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Let’s get to the truth about milk:

Milk contains sodium and sugars.

Mild depletes calcium from the bones.  

Countries with the greatest milk consumption also have the highest rate of bone fractures and osteoporosis.

Milk increases growth hormones:  Insulin-like growth factor-1

Milk raises estrogen.

Cows suffer on factory farms

Cows produce between 70kg and 120kg of methane per year which has a negative effect on our climate.

Dairy cows are artificially inseminated each year to produce milk.

Once the calf is born it is taken away from the cow, the cow will bellow for several days.

  Some of the calves are moved to veal crates where they are confined to a two foot wide stall in      order to minimize their movements.   

Dairy products increase the probability of cancer.

Milk is the leading cause of allergies.

 


@ss26399184 Can you provide a reference for these assertions? The reason I ask is that I suspect the article(s) you read were not talking about local small dairy produced milk. Some of this is true about all cows, however some of this is not true about small dairy produced milk.

 

In my post I mentioned organic or transitional local milk, which will not have added sweeteners (all milk has lactose, which is a sugar, most if not all factory farm produced milk will contain sweeteners).

 

Milk from organic cows does not contain growth hormones. (That said, I recall a few years back that one of the commercial organic milk producers was proven to be substituting non-organic milk when there was a shortage, so there's that...) ;p

 

Here's information on the controversy regarding milk and cancer: http://www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/ask/ask-the-expert-dairy-products

 

Here's what Harvard has to say about the bone depletion controversy: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/calcium-full-story/

 

And here's my bottom line: nearly everything we do (eat, drive, have children, build houses, post things on the Internet, flush the toilet, whatever) extracts resources from the planet. Clearly some activities are worse than others, yet we all must decide for ourselves how we will live and what responsibility we will take for our resource use. 

 

For me, having the milk delivered in glass from a local organic dairy strikes a fine balance.

 

 

 

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Let’s get to the truth about milk:

Milk contains sodium and sugars.

Mild depletes calcium from the bones.  

Countries with the greatest milk consumption also have the highest rate of bone fractures and osteoporosis.

Milk increases growth hormones:  Insulin-like growth factor-1

Milk raises estrogen.

Cows suffer on factory farms

Cows produce between 70kg and 120kg of methane per year which has a negative effect on our climate.

Dairy cows are artificially inseminated each year to produce milk.

Once the calf is born it is taken away from the cow, the cow will bellow for several days.

  Some of the calves are moved to veal crates where they are confined to a two foot wide stall in      order to minimize their movements.   

Dairy products increase the probability of cancer.

Milk is the leading cause of allergies.

 

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@retiredtraveler wrote:

"... Get fresh milk delivery from a local dairy (hopefully organic or transitional)....".

 

Another small component I disagree with, except under some circumstances. I'm a big believer in Soy milk or Almond milk. Many people take in far more calcium than they need and if needed, some of the 'synthetic' milks are fortified with calcium.

   And, imho, taste better.............

 

I can't argue against the fact that getting local milk helps the local economy (I live very close to Wisconsin). But I can argue that milk is something produced in far higher quantities than needed and cows are definitely detrimental to the environment, along with beef we eat far too much of.  


@retiredtraveler I understand your reasoning. Here’s the (rather long and involved, sorry) way we arrived at cow’s milk:

 

We were using local goat milk, and enjoyed it —made fabulous cheese, btw— but it wasn’t delivered, so that became a nuisance. Back then I was so busy with the farming detail that I couldn’t be bothered to knock the dirt off my pants for a trip to town. Smiley Happy

 

I avoid soy because (I forget the actual number and am too lazy to look it up, but …) something like 90% of all soy sold in America is GMO. Also soy itself is controversial as a heat processed ingredient (though I do use red miso and tamari because fermented soy is not heat processed).

 

Almond milk, it has been reported, has very little almond in it, so to me it is a scam. Here’s an older Mother Jones piece by Tom Philpott, whose food articles I came to trust back when I was also a food/lifestyle columnist: http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2014/07/lay-off-almond-milk-ignorant-hipsters (I’m NOT calling you ignorant, just to be clear upfront. Tom has a lippy side to him, reflected in this headline, however I believe the data is well-researched.)

 

OK One of the things I like about milk from cows that graze some 4 hillsides away is that it is not mixed with milk from far away places and it is not processed through a huge plant which means we are protected from that level of factory food germs and additives.

 

ALSO DH needs all the vit. D he can get while my system is inefficient at absorbing calcium. Of the top 10 foods rich calcium listed on web MD (http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/10-calcium-rich-foods), we’re eating the top 5. A bit of milk every day in our coffee; sardines once a week; homemade yogurt 2 or so times a week; cheese once or twice a week and leafy greens 4-5 times a week. But the fortified cereals, fortified orange juice, soy, soymilk, and enriched breads we don’t consume at all mostly because we just don’t eat processed foods, but also because most those factory foods also contain additives.

 

BUT Here’s the thing about a healthy diet: there really is no one size fits all because we are each unique and our lifestyles are as well. So what works best for one may not work at all for another. And so we muddle on to our destiny, trying our best to be our best, eh?

 

PS and FWIW We have not eaten beef in nigh onto 30 years. We eat bison, elk, yak or kangaroo burgers at the rate of maybe 16 a year. I always mix the meat with oats, a choice aimed at reducing our red meat intake and boosting our consumption of  cholesterol cleansing oats. Smiley Happy

 

 

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"... Get fresh milk delivery from a local dairy (hopefully organic or transitional)....".

 

Another small component I disagree with, except under some circumstances. I'm a big believer in Soy milk or Almond milk. Many people take in far more calcium than they need and if needed, some of the 'synthetic' milks are fortified with calcium.

   And, imho, taste better.............

 

I can't argue against the fact that getting local milk helps the local economy (I live very close to Wisconsin). But I can argue that milk is something produced in far higher quantities than needed and cows are definitely detrimental to the environment, along with beef we eat far too much of.  


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Another great cool dish is avocados, hearts of palm and papaya with some lime juice and cilantro.  Just had that here in Costa Rica at a health resort and it was great.

 

Here is my tip for healthier living:  To get in all those servings of vegetables, I double, triple, quadruple, whatever the amount of vegetables in a recipe.  If it says 1/4 cup of celery, onions, mushrooms or whatever, why not a full cup?  I do it all the time and nothing has been ruined.  

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Quickie today: Get fresh milk delivery from a local dairy (hopefully organic or transitional). The milk is fresher (ours is less than 24 hours old when delivered), has been handled less and therefore has more nutrients than store bought, as vitamin D is easily damaged by light exposure.

 

In addition, buying from a local dairy contributes to another kind of health: that being the health of your local economy.

 

 

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Learn something new! Learning is a fun way to remain mentally sharp. There are many ways to keep learning, and here are a few to get you started:

 

You can enroll at a community college, sign up for a class through your local senior center or you can take classes online.

 

I like the daily 5-minute classes through Highbrow (http://gohighbrow.com). These are free, quick, and interesting 10-lesson courses and I can learn something new without leaving home. Perfect. (More about Highbrow here: http://community.aarp.org/t5/Brain-Health/Free-Lifelong-Learning-Through-Highbrow/m-p/1811880#U18118...)

 

But, hey, don't listen to me, listen to these two:

 

“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.” ― Albert Einstein

 

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ― Henry Ford

 

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Can you trick yourself into consuming smaller portions? Experts say yes. Here now a few tips to get you started:

 

Rather than putting serving dishes on the table; dish plates at the stove and carry them to the dining room. This way you cannot as easily take a second helping.

 

Use a smaller plate. This is a visual trick: if the plate is huge the portion seems smaller, and we are more likely to feel the need for a second helping. However, if the plate is small the same sized portion seems larger and we are more likely to feel satisfied with the quantity.

 

At a restaurant, ask for a doggie bag when the food arrives: dish a portion to go before starting your meal. Woot! Now you've gotten two meals --and half the calories-- for the price of one!

 

 

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Need to reduce cholesterol but can't give up butter?  I have a suggestion: better butter.

 

Mix equal parts olive oil and softened butter for a buttery result that tastes great, spreads well and replaces 50% of the bad fat with good fat.

 

Here's how:

Let the butter soften on the counter, mix in olive oil, then refrigerate. A word of caution: do not heat the butter on the stove or in the oven, as butter separates when heated to a liquid form and you'll end up with milky water in the bottom of your butter dish. Instead, if you need to speed up the process, set the butter near a toaster oven in use or a coffee pot in use or close to a pot of something on the stove, but watch the butter carefully. Don't let the butter liquify. 

 

 

 

I mix up a pound of butter at a time and put the better butter into one cup glass bowls. I use this mixture on toast, in stovetop cooking and in most baking. (Sometimes real butter is the only way to get the result one seeks in baking.)

 

My cholesterol ratio, btw, is an astounding 50/50. That, my doctor says, is almost certainly genetic. Dad died of heart disease, so I'm not so sure about that...

 

 

 

 

 

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Subscribe to an email service that sends out uplifting, positive, inspiring messages each day. Read that email before breakfast.

 

This could be Scripture, famous quotes, positive affimations, whatever floats your boat, but the point is that getting your mind thinking happy thoughts will help you create a happier you. A happier you is a healthier you.

 

 

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