Family Fun Day is here… or should I say Family Farm Day! Today it was time for our bi-weekly trip up to the farm to get our raw milk and eggs for the next two weeks. As you know, I’m a huge believer in the importance of not only knowing where your food comes from, but also eating clean and living an all-natural life. It’s such a huge part of the M.U.D. Lifestyle.
We have two places that we go to. One to get our eggs from and another to get our raw milk. Our first stop today was to get our free-range eggs. The lady we get our eggs from is super nice. She has a flock of chickens that are completely free-range, happy and healthy. Their eggs taste amazing!!! The best eggs you have ever had. She also has 19 chicks right now and I got to see them. They were so cute and her children named all of them.
Then, we went down the road to the farm to get our grass-fed raw milk. The farm is absolutely amazing. Not only do they take great care of their cows, but they also provide the freshest and tastiest milk you have ever had. You can visit the cows and walk all over the farm. Today there were some new babies so we stopped to say hi to them and pet them.
And now we are home with our haul: 3 dozen free-range organic eggs and 2 1/2 gallons of fresh grass-fed raw milk. We will skim the cream off the milk to make butter and buttermilk, and we will use a gallon to make our own yogurt (see tomorrow’s post).
But, why do we drive a half hour to go get free-range eggs and grass-fed raw milk? For numerous reasons. We didn’t always do this, and only have been within the past few months. That’s the thing about living the M.U.D. Lifestyle. You are constantly learning, questioning and expanding upon healthy living practices.
In a previous post I said how for my entire life I have been allergic to eggs, and now I can eat them. Let me tell you how this happened.
Back when I worked with my health coach she had mentioned raw milk to me, but neither my husband and I were ready for that. Over the last 2 1/2 years we’ve done a lot of research and the more we learned about conventional milk that you buy in the store, the more we realized how much is wrong with it. We read about raw milk and how it can help with allergies, not to mention it is healthier and loaded with nutrients. Now, you’re probably thinking of what the FDA advocates and that is that raw milk is unhealthy and you can sick from it. Actually, the opposite is true. If you get your milk from a farm that is small, keeps sanitary conditions, and keeps healthy animals than the risk of you getting sick from raw milk is extremely small.
“If you’ve been told that drinking raw milk is dangerous, you’ll be surprised to know that you’ve been mislead. The truth about raw milk? An extensive look into research and claims made by the FDA and CDC related to raw milk being dangerous have been found to be completely unwarranted. It actually benefits your body in many ways, and although it might have earned a reputation among some for being dangerous, you shouldn’t miss out on all this amazing superfood has to offer because raw milk benefits are truly impressive.
What is “raw milk” exactly? It’s milk that comes from grass-fed cows, is unpasteurized and unhomogenized. This means raw milk contains all of its natural enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals — making it what many refer to as a “complete food.”
But can’t raw milk cause problems due to the risk of consuming bacteria? The risk of this happening is very, very low. In fact, according to medical researcher Dr. Ted Beals, M.D., you are 35,000 times more likely to get sick from other foods than you are from raw milk. (1) The CDC reports that there are an estimated 48 million foodborne illnesses diagnosed each year. Of these 48 million illnesses, only about 42 (about 0.0005 percent!) each year are due to consumption of fresh, unprocessed (raw) milk.”
When you start actually reading into how conventional milk, the kind you buy in the store, is processed you realize how extremely bad it is. All the good bacteria and enzymes have been completely eradicated by the high heating process of pasteurization and homogenization. After all of this is done you are left with a product that has lost most of it’s nutritional value and is completely different from the raw milk it started off as. Now, that’s not to say you can go to a conventional milk dairy and drink the raw milk from those cows. You will get sick. Those cows are treated with antibiotics, kept in large numbers, and not always in the most sanitary of conditions. The milk industry relies on the process of pasteurization and homogenization because most times the cows are kept in such poor conditions. The milk you get in the store has been shipped from far distances to your local stores’ shelf. It has undergone chemical changes to ensure that it has a longer shelf life. There is nothing real about it anymore. It is another processed commercial good. One of the most interesting things I have learned about raw milk vs. conventional milk is that real raw milk does not go bad. It only sours and that’s actually still safe for you to drink. Conventional milk goes bad and you can get very sick from drinking it.
“With the rise of factory farming, milk is now a most unnatural operation. The modern dairy farm can have hundreds, even thousands of cows. Today’s average dairy cow produces six to seven times as much milk as she did a century ago. Cows spend their lives being constantly impregnated in order to produce milk. Bulls can be difficult, so the majority of dairy cows are now artificially inseminated. Antibiotics cure infections. Hormones have been designed to increase milk production. The cows are pushed hard for this production, and, after roughly three or four years, their production slackens and they are sold off for hamburger meat. Today, the United States is the largest producer of milk in the world, followed by India and China.
The animals spend their lives being fed in an indoor stall or a crowded feedlot. Each cow produces milk for as much as 305 days a year.”
Through our research my husband and I found a local farm that specializes in raw grass-fed milk. They have tons of customers and great reviews and their farm is open to anyone to walk around. Their cows eat fresh grass, no grains. There are no antibiotics. The cows enjoy the sunshine and acres and acres to graze. The farm is also subject to inspections by health inspectors and we were there one day during their health inspection. Our milk doesn’t come in cartons, it comes in glass mason jars and the milk is seriously the best tasting milk you have ever had. But, what has most impressed us are the changes we’ve seen in our health.
I’ve actually had problems with milk my entire life. It always flared up my eczema or upset my stomach. When I was a teenager it got so bad that I actually became lactose intolerant. The beneficial bacteria in raw milk actually helps with the digestion of milk. I have had zero problems drinking raw milk. In fact, it has helped my allergies, including my eczema. Not only that, but the strangest thing happened. My allergy to eggs vanished! Whereas before we started drinking raw milk I was only able to eat eggs two days in a row and then my eczema would flare up very badly, now I can eat eggs everyday with zero problems!
And free-range eggs are actually healthier. I know the chickens and I know the conditions they are kept in. I see the land they graze on and the fresh green grass. The eggs we get are fresh and have not been sitting on a truck being carted from who-knows-where to my local supermarket. Instead, I can get eggs that were laid within the past day or two. And free-range eggs actually have deep orange yolks vs. the yellow yolks you see from eggs you buy in the store. I know what the chickens were eating and how they were raised. All of this makes such a difference and you can see it not only in the quality of the eggs that you get from a local farm, but also in the taste!
For us, raw grass-fed milk and free-range eggs work for the type of lifestyle we want to lead. I encourage you to do your own research and make your own choices. In some states raw milk is actually illegal. Learn as much as you can. Your M.U.D. life might be different than mine and that’s totally fine because M.U.D. is all about making the Mindful Unique Decisions that are best for you, your family and your health.
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