Raw Milk, Kefir and the Dangers of Processed Food – A GreenFoodie’s Eating Adventures

It’s been almost 2 months since I first started my eating adventures on a ‘Primal’ diet. I have successfully cut out all processed food, grain, carbs and sugars (with the occasional lapse) and replaced these with increased fats and varied proteins (from nuts, fish, and ‘clean’ meats) and stevia for when my sweet tooth strikes. Unfortunately, I still haven’t lost much weight or body fat and my arm measurements haven’t changed. I have had a small shift in measurements from my waist (-5.5cm), abdomen (-6cm), hips (-7cm) and upper thigh (-3cm) and I have noticed that my digestion is much better, my IBS has all but disappeared.

I still don’t have as much energy as I’d like (although being a breast-feeding mother probably has something to do with it) and my skin isn’t as great as I thought it would be. I think I need to tweak my diet by reducing the amount of bacon I’ve been having (do you think that at least two rashers a day is too much?). I also think I need to increase my intake of greens (its been a bit hit and miss so far).

I thought I’d try making kefir for its acclaimed health benefits and managed to get some grains on the weekend at the monthly meeting of the Urban Homesteaders Club (Canberra and Surrounds) that I have started to attend. Thanks Bec from the Eat at Dixiebelle’s blog for sharing your kefir grain and kefir making knowledge.

After buying raw milk on Monday from a local Jersey cow farmer, I prepared the kefir and waited for the grains to do their thing. I tasted the first batch on Tuesday evening and, well, gagged. It wasn’t particularly pleasant, actually I would almost call it unpleasant tasting, like soured milk mixed with yeast (which I guess is what it is). I downed a shot regardless, thinking I might as well gain some kind of benefit from all the good bugs in the drink.

I have noticed that since drinking a shot of kefir for the last couple of days, my bowel movements have changed (for the better) but I won’t go into the glorious detail as I realise some you may not appreciate such descriptions, particularly if you’re eating. I wouldn’t call it a raging success but at least I didn’t kill the grains! I will reserve judgement until I’ve tasted the second batch or maybe wait for next month’s Urban Homesteaders meeting, where I can sample kefir from people with more experience than me. I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, if you eat processed food including boxed cereals, milk, orange juice and tinned soup, be sure to read this article on the dangers of processed food.

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5 Responses to “Raw Milk, Kefir and the Dangers of Processed Food – A GreenFoodie’s Eating Adventures”
  1. Jo says:

    Good on you. Eliminating all processed food is a goal of mine too – although I reduced consumption considerably I am not anywhere close yet. Was your diet fairly good before starting your “elimination”. If so, this could be your reason for not feeling too much different. I bet that you would feel rather awful if you turned it around and spent a week eating only processed food! Thanks for sharing your journey. I look forward to hearing about your progress. PS. What sort of bacon are you eating? If it is from the supermarket it is probably full of nasties.

    • Genevieve says:

      Hi Jo, thanks for the encouragement! My diet was ok before, not too much processed food but I still ate a lot of ‘health’ bars, craved carbs and I was totally addicted to sugar. I always needed dessert and if I didn’t eat my breakfast, lunch or dinner when scheduled I got dizzy, felt faint, grumpy etc. Now I get hungry but I feel it in my stomach as hunger pangs, not as the brain fog and no strong cravings (well, except for bacon LOL!) I had previously tried to reduce my sugar consumption along with fats in an attempt to eat ‘healthier’ and that was a disaster! I would binge on carbs and sugar when the cravings got too much. With this new way of eating I’m craving carbs and sugar much less and I am cooking and preparing much more nutritious foods. I’ve found it pretty easy to say goodbye to grains, although this weekend I had takeaway pizza (at least it was gourmet) and I’m currently paying the price… ah well, that will teach me! The 80/20 rule applies so I won’t feel to guilty for the occasional indulgences, they are getting much less anyway and my indulgences are becoming much healthier. If I spent a week eating only processed foods I think I’d put myself in hospital!!! Regarding the bacon, yeah I’ve been buying the free range bacon from Woolies but I don’t trust their labeling so now I’ll only eat bacon if its from one of the free-range farms at the farmers markets.

      Have you read this article I posted about the dangers of processed food? Would love to hear your progress too. Keep in touch. Cheers, Genevieve.

  2. Ann says:

    Hi Genevieve,

    I would love to know where you find raw milk in Canberra, thanks a lot!

    • Genevieve says:

      Hi Ann,

      I haven’t found a raw milk source that I would be happy to recommend yet. I do hear that you can buy Cleopatra’s ‘bath milk’ at health food shops. I’ve seen it at the health food store in Griffith. I hope that helps!

      • Naomi says:

        Hi Genevieve,

        I’m just starting to explore the raw milk option and am wondering if you would be able to say what your reservations about the ‘bath milk’ sold at Griffith (or elsewhere) would be.



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