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Jan 16, 2019 15:12:02

Milk is a gateway food to bad eating

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Brandon Wilson

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Traditional cow's milk has become very controversial. Does milk do a body good as the dairy industry suggests? Should you drink whole milk, 2%, 1%, or skim? What about non-pasteurized milk? Of course all of it is out the window for people who are lactose intolerant.

I grew up drinking regular, mostly whole milk. Every once in a while my mom purchased powdered milk, and I knew the difference right away. I have an ingrained concept of what milk is and what it should taste like. This makes it hard to drink other types of milk such as almond milk or soy milk. Perhaps if I had never tasted cow's milk then it would be easier to drink other types of milk.

My main problem with milk is that it's a gateway food to bad eating. I cannot think of a "healthy" food that I would have with a glass of milk. It's always something bad. Sugary cereal, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, cake, pie, cookies, etc. It boils down to the following:

Have milk-->eat something bad

When I go to the grocery store, I make it a point not to buy milk. If I have milk in my cart, it makes it easier to buy other bad things like cookies, rice crispy treats, nutty bars, etc. because I have the milk to go with them. No milk, no bad foods.

When someone has a birthday in the office, I can resist the cake because there is no milk to go with it. 

This realization is part of my goal to change my relationship with food. I need to understand my bad habits and make different choices that lead to different outcomes. Historically, in my case milk does not do a body good. 

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    @brandonwilson - Interesting read. My mom grew up in a far in Ethiopia drinking unpasteurized milk. She says her strong bobes and teeth at 60 is because of her love for milk.
    I don't feel that way... My gateway to bad eating is carb... If it's not good veges, all carbs start a bad streak of eating for me.

    Thanks for this piece.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jan 16, 2019 11:07:01
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      @keni Thanks for reading! Yep carbs are another one that I have been focusing on especially when I found out I was diabetic. It is interesting how there is a lot of talk on 200WAD about keeping a streak going, but it's just as important to know how to stop a bad streak when it starts.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jan 17, 2019 00:56:16
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      @brandonwilson - Yup. So true. My not to do list is more important.
      And hello fellow diabetic. So am I. Type 1. I wrote about my diagnosis on a post - https://200wordsaday.com/words/on-living-22255c2e407497a38

      Keni avatar Keni | Jan 16, 2019 21:39:45
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