I cannot believe it is August.
Since I last posted I have been to and from New Jersey… back to Dallas, started a new full time nutritional consulting position, and, oh! purchased, moved, and in the process of unpacking, decorating, and redesigning my first house.
With so much going on, I have much on my mind. As this is my official diary for all thoughts nutrition, I will share. Please feel free to chime in.
Recently, I took my oldest to the pediatrician for a school sports physical. I let him do his thing. When we left, my son informed me that the doc was concerned that he was not getting enough calcium– A.K.A. We don’t drink milk. I smiled… but here are my real thoughts:
Cows naturally produce milk to feed their own offspring. They naturally stop producing milk when the calf is weaned from their mother. A calf is not intended to continually drink milk throughout their life.
Therefore, regardless of whether a milk is organic, or not, it is not natural for cows to keep producing milk after this time.
- Even if there are “no added hormones” in the milk, the mama cow is still given hormones to trick the body into thinking it is pregnant. Pregnant cow = Milk.
- (And we wonder why young ladies are so quick to develop, and hormonal imbalances, and acne are so prevalent)
Don’t get me wrong!
“Dairy” is Great!!
For a baby cow.
A mother’s milk is uniquely and perfectly formulated to nurse it’s own offspring. It provides the baby with nutrients specific to it’s own creation, including the milk sugar (lactose) and the actual enzyme needed to digest this sugar (lactase). It is the ultimate package deal. We do not naturally produce enough of this enzyme in order for the body to properly and completely digest this sugar. I don’t care if it is low fat, 1%, 2%, or beyond. It is for this reason that lactose intolerance is such a common health concern.
Lactose intolerance is not a disorder. It is normal.
Casein. Ah… my dear friend casein. Casein is a slow digesting protein often found in sports food/drink products. “Slow digesting” translates into stolen energy from the body. We want foods to be quick to digest (completely and properly) so that the body can absorb nutrients (which it does only once the food reaches the small intestine).
More time in the stomach = longer time to reach the S.I.
- We are the only mammal that drinks another animal’s milk.
- We are the only creature that drinks milk past infancy.
(Do you see adult cows drinking their mother’s milk? How about an adult cow drinking goat milk?– That would be something we would snap pictures of, right?)
A calf drinks milk in order to grow into a 300 pound cow.
We drink milk because?
(Drinking milk affects every body differently, but it can really pack on the pounds).
A cow’s milk is acid forming… which does the opposite of strengthen our bones.
It is highly congesting and can especially problematic for asthmatics and those with allergies.
Sorry Doc, Veggies are also a wonderful source of alkaline forming, blood building calcium and protein. The only concern I have about calcium is that kids naturally want to fit in with other kids/they like junk foods (which do NOT build strong bones).
Remember Popeye? (I mean the guy smoked a cigar, but at least he ate a ton of spinach).
On the idea that my kids will need to be drinking “Sports Drinks” and “more protein”…
It makes no sense to me that athletes, because they are working so hard, should need land-fed animal proteins, unnatural protein shakes, and artificially enhanced electrolyte beverages. It is true that any body undergoing such strenuous exercise is going to require more– but never should that “more” come at a bigger cost to our overall health. NO body needs Gatorade.
Nuts, seeds, avocados, coconuts, or high quality protein shakes– like Vega are readily digestible plant proteins that can refuel the body, without inflammation or contradiction. Organic, grass fed eggs are another excellent option, along with high quality, wild fish.
It scares me that young athletes are suffering from kidney stones, and enlarged hearts. Preforming better now, should NOT cost a life.
Breakfast is great, but breakfast is not something that should be forced upon someone in order to speed metabolism– or because “It Is The MOST Important Part of the Day”. What is the best solid breakfast? A nutrient dense Green Smoothie. Energizing. Nourishing. Alkaline. Delicious.
What about yogurt. Yogurt may contain some live probiotics but you can get dairy-free, “congestion free” and alkaline probiotics from supplements, and other fermented foods. Read more on yogurt here.
Keep snacking to a minimum. It is false that eating multiple times a day actually speeds metabolism– It slows digestion, and waste removal. Need a snack? Try some real veggies dipped in guacamole, salsa, or mustard. Raw veggies contain nutrients, but also enzymes. Enzymes aid in digestion, and contribute to our overall health.
Alrighty. Pita Chips are not a healthy snack. They basically consist of bleached flours, sugar, and oil. Tasty? Sure. Better than Doritos– yeah… healthy snack? NO WAY JOSE. Try a baked organic corn tortilla chip for a healthier, salty crunch.
What I would love to see in restaurants:
- The Ultimate Variety of Veggies.
Freshly steamed artichoke, baked eggplant, baked mushrooms, steamed broccolini, roasted hatch peppers, giant mixed greed salad with olive oil, pink sea salt, and freshly grated garlic. (This was just round one).
What is on your mind?
What does your doc say?
What are you currently loving?
What are your favorite healthy snacks?