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Hack my milk addiction

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 19, 2012 at 5:08 AM

I think I am addicted to milk. I tried to take it out of my diet but failed. I wasn't able to go a week without it. I am also Aspergers, which is an autistic spectrum, and I have heard about autistic people being addicted to gluten or dairy. I used to drink a lot of cow milk as a child before I realized that cow milk was not good for me. I now drink goat milk and I can't wean myself off of it. I am fine with goat milk and I think it's very good for me, but it's expensive and it's not a "necessity", so I am trying to wean myself to save money. I go through a quart in two days and spend like $40 a month on goat milk alone.

I wondered if I was "addicted" to milk due to some sort of nutritional deficiency, but I think anything that goat milk can give me such as calcium and proteins can be found in other foods I eat. It's possible that I am addicted to the opiates in milk, but I think I am addicted because of how nice milk tastes. I've been looking for alternatives without success. What I liked about animal milk that I wasn't able to get from other rice, coconut, and almond milk: Smooth Creaminess. Plant based milks are too watery. Umami. Plant based milks are too bland and taste like water.

I live in a city so there's no local dairy farmer I can get to know or anything. Am I hopeless?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on July 17, 2012
at 02:44 PM

If you like it and can afford it and tolerate it, then by all means, drink it!

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on July 05, 2012
at 01:40 AM

Drink what, the cow milk or the goat milk?

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

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on July 03, 2012
at 03:21 PM

You should be mindful of the guar gum (and other additives, e.g. carrageenan) in certain brands of coconut milk if you drink it a lot, and also of the fact that almond milk does not have a great o6:o3 ratio afaik.

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on July 03, 2012
at 01:08 PM

I disagree and think you should keep drinking it, so long as it's good quality.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on July 03, 2012
at 01:07 PM

Keep drinking it. Only hot girls drink milk passed high school.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 19, 2012
at 09:47 AM

Thanks crowlover

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 19, 2012
at 07:32 AM

right... maybe you can have it for a treat. Good luck with all this and congrats on your other diet accomplishments.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 19, 2012
at 06:38 AM

With goat milk my monthly spending is around $130, without goat milk, then $90 a month. I need to get a job first because my money is running low. Economy is so hard these days. ):

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 19, 2012
at 06:02 AM

YOu eat well. Can you really not afford it?

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

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on June 19, 2012
at 05:57 AM

My digestion has been better since I went paleo. I don't think goat milk has any problems for me but cow milk did. For protein, fat, and calcium I already have liver, bone broth, gelatin, eggs, offals, meats, butter, and I have vegetables too. Goat milk is a preference thing, from my knowledge. But it tastes so good, I am having a hard time weaning off it.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on June 19, 2012
at 11:24 AM

The only way I've found to work with this is to quit cold turkey. Don't buy the stuff while you're at the store. Don't buy substitutes. They'll just encourage the craving for the real thing. Go for at least a month without the milk. If you want to, then you could try some to see what changes you notice.

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C0237fd9e277fcef496d538beda1f35b

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on July 03, 2012
at 12:48 PM

I started drinking coconut milk (unsweetened...So Delicious brand) before I went total Paleo and it's yummy. I add a little stevia to it if I'm drinking it plain and not in a smoothie. Trying out an almond/coconut blend now...it's very good, too.

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on July 03, 2012
at 03:21 PM

You should be mindful of the guar gum (and other additives, e.g. carrageenan) in certain brands of coconut milk if you drink it a lot, and also of the fact that almond milk does not have a great o6:o3 ratio afaik.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 19, 2012
at 05:32 AM

You are not hopeless!

Change can be hard and especially for someone with high functioning autism/Asperger's. You are very brave to share this and to ask for advice. That is far from being hopeless.

It might be a habit more than an actual "addiction".

How is your digestion? Do you have gas or bloating or pain?

How is your skin?

What other food do you eat. Milk is kind of liquid food for many and its easy.

What will you eat instead of drinking milk?

Raw milk is preferable from a nutritional standpoint, but is more expensive so that doesn't solve the financial issue.
Just some things to think about.

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 19, 2012
at 06:02 AM

YOu eat well. Can you really not afford it?

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

(1453)

on June 19, 2012
at 05:57 AM

My digestion has been better since I went paleo. I don't think goat milk has any problems for me but cow milk did. For protein, fat, and calcium I already have liver, bone broth, gelatin, eggs, offals, meats, butter, and I have vegetables too. Goat milk is a preference thing, from my knowledge. But it tastes so good, I am having a hard time weaning off it.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

(1453)

on June 19, 2012
at 06:38 AM

With goat milk my monthly spending is around $130, without goat milk, then $90 a month. I need to get a job first because my money is running low. Economy is so hard these days. ):

4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

(4413)

on June 19, 2012
at 07:32 AM

right... maybe you can have it for a treat. Good luck with all this and congrats on your other diet accomplishments.

8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

(1453)

on June 19, 2012
at 09:47 AM

Thanks crowlover

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