February has been a whirl wind.  I thought  the winter months were suppose to be quiet.  Not in this household. Well, our journey continues.  I have been juicing at night almost exclusively for dinner.  My waist is smaller.  I have kept my weight consistent and have had several people remark that they thought I looked like I had lost weight. I just shrugged and said It was my scrubs, the lovely hospital pajamas worn at work.  But I think it is the Juicing.  I do add wheatgrass to every juice and I think that makes a big diference regarding hunger at night.  I’m just never hungry afterwards.  I do love the ginger.  My husband and I feel a little differently about the amount of ginger to add.  I say bring it on.  My favorite recipe used almost daily:  4 – 5 leaves of kale, 5 carrots, two hand fulls of spinach, 1 0z of wheat grass, two apples, and whatever other vegetables that are handy.  I usually cut off about 1 1/2 inch of ginger and add to the juicer at the end.  DEVINE!! One last observation, no longer am I using my reading glasses. Could it be the carrots??

Today, on our blog I wanted to share with you why I stopped drinking dairy.  Ann Marie Colbin, author  of “Food and Healing”, and my husband, the obsessive food fanatic taught me some things about dairy.  The following is paraphrased from Ann Marie’s wonderful book.  Cows milk is perfectly suited to the devlopmental needs of the calf, which when grown, will weigh 3 or 4 times as much as a human adult.  When compared to human milk, cow’s mild has an excess amount of elements:  carbohydrates, calcium, phosphorus, and sodium.  It is inevitable that these elements will create waste matter of excess in the body. Faced with a daily load of waste matter for in excess of what the body is prepared to handle, our organs soon become less and less efficient in excreting the excess through normal channels.

Therefore, if we look at chronic disease as a disease of inflammation gone hay wire then could it be possible that too much excess of elements could lead to disease?   What about calcium?  Paradoxically, because of the high amount of phosphorus in cows milk, humans absorb less calcium from high calcium cow’s milk. The amount of phosphorus in cow’s milk:  97 mg.  In human milk:   18 mg.  Dr. Frank Oski, a former physician- in -chief of John Hopkins  children’s hospital wrote a book called “Don’t Drink Your Milk” with the subtitle Caution:  Milk can be harmful to your health. The frightening new medical facts about the world’s most over-rated nutrient. Interesting? Huh.

I stopped drinking cow’s milk last fall. Every morning for breakfast my cereal is covered with organic soy milk.  Hey, I have idea.  Today is Ash Wednesday. Lent begin’s today, in honor of our savior’s sacrifice, many people commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxury as a form of penitence.   How about giving up Milk.

Got Milk?  Not me. I drink veggies.