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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Why I weaned myself off milk and eggs
Like many Blacks and Hispanics, I am lactose intolerant. This means that my body does not produce enough lactase enzyme to break down lactose (milk sugar) in cow’s milk. If I drink too much of it, I will have gas, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea. That’s one reason why I shouldn’t be touching the stuff with a ten foot pole. But I tricked myself into thinking that if I found a suitable substitute for regular cow’s milk, all would be well. So, after I realized that I was lactose intolerant, I continued my denial, and consumed Lactaid milk and soy milk for several years afterwards.
As time went on, I learned more about some of the dangers consuming of cow’s milk, eggs, and soy products. Whole milk is very high in fat and helps to form disease and mucus in the body. Some traditional farmers- the ones that don’t farm organically, raise their livestock on feed that contains hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified organisms, and a host of other strange chemicals. The hormones make the chickens, cows, pigs, etc., get bigger in a shorter period of time. When people consume the flesh of the livestock, obviously, they are also consuming the hormones and antibiotics. These chemical cause abnormal and disease state in lab animals and humans. This may be part of the reason why girls are reaching puberty at an earlier age. There are scientific studies suggesting that milk consumption increases the risk of certain types of cancers.
Even after learning this information, I was still in denial. I didn’t want to come to the realization that I had to part ways with milk and eggs. So, I further continued my denial by consuming lactose-free USDA Organic milk and USDA Organic eggs for some time. I reached a turning point a couple of months ago. I stopped eating eggs and using milk almost completely. Now, I only use creamer in my coffee (another food that I need to part ways with) from time to time. I have uterine fibroids and I finally accept that in order to get rid of my fibroids that I need to stop drinking milk and eating eggs altogether.
Humans are simply not designed to consume milk. It is really intended for baby cows. Milk has remnants of cow blood and pus in it from the process of milking the poor cow. This is really gross in my estimation. My main motivation for avoiding eggs has more to do with their cholesterol content and the possibility of them containing hormones. Plus, eggs sometimes cause people to have allergies. So, I would encourage people to avoid milk and eggs.
By the way, I did find a suitable replacement for cow’s milk. It is coconut milk. It tastes great in my smoothies and oatmeal porridge and it is very good for you. The downside to coconut milk is that it is expensive in comparison to cow’s milk. It is available canned or in cartons. I think that it is best to find Organic coconut milk in the carton, rather than relying on regular canned coconut milk, though.
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