Last summer when I quit Citalopram I was on such a I-don’t-want-no-chemicals-in-my-body mode that I quit taking the pill as well. I have always struggled with hormonal breakouts so not surprisingly as soon as I quit the artificial hormones, my face totally lost the plot.
I went back on the pill for a couple of months but then decided to try something else – I quit dairy.
It’s been over 5 months now that I’ve limited most dairy from my diet. I still have goat’s milk once in a while or a bit of cheese here and there, but mostly I use almond or coconut milk.
It’s taken a while but I can safely say now that even though I was very sceptical, I do not have the crazy hormonal pimple days every month any more. And what’s more – I don’t use Proactive face wash and/or Clarisonic face brush anymore and my face is STILL pretty presentable.
I should have tried this a long time ago, I think I probably did more damage than good by scrubbing my face with that strong Proactive stuff all the time. And I don’t really miss not having dairy – I am used to drinking black coffee now and my face seems to handle the occasional cheese in quiches or omelettes when I’m eating something I haven’t prepared myself and don’t want to come across as the totally fussy eater.
“But what about calcium?! What about your bones?!?” ask many of my friends.
The good news is that there is calcium in almost every real food there is, the list is endless, here are some of the things I eat on a regular basis:
Bone health is actually equally dependent on vitamin-D and even more dependent on strength training.
Yet people seem to ignore that bit and just focus on calcium. Have you ever heard anyone say “You don’t do any strength training? But what about your bones?!?”
So I’m not worried. I have a blood test every year (long story, it’s not something I do for ‘fun’) so I know I’m getting everything I need from the food I eat AND I make sure I get vitamin-D and I do strength training.
What’s your relationship with dairy? Is it an issue for you or do you tolerate it well?