Thursday, November 17, 2011


I have been thinking a lot about dairy recently.  I mean, I love it.  Well, I take that back, it is mainly cheese that I love.  I have never been a big milk drinker - at all really.  But cheese, it is something I really felt like I couldn't live without!  My husband is the same way, my daughter, not so much.  When she was younger than 2 she liked those organic mozzarella cheese sticks that you can find at the grocery store, and would gladly snack on them whenever allowed, but not anymore.  She has never had milk either, besides taking a sip here and there from Matt's glass.  She pretends to like it, but really doesn't, so it never becomes more than one sip :-)

I have always been leery of giving my kids milk, but not cheese.  I think it is because I do extended breastfeeding, I don't feel any need for cow's milk.  I remember walking into the dr.'s office for Emma's one year check up and the nurse telling me I could switch her over to cow's milk now.  I, being a little taken aback, said "I'm still nursing her, can't I just continue doing that?"  The nurse just kind of looked at me.  Now, for full disclosure, Emma didn't have any interest in solids until she was at least 15 months.  We tried all manner of mashed veggies and fruits, I even went straight for banana hoping she would eat something, nope, not one thing until she decided she wanted to eat peas and corn and apples all the live long day :-)  So I was still nursing her pretty much all the time.  I would give her cheese though, when she wanted it.  She did have relatively bad eczema during that period of her eating cheese - I never really connected the two until now.

Of course I then watched Forks Over Knives and saw all kinds of research against dairy.  And I am still in the process of doing my own research for both sides.  Maybe raw dairy is different than what is at the grocery store, maybe cheese isn't as bad for us as I think.  A lot of questions.  I did a little experiment over the past 6 weeks.  I stopped eating cheese for a while.  I learned to enjoy my bean burritos without the cheese, and added rice and more salsa and veggies.  I also felt better, no more weird congestion every morning, no more blowing my nose constantly.  Then a couple of weeks ago, I started eating cheese again...the congestion came back, and then I got sick.  Coincidence?  Probably, but it is worth looking into more for me, because I don't want to have to take those crazy steroids so that I can breathe properly.

What about you?  Do you eat/drink dairy?  What do you think of the health claims of people who drink raw milk, and then those who produced Forks Over Knives, or wrote The China Study?  I am interested to hear other opinions on the matter!


  1. I stopped eating dairy about 5 months ago and it has changed my life for the better. I never associated my dairy consumption with my digestive issues and one day my acupuncturist challenged me to cut out dairy for one entire week and let him know at the next session how I was feeling. Verdict? Within 3 days I was a new person. No lie. I continued to eliminate dairy pretty religiously for about 4 months (after that initial test) and now I just eat dramatically less than I did prior to my acupuncturists recommendation although I will enjoy some cheese, regular ice cream, regular yogurt etc from time to time. I have found many substitutions that I truly enjoy and so I am OK with the switch. I have never seen the films you mentioned but I am interested to learn more!

  2. @Brittnie Forks Over Knives is on netflix instant view, and I definitely recommend it! It really changed my thinking on food, and I do an awful lot of thinking about food :-) I think that I might try and stay dairy free for a while and see how it goes.

  3. Dairy - Sm-airy....I love my cheese. Love you too my friend!

  4. I lived as a "quasi" vegan for 6 years---and in that time I felt and looked amazing. My face cleared up, I had more energy, my immunity was higher, my digestion was smoother---altogether it felt great. I too love cheese but cut it out as well as eggs, milk, yogurt, etc. Upon getting married to a carnivore---I added it back in as it makes it easier to eat together. But I definitely believe that dairy slows our digestion down and studies show that it can increase break-outs, asthma, and other allergies. We're the only mammals that continue to drink milk and its products past infancy....


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