This post was made possible by iConnect / #Switch4Good. I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine. #spon
Years, I began to live a non-dairy lifestyle. At first, I was doing it for my then nursing daughter who couldn’t keep my breast milk down. When I stopped consuming dairy products she thrived. It was at that time that I noticed my body loving the changes. Soon after I went back to dairy and immediately regretted it. Through the years I bounced back and forth with my diet – to accept dairy and live with the pain I experienced with it or stop it all together. My daughter still cannot have dairy to this day and it makes her feel left out.
I was tired. Tired of letting the news or commercials or DRs tell me that the pain I experience when consuming dairy was “normal”, that I should take medicine to deal with it. Why deal with a symptom instead of completely fixing it. That’s when I decided I would go non-dairy lifestyle. I needed a fix, not a band-aid. We need to stop masking the pain we feel and instead get to the root. In 2018, I decided to make another huge switch in my life – I’d live a plant-based/non-dairy lifestyle. It’s been tough, not going to lie but the changes are more than just physical but emotional as well.
To make the switch you need a good core of supporters around you. Whether that’s friends and family, church members, or support groups on Facebook. One thing I especially love to see is the plant-based/non-dairy lifestyle getting good recognition from people I know and that my daughter can look up to like her favorite sports starts.
What is #Switch4Good?
Olympians join forces to counter misleading messaging prominently featured in the Milk Life Olympic advertising with the launch of the #Switch4Good campaign – an initiative that uses athlete testimonials to educate consumers on the health and wellness benefits associated with switching to a non-dairy, plant-based lifestyle.
The #Switch4Good campaign is an initiative led by Olympian Dotsie Bausch, with the help of fellow plant-based Olympic athletes, who have incredible stories about making the switch – for good – from dairy to a plant-based lifestyle.
A signature component of this initiative is a 30-second commercial that spotlights the stories of six Olympians who reached peak performance — even Olympic gold and world records — along with transformative health benefits by ditching dairy.
How can you help?
By sharing their inspirational stories in the #Switch4Good campaign, these dairy-free Olympians have committed to encouraging and educating others on making the switch from dairy.
These Olympians want the public to be informed about what goes in our bodies and want to share the message that even small steps in reducing dairy intake can offer health benefits — ranging from weight loss, improved digestion, disease prevention, and increased energy. Use the hashtag #Switch4Good to share your story and one of the commercials.
These Olympians are here to help illustrate that you don’t have to drink cow’s milk to build the strength required for Olympic greatness.
Dotsie Bausch – silver medalist cyclist, 7-time U.S. National Champion, former world record holder and two-time Pan
American gold medal winner
Rebecca Soni – former competition swimmer and breaststroke specialist who is a six-time Olympic medalist.
Seba Johnson – the first black woman to ski at the Olympics and the youngest in her sport
Kendrick Farris – three-time Olympian and the only USA male weightlifter to qualify for the Rio Olympic Games
Kara Lang – 2015 Canadian Soccer Hall of Famer and 2008 Olympic soccer team member
Malachi Davis – 2004 Olympic sprinter
Much misleading information exists, which is why I felt it was so important to be part of this campaign – to share the true benefits of a plant-based lifestyle through the stories of these Olympians – for the ultimate prize: better health for each of us. Go to at www.Switch4Good.org for more information and to see how you can be involved too.