Raw Milk Fast 2013 (Day 3)

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 10, 2013

Raw milk musclesDay 3 wraps up Raw Milk Fast 2013 for Paula, Richard and I.

Paula and I agree that 3 days was the perfect length for a gentle seasonal cleanse, resting of the digestive system, and overall bodily rejuvenation. Richard was along for the ride and just enjoying the process (he loves Raw Milk Fasting and does periodic one day raw milk fasts all year long anyway) , so he probably would have joined in no matter how long Paula and I fasted!

Those of you who have more healing and recovery in mind with your Raw Milk Fast may choose to extend it beyond 3 days. This is totally up to you based on your personal health goals. Paula, Richard and I did a 10 day fast last year and Paula did a 12 day fast in 2011. Read up on them by clicking here if you would like a bit more information to help with your decision.

We will continue the tradition next year when the rapidly growing spring grass show their beautiful green shoots once again. In the meantime, please continue commenting on this year’s fasting posts as you make progress with your own fasting process.

Paula: Slept like a baby.  Another extremely busy day at work with a couple of challenges popping up but I maintained a calm and professional manner and handled the situation in a non reactive manner.  Amazing how well that works.  I always feel very focused and calmer during the milk fast.  Hunger was kept at bay expect later in the afternoon I had to increase consumption but that was after a very intense workout.  I think my body just needed refueling.  The workout was a CrossFit girl–“Diane” which consisted of 21. 15. 9 of 155# deadlifts and handstand push ups.  I had a PR of 8:15.  Whew, had me on the floor.  I took in 2 cups of milk directly after and very much missed my usual post wod banana or sweet potato.

No signs of any detoxing but I usually don’t notice that until after about 5 to 7 days.  I did get home at a decent hour last night and since I didn’t have to cook dinner–hubby can fend for himself–I did manage to get in a relaxing 45 min salts bath.  Aaaah, then off to bed at 9:30 pm.  I do have some downtime this weekend and it will be interesting to see if any toxins work their way out but I do plan on some rest.  I  liked kicking off my “spring cleansing” with the fast; 3 days was the perfect amount of time for me as I am on “maintenance” and now I’m off to break my fast with some bacon and eggs–lots of bacon!

Richard:  This year’s fast was very easy for me.  Adding a few extra tablespoons of raw (cow) cream to each glass of raw milk worked well for me this year to keep me especially satiated and not needing or thinking about food.   5-6 cups per day seems to be my number.

My fast this year was entirely on raw goat milk (the extra cream was raw cow, however) which was not used in the traditional Milk Cure but is an acceptable substitute.  The Weston A. Price Foundation recognizes either raw cow or raw goat milk for the homemade baby formula, so why not a raw milk fast?  The nutrient profile is similar except for folate and B12.

The small boil on my leg from yesterday healed up quickly and no more appeared so I am encouraged that little detoxification was needed this year.  I do periodic raw milk fasts of one day only throughout the year, usually on weekends to rest my digestion so my body is very accustomed to the process.

Look forward to next year.  This is a fun and healthy tradition!

Sarah: The final day of Raw Milk Fast 2013 went smoothly all day until my daughter’s slumber party started at 4pm.  I cooked up dinner for the girls along with my daughter’s preference for birthday cake (sprouted flour birthday brownie cake with white chocolate chips).    Cooking for others when you haven’t eaten in almost 3 days is quite difficult.

Later on into the party, it all just became too much for me, so I ended my fast around 9pm which still met the required 72 hour fast but wasn’t quite as long as I had planned.  I had intended to fast until the next morning which would have been almost 3 1/2 days.  But, the party made me rethink and I indulged and chowed down on the delicious spread of party food starting right at the 72 hour mark.

I consumed about 10 cups of raw cow milk on Day 3 and had great energy the entire day.  I surprisingly didn’t experience any symptoms of detoxification this year at all, not even a mild headache.   For those of you considering a raw milk fast for the very first time, 3 days really worked well for us this year.

I agree with Richard that this is a fun and healthy tradition.  We plan to continue this again next year and hope even more people will join us in 2014.

 

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

 

Comments (48)

  1. So today I am alternating between my homemade raw yogurt (which is drinkable rather than firm) and just drinking plain raw milk. I have kefir in the fridge as well. I really enjoy my raw yogurt! And each time I drink a glass of it I add a tiny bit of gut pro probiotic powder.

    For some reason I do a lot better in life when I take probiotic supplements. I have been learning to make probiotic foods. I’ve been making the yogurt for years. But the supplemental powder must have something in it that my homemade stuff doesn’t have. I guess with all the jillions of microbes out there, and the different make up of every different probiotic food, maybe that makes sense. But I will say that three different brands of probiotic have worked this well for me. Gut Pro, Bio-Kult, and Garden of Life. Hmm, maybe it is just the consistency of getting them everyday and never missing a dose.

    Since I last posted, I haven’t done an awful lot of milk fasting straight through for days on end. I’m just in and out of it. Sometimes for a day or two. Sometimes only for a breakfast and lunch and then I eat a clean whole foods dinner. But I’m doing a lot of it even if it is all mixed up with little breaks. I’m really enjoying being able to do this. Thank-you, God for this opportunity!

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  2. I have had an opportunity to increase the amount of raw milk that I am getting from my farmer just for the next three months. This increase will be enough that I can let my kids drink as much as they will, make yogurt and kefir for as much as anyone in the house wants and still do a new raw milk fast for myself. It isn’t the fast growing spring grass since we are now into summer. But I am going to do it. All I’ve had today is milk so far. I’ll probably go till Friday and then eat over the weekend while I have a house guest who I promised curry to then resume milk fasting the following Monday. In other words, I’m not saying that I will milk fast continuously for the next three months. But for the next three months it will be an option for me and may or may not turn out to be what I do the majority of the time. I’m so thankful for this opportunity!!!

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    • Good luck with that. I’m fortunate to live in an area where raw milk is abundant, we won’t live anywhere where it isn’t. BUT if that happened there are farmers that will ship raw milk.

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  3. I cannot believe people are fasting on raw milk. This is shocking. Raw milk is not made for humans and it is by no means a way to cleans or rest your system. Disappointing that this misinformation is being passed around and put to use. Try a water or juice fast. Crazy that you would guzzle utter juice from another animal and call it good for the human body. Watch Earthings.

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    • The Mayo Foundation used to use a raw milk fast to heal a myriad of diseases. Raw milk is loaded with vitamin B 6 and can help fight off candida overgrowth.
      (“There is a noted link between Vitamin B6 deficiency and candida overgrowth, and raw milk is rich in B6.”) This is really huge given the link between candida and autoimmune diseases and even cancer.

      I hope this doesn’t sound rude but you are the one that needs educated on the subject, not the people on this forum.

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  4. So does anyone prefer green grass fed milk more? I seem to have a hard time drinking it right now. We aren’t quite into spring yet here in Montana, just snowed today.. I don’t know if it’s because I’m pregnant or what, but I seem to remember it tasting much better the last time I had been drinking it….

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  5. Hi, I have never done a milk fast. Could someone advise as to how much milk a day and if there is a certain milk I should have, like jersey or Ayrshire? Is it hard to incorporate food back into your system? What side effects should I expect from the detox? Any help would be much appreciated. I absolutely LOVE raw milk!!

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    • Jersey or Ayrshire are both wonderful choices. Some people say any raw milk. Others say only from old breeds that have not been bred to certain genetic mutations. I have very little info on that topic but I know that Jersey and Ayrshire are both safe old breeds even if that turns out to be a valid concern. Personally, I’d feel safe with any old heritage breed of cow and if I couldn’t get that, I’d still drink the milk if it was otherwise the same quality as what I get from my farmer. Our farmer produces delicious raw, organic milk from cows that are 100% grassfed. And in our case, he also happens to pay attention to that genetic issue. His cows are muts but he keeps the gene pool to the “safe” breeds.

      I did not have any trouble at all with incorporating other foods back into my diet. In fact, I’ve gone back and forth a lot since I broke my fast and never had a single hiccup from doing so. I haven’t really done another several days in a row, but I have had several separate periods of anywhere from 16 to 36 hours of milk fasting. I just feel good while I’m doing it. And I find it extremely convenient to pack a cooler of milk if I’m going to be away from home all day or overnight rather than a more complicated menu. I love it!

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  6. Last night I went to my first WAPF chapter meeting. It was a potluck and I wanted to participate fully. So I made a conscious decision to take a break from milk fasting. I ate a few bites of food while I was cooking for the event and for my family. And then later in the evening I ate at the potluck. So my first milk fast was 8 1/2 days. And I am already back to milk fasting this morning.

    I still have a good amount of healing to go. When I am done with milk fasting, I will go back to GAPS. I’ll probably even do the introduction when I start back into it. I did not anticipate having clear physical evidence of my need for further healing.

    My time at the meeting was a wonderful social time and I am glad I went. However at one point, fairly early, I suddenly felt faint and weak and overall very unpleasant. I have years and years of experience feeling like that but hadn’t felt it in months and months now. I didn’t think I’d had anything that could have caused it but I learned differently. When our hostess began a water kefir demonstration she told us that she uses evaporated cane sugar (a fairly refined form of sugar) and that she lets it go 24 hours rather than 48 at which point about 40% of the sugar remained. So that explained that. I was suffering from hypoglycemia just as I did almost non-stop from such a very young age right up until I was in my late 30s. Later in the evening I also got a small bit of a reaction to something I ate, but while I knew the sensation well enough to be scared, it passed very quickly rather than escalating into full blown anaphylactic shock. So, I was both upset and encouraged. I was able to stay all evening and enjoy the vast majority of the evening. But then when I woke this morning I felt truly horrible and had to go back to bed for a few more hours of sleep. Oh well…

    Live and learn! And on to day one of the second phase of my milk cure 2013!

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  7. I can’t get raw cow’s milk right now, but I can get raw goat’s milk. Wondering if it’s just as safe to drink (for my 1 year old) as raw cow’s? I assume it is, but just putting it out there!

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  8. Today is day 8 for me. This weeks driver from my milk group drove out to the farm pretty early in the morning so I am restocked. I think it is a great plan to share the driving and it is definitely helping me financially to only have to go once a month, but I kind of miss going out to the farm more often and seeing “my cows”. lol

    I weighed in just a tiny bit heavier today than I did yesterday. Oh well. I feel pretty good today and that is worth a lot. As far as my continuing desire to lose more weight, I am hoping that this raw milk fast is healing me and that eventually the healing will lead to a lower weight. Have to stay positive you know?

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    • Hi! Glad to know you are still in here with me! This is my day nine and I’m just loving it as usual. I have no plans to stop until i have to fly on March 25. If there was some way of taking my milk on the plane you know I would! That would be my snack. But I’m sure they will not allow that. It is so hard like someone mentioned to eat healthy and this should not be. It’s like a fight all the time. Keep on keeping on!

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      • That is great! I haven’t really decided on any kind of solid plan on when to stop. I started out very tentatively and I guess I’m still just feeling my way around. I’m going to a homeschool convention in Cincinnati in early April and I’ve wondered if I’ll still be going at that point. lol. It seems to work better for me to allow myself all the flexibility in the world when I’m fasting. For instance last night, my 15yo said she had a tickle in her throat that she knew meant something was coming on and then my husband came home with a sore throat from work. Later when I was out in the wind and cold and felt something just for a few minutes like that feeling my daughter had, I came home and allowed myself beet kvass, knowing that it had the potential to help me fight off their illness. I might do a dose of beet kvass today and if i do, I’ll add some gut probiotics to it. In any case, now I’ll just keep it in mind that I didn’t do it perfectly, but that what I’m doing is still good for me and better than not trying the milk cure.

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  9. I am wondering if you have any thoughts on fasting or cleansing with whey? What is your impression of the Beyond Organic company and their cleanses? I’m just not sure whether a raw milk fast or whey cleanse would be more effective. And is there any advantage to having multiple cultures added when many are destroyed by stomach acid and bile?

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  10. I am making it through day 7. But today has not been quite so easy as yesterday was for me. I noticed this morning that I was beginning to run low on milk and realized that I hadn’t heard from my group what day someone is driving to the farm (or even whose week it is to drive out there). That plus some other logistical problems I was having today caused me to not drink much today in spite of being hungry, far from ideal.

    Fighting off the temptation to eat some of the food I was getting the family tonight was a big challenge. I can hardly believe that I’ve resisted the temptation thus far. So the family is eating roasted chicken and sipping on homemade soup and I am sitting here wanting to go dig into that meal, but I think I can make it. I have one more half gallon I can bring in from the garage refrigerator to drink tomorrow morning. Hopefully a new supply of milk will be coming my way before tomorrow evening. If not I will have to decide whether to water fast till milk arrives or just eat and start over on Thursday or Friday.

    I don’t think I’ve really been losing weight over the last four days, but it is hard to say since I don’t remember to weigh everyday and my scale isn’t completely reliable. I know I lost a between 3 and 5 pounds of water weight or whatever other weight slides off of me so easily the first day or two that I fast, same as with a water fast or a juice fast. Beyond that I’ve held steady, I think. But on my now years long weight loss journey I am well pleased with my progress. No matter how slowly it has been happening, I can remind myself that I am more than 55 pounds down from my high point. And today I bought a coat that was labeled a 14/16. I haven’t bought that size since before my second pregnancy (and she is 15 now)!!! Happy Dance!!!

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  11. I live in the valrico area, close to Lithia. Do you know anyone in this area who would have grassfed cow’s milk? Enjoy your site. Thank you.

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    • I buy it from Chucks natural foods in Brandon FL. I am still searching for a source to buy directly. Chucks gets it on Thursday. Call before you go and ask for the date when they received the shipment.

      Monica

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    • Abby’s in Tampa also carries it along with other raw dairy products, a bit farther north but you can stock up too.

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  12. Hi, I’m very interested in trying a short raw milk fast, but should I be concerned about the sugar content of milk? Also, I travel a lot for work, and I’m thinking about squeezing it in between trips and right before I go to Portugal for 4 days. Would it be too rough to break a milk fast and transition straight into an international flight?

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    • I was a bit concerned about the sugar as well. It seems that whatever mechanisms in my body are supposed to handle sugar are broken. Just about the only sugar I had eaten in the last 4 or 5 months was small amounts of raw honey and the natural sugars in whole fruits. But since the sugar in milk is a part of a whole food, I decided I would give it a go and see if I could handle it. So far so good. I’m still going with my raw milk fast and I don’t think I’ve suffered any hypoglycemia, or other sugar problems.

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  13. I’m still in! I just love my milk and plan on just doing the raw milk until I feel like stopping! I have a feeling I could truly just live on it forever.<3

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  14. I made it through day 5 and I’ve just finished my first glass for day 6. I drank some water this morning and I’m wondering if I should be doing more of that. I think it is going well. Hoping and praying for great benefits from doing this. :)

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  15. Sarah Nunez via Facebook March 11, 2013 at 12:56 am

    I was SOOO looking forward to doing this with y’all this year, and then I got sick! :( As soon as I’m over this cold (or whatever it is), I’m going to jump back on the wagon (even though I know y’all are done).

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  16. Vikki Kay via Facebook March 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I did the raw milk kefir fast last year for 8 days, @Carrie Singleton. I find it too hard to drink any amount of raw milk.

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  17. I stopped early, too, I knew we were doing difficult hike the next day, and didn’t want to bring bad publicity to the program (‘Woman on raw milk fast falls off Mountain’), so ate a little in the evening, although followed up with kefir for breakfast and at the halfway mark on the hike. I was just getting into a pattern, though, and wished I could have gone another couple of days. Maybe I will l try the Fast again in the near future.

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  18. Anna Griffin Kirkland via Facebook March 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    thehealthyhomeeconomist – would you mind telling me about how much water you were consuming during the day along with the milk? I have access to plenty of raw milk and am curious about doing a short fast…

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  19. Laura Anderson via Facebook March 10, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    I have started now for a month back eating food I am sensitive to, and nearly abandon my whole food way of live after nearly 6 months of whole food eating. And loads of sugar, my mouth swells up and gets sores form this way of eating, seems I am even more sensitive to junk food now. I want to use the milk cleanse, yet not sure it would work for me because I only have access to Save your dairy milk, and no cream for those hunger times you all speak of, can I use my coconut oil, and how much>

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    • Do you mean the Save you dairy in AZ? (I just googled to see what it was.) It looks like a good source for raw milk. The website didn’t mention the breed of cow, which matters to some people. It also omitted any mention of whether they are grass fed or how much grain supplement they use. But the fact that they are organic and raw is two great things in their favor.

      I was unable to participate in last years milk fast. The only way to get raw milk where I live is through a herdshare. I have bought one since, but still there is no way to get “extra”. You only get what you own shares to get. I happened to work around my obstacles this year. I happened to go out of town the week before this started. I bought 5 gallons of milk in another state where it was legal for me to buy it and brought it home in a cooler. Then last week, I picked up my regular shares of milk plus some of what I missed picking up while I was out of town. I can do the same this week, since I still haven’t quite caught up on “my milk”.

      It is all so needlessly challenging working around the tyranny we live with!

      I also haven’t been able to get cream from my dairy farmer. He usually offers it, but his cream separator requires knowing just how to do it, so that his wife and his employee are both not able to make it work and he can’t do it anymore because of trouble with his shoulder. Oh how I wish I could buy him a cream separator! but I’m managing with no extra cream. If I get hungry I just drink more milk.

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  20. Ann Hibbard via Facebook March 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    Sounds like a great idea! I will be doing this one…it happens by default sometimes anyway. Good to know I am not screwing up living on raw milk when there is just no time for anything else.

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    • I have mixed kefir along with my raw milk fast this time. Usually, we mix a bit of vanilla extract and honey in with our kefir just before we drink it. Since I was doing a raw milk fast, I did not do this. I just drank it. That was something since I am not used to it!

      I haven’t done just kefir and nothing else.

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  21. Karen Lossing via Facebook March 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    I wondered if those incredible looking brownies were what led you astray!?! I am grain free and boy oh boy do they look DELICIOUS

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  22. I am wondering when/if ever it is ok to do a cleansing juice or milk fast while nursing? I know it is not recommended and am wondering exactly why….because toxins would come out in the breast milk or because it would be difficult to maintain a good and healthy supply? What about a salts bath is it ok to do that while pregnant or nursing? The only reason I’m even considering/asking this is because I’ve been either pregnant or nursing for the last 5-6 years with no end in sight and yet I’d love to do a milk fast.

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    • I am there with you Anne. I have been preggo or nursing for 12 years and really don’t see an end in sight either…which I am happy to say. I will try to hold off baby #8 so I can do a milk fast in between. I really love milk and have my own goats, so this seems like the prefect fast for me. I tried with you all last year and ended it in a similar way as Sarah. I was able to get 3 days under my belt though.

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    • I tried the milk fast while nursing…well it worked for half a day. Because I was super hungry and since I need healing and detox, not just maintenance, I had a headache half a day in. I also recently tried the dukan diet while nursing. I felt great but my baby didnt sleep as good during the night and milk supply was diminishing. From all this, I decided to sto stop all diets until dine witb nursing. I eat a lot I think, but at least I have plenty of milk and am not overweight to begin with

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