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?
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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.
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.
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.