Monday, April 18, 2011

Are you addicted?

When I was a kid, I drank about 3 glasses of milk a day, or more.  I've always eaten cheese too.  Love cheese, yogurt, sauces, and a huge fan of ice cream.  I ate a bowl of ice cream almost every night until I was 40.  I didn't know how on earth I was going to give it up.  Turned out it was easy when I researched the effects of dairy for myself.  I have had so many people say to me, "I could never give up diary, I love my cheese!"  Guess why?  Because dairy is addictive.  No, for real.  When you eat dairy, there are compounds produced in your digestive tract called casomorphins.  Did you notice the word morphine in there?

Of course cheese and dairy are 'addictive' because they are so yummy and creamy and fatty.  But did you know that diary is truly addictive?  When milk protein breaks down in your digestive tract it's converted to something chemically similar to morphine.  Fat from certain foods makes it way to the brain and fat molecules trick the brain into saying "Oh that is so good, don't stop eating it!"  They also signal the body to ignore appetite-suppressing hormones.  Wonderful.  Fat, salt and sugar do the same darn thing!   It's completely addictive like drugs or alcohol.  But good news!  It's not too late to get healthier and reverse some things that may be going on with you!

**Dairy (casein) has been linked to a host of problems and diseases including allergies, acne, breast and prostate cancer~as well as autism and attention deficit disorder in children. Hmmmm.  You will lose weight giving up diary, it's true.  But for me, it's also health issue.

1 comment:

Kim said...

I thought it would be hard to give up dairy too...but it's not that hard. There are so many yummy dairy-like foods out there. Uhm, Coconut Milk Ice Cream...YUM!

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