Got Nut Milk?

Coming up in Texas it was programmed into us that unless we drink cow’s milk, we will not grow tall, our teeth would crack and fall out, and our bones would all break. Everyone I was ever exposed to as a child believed the same thing and drank copious vitamin D whole milk and ate sliced American cheese as well as bits off of the monster block of Velveeta drying out in the fridge.

The only other option was chocolate milk or buttermilk, as this was before the low-fat craze. Almost anytime I was offered milk, or it was an option with a meal I drank it, although as I became an adult, I became a fan of diet sodas and backed off of drinking dairy milk. I first learned how milk would create mucus in one’s throat and I was to avoid it before going on the air. I started as a DJ at 16 and was told to stick with water or warm tea before and during my on-air slot.

It wasn’t until just a few years ago I learned of soy milk and then almond, hemp, oat, rice, cashew, etc. milk all without keeping an animal lactating its entire life and then to slaughter. Thanks for your lifetime of service and now you get to die. No other animal on the planet drinks another’s milk. Bovine milk is naturally formulated to add hundreds of pounds to a calf in a few months time.

Today almond milk makes up sixty percent of all non-dairy milk sales and almost five percent of all milk sales. Seems as far back as medieval times almond milk was popular as it did not require cold storage and would outlast dairy milk.

Today most store-bought non-dairy milk are vitamin D fortified. One may also consider supplements and make sure K2 is taken with the D to ensure calcium does not end up in the arteries. Proper exposure to the sunshine and some mushrooms also bring D into us. Calcium in sufficient quantities can are in the following foods and dozens of others including sesame seeds, spinach, collards, backstrap molasses, kelp, tahini, broccoli, swiss chard, kale, brazil nuts, celery, almonds, papaya, flax seeds, and oranges.

Plant-based milk requires a simple process of soaking the nuts or other plant matter and then blending it and straining out all the moisture which is called milk. Peruse the internet to find plenty of recipes for every kind of plant-milk possible. They can be sweetened by simply adding a pitted date or three or flavored as you desire by adding a drop of vanilla or cacao and maple syrup.

For your health, for the animals, and for the flavor, try one or three. Do avoid buying the ones with Carrageenan, as it is a known carcinogen once in the human stomach. Note that some are sweetened, and others are not, also some are flavored, and I prefer unsweetened and unflavored.

If you have not seen Forks over Knives, it would be worth your time to learn why reducing or removing animal proteins from one’s diet, based on results, is a wise thing to do for overall health and longevity.

Please feel free to share this and may your week be an amazing one. Be Well!

Cows go moo!

Cows go moo!

Till we meat again

Welcome to another Friday and this week I would like to cover the topic of killing critters. As for the whole Lion Cecil thing, the media sure seemed to care about it more than almost all else. Not sure why though when one looks at all the killing of animals we do every second here in America.

In America on average we slaughter 100,000 Critters per hour twenty-four hours a day. Including cattle, swine, and poultry. The figure does not include fish and seafood. I have written before on the amount of water it takes to raise a pound of beef (1800-2500 gallons), and from a logical perspective that is not a reasonable trade-off.

At eighteen I took my first rifle, a 30/30, into the rocky mountains and shot my first and last rabbit. I was shown how to dress it (gut it) and then had a friend cook it for me, and we ate it. Yes, kind of like chicken. I have had zero interest in killing one ever since. Watching a critters life run out of them can do that for you.

I used to go deer hunting almost every Thanksgiving and I enjoyed spending time with those I hunted with but never managed to shoot a deer. I do miss the camaraderie, as it was about sharing stories and laughter. My wife is convinced I have become a softy over the years and never wanted to kill a deer in the first place.

Today I have less interest in eating meat than I ever thought possible. I am sure at some point I too will likely drop my name into the vegetarian hat. When I eat a meatless or an animal product-less meal, I always feel better about it. Since reading the China Study, critter flesh has taken a back seat.

At brunch this morning I tried vegan “pulled pork” for the first time and was not disappointed. It was made with jackfruit and though a bit heavy on the vinegar it was really good. There are hundreds of meat replacements available and avoiding soy may limit them but is well worth it.

I never thought I would care about such things, and yet I do. If you’re a huge fan of meat, I get it. Consider learning more about industrialized meat and the benefits of grass-fed and pasture raised meats. Consider joining many folks for meatless Mondays and see how satisfying meatless can be. I used to be of the opinion that “we are at the top of the food chain” and today it is more the thought of “nothing had to die for this meal”.

Have an amazing weekend. We are wrapping up editing on the audio version of Nutritional Truths, and I should be telling you next week it is available on iTunes etc. Please share this as you deem appropriate and Be Well!

Graham Herd

Graham Herd