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Milk: Why Whole?

cowsTis the season to pretend we don’t care about weight-gain, but I have good news! The less fattening milk option is the one most of us actually prefer. Shocker? Yes, you can stop buying skim milk and switch to whole.

Most people swear by the “simple” math; fewer calories in = less unwanted body fat. But did you know that skim milk is actually fed to pigs in order to fatten them up? Now there is a twist.

Food for thought…

1.    Low-fat does not equal weight loss.  “Diets high in fat do not appear to be the primary cause of the high prevalence  of excess body fat in our society, and reductions in fat will not be a  solution.” Walter Willet, an epidemiologist and department chair in nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public  Health  wrote in the American Journal of MedicineRead more:  http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/03/29/why-skim-milk-isnt-necessarily-better/#ixzz2EcF8pWuB

Dr. Oz agrees. Skim milk is the 3rd most fattening food in America  (We may not agree with everything Dr. Oz preaches. This, however, is spot-on.)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/10/marlo-thomas-mondays-with-marlo-the-most-fattening-foods-in-america-from-dr-oz_n_1765013.html

2. Vitamins are in the fat. Beware of “healthy” low fat choices, do your research and know that if you want to be healthy, you must have healthy fats, such as dairy. I want to be thin, too, but only moderately so. I like having curves, and I could actually stand to put on a few pounds. But the truth is that consuming extra healthy fat is not causing me to gain weight. Sigh. But if I had to choose between healthy and fashionably thin? Duh.

3.  Children need milkfat. Should be a no-brainer, but let’s face it. Society and even the government recommends low-fat diets for children, even toddlers. Don’t do this. Your undernourished child will (statistically) end up with insufficient bone growth, resulting in life-long crooked teeth, as well as a host of other health challenges. Many more reasons than fit in this post, feel free to add them as a comment. See links below for more diet facts and recommendations.

4.  Adults need milkfat too! I have pretty strong bones, and I want to keep them that way. I have a rather high IQ and I wish to continue feeding my brain. etc… I was not born with an ideally healthy square jaw, which means I as a by-product I have very crooked teeth which only appear to be straight due to many years of orthodontic treatment. I will, in fact, be at the mercy of a retainer for the rest of my life if I wish to preserve my “smile.” But that doesn’t mean I can’t set up my future children for healthy development, thanks to good nourishment while before and during pregnancy and breastfeeding. See links below for more…

5. Just say no!” to the government’s dietary guidelines. A tradition we falsely believe in is not true just because health officials, our parents, and teachers (mostly) all support it. Modern research and ancient wisdom points to the truth. See recommended diet for children

http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/dietary-recommendations-for-children-recipe-for-future-heart-disease

and adults

http://www.westonaprice.org/basics/comments-on-the-usda-dietary-guidelines

Remember baby steps? If you are new to the traditional health diet, and are not ready to join me in my daily practice of raw, grassfed milk and cream, naturally fermented sauerkraut, and cod liver oil, don’t worry! Switching from skim to whole is an easy place to start! If you are used to only skim milk, it may taste odd, even sickening at first, but that is your body being confused and perhaps in overdrive. I am positive your body will catch on and love your new milk choice.

Another benefit: Black coffee? Only if you really like it! Use real cream, and enjoy every drop.

Cheers, with a glass of raw, pastured, whole milk!

Western Woman

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About westernwoman

"To find adventure where it exists, and create it where it does not." This applies to the love relationship with Jesus, stewardship of finances, family, and decluttering the home! Rejoice in the day-to-day. My purpose is to empower women in their daily joys and challenges. My message to women everywhere is, "Smell the flowers and drink your coffee." Cheers, Western Woman

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