What About Milk?
We Americans love our milk, don’t we? Of all the times I’ve seen anyone leaving the grocery store with only 1 or 2 items, they are nearly always carrying a carton of milk. Hardly a day passed in my childhood when I did not have milk at least twice. I nearly always had a bowl of cereal for breakfast–with milk– during my high school days.
As a young parent, I began to read about milk form the perspective of my “health nut gurus.” I started to feel disgusted with “regular” milk (the hormones, the antibiotics, the reported conditions in large commercial dairies), & refused to drink it at all. My extended family thought I was extreme when I would not let my children drink milk from the grocery store. Instead, I found a source for raw goat’s milk, & that is what my children drank for years.
Later, when we moved to Colorado, I had a hard time finding a consistent source, & we mostly used soy milk. The newer, refrigerated soy milks were pretty delicious, we thought. But then, I began to learn about the issues with soy. The biggest negative regarding soy (in my world, at least) was that I heard that soy is nearly indigestible for humans. I already had food sensitivities & digestive trouble, so why pile on?
Not to worry, though. For a while, I had a great place to acquire goat’s milk again. For a couple of years, I had great milk for at least several months of the year. By this time, I had learned to eat other things besides cereal & milk for breakfast. So it worked out.
Now, as a holistic health coach, I meet lots of people who do not, or cannot drink dairy milk. I also meet quite a few that acknowledge a dairy intolerance; but they just can’t seem to do life without it. Meanwhile, there seems to be an ongoing debate about what kind of milks or milk substitutes are best.
With that in mind, I will give you a few helpful resources, and also tell you what I personally do about the milk question. I feel that an important part of the solution is to learn to eat different things! Try fruit & nuts, eggs & veggies, or a smoothie for breakfast, for example.
I like a lady named Nina Planck, who has written some great books about real food. Here is her website: http://www.ninaplanck.com/ Along similar lines, someone I’ve recommended before, a pioneer with regard to milk & researching the impact of dairy on health, Weston A. Price. Google him, & while you’re at it, connect with the head of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Sally Fallon, another hero of mine.
There are, of course, very smart & cool folks who shun dairy altogether. If you’re leaning that way, know that some experts are pretty compelling when they tell us there are some nutrients you simply cannot get in a usable form without dairy. I’m not that kind of “expert.” I don’t know for sure who’s right.
For now, I am off of goat’s milk. (I did find some wonderful raw goat cheese last week, which I enjoyed in small quantities.) In January & February, goats are having babies & nursing– not a great time to get the milk. In a few weeks, I’ll renew my quest to find a local supplier. I’m currently using refrigerated coconut milk & homemade almond milk, mostly. I drink this stuff, usually mixed, in tea & coffee, & once in a while, I have a bowl of gluten-free granola. I love the So Delicious brand of coconut milk creamer!
Here is a link to the site I consulted for making my own almond milk. It takes a little time, but it far surpasses any commercial almond milk I’ve tried. http://www.eatingrules.com/2012/10/how-to-make-almond-milk/
I’d really like to know what you do about milk!