Raw milk diet for 30 days!
A high emphasis on live foods
Having known about the supposed benefits of raw milk over pasteurised milk for quite a while, I decided to challenge myself to 2 pints (approx 1 litre) of raw milk per day.
The milk i'm currently getting is from here: Hook and Son
However, I've heard that the more creamy milk from heritage cow breeds such as Jersey and Guernsey are better for you, so I will be ordering from Organic Raw Milk very soon.
I am not doing this in isolation - I am eating other foods at the same time. My motivation for this is to improve my health, in particular energy levels, general joint pain and feeling old!
I have tried an exclusively raw vegan diet for short periods of time and have found it too difficult to stick to as I find it difficult to stomach enough raw fruit to keep from running out of energy and losing weight. Eating 30 bananas a day plus other fruit was just too much.
I am also removing any processed foods during this time.
Raw milk, sauerkraut, raw eggs and fruit and veg.
So here's what I will be eating:
1. Minimum of 2 pints of raw (unpasteurised) cows or goats milk per day.
2. Between 2 and 6 raw eggs per day, preferably pasture raised.
3. Plenty of fresh fruits, bananas, pears, apples, melon, papaya, grapes etc.
4. Plenty of salad greens / raw veggies - organic.
5. Raw unpasteurised sauerkraut - contains a rich helping of beneficial bacteria.
My diet already has 3, 4 and ocassionally 2 and or 5, so the major addition here is the raw milk. Wish me luck!
Today however, I woke up feeling unusually refreshed. Hayfever was there as usual but I felt alert on waking, rather than struggling to get up.
I did some DIY and helped put up some shelves. By 8pm, still good energy, this is a little unusual. All unexpected for the first day. Let's hope I don't crash tomorow!
I read somewhere that paradoxically raw milk can help hayfever and allergies: Milk consumption in children reduces allergies
We'll see how it goes. Early days so far.
But my allergies were less than ususal, and my energy has been good today.
So still all positive changes since starting this dietary regime.
Still waking up early which is good.
I noticed immediately this morning that will i was still a bit sneezy, i could actually breathe through my nose!
Also I woke up again at 5 am.
There is definitely a pattern here- it seems to help with allergies and help me to wake up earlier!
I have found a non-fresian dairy farm, called Plawhatch Farm. They have MRI breeds, the milk is a bit more creamy than the milk from Hook and Son. This one to me tastes a bit richer and I like that, but both milks are very pleasant to drink.
I still have a good energy level, but no other startling health benefits yet.
One thing that is worrying me is my runny nose seems to be getting worse. I initially put this down to hayfever season - which is true, but I have also started taking an anti-histamine as it was getting too much. However, i have just taken a second antihistamine today (it's a one-a-day) and my nose is still running.
I wonder if it's the milk. As a child I was told that I was allergic to cows milk, but that was pasteurised milk, and I have read that many people who are allergic to pasteurised milk are not allergic to raw. This is because the lactase enzyme in raw milk is still there and can deactivate the lactose.
Maybe this isn't happening in me, or maybe I have a particularly bad case of hay fever. We'll see. Just to clarify though, I have no other symptoms, I love the tatse of milk and I have no problem digesting this raw milk.
As an aside, I found this great video by a farmer, on his view as to why raw milk is safe to drink these days and how the unhygienic conditions of the first city dairies brought about the routine use of pasteurisation as a way of making their milk drinkable.
So this means that I clearly am not allergic to this form of milk - yet as the antihistamine didn't work yesterday, I can only conclude the milk was causing some kind of detox reaction...!
Weird.... let's see how I sleep tonight and how I feel tomorrow.
I'm still digesting it fine. No problems. And I still wake up earlier than I used to, feeling alert. I would say that is the main benefit so far.
I'm still taking the raw honey and the sauerkraut each day. My digestion and bowel function is fine!
More updates soon.
I haven't got tired of the milk, as I'm eating other things aswell. Hay fever seems to have stopped now - but I think that could just as easily be the change of season moving out of spring.
The benefits ive seen:
1. Being able to wake up earlier
2. Feeling stronger in terms of muscular strength.
3. Digestion improved - though that could also be due to the sauerkraut, which also affects the digestion in a positive way.
I can't be sure one way or another if it has helped my hayfever. I am still having runny nose in the morning. I may try switching to raw goats milk to see if there is a difference.
All in all i would say the expereince was beneficial, though perhaps not as profound as i had hoped. Then again, i was not doing the pure raw milk diet, instead i was combining raw milk with sauerkraut, raw eggs, and other raw food.