Here's a good factoid: We need the lactase enzyme to digest lactose, but between the ages of 18 months and four years we lose 90-95 percent of that enzyme. So, basically, we’re all pretty much lactose intolerant.  

But where will I get my calcium, Kris? Dairy ain’t the place, loves! Moo juice actually leaches calcium from your body. Check this out: The countries with the highest consumption of dairy also have soaring rates of osteoporosis. Are ya connecting the dots? Milk is also one of the most common causes of food allergies and congestion (mucus) and high cholesterol. Got milk? No thanks. I get my abundant amounts of calcium from kale, collards, cabbage, kelp, mustard greens, seaweeds, sesame seeds (the best source), chickpeas, broccoli, watercress, raw nuts and lots of other plant friends. No stress on the body, mind, colon or environment. How nice! 

We have been led to believe that milk is an essential part of good health. In reality, dairy milk contributes to the overall breakdown of our systems. If you really can’t see yourself giving up milk and meat, at least choose the best quality. Some raw foodies advocate the use of raw (unpasteurized) goat’s milk as an alternative to cow’s milk because it doesn’t have casein, it’s easier to digest, and it is closer to the consistency of human milk. You can also wean yourself off cow’s milk with rice, oat, almond or soy (in moderation – I’m not a big advocate) as well. Meat should be organic, come from grass-fed animals and be consumed in small portions, if at all. The American Dietetic Association came up with a good visual: The average serving of meat, it says, should be to the size of a deck of cards. Not a football or shingle. Capiche? 

One more factoid, and off ya go: Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, teaches that one of the biggest causes of cancer is a diet that is higher than 10 percent animal protein! Americans eat way more than that. He estimates that “80% to 90% of all cancers, cardiovascular diseases and other degenerative illness can be prevented, at least until very old age, simply by adopting a plant-based diet.” WOW! 

Big food for thought today. What do you think? 

Peace & Veggies and no moo juice,?

K

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