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If you’re considering giving up dairy, you might be on the verge of a great decision for your health, your skin and your waistline (and even your wallet, depending on how addicted you were to the stuff.) But many people often don’t realize what a large part of their diet was made up of dairy, and what a significant lifestyle change this will be. While dairy causes some issues for people, like indigestion, it does have its merits and provides some key nutrients to your system. Like anything you’re going to quit cold turkey, you need to be prepared for the change, when and how you’ll miss that item the most and how it will affect your body to live without it. Simply switching to soy alternatives may not keep you off the hook. Here are things to know before quitting dairy.

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You can’t turn to soy

Your body doesn’t quite know what to do with soy. If you cut out dairy, however, you might get soy everything (soy milk, soy cream cheese, soy ice cream…) This could leave you bloated and constipated.

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