Dairy-Free December

The holiday season has begun! That means holiday parties, family dinners, cookies, hot cocoa, and more. This time of year is a lot of fun but it can also negatively impact your health and fitness goals if you are not careful.

The holiday season has begun! That means holiday parties, family dinners, cookies, hot cocoa, and more. This time of year is a lot of fun but it can also take a toll on your health and fitness goals if you are not careful.

Over the past few weeks I have had the pleasure of attending multiple parties, events, and dinners with family and friends. While I loved the time spent with friends and family, I found myself overeating and choosing mostly unhealthy options. Of course, everything is fine in moderation (I’m all for eating fries, cake, and ice cream!) but it becomes a problem when I’m eating ice cream and junk food several nights a week. Because of this I have been feeling sluggish, having stomach aches, and not sleeping as well as normal. It’s crazy how much the food you eat affects you!

Well, I decided that I wanted to take charge of my health for the rest of the holiday season. One of my biggest weaknesses is dairy- cheese, ice cream, lattes, etc. While dairy isn’t inherently bad (again, in moderation), I am actually lactose intolerant. Milk affects me differently than others since my body has a harder time breaking down the lactose. This leads me feeling bloated and uncomfortable.

I decided that the best way to positively impact my health right now is to go dairy-free for December! Well, except on December 21 because my company is hosting a Christmas dinner at Chima and a girl’s got to have something to look forward to! However, I plan to continue with a reduced dairy intake even after December. I have gone dairy-free before for a few months at a time and it has always made me feel great- the challenge is keeping up with it!

I hope by going dairy-free for December, I will develop more of the healthy habits I used to have. I’m looking forward to no longer feeling bloated or sluggish but instead energized by the food I eat. I will keep you updated on this challenge throughout the month- sharing my experience, recipes, tips and tricks!

If you would like to join me in Dairy-Free December, comment below! I would love to connect and motivate each other throughout the month. And if you’re not going dairy-free, let me know how you plan to take charge of your health during this holiday season?

Best,

-Kelly