30 day Challenge by Jeremy Leach 4 years, 7 months ago

Raw milk diet for 30 days!

A high emphasis on 'live' foods.
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.
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!

4 years, 7 months ago Challenge update day 1 of 30

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Yesterday my hay fever and allergies were really playing up, and I felt tired and low energy all day. It was my first day on the raw milk. In the evening I had 4 raw eggs and afterwards felt a little nauseous.. Maybe I overdid it on the first day.

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!

4 years, 6 months ago Challenge update day 2 of 30

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I woke up today quite early, about 5.30am which is extremely unusual for me. I felt alert and not tired, but thinking it was too early to get up I went back to sleep and didn't wake up until 9am - feeling tired!

But my allergies were less than ususal, and my energy has been good today.

So still all positive changes since starting this dietary regime.

4 years, 6 months ago Challenge update day 3 of 30

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Not much to say at the moment things still the same. Hay fever lessening (but that could be that we're just moving into summer as my allergies start and finish early).

Still waking up early which is good.

4 years, 6 months ago Challenge update day 5 of 30

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Ran out of milk over the last 2 days - unfortunately my allergies seem to be a bit worse. More milk coming today - so we'll see if that improves things again.

4 years, 6 months ago Challenge update day 6 of 30

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Back on the raw milk yesterday after a couple of days off.

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!

4 years, 6 months ago Challenge update day 13 of 30

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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.

4 years, 6 months ago Challenge update day 14 of 30

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Amazingly - I woke up today with absolutely no hay-fever, and this has lasted all day. I haven't needed to take an antihistamine - yet yesterday i took two - and even that couldn't stop my nose streaming like a river!

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.

4 years, 6 months ago Challenge update day 20 of 30

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I'm still drinking the raw milk. About 1 litre per day. My hay fever is basically gone - however it usually subsides about late May, so it might not be the milk.

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.

4 years, 6 months ago Challenge update day 26 of 30

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Raw milk regime still going well. I feel my digestion is very good. I also feel that I have got stronger - in terms of muscle. Without really doing any extra exercise! That's a bonus.

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.

4 years, 5 months ago Challenge update day 35 of 30

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The 30 days has come to an end - yet i'm going to stick with the raw milk.

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.

4 years ago Greg Dahlen wrote:

I have been living on milk for the last five years, every day I drink about two gallons of organic skim milk, plus a little pure cream here and there, and hardly eat or drink anything else. For me it has been great, among other things I maintain very easily at the middle of normal on the BMI for my height (six feet, two inches, 165 pounds). Plus my aches and pains are gone, I think milk is easier on the body than solid food, although you chew and digest solid food, I believe it is never as broken up as milk and thus clogs and irritates the cells as it moves about the body. I believe this diet would help any disease, including the biggies like cancer, although this statement has not been proven.



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