Last week I decided to cut milk out of my tea and it’s proven to be less of an issue than I thought. Black tea is not as gak as I remember it being, but that’s only because I brew it for a shorter amount of time. I also drink more mint tea and flavoured tea (specifically Vienna Creme Caramel). I have yet to try milkless coffee. I just don’t feel brave enough.
I could have gone with a milk substitute, like my other half- who drinks rice milk, but I didn’t want to do that. I don’t like any of the replacement milk I’ve tried, and I don’t feel like acquiring a taste for it.
I stopped putting milk in my tea because I’m very prone to sore throats, and the glands in my neck are usually swollen.
I read somewhere that milk can cause throat problems and so I decided to withhold milk from my tea, I thought it was worth a try.
One week on and whilst my throat still feels slightly sore, the unforeseen advantage is that my skin looks so much healthier. Quite dramatically so.
I am quite prone to spots, and under the no milk tea regime they are clearing up quite nicely. Also, my skin feels much smoother, less oily, less temperamental to being over cleaned/ under cleaned. A balance I struggle with because if I overclean I get dry face and irritable spots, if I under clean to compensate, I get oily skin and spots.
But since cutting out the milk my skin behaves so much better. As for my throat, that’s still a wait and see.
Will I Go Completely Milk Free?
I rarely eat cheese, and I have been eating alpro soya yoghurt for a while for lunch. I actually prefer it to normal yoghurt, of course, it doesn’t beat Greek Yoghurt, but nevermind.
However, I think having a little bit of dairy in my diet from time to time will be fine, but cutting it down from my multiple cups of tea cuts into most of my dairy intake anyway.
I have also cut down on wheat-based products because too much makes me bloat, but I still have wheat from time to time, in pasta, or the odd slice of bread. Just not every day, and that too is fine.
And I think that’s the key to life, everything in moderation.
Why Not Cut It Out of My Diet Entirely?
I don’t want to run the risk of becoming completely intolerant to these things. If I cut them out I run the risk of hypersensitivity to those foods, and that would be a pain.
I want to be able to go places and eat whatever I feel like. And I don’t want to have to be that person who gets invited to dinner, but has to say “oh, I don’t eat this, that, and the other.”
And l like cheesecake, and milkshakes, and pasties, having one now and again won’t be my undoing- unless I completely cut milk and wheat out of my diet, and then these things are more likely to become an issue.
So that’s my story, I was going to update you on my week’s writing, which is really getting underway (I’m on chapter 5 of the rewrite, and I have some things to say about how it’s going, but it’ll keep for next week) but I wanted to talk about this in case it helped anyone else who might have similar skin problems to me.
Have you cut down on milk, or cut it out altogether? If so, what’s your result been?