By Ishtar Babilu Dingir
This is the first step in our new series of how to go down three dress sizes without really trying and the picture above describes it perfectly. A couple of months ago, I gave up dairy products… not because milk in itself and in its raw, organic state has anything wrong with it, but because you can rarely find that kind of milk these days.
Even my excellent health food shop here in Somerset, in the UK, which stocks practically everything, doesn’t sell raw, unpasteurised, organic milk. In America, it’s becoming illegal to even sell it, with the FDA clamping down on the Amish dairy farmers who farm and milk their herds in the traditional ways.
Instead, the food police want us to drink a liquid that is a long way from what milk should be, and it is full of antibiotics – and other pharmaceuticals like growth hormones – which our own bodies have a hard time dealing with.
The other issue with dairy milk, and of increasing concern, is that cows these days are very often fed on GM soya and the producers are not legally obliged to declare it on the label.
And all of this is before you even get to the stress hormones which must be circulating in the bloodstream and, therefore, any food product that comes out of an animal that is being badly treated in the cruel environment of factory farming.
But a good proportion of my weight reduction in recent months has been because my body now feels it is able to release water. Giving up dairy was a large factor in losing the water retention. Researching around about this, it seems to be something about the unnatural milk causing an acid environment in the body, which in turn, was creating inflammation.
This makes sense to me, because the chronic lower back pain that I’ve had for years and years, which no amount of massage would make any lasting difference to, has now gone. This too was inflammation…. not that inflammation in itself is necessarily a bad thing.. just that too much can lead to water retention and all sorts of other nasties.
According to the naturopath Dr Mercola:
“Inflammation is a normal and beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses Most people don’t realize that you need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy, however it’s also possible, and increasingly common, for the inflammatory response to get out of hand.
“If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body, a condition linked to asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer and other diseases, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.
- Inflammation of your heart (myocarditis): Shortness of breath or fluid retention
- Inflammation of the small tubes that transport air to your lungs: Asthma attack
- Inflammation of your kidneys (nephritis): High blood pressure or kidney failure
- Inflammation of your large intestine (colitis): Cramps and diarrhea
I was certainly a victim of the first two on Dr Mercola’s list – I had shortness of breath verging on an asthmatic condition and a lot of fluid retention, so much so that my ankles would swell up at the slightest provocation.
Now, I should add, I haven’t gone vegan. I’m not even vegetarian and still eat chicken, fish and eggs. I have just cut out animal milk products, which has been no sacrifice at all, really, given the wide variety of delicious and nutritious nut milks now available, even in the supermarkets.
My favourite is almond milk … I have a big glass of almond milk straight every day. But you can also now get hazelnut milk and macadamia milk along with coconut, oat and rice milk which I use for cooking, and which work just as well in baking as the cows milk usd to. I don’t use soya milk because one can never be sure that it’s GMO-free and also it’s not so good for the thyroid.
I replaced the butter with a very high quality, cold pressed margarine containing Omega 3 oils.
The only thing I missed at first was the cheese. I used to love having a big slab of extra mature cheddar on oat cakes and other crackers for lunch. But I replaced that with various vegetable pates, and it didn’t take long to get used to it. I can honestly say that I don’t miss the cheese now.
So this has been the first step in how to go down three dress sizes without really trying. But there are a few other factors that contributed to my weight loss in recent months, and so let’s go on to Step Two.
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