Why weaning off milk is wise
In Canada, as well as in the US, we are told to have four 8-oz glasses of the white liquid per day. As Mark Bittman, of the New York Times, points out this is two pounds of milk being swallowed in one day. Holy cow! Not only is it a bucket of calories, it provides the same amount of sugar – ounce per ounce – as coke. Aside from being one of the three types of sugar, lactose causes sensitivities and allergic reactions in millions of people, many of whom don’t even realize (or accept) that milk is the culprit.
When I ask people to substitute something else for milk in the morning, I am met with looks of horror. How ELSE will you get calcium?? What about bone density? Osteoporosis?? These are valid concerns. The solution ? How about consuming some greens, fish, nuts and seeds with a bit more physical activity for bone-building? Oh, and And let’s cut out the high acidic foods in your diet that devour and destroy your precious mineral-dense bones.
Milk is pro-inflammatory. What does that mean? It feeds the common and chronic cycle of inflammation, which includes congestion, pain, trouble losing weight, skin and digestive troubles, bloating, muscle soreness…and the list can go on and on. When your immune system is overworking, all of these symptoms will manifest. One of the first things I encourage clients to do when I see chronic inflammation is cut out milk and high fat dairy. Improvement is immediate and substantial. Stop feeding the fire and it will die down. The same goes for children who are constantly getting colds, with watery eyes and runny noses.
I’m not saying that all dairy is bad, or that it doesn’t contain healthful nutrients. Cottage cheese is a terrific source of protein, as is Greek Yogurt, and both happen to be low in lactose and less acidic than other forms of dairy. These are both optimum choices for breakfast or snacks, and less likely to lead to intestinal sensitivity or blood sugar fluctuation. Drinking your calories is never the smart way to satisfy your belly anyway. If you like cheese, try some good quality goat’s or sheep’s milk cheese as an alternative to cow’s milk. Your cheese costs may double but it will save your belly trouble. Even those who have trouble digesting lactose find that non-cow’s milk cheese can be easily digested. But remember that a little cheese goes a long way. A thumb size is 100 calories.
A few parting points :
– a glass of milk and a glass of pop give you the same amount of sugar.
– bone density is lost through inactivity and high acidity more than anything else.
– high acidic foods (sugar, coffee, pop, red meat, sugar) erode bone and leech calcium.
– greens are not only high in calcium, but highly alkaline. They balance acidic PH. Bingo.