I have continual access to FREE grass-fed, raw goat milk. Am I a fool to not take advantage of it?

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Created September 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

I am currently working on a goat dairy farm and have access to pastured raw goat milk whenever I'd like. It's also FREE (one of the perks of labor-intensive farm life).

I haven't drank any of it or made any kefir, yoghurt, cheese, etc. because I was worried that the dairy might prevent me from losing weight or cause other problems as some strict paleo people believe. If you were in my situation, what would you do? This is a limited time gig, and I'm wondering whether I should be taking advantage of this (sometimes touted to be) beneficial food. I went on an extreme dose of antibiotics for giardia a year ago, and I feel like the probiotics in raw milk kefir might help my gut heal.

Details: I'm young, female, and I have about 10 more lbs left to lose after having lost 60. I'm not positive that I'm insulin resistant, but since I struggled with weight throughout my childhood, I wouldn't be surprised. I live a very active lifestyle. Fermented dairy (which is probably how I would consume it) doesn't seem to bother me much.



on September 15, 2011
at 12:31 PM

Depends if you like the taste of goats milk.



on September 14, 2011
at 10:22 PM

So jealous. You'll know if you have problems with dairy after reintroducing it. Free quality food is a blessing, gobble it up, or if you can't do the dairy donate it to a food bank.

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on September 15, 2011
at 03:41 AM

You mentioned "labor intensive farm life", so you're getting plenty of exercise, you literally know where the milk is coming from, and it is only a "limited gig", so why not make the most of it?

As others have said, making kefir or goat's milk yogurt is easy and a no brainer.

And, echoing Travis' statements, the worst thing that can happen is that you notice some weight gain/change in measurements, and all you would have to do is stop.



on September 14, 2011
at 09:49 PM

I'd definitely get some and make kefir out of it! I eat a fair amount of cow's dairy (occasional raw milk, but mostlly lactose-free kefir & sour cream, raw cheese, cream & butter.)

No problem losing my "last" 10 lbs.

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on September 15, 2011
at 03:23 AM

Just take your waist/hips/bust measurements now and see if any of those parameters begin to trend upward. If so, decrease/remove it.


on September 19, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Only pasteurized and cow's milk causes problems. Raw goat milk is natures most perfect food.



on September 15, 2011
at 01:38 PM

Yes, you are! Simple as that. Goat milk is the best substitute for human milk so far. As many people noted, kefir from it is probably amazing stuff, or just make some cheese, put it in olive oil, let it stay for 6 months and then go and have a nice cheat day.



on September 15, 2011
at 12:20 PM

Lucky! I'd take advantage of that, for sure! Raw goat milk is a nutritional storehouse. The only way it'll inhibit your weight loss is if you eat too much of it. Enjoy!

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on September 15, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Yes. But foolishness isn't terminal. If you make yogurt out of it, use goat yogurt for starter. I used cow yogurt starter and it came out runny, wasting some very expensive milk.


on September 15, 2011
at 02:06 AM

Get some kefir crystals and make kefir. It'll eat up the lactose And add even more probiotics. Yummy!



on September 14, 2011
at 09:50 PM

I would drink at least a gallon a day :) but I'm an athletic male

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