Ditch the dairy – Sophie Costa

Ditch the dairy

Sophie Costa

Anchor Staff


As kids, we were always told to drink milk so that our bones could grow strong and our lives would be long, but is that really the case? Dairy products seem to be taking some heat as of late, and it’s not surprising why. Cutting dairy out from our diets cold turkey can be daunting and unappealing to most people. However, the benefits that come from ditching dairy are far greater than those mere minutes of satisfaction while eating a slice of cheese pizza.

Cutting out dairy means cutting down on acne, bloating, digestive issues and low energy levels. Contrary to what we’ve been told as children about milk’s ability to strengthen our bones, as Americans, we consume one of the largest amounts of dairy globally, yet we still have the highest rate of osteoporosis in the world.

It has been ingrained in our brains that in order to get a proficient amount of calcium, we must consume milk and cheese. This it just not the truth. There are a variety of different foods that contain a significant amount of calcium such as kale, beans, broccoli, oatmeal and almonds. If you are cutting out dairy from your diet purely for the benefit of your health and not for ethical reasons, then it is okay to have a slice of cheese or a scoop of frozen yogurt every now and again. For those of us who have decided that milk products are not worth the risk, there are several non-dairy options that are just as delicious, such as, Ben and Jerry’s dairy-free ice cream, dairy-free cream cheeses, almond milk, dairy-free yogurt and the list goes on. You don’t have to suffer for your calcium intake anymore.

Milk is designed to double the weight of baby calves in just three months, so imagine what this does to our bodies. Dairy is largely a mucus producer and has a serious affliction on the respiratory, digestive and immune systems. We don’t realize how harmful dairy products are until we stop consuming them and start reaping the benefits of going dairy-free.

Personally, ditching dairy has been the best thing I have done for myself. Just six months into it, I have clear skin, my energy levels have skyrocketed and I have even lost some weight. This lifestyle is not for everyone, but if you are someone who is concerned about future health or someone who suffers from acne, bloating and digestion issues, dairy might be the reason why. Cutting out dairy from my diet was difficult at first, but I have never felt better. However, no matter if you consume dairy products or not, practicing moderation in consumption and in everyday life is the key to a healthy lifestyle.