Over the past few months, I’ve been puzzled by several symptoms Annalyn has exhibited. Some physical, some behavioral, none of them seemingly too serious – until I realized that they were all happening at the same time. One night I was telling a friend about it and brainstorming possible solutions.
When she said, “Why don’t you just try going off dairy?” my answer was immediate and heartfelt: “Oh. My. Gosh. The thought of that makes me want to cry.”
I wasn’t exaggerating. Thinking about removing dairy from our family’s diet – or even just Annalyn’s diet – makes me incredibly sad. We LOVE dairy at our house. And after a childhood milk allergy that meant I was only allowed milk products on Fridays, I’m not sure I can bring myself to do the same thing to my kiddo.
[Of course if I doctor said it was necessary, we would do it. This conversation was purely me playing armchair doctor with my friend and Dr. Google. We're actually addressing the problems differently for now, based on our [actual] doctor’s advice.]
Despite my struggles with eating healthy, my daughter eats a ton of fruits and veggies, and she knows that sweets are treats and not everyday occurrences. However, she loves dairy as much as I do!
And good news – I’ve just learned from the Midwest Dairy Council that milk is not just a great source of calcium, but it is also nature’s sports drink and a great addition to a fitness plan.
As I’ve been trying to eat fewer carbs, I’ve leaned more on dairy products to fill me up and give me energy. It turns out that can help me every time I dust off my treadmill and get back to exercising, too. Milk helps the body refuel, rehydrate and recover after a workout, and research published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism on young adults showed that chocolate milk is twice as effective as commercial sports drinks to refuel exhausted muscles.
Since I live in a house full of people who love chocolate milk, you can probably understand why I’m happy about this news.
The Midwest Dairy Council wants to power up your fitness routine with a Get Moo-ving Pack. This fitness pack provides you with all the essentials for your favorite outdoor activity, including an iTunes gift card, a Cuisinart hand blender for your post-workout smoothies and Dairy Makes Sense wicking gear.
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I was provided a Get Moo-ving Pack by the Midwest Dairy Council, but all opinions (and dairy love) shared here are my own.