|Raw, local goat milk, my personal mecca of milk.|
One of the first, easiest changes you can make when changing to a whole food diet. If you are currently drinking conventional skim milk you have a lot of room for improvement.
I look at milk in different levels. You can choose to improve one level at a time, or you can jump up as far as you want- the good thing is, the biggest adjustment will be to your wallet, and it is a small one. The taste only improves, although it does take some adjustment to get used to non-homogenized milk.
- Level 0: Conventional skim milk.
- Level 1: RSbT free whole milk. (I was tempted to list conventional whole milk as the next step, but I feel avoiding the hormones in milk is so important it should be as much a priority as full fat milk).
- Level 2: Organic whole milk.
- Level 3: Grassfed and/or non homogenized organic whole milk.
- Level 4: Raw milk from grassfed brown cows (not Holsteins- it has to do with the milk protein).
- Level 5: Raw goat milk.
Concerning other dairy products, the same levels apply, although with cheese and sour cream I don't worry much as long as they are hormone free and full fat (full fat goes without saying... reduced fat or fat free dairy should be avoided like the plague). Except for butter. Butter has it's own levels, and while they're similar there are a few differences:
- Level 0: non butter (it's an afront to nature, if you have any throw it away immediately)
- Level 1: Butter. Real butter.
- Level 2: Hormone free butter.
- Level 3: Organic butter (cultured or not).
- Level 4: Grass fed butter.
- Level 5: High vitamin butter oil or Ghee from grassfed cows (you can make this from level 4).
Why grassfed? Check out the benefits here.
Will you change your dairy? What level are you on, and what would you like to change to? What is stopping you?