I don’t know about you, but when I get really tired, I crave the very foods I know I shouldn’t have. I crave sugar most of all. A couple of days ago, I had one of those days. I had stayed up until 2am in the morning chatting to some guests, had to get up early the next day and had worked really hard all day. I was tired and weary and to be honest a little grumpy. I wanted something to perk me up. This generally involves chocolate… and so I reached for a chocolate milk. It was in a little bottle, which simply said you should shake it to make a frothy milkshake – sounds yummy don’t you think? To be honest, it could’ve had other ingredients in it besides chocolate and milk but at the time, I didn’t really think it through that much.
I really enjoyed drinking it. It was sweet and cold and had that frothy milkshake taste…..
Within a few minutes it started to turn nasty. It was fairly instant. I was driving, so this probably didn’t help but I started to feel instantly nauseous. It was that kind of nausea, I used to feel almost daily so many years ago. Oh well, I thought, I can cope with a little nausea…the milkshake was worth it!
Within a few hours, the bloating started. My stomach started to swell up and I got that crampy feeling all through my lower abdomen. I felt incredibly gassy and no matter how much I “let it out”, it didn’t seem to help matters.
Then it came…. that old familiar feeling. Pain. It was too traumatic but it was there. It was all through my lower abdominal area and it felt like a massive big brick was sitting in there, just wanting to come out. No amount of going to the toilet seemed to help either!
I got home, drank heaps of water with heaps of lemon in it and took some Bupleurum, had some soothing Chamomile tea and went to bed. The next morning I awoke with really runny stools and just felt groggy.
It has taken me a couple of days to get over that one chocolate milk. I know, totally hard to believe and I am annoyed with myself to even considering drinking milk!
Thing is, I haven’t had milk in over 2years. I have had the occasional cheese product here and there but not milk. Certainly not milk within a drink, that may have had other ingredients in it like Gluten or who knows what else.
Why does milk not agree with us?
The key thing about milk that many of us perhaps don’t consider is that it is often far from ideal. Much of the milk in the US, comes from cows which are fed on corn and soy products. They are not eating fresh green grass, as they are meant to! James (my partner) can testify to the difference in milks around the world as, being a chef, he notices how easily creams whip up. In Australia, it was never that creamy because the cows there just don’t have the green grass, like they do in New Zealand. The cows are also often mistreated. They are injected with anti-biotics and all sorts of steroids and things. Unfortunately, this is mostly the case in the US but it is important to recognise that all of this stuff lands up in the milk we drink.
Then, the next thing about milk is that it is not in it’s pure form anymore. If we drank milk directly from the cow – in it’s pure form, we would probably find it better for us. Milks are so processed and heated, that it actually resembles very little of what was originally milk. It has been homogonised, pasteurised and who knows what else… taking it further and further from the original pure milk from a cow. One of the key things I have recognised with milk is that it is all about our ability to digest it. Our bodies simply struggle to digest the milk in that form. I have heard of girls with endo, who are fine with pure, organic real milk, because all the enzymes are still within the milk. The other big consideration is the way that milk is typically prepared. If we add live cultures to the milk, it becomes a source of great immune boosting power for the body.
What is interesting about milk is discovering it’s history. Maybe it is simply not normal to drink milk?…. Check out this video from Daniel Vitalis for an interesting perspective:
To me, milk creates an instant inflammatory response in my body. I am weary of it. – especially now :) However, I am keen to explore the idea of adding live cultures to the milk as I believe this makes it completely digestible and actually really beneficial to us.
What are your experiences with milk? Have you noticed a change since cutting it out? Have you tried having it again and seen a reaction from it?