This is a fantastic infographic!

The disadvantage of drinking cow milk

Things to be careful about! I’d definitely recommend plant milks…

Glad I have never, ever liked milk ever in my entire life.

my rice milk hot chocolate suddenly tastes a thousands times better

Okay, so this is a bit graphic, apologies, but it’s something I wish I’d thought about sooner, and maybe it could help someone else:

My mom used to give me a ridiculous amount of cow’s milk when I was younger, because I was picky about drinks as well as food, and it was the only way she could think of to get some calcium in me. I think I probably drank around 3-4 large glasses of milk a day, something like 6 cups. 

I got my period when I was 9, which is not a norm for anyone I know about in my family. I continued drinking a lot of cow’s milk until I was 19, and that entire time my periods were absolutely hellish bloodbaths, very heavy and very long (usually at least 7 days). I figured that was just how it was always going to be and tried not to dwell on it much.

Two things changed right around the same time when I was 19; I went on the pill, and I switched from cow’s milk to soy or almond milk (I switched for a few reasons, one of which is that I had read it may help with bad skin). My periods became very light, and I of course put that all down to being on the pill. Well, I went off the pill about two years ago, and expected to go back to living life like Carrie at the prom for at least a week out of every month. It never happened. My periods are heavier than they were when I was on the pill, but nothing nearly as bad as they used to be, and much shorter (never more than 4 days). 

Now, I have no deep scientific knowledge to back the hypothesis up, and it’s totally possible that all my weird hormonal stuff was just teenage related or is related to the few years that I was on the pill, but: It seems a pretty big coincidence that my periods were a huge misery the whole time (10 years!) that I was drinking lots of cow’s milk, but are now pretty average and manageable. Also worth noting, my skin (which had been very bad since I was 9, ugh) did clear up when I went off of cow’s milk too, and has stayed clear, though that could also be related to the pill and my current age.

Just… things to think about, if you’re looking at trying to change your diet or test how nutrition affects you. If you have bad skin or menstruation problems, it may be worth cutting back/cutting out liquid dairy for a while to see if it helps.



I ran a 91.8 fitness test yesterday. Still got something.

I’d like to be in better shape, but I genuinely hate most forms of exercise. Running is bullshit, weight lifting is not so bad but not high on my list, and fuck pushups forever. Yoga is about the only style of exercise I don’t hate. Basically anything that leaves me feeling weak or out of breath after I do it makes me angry and I avoid it.

Is there some sort of secret ritual you have to perform to gain access to things like the runner’s high? I know there’s supposed to be endorphins associated with working out, but I’m pretty sure I’ve never felt them.

Congrats, that’s an awesome score!

I get an endorphin high sometimes (At least I think that’s what it is? It feels very up and cleansing and good.) at the end of my longer cardio workouts, around the 50/60 minute mark. Long runs or a long time on the bike usually feels super awesome when I’m done! I used to despise running, but I actually sort of find it stress relieving now, especially after really tense days at work. And I am no pro-runner, trust me. I think I’m still at like a 10 minute mile at best over sort of hilly terrain, but just going out and doing it feels really good, for some reason.

Man, I am on the same page with push-ups, though.