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Former United States women’s soccer team goalkeeper Jillian Loyden has pledged to ditch dairy under a new initiative.

The 10-day Ditch Dairy Challenge was created by Switch4Good, a performance-based organization led by Olympic silver medal-winning cyclist Dotsie Bausch.

Plant-based athletes and other advocates are supporting the challenge by asking their friends or followers to take part. Loyden, who retired from international soccer in October 2014, signed up after being challenged to take part by player Heather Mitts – three times Olympic Gold Medalist and former Women’s National Team soccer player.

Going dairy-free

According to Switch4Good, those who give it a go, will ‘feel amazing’. The organization adds: “Ditching dairy can reduce inflammation, abolish bloat and digestive distress, increase athletic performance, and improve your health overall.”

Those taking part are asked to document their journey on Instagram using #DitchDairyChallenge. Loyden has taken to the platform to show her progress, sharing a meal on Stories.

Switch4Good will offer challengees support and information throughout the challenge. After completing the 10 days, followers should tag five of their friends to try it, offering support and sending Switch4Good’s Ditch Dairy Guide.

You can find out more about the Ditch Dairy Challenge here

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.