on two meals a day. But because I wasn’t really eating that much food daily, I would indulge in cakes and other dairy based products.
This intake of oily greasy food activated my hormones again. Once again, I had random breakouts.
The Boycott of Dairy Ville
I felt really bad every time I would look at pictures with my friends. All of them were wonderfully blessed with glorious skin, and could never take a bad picture. And I on the other hand, had to always try extra hard to look cute in it. Let me just also add that I had braces then. Yep, in college.
It’s okay, don’t feel bad for me. In a way I felt like my braces protected me from getting into a lot of things I wasn’t yet ready for.
Anyways we’re getting off track here. I think it was about three years ago, that I discovered Dr. Mona Vand on Instagram. She is a pharmacist and nutritionist who focuses on clean living and
You can check out the full video below:
Watch more of Dr. Mona here.
She sparked my conscious decision to start reducing my milk intake.
I stopped coffee, I stopped chocolates, cakes and any other form of dairy products.
It was hard.
The Result: Does cutting out dairy really help your skin?
I could not believe the difference. It didn’t make my skin flawless, but it definitely didn’t make it worse. It reduced the redness, oiliness and changed the general structure of my skin. My pimples reduced and my skin had reached a point where I could own my skin again. Other than a few whiteheads here and there and the marks of the pimples of my past, my face is mostly bump free.
If you are contemplating whether or not you should try removing milk from your daily diet, here are a few reasons to cut out dairy
Breakouts –If you are prone to breakouts, or have complicated skin; at least try cutting out milk from your diet. Just for a week to a month. Observe whether this has a difference. To really know whether or not it worked for you. You mustn’t change much else about your diet. Let me know in the comments below how that worked out for you.
Low energy – If you constantly tend to feel low on energy, grouchy and lethargic, it’s time to take a closer look at your diet. The most common reason for this might be the amount of junk food you eat, and most of it contains, you guessed it, DAIRY. Unfortunately, no matter how good that extra cheese tastes, it’s also the leading cause for lethargy and obesity. Don’t get me wrong I would be the first person to live with Monica in her cheese house, but it is not worth the side effects.
Weak Stomach –If you have a weak stomach like I do, cutting out dairy is a great way to regularize your motions. The lesser dairy you eat the more stable and regular your stomach becomes. Try cutting out dairy for a week to a month and see if it helps.
Now, if you have any of the above, any two of the above or all of the above. I highly recommend eliminating dairy from your diet.
Yes, I am well aware that this is not an easy task. Which is why, I have created a list of baby steps that you can try to get started
Cutting out dairy with small baby steps: A Guide
Reduce – If you find it difficult to cut out dairy completely, then you can start by just reducing the quantity you can intake. From two glasses bring it down to one glass. Instead of stuffing your face with cake at a party, stick to a slice or two. Instead of drowning your sorrows in a tub of ice cream, stick to a scoop or two. I completely understand that it is not the same, but it’s so much better than not being able to look at your skin or tummy in the mirror the next day.
Alternate – Once you have started to reduce, you can move on to step two: alternate. When you feel like eating ice cream or cheese find a healthier alternative. Try
Find alternatives for your most consumed dairy products and observe the changes in your skin.
Get your friends/family in it – Accountability is the biggest step a human being can take to becoming a better version of themselves. But when it comes to things like food and hitting the gym. If you are interested in a quick and easy morning stretch routine, you can check out my previous blog post here.
It makes much more sense to tell a close friend or family member about your decision to get healthy. Preferably pick someone who has a good influence on you and will really hold you accountable. Knowing that a particular friend or family will diss you for breaking your diet, might be just the motivation you need.
Don’t go cold turkey – Don’t completely ditch dairy out of the blue. Your body develops certain habits over time. Whatever food you consume for a period of days, weeks, months or years, your body gets used to it. So if you give it up completely, it might become hard for you to digest or drop the kids off at the pool, if you know what I mean.
Be prepared for sudden surprises.
By sudden surprises I mean how your kids might look, once you have dropped them off at the pool. Once you have reduced your intake of dairy products or maybe even slowly cut out dairy completely, your body may build up an aversion towards.
Maybe if you have a cheeseburger after three months of being dairy free, this is just a warning, be prepared. It’s not something that will seriously affect your health in any way, but is just one tiny side-effect that may happen when you ditch dairy.
The most important things to remember is that you are in it for the long haul for the long haul. If you feel like dairy maybe a contributing factor in your dull skin and low energy levels, I strongly suggest you try slowly reducing how much dairy you consume and observe the results.
I would love to hear how cutting out dairy has benefitted or affected your lives. Let me know in the comments section.
If you would like me to share more stories and real life anecdotes like this, please let me know in the comments section. I would love to hear your suggestions.