Hey! So does anyone else feel like it is not Thursday?? Holiday weekends really screw up my timing and schedule.
This morning I had a bowl of cereal with some coconut milk.
So why coconut milk as opposed to the 1% milk sitting in the fridge? Well, lately I’ve been researching and experimenting with different milk substitutes including soy milk, coconut milk, and almond milk. I have always had some stomach issues, and once I started running I would get runner’s stomach during/after a long run. Well I found that eliminating dairy 12-18 hours before a long run made me feel better. But then I started thinking: what if I cut back on dairy all the time? Would it help my general stomach issues? Would it make me feel better?
As you know, I’m not vegan. And though I feel myself slowly moving there I never want to the be the kind that passes up eating at a restaurant because I’m not sure if the bread has milk in it or not. While I’m realizing how much better I feel when I eliminate animal products from my diet, I know it isn’t entirely practical to swear it all off and still expect to live the lifestyle I have.
At the local YMCA here, I noticed a poster in the locker room this morning that recommends 3 cups of dairy a day (but only 2 cups of fresh fruit or vegetables). Well I think I get 2 cups of vegetables in ONE meal, but looking at my average diet I’m no where near 3 cups of dairy. That seems like a lot. Too much, even. I know some fat is good for you, but with all the current research on dairy, plus the cruelty that comes along with the dairy industry, I just can’t get myself behind 3 cups of milk, cheese, and yogurt on an average day.
So ditching the dairy warrants some thought. I certainly feel better, gastrointestinally speaking, and health and environment aside, I feel like I’m continuing to find more ethical ways to nourish my body. For now I will continue to eat dairy substitutes along with dairy, but I still plan on limiting my dairy intake as best as I can. I mean, I’m going to France in a week where I’ll likely double my body weight from eating cheese alone, but overall I’d like to cut back on dairy a lot. Are you dairy free? Do you have thoughts on dairy? Pro-dairy or anti-dairy?
After I debated all this over a bowl of cereal, I went to the gym to swim. It was cut short to 30 minutes because of a local elementary school’s field trip and rowdy kids in the pool kept “accidentally” getting into my lane. But I tried to keep it fast since it would be short and I ended up getting a nice 2000 m in before heading home to make lunch and style my new hair-do.
(Yes, that is the fresh, local, organic lettuce that my mom’s coworker grew and gave to me, along with her home-grown radishes!)
Off to get some routine blood work done and then go down to Lexington to have dinner with my aunt and uncle and see my cousins’ piano recital! Cute!