Raw Milk Fast 2013: Are You Ready?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist Activism, Raw Milk FastComments: 121

raw milk fast 2013In March 2011, my friend Paula Jager, owner of Crossfit Jaguar in Tampa FL and Fitness Editor for this blog, wrote a series of riveting posts about her 15 day raw milk fast.

This series on The Milk Cure sparked much interest from readers from around the world who became interested in reviving this age old remedy for improving vitality, bodily cleansing and even reversal of serious illness as practiced in the early 1900′s by the Mayo Foundation, a forerunner of the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota.

At the end of Paula’s raw milk fast last year, she said that she was so pleased with the results (she had the best bloodwork of her life at the conclusion of the fast) that she vowed to do a raw milk fast every year around the beginning of Spring.

Last year, my husband Richard and I joined Paula for Raw Milk Fast 2012.  You can read all about our 10 day adventure by clicking here.

Last month, Paula and I talked about whether we were going to do a raw milk fast again this year.  We both decided that, yes, we wanted to do it one more time but not for 10 days like in 2012.  We felt that a simple 3 day seasonal cleanse fast using raw, grassfed milk would be sufficient.

I posted on The Healthy Home Economist Facebook page last month that we were going to get kicked off in early March and here we are already!

We plan to start our fast on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 and continue through Friday, March 8, 2013.   Join us if you like!  We will be posting updates on how we are doing starting on Thursday, March 7, 2013.

Those of you who would like to continue the fast longer are welcome to do so, but as for Paula and I, three days is plenty this time around.   Certainly, a very long raw milk fast can be extremely beneficial for those who require it for an extended period of time.  I’ve posted before about Melanie who drank nothing but raw, pastured milk for many months to recover from Lyme Disease.  Last time I heard from Melanie, she was doing very well and continuing to improve!

If you would like to learn more about how raw milk fasting, aka The Milk Cure, was traditionally used to cure very sick patients at the Mayo Foundation, click here.

Do’s and Don’ts for Raw Milk Fast 2013

If joining Paula, Richard and I for Raw Milk Fast 2013 is something you would like to consider, read through this list of DOs and DONTs first to help you decide.

  • DON’T attempt this fast with pasteurized or even low temp pasteurized milk. Milk becomes a completely different food once it’s pasteurized and many vital nutrients and enzymes are either totally lost or significantly reduced.  Pasteurized milk is not a complete food like raw milk is.
  • DON’T do this while pregnant or nursing.
  • DON’T do the fast just to lose weight.  The purpose of the fast is to gently cleanse and rejuvenate the body without overly stressing it.  Getting healthy and staying healthy is the goal, not dropping a dress size or two.  If you drop some weight, that’s just a bonus but not the goal.
  • DO the fast with raw milk yogurt, raw kefir, or clabbered raw milk instead of plain raw milk if you prefer.  These are acceptable substitutions.
  • DO the fast with any type of quality raw milk you can find.  Last year, there was a participant in Europe who fasted with raw sheep milk!
  • DO continue the fast longer than Friday, March 8, 2013 if you like.  Continue to post comments on the update posts to let us all know how you are doing.
  • DO be sure to drink enough raw milk to keep yourself hydrated and full.  A cup or so of milk every hour works well. You should not experience much if any hunger during the fast based on Paula and my experiences last year (and Paula’s the year before that).  You probably will find that you don’t want any water as the milk will provide all the liquid you need.
  • DO continue to take your supplements if you would like.  I plan to continue taking my fermented cod liver oil and butter oil on a daily basis during the fast.
  • DO drink other fermented beverages like kombucha or beet kvass if you desire.  Raw milk should be primary, however.
  • DO drink herbal tea if you find this is helpful to you during the cleanse for either detoxification or restful sleep.
  • DON’T overdo during the fast.  Try to rest as much as possible and keep activities to a minimum.
  • DON’T do this fast in place of the GAPS Diet if healing/sealing of the gut wall is what you need to reverse an autoimmune disorder.  While this fast may help you temporarily, the GAPS Diet is likely needed for full healing.  Contact Biodynamicwellness.com for a consultation if you need help with implementation of the GAPS Diet.
  • DON’T workout during the fast unless it is some gentle yoga or walking.  Stressing the body at this time is not recommended.  Use your best judgment on whether sweating would help or hinder the cleanse process for you.
  • DO take cleansing baths such as espom salts or baking soda to assist the detoxification process. Dry skin brushing might be helpful to you as well.  The skin is the largest organ of elimination so use it!
  • DO consult with your doctor if you have any questions about whether this cleansing protocol is right for you.  I would suggest consulting with a holistic practitioner, however, a person who is informed and doesn’t freak out at the words “raw milk”!

I think I’ve covered just about everything.

Are you ready?  Who’s in?

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

Comments (121)

  • Karen Lossing via Facebook

    sounds Yummy! Maybe just one day for people that have health challenges?

    March 4th, 2013 9:11 pm Reply
  • Lindy Wilson via Facebook

    I like dairy but it really seems to make me congested- any tips?

    March 4th, 2013 9:20 pm Reply
    • Liz J

      Our family does great on raw goat milk. Even raw cow milk gives us a little congestion, but since we discovered how good nubian goats milk is we have never looked back.

      March 5th, 2013 2:13 pm Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      If your having trouble with mik making you congested, you are somewhat allergic to milk. Their are diferant types of milk, A1 and A2, A2 is the type you want. And this type of milk is normaly produced by old breed dairy cows like, Jersey, Gurnsey, Ayrshire, and Milking Shorthorn to name a few. And Holsteins ( the black and white ones) normally only produce A1, but some can produce A2. So you will have to check with your local farmers on what kind of cows they have, and ask if hey test for A2 milk. Or goat milk may be the route you have to go, their milk seems to digest easier for people that have problems with milk. > Thanks MG

      March 6th, 2013 9:04 am Reply
      • Stefanie

        Marc is right. I tried raw milk from Randall cows and I very congested and a very sore throat. I switched to Jersey/Gurnsey and had no problems with it. The type makes a difference.

        April 20th, 2013 9:17 pm Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      Check below, I hit the wrong reply. Sorry. > MG

      March 6th, 2013 9:06 am Reply
  • Alysha Barbara Putnam via Facebook

    What do you think about people who live in the north and their raw milk? Clearly right the cows don’t have fresh green grass right now- only snow. The farm I get my milk from feeds their cows their own grown hay (and a home grown fermented hay blend?) along with their own grown corn. Should I wait until they’re eating fresh grass again to try this fast?

    March 4th, 2013 9:20 pm Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      As long as the cows are eating hay and Non-GMO corn off their own farm, the raw milk should be fine.

      March 6th, 2013 8:53 am Reply
  • Renee Troutman via Facebook

    I’d like to do this but I’m going to wait until my cows are out on the grass!

    March 4th, 2013 9:22 pm Reply
  • Roberta Sweeper via Facebook

    If only it were possible where I am in Illinois. Nothing but raw cheese available. Definitely lactose intolerant so trying some unadulterated milk or cream would be nice to try.

    March 4th, 2013 9:23 pm Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      Look on rawmilk.com for farmers in your area that sell raw milk in your area.

      March 6th, 2013 8:49 am Reply
  • Eman Yono via Facebook

    i can not get raw milk anymore very sad, the FDA, USDA, the city health department you name it,they warned her. if she sales it anymore she will go to jail. they are after her like a hawk. :(

    March 4th, 2013 9:24 pm Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      What state do you live, some states it is ugainst the law to sell raw milk, some states it is legal. May want to try buying (pet) milk, wink wink. > MG

      March 6th, 2013 9:09 am Reply
  • Damian Porter via Facebook

    I might try this- can you PM me? Thanks

    March 4th, 2013 9:27 pm Reply
  • Christine Ten Eyck Myers via Facebook

    I wish I had known, but I can’t get milk before Wednesday. Maybe I’ll start the following week. I’ve been on and off nauseated for weeks, so perhaps a fast is in order.

    March 4th, 2013 9:31 pm Reply
  • Christine Ten Eyck Myers via Facebook

    Ps- you should have a badge we can use as our FB profile pic while we’re doing it!

    March 4th, 2013 9:35 pm Reply
    • Linda

      Oh a badge would be great! Still disappointed it’s not the ten day one.:(

      March 5th, 2013 4:49 pm Reply
  • Linda Forrester via Facebook

    Yes! This time I actually have enough raw milk to do this!

    March 4th, 2013 9:39 pm Reply
  • Shelli Waldridge via Facebook

    I plan to do it! I will starting Friday March 8th!

    March 4th, 2013 9:41 pm Reply
  • Jennifer Ramanathan via Facebook

    :( i dont have enough milk

    March 4th, 2013 9:51 pm Reply
  • Kayla Moon via Facebook

    I am going to try it! EBF my 8 month old.

    March 4th, 2013 9:54 pm Reply
    • Sarah

      I wouldn’t do any detoxing while breastfeeding, but that’s my comfort level.

      March 5th, 2013 8:47 am Reply
    • Miriam

      I’m not sure that you should consider nursing an 8 month old to be EBF. At that age, breastmilk is still the main (or only) nutrition…and I wouldn’t endanger that with an unusual diet. Also, on a technical level, I believe that breastfeeding is considered “extended” after 2 years, per the WHO recommendations to nurse 2 years. Past that age, the toddler is likely getting most of their nutrition elsewhere, thus you’d probably be safe trying something like a milk fast. Just my 2 cents. :-)

      March 6th, 2013 12:31 pm Reply
      • Sarah

        EBF = exclusive breast feeding. I think her 8 month old hasn’t started solids yet.

        March 6th, 2013 12:40 pm Reply
        • Miriam

          My bad! I have always heard of *extended* breastfeeding abbreviated to “EBF”.

          March 6th, 2013 1:47 pm Reply
  • Shantell

    Can you do the raw milk cleanse while nursing?

    March 4th, 2013 9:55 pm Reply
  • Robin Jones Alley via Facebook

    Is this safe for a pregnant and/or nursing mama?

    March 4th, 2013 9:58 pm Reply
    • Anthony

      The second bullet reads: â– DON’T do this while pregnant or nursing.

      Based on that, I wouldn’t.

      March 5th, 2013 11:10 am Reply
  • Miss maria

    Is one is 30 weeks pregnant, would it be okay to join in the 3 day fast?

    March 4th, 2013 10:03 pm Reply
  • Bethany Sheridan Ficks via Facebook

    I want to do this one year when I’m not pregnant or nursing. I live north too, so I would have to wait until later spring when the cows are actually on green pasture. Look forward to reading your experiences though.

    March 4th, 2013 10:04 pm Reply
  • Skylar Tobin via Facebook

    I’m waiting until next year because I am EBF my son right now! I will just enjoy my raw milk and other nutrient dense foods right now.

    March 4th, 2013 10:04 pm Reply
  • Faith

    I am in for 3 days…I will do it Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

    In general I find an 8oz glass of raw milk keeps me full for about 4 hours. But I usually only have a glass a day in the morning. It will be interesting to see if the fullness holds up over the length of the day.

    March 4th, 2013 10:17 pm Reply
  • Donna Grady via Facebook

    I am happy to join. I can’t start until March 7 so I will be a day behind.

    March 4th, 2013 10:19 pm Reply
  • Leif

    Man, i’d really like to, especially since i’m trying to beat an
    abscess and remineralize teeth but somehow my jawbone
    infection which i had surgery for has caused me to have
    a problem with dairy. Maybe raw milk yogurt would work.
    I have thought for a while about doing a raw milk fast but
    might have to wait a while. Best of luck.

    March 4th, 2013 10:24 pm Reply
  • Dawn

    I will do this, but will wait for the end of April when my cow freshens. Excited to see the results!

    March 4th, 2013 10:26 pm Reply
  • Jesse Paul Conner via Facebook

    I’m in, and I have milk. Never tried this before, I’m excited.

    March 4th, 2013 10:28 pm Reply
  • Kristen Eppner Ethridge via Facebook

    Also EBFing…subscribing to see what Sarah says with regard to that.

    March 4th, 2013 10:34 pm Reply
  • Raven

    I’m in for 3 days: Organic Pastures’ milk and cheese, homemade kefir.

    March 4th, 2013 10:38 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    I would not do this while nursing. Not a good idea.

    March 4th, 2013 10:39 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    For those of you who don’t have cows on grass yet, just do it when you have spring milk available. Our milk in FL is at its annual peak right now with rapidly growing spring grass, so Paula and I need to do it now.

    March 4th, 2013 10:39 pm Reply
  • Kristen Eppner Ethridge via Facebook

    That’s what I figured…thanks, Sarah. :)

    March 4th, 2013 10:40 pm Reply
  • heather

    I am in!

    March 4th, 2013 9:41 pm Reply
  • Catie

    I love this idea, and will try at least a 3 day fast of my own (longer if I feel like I need it). I’m wondering about the waiting til’ Spring thing though…do you think it’s best to wait until the cows are eating green grass again? That is hopefully less than a month away where I live. I also plan to do some freezer cooking ahead of time for the rest of the family. That way I can rest, get a break from the kitchen, and not have to constantly tease myself with meals!

    Also, was there a book written on raw milk fasting? If so, what is it called? I’d love to read it!

    March 4th, 2013 10:44 pm Reply
  • Kathy Koch via Facebook

    I’m in Indiana and get my milk from Chicago area. Did the fast last March and lost 17 pounds and got off my blood pressure medicine. Got enough milk and will be starting this Wednesday also….can’t wait.

    March 4th, 2013 11:16 pm Reply
  • DaNelle Wolford

    Oh I am SO doing this Sarah! I’m a fellow VGN publisher bloggin over at Weed ’em & Reap.

    We have grassfed goat’s milk and SHEEP’s milk, this is going to be so fun! I’m totally doing it and bloggin’ about it. I’ll link over to you as well!

    Happy milk drinkin’!


    March 4th, 2013 11:22 pm Reply
  • Shelli Waldridge via Facebook

    Kathy Koch, we live in Ky but our cows aren’t on spring grass yet. So, did you do fine, ok going earlier up north?

    March 4th, 2013 11:37 pm Reply
  • Heather

    My grandmother has a dairy farm so I have access to raw milk but the cows are mostly corn fed. Would this be ok?? Otherwise, I don’t have access to raw milk here in Illinois. I’m very interested and excited to do this but want to make sure it will still be beneficial.

    March 5th, 2013 12:13 am Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      Look up rawmilk.com to find a source of raw milk in your area, It is legal to sell in Illinois.> Thanks MG

      March 6th, 2013 9:15 am Reply
  • Vikki Kay via Facebook

    Yep, I’m in, but the same problem; spring milk isn’t in. I’ve been carefully saving extra kefir in the freezer, hopefully I’ll have enough for at least the 3 days you are doing.

    March 5th, 2013 12:20 am Reply
  • Sarah Nunez via Facebook

    Yes! I”ve been waiting for this! I’m in!

    March 5th, 2013 12:30 am Reply
  • Cassidy

    5 weeks pregnant…can us pregnant ladies join in? A lot of food is making me queasy anyways. I imagine we’d be getting enough calories.

    March 5th, 2013 12:54 am Reply
  • Connie Zee via Facebook

    I’d like to try this, but don’t know the method. Do i just consume milk for 3 days and nothing else? And consume it whenever I feel hungry? That’s it? No break-in period, enemas, nothing?

    March 5th, 2013 1:16 am Reply
  • Katie-Jo

    I’m so in next year!

    We’re on our final 10 months (hopefully) of the GAPSdiet and it’s been going so well for the last few months that I’m scared to rock the boat!!

    We love raw milk kefir though so I’d love to try a short 3 day fast on it :0)

    March 5th, 2013 2:52 am Reply
  • Blasfemme

    I wish so desperately that I had access to raw milk here in Iowa! I have terrible candida and psoriasis as well as a host of other issues and would love to have this healing food legally available to us all here! Be thankful, those of you that do…

    March 5th, 2013 5:25 am Reply
    • Julee

      Have you tried kombucha for your candida? I had a horrible overgrowth for years, and cutting out sugar helped, but kombucha was really what I feel cleared it up over time. If you have not tried it, I highly recommend it!

      March 5th, 2013 10:48 am Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      It may be on it`s way to Iowa, they have a bill now in congress on this matter, call your congressman and tell him to pass it. > Thanks MG

      March 6th, 2013 9:18 am Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      check below on my comment, I must hit the wrong relpy >MG

      March 6th, 2013 9:20 am Reply
  • Sheilla Paige via Facebook

    You gals look like sisters!

    March 5th, 2013 7:14 am Reply
  • An Organic Wife via Facebook

    I’ve already started, I’m on day 5, and I’m doing 10 days!

    March 5th, 2013 7:43 am Reply
    • Linda

      I’m with you on the 10 days! I am a little disappointed that Sarah and Paula are only doing the 3 days. But its what is best for them.

      March 5th, 2013 10:54 am Reply
  • Andy

    I’m in. My milk pickup is Thursday so I’ll start on Friday.

    March 5th, 2013 8:20 am Reply
  • Nicole H

    I’m in! I have a fridge full of milk and am going to start on Tuesday. My biggest worry is cooking dinner/feeding my kids all day. I need to find some simple, healthy meals for them…

    March 5th, 2013 8:24 am Reply
  • Lisa Gable via Facebook

    Where does she get her raw milk near the Tampa area?

    March 5th, 2013 8:29 am Reply
  • Sarah

    I tried raw milk and do not like the taste. Any suggestions?

    March 5th, 2013 8:48 am Reply
    • Catherine

      What kind of raw milk did you try? What time of the year? At one time we had two goats. They were on the same pasture eating the same feed. One’s milk was yummo and the other was nasty. Even her kids didn’t like her milk. Guess which goat we sold? LOL…

      My suggestion is to try again. Don’t get the milk right when the cows are transitioning from hay to grass as their guts and the rest of their bodies (milk included) go through a change. Once they’ve been changed over a couple of weeks, then their milk settles out. I also find that Jersey cows milk is richer, creamier and sweeter than Holestein. Don’t give up. Try again.

      March 6th, 2013 10:33 am Reply
      • Sarah

        Hmmm. It might be transition milk; I only bought it a few weeks ago. I live in England, and spring is certainly beginning!

        The milk just tasted of cow. I don’t know how else to describe it. Sometimes people say goat cheese is a bit too goaty? Sort of like that.

        Thanks for the tips.

        March 6th, 2013 10:47 am Reply
  • Julia Feduccia Thompson via Facebook

    where can you get raw milk around Bryson City, NC?

    March 5th, 2013 9:00 am Reply
    • Catherine

      Check out the website “realmilk.com”. They have listings of various farms around the country where you can get raw milk. Note: some states make it ‘illegal’ to advertise that they sell raw milk so… even though they don’t say they sell raw milk… they probably do!! Call them and ask. They can tell you yes or no, just not put it in writing. Silly laws.

      March 6th, 2013 10:35 am Reply
  • Barbara Deneke via Facebook

    I’m going to do it but have to wait a few weeks for practical reasons.

    March 5th, 2013 9:13 am Reply
  • Linda Mihalinec via Facebook

    anyone know where I can get raw milk… for my pets… in Pinellas County

    March 5th, 2013 10:19 am Reply
    • Catherine

      Check out “rawmilk.com” . They have a list of farms all across the country. Any farm listed probably sells milk. And their ‘pet milk’ tastes pretty yummo, too. Just saying…

      March 6th, 2013 10:37 am Reply
  • Jill Cruz

    I did the raw milk fast a few years ago for 12 days. I made the big mistake of skimming the milk! I was new to drinking raw milk and someone told me to do that so I did. Big Mistake!! It should be added to the “don’t do” list.

    Also, I found the raw dairy diet too low in protein as well so I ended up adding in 1 full cup of bone broth daily and that turned out to be very nice!

    March 5th, 2013 10:51 am Reply
  • Ann Barnes via Facebook

    I’ll start after Spring Break

    March 5th, 2013 10:55 am Reply
  • Madeleine

    Im in!

    March 5th, 2013 11:26 am Reply
  • Lindsay

    I’m in!!! This is great timing, and boy do I need the accountability to stick it out the full 3 days!

    March 5th, 2013 11:40 am Reply
  • Cathy J. Kelley

    I tried this last year, it was great until the last few days, sorry to have to mention this but I was so constipated, I have never had an issue with constipation before this but now if I drink too much milk it constipates me. Any suggestions?

    March 5th, 2013 11:49 am Reply
    • rebecca huff

      I have heard that the Rule is: Too little milk makes you constipated— Too much milk gives you diarhea– so, adjust your intake accordingly

      March 5th, 2013 2:58 pm Reply
      • Marc Gravert

        Too much good raw milk should not give you diarhea, may have to take into consideration your body size(weight), if your tiny it may do that.. But I doubt it. > MG

        March 6th, 2013 9:24 am Reply
  • Rob

    Can you tell us what exactly “she had the best bloodwork of her life” means? What specifically is implied by this statement?

    March 5th, 2013 11:51 am Reply
  • Tammy

    I’m starting next Thursday and will be doing this for a few weeks! So excited! I wish you guys were doing this for longer as well, as I enjoy reading your daily posts about it and would like to be doing it at the same time, but nevertheless, I’m excited that you are doing it again!

    March 5th, 2013 11:53 am Reply
  • Erin

    I did it last year and I will do it again this year…I like the shorter duration:)

    March 5th, 2013 12:23 pm Reply
  • Beth

    What are your feelings on this for kids? Too intense?

    March 5th, 2013 12:28 pm Reply
    • rebecca huff

      I have successfully used this with my children – older ones for clearing acne– and a younger one when she experienced Idiopathic Cytopenic Purpura (unexplained excessive bruising) after a virus—- saw great results and it is such an ‘easy’ and delicious ‘fast’ that even my little one had no problem being ‘happy’ on it—- every fast we have done has been for 4 weeks each

      March 5th, 2013 3:02 pm Reply
      • christine

        Wait – is this a misprint? You put children on a 4 *week* milk fast??

        March 5th, 2013 4:04 pm Reply
  • Adrianne

    Perfect timing! I totally burnt the inside of my mouth and tongue with my tea yesterday and milk is all I feel like consuming! Water is even unpleasant right now. I’m starting today and will plan a nice soft roast and carrots for Friday night to end it. Hopefully my mouth will be healed by then!

    March 5th, 2013 12:33 pm Reply
  • Beth

    Wonderful news! i can do it this year. We bought our first cow in Dec. and have a very cute 2 week old Jersey bull calf in our cowshed. :) Plenty of milk for me.

    If I might be able to do it longer, should I wait? I have my parents 50th anniversary party/luncheon this Saturday. Suggestions? Can you stop and start with good results, would it be better to wait, or should I just try the 3 days the first time around?

    March 5th, 2013 12:35 pm Reply
  • Kristin

    I’m in! I may stay on longer if I have enough milk. :)

    March 5th, 2013 12:41 pm Reply
  • Miriam

    I didn’t take the time to read all the comments, so please forgive any redundancy….This fast makes me EXTREMELY ILL and flares up my fungal/immune disorders really badly. Sorry to be a negative on this, but some of us cannot process the milk. Gut healing is a long process and I’d be very careful to make sure you did not have a leaky gut before beginning this. In theory, or a perfect world, or in your world this fast is amazing…but in mine it is a portal to a lot of renewed health battles.

    March 5th, 2013 12:55 pm Reply
  • Cheryl

    I’d like to mention the dark sunken areas under their eyes in that picture which doesn’t make them look like the picture of health, sorry to say… although raw milk is very healthy, I know.

    March 5th, 2013 1:15 pm Reply
    • rebecca huff

      they were probably just not wearing makeup at the time– I have seen both these ladies in ‘real life’ and they have healthy clear skin, with good color– not sallow or sickly– and definitely no ‘dark circles’ —

      March 5th, 2013 3:07 pm Reply
    • Ceren

      Those are not shadows caused by illness–they are shadows caused by the folds everyone gets under the eyes when smiling.

      March 5th, 2013 4:28 pm Reply
      • Linda

        I cannot believe some people! To pick on sarah after all the good she does in this world for what ‘appears’ to be lighting under her eyes! Unbelievable! she’s such a good person ….and try to help others….and someone mentions dark craters and circles? Geesh.

        March 5th, 2013 4:53 pm Reply
  • Brian Beaven

    Has anyone tried this with raw goat milk instead of raw cow’s milk?

    March 5th, 2013 1:17 pm Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      Goat milk will be just fine. > MG

      March 6th, 2013 9:27 am Reply
  • Desiree

    Does anyone know where I can find raw milk? I live in Las Vegas and searching online has turned up nothing. :(

    March 5th, 2013 2:05 pm Reply
    • Catherine

      This question has been posed a lot. Check ‘realmilk.com’. They list a lot of farms in all the states. If a farm is listed, they probably sell raw milk. “pet milk” is yummy too. Just talk to the farmer. Some are not allowed to ‘advertise’. Just saying…

      March 6th, 2013 10:43 am Reply
  • rebecca huff

    I just started my yearly raw milk fast on Sat! I wondered if ya’ll were going to do it again this year! I am going to be on it for at least a month– I noticed last year that it really gave my heart a ‘rest’—- I believe that the way it built my blood really helped the heart issues I have been continually trying to heal for the last 6 years— Thanks for the encouragement!

    March 5th, 2013 2:15 pm Reply
  • Dana B

    Okay, I want to do this BUT…I’ll have to make a milk run first thing in the morning since we’re almost out and I’d really like to try for 5 days this first time around.

    I’m also curious about impact on bloodwork since I just had my done 2 weeks ago and since I’m definitely having some hormonal issues. Thanks!

    March 5th, 2013 2:43 pm Reply
  • Ceren

    I am relieved that this can be done with raw kefir or yogurt, too. I have always been intensely allergic to milk, and was unspeakably dismayed to learn that I respond badly to the finest raw milk, too. Kefir and yogurt have never bothered me, though!

    March 5th, 2013 4:27 pm Reply
  • Dana B

    I’ve never done this but would like to give it a 3-day try. I’ll have to make a milk run first. I’m curious about bloodwork, however. Can you clarify what kind of difference that would make? Thanks!

    March 5th, 2013 4:56 pm Reply
  • Leah

    I’m in. I think 3 days is totally do-able. I was heading up to Abby’s for my weekly quart of cream tonight anyway so I’ll pick up a few gallons of milk too!

    March 5th, 2013 4:59 pm Reply
  • Aimee

    I am curious too about what defines “the best bloodwork”. What I thought was good blood work was a low cholesterol count. Now, after adopting the traditional diet, with full fat and whole foods, and learning about all the evils and misguided advice of the mainstream, I’m not so sure what is good anymore. Thanks!

    March 5th, 2013 8:13 pm Reply
  • Holly M

    There was no way I could commit to 10 days at this time of the year….my schedule goes crazy starting on Saturday….so now that it is only 3 days and ends by then….I’m in!!
    So, excited!

    March 5th, 2013 9:46 pm Reply
  • Denise

    Lightweights! Two years ago I did it for four months. Only water, raw milk, and kombucha tea. I couldn’t give up kombucha for that long!

    And technically, this is a mono diet using raw milk – not a fast. Raw milk fast would mean no raw milk during the period chosen. Fast is a withdrawal of the food.

    Just sayin’ :)

    We go to Helena this Thursday to testify before committee on our raw milk legislation – it’s illegal here!

    March 5th, 2013 10:08 pm Reply
    • Christine

      Sounds like an eating disorder, yikes!

      April 24th, 2013 12:45 am Reply
  • Caren

    Hello, We have a micro-dairy in Texas and place great importance in testing our dairy herd for Johne’s, BVD, BLV-bovine leukemia virus, TB, and Brucellosis. We have worked for years building our herd to achieve disease free status. We believe raw milk drinkers should be aware of the health status of the dairy herd. Do you or others believe a great deal of importance should be placed on the testing of the herd?
    It seems dairy animal disease continues to rise. Thank you

    March 5th, 2013 11:45 pm Reply
    • Marc Gravert

      Amen Caren !!

      March 6th, 2013 9:30 am Reply
  • Caren

    Yes I’m in. Plenty of fresh grass-fed milk available!

    March 5th, 2013 11:49 pm Reply
  • Cooley

    Any thoughts on raw milk and peri-meopause?

    March 6th, 2013 1:33 pm Reply
  • Shaya

    I did milk fast last year for roughly 30 days, and if i had it to do over again, i wouldnt touch it with a ten foot pole. It left me with awful allergies for months. My sinus’s were clogged continually, and i developed these itchy bumps all over my body. This guy had a similar reaction. I read his blog when i was about half way point and considered stopping because i kept thinking that it was a cleansing reaction, but i kept going……..wish i would of stopped


    March 6th, 2013 5:24 pm Reply
  • Denise

    It’s too bad that happened. It is, however, the exception and not the rule. I have done it numerous times and had only positive results. I have heard glowing reports from others who have done it. You are the first I have heard with a negative reaction. Maybe your milk was not good quality? But not everyone is the same and you need to do – or not do- what works for you. I have always heard – listen to your body.

    I have done juice diets numerous times with great results, but after four days of my last one, I felt awful and started eating again. I didn’t make it anywhere my normal 30 day goal. Never happened before, but my body was telling me something.

    March 6th, 2013 7:49 pm Reply
  • Stephanie

    I want to thank Sarah for all her posts about fermenting foods and separating curds and whey. I’ve learned so much from your blog over the past 9 months or so and have been inspired by you to try this stuff out myself. I have access to Jersey cow raw milk, and yes, it truly is a blessing! I have fructose malabsorption (or fructmal) and have had it for around 20 years (I’m 28). However, I didn’t realize what my issue was until about 4 years ago (which even then I thought it was fructose intolerance). So, really I discovered that it was malabsorption about 2 months ago. I’ve tried so many special diets with no success. Do you think I could give this a try with my condition?

    March 7th, 2013 1:17 am Reply
  • Melissa

    I did the fast for 5 days last year, but this year I’m all in for 10 days! I’ve ordered my milk, but it won’t be delivered until this coming Tuesday. So, I’ll be starting on the 13th :)

    March 7th, 2013 12:43 pm Reply
  • Matt Stone

    I would add sugar and salt to it and dose the quantity based on the clarity and frequency of your urine. If I could do it all over again that’s exactly what I would do. Not that I would, blech!

    March 8th, 2013 1:43 am Reply
  • Kira

    Sarah and team, thnx for posting all the info on the Milk Fast…
    Can you guys pls advice: I can’t afford to loose weight, but I know that I need to do some kind of a cleanse. I eat a lot bcs I am really addicted to food (mostly primal kind) and let myself overindulge justifying this gluttony by weight maintenance issues. My main issues is that at times I feel sluggish and bloated. To think of it, I have not had a day without food my hole entire life! So the main goal for me is to give my overworked digestive system a rest. To think of it, I have not had a day without food my hole entire life!
    I looked into the juice cleanse, but I know that even 2 days will result in weight loss.
    Does anyone have recommendations as to will the Cultured Milk fast be a good fit for me? Would days be of any benefit? And can I perhaps add coconut oil and may be Bone Broth or do they defy the purpose?
    Thnx everyone:-)

    March 8th, 2013 3:51 am Reply
  • Kira

    Sorry, missed the number of days in the paragraph below (3 days):
    “Does anyone have recommendations as to will the Cultured Milk fast be a good fit for me? Would 3 days be of any benefit? And can I perhaps add coconut oil and may be Bone Broth or do they defy the purpose?”
    Thnx everyone:-)

    March 8th, 2013 3:54 am Reply
  • Archna Mohan

    Can I do fast with Organic whole milk because I find it hard to get Raw milk where I live. Though I know Raw is the best.

    March 8th, 2013 9:56 am Reply
    • Denise

      Absolutely not! Organic milk is ultra pasteurized and is a DEAD food. It should not be used for this purpose.

      March 8th, 2013 11:16 am Reply
  • Amy

    Is aged/unpasteurized cheese ok or only raw milk?

    March 8th, 2013 9:33 pm Reply
  • Marc Gravert

    I just wanted to say that myself and Catherine(my wife) that have posted answers to questions on here, we are raw milk dairy farmers in Illinois. We know our cows and the situation with the Raw milk farms. We saw this article on Facebook from a friend, and that is why we have posted on here. If anyone has question on raw milk please feel free to ask. > Thanks Marc

    March 9th, 2013 9:57 am Reply
  • steven

    i love grass fed raw milk I’ve been suffering gut/ possibly candida related issues for several years and after one and one half months of an extremely strict sugar, grain, yeast, dairy, caffiene etc free diet, I’ve began consuming four to five cups of raw milk a day with great pleasure as I’ve been lactose intolerant for a long while. At first i could feel a warm sensation in my gut with some rumblings but now that has subsided.

    Its been very difficult to find answers related to raw milk and candida but when i ask myself if its helping i get a very solid yes.

    I’m on day 53 of the diet and i still suffer occasional stomach upset and i wonder and believe that these are continued die off symptoms or side effects from the aloe or milk thistle or possibly supplement related. I also worry that i may be feeding the candida because of the sugar content in the raw milk as this is the only food I’m consuming that has so much naturally occurring sugar.

    I research the internet for help as i have no health insurance and even when i did the Drs. weren’t much help anyway.

    Any knowledgeable feedback most welcome(;

    July 23rd, 2015 8:41 pm Reply

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