Sunday, October 21, 2012
About two weeks ago, some friends of mine and I were talking about how much milk our households consume, with having hungry kids and hubbies. Some households drink gallons of whole, 2% or skim per month, while others (mine included) go through about 3/4 of a gallon per month. It used to be whole milk that we drank, and I would buy maybe 2 gallons a month. Me, personally, I would only drink 1/4 cup per day with my tea, and before I indulged in a warm beverage daily, I think I was MAYBE getting 1 8 oz cup of whole milk per week for a few years, with most of it being from cooking with it in eggs or baked goods. It was a far cry from when I was a kid and teen and even early adult - I remember nights where I would wake up well after I had been asleep, just to come and get a cold glass of milk before going back to bed. That just shows how far removed I had become with my health in recent years.
But you know something? I really got on SP at the right time - in time to see that having inadequate amounts of essential nutrients and water intake has most likely contributed to the two phylloides tumors I have had, and is the reason I had some extra gray hairs, some hair loss, and bouts of depression. I'm sure that when I dislocated my knee 5 years ago when my ligaments were still loose from childbirth, that low calcium levels were also to blame.
MAKING THE SWITCH
So what did I do? I began drinking more milk and water! Even made the switch to 2% and liked it...until I had the milk conversation with my friends and one suggested I try almond milk for better health benefits. Having tried rice and soy milk before, I was curious, but skeptical. I don't mind almond butter, so I figured this had a 50/50 shot of being a lasting thing for me. But let me tell you - I wish I would have discovered it sooner! Because not only is it lower in everything, but I found that almond milk seems to keep me from bloating and I soon dropped some more weight! In just two weeks of drinking 1/4 cup daily with my tea (which actually took some getting used to with its almond taste), I managed to lose 1 lb! And that is without having as much time to exercise one of those weeks due to a hectic schedule on top of having PMS!
Needless to say, now I'm hooked. And though I still keep the 2% cow's milk around - because I'm not ready to have a plain glass of the almond milk solo yet - almond milk is definitely poured into my morning cup of tea, and sometimes hot cocoa. But I'm so glad to find something that is working so well for me. It makes changing my lifestyle of what I eat and drink that much more bearable.