This is an excerpt from Elizabeth Walling’s “The Nourished Life” blog:
“One of my favorite discoveries on my real food journey is raw milk. Last year, I was absolutely tickled to learn what a nourishing food milk could be under the right circumstances. You know when you read a piece of information and it just, you know… clicks? Well, reading about raw milk was a real “click” moment for me. I don’t know why. It just made pure and utter (udder?) sense to me that raw milk could really do a body good.
So I spent some time perusing Realmilk.com, reading about the benefits of drinking real raw milk. And I was immediately taken with these decades-old stories of people who had been cured of a variety of ailments by going on an exclusive raw milk diet for several weeks. The idea of going on an all raw milk diet was very alluring to me, but I chocked it up as impossible since I didn’t think it was practical for me to consume only raw milk day in and day out.
However, over the next few weeks I have a unique opportunity to give the raw milk diet a real shot, and I’m jumping in head first. Today I have officially begun my raw milk diet. And don’t worry, I’ll be keeping my readers filled in along the way in the form of blog posts and YouTube podcasts.
There is so much information about the milk diet, so today I just want to do an introduction to explain what the milk diet actually is, because it’s a little more than just chugging milk all day. Here’s the basics of the raw milk diet philosophy:
– Raw milk is a balanced, nutrient-dense food. It provides everything the body needs to rebuild and heal. Its liquid form is easily absorbed and digested by the body.
– Raw milk should be taken in adequate quantities to provide the body with plenty of nutrients and rebuilding material, generally at least four quarts (one gallon) each day.
– Milk should be taken in small amounts, sipping throughout the day to ensure proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients. No gulping large glasses of ice-cold milk, please.
– Rest is highly recommended to ensure the body is focused on healing rather than expending energy. Someone who is ill should have complete bed rest for most or all of the diet.
– Warm baths for relaxation, circulation and detoxification are also recommended.
– Light exercise can be added to further improve circulation and body composition if the patient is up to it….”
“….I have a passion for finding nourishment in life through food. I believe healthy, nourishing meals are a missing link today – without nourishment our bodies and minds can’t function at their best. It can be really hard to find meaning in life and become who you want to be without nourishment from real food. I know this from personal experience.
Like many people, my journey to health began with the best of intentions, but I was on the wrong path: a path filled with vegetable oils, tofu and skim milk. A path which I discovered to be strewn with misery, self-doubt and anger.
But this all began to change in 2008 when I discovered eating more natural fats is actually healthy. Then I found Nourishing Traditions and a whole new world of nutrition: one that includes butter and raw milk, local meat and eggs, kefir and sauerkraut. And I realized this path was different. It was a path filled with satiation and contentment, joy and laughter. I’d had no idea real food could literally bring a smile to my face. (More details about my journey to a nourished life.)
Because all of this changed my life in such a profound and positive way, I want to get this information out to others, in hopes that it will have a positive effect on their lives, too.
So I began The Nourished Life. My goal for this blog is to provide a friendly, accessible source of information about nourishing foods: what they are, how to get them, how to make simple changes, learning to heal yourself with real food.
Even more, I want to remind people that finding nourishing through food is a journey. None of us is perfect at it, and we shouldn’t strive to be. Finding real food can be a joyous, exciting experience if you don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by what you can’t do or what you think you should be doing. Keep it simple, keep a light heart and expect great things to happen as you make positive improvements!..”