Since switching over to real foods, I've noticed something interesting: I'm not snacking as much. That's not on purpose. I just don't seem to have a need to snack as often as I did when I was eating a lot of processed foods. And when I do need a little something in between meals? I seem to be craving really simple, whole food snacks, like fresh fruit and milk.
Speaking of milk, I didn't think I'd be able to do it, but I've made the switch to whole milk! I have been drinking skim milk for as long as I can remember, but in my quest to eat more complete, whole, natural foods as much as possible, I didn't think skim milk would be in line with that.
This article is not the first one I've read about the not-so-healthy qualities of skimmed milk. And even though I knew it would be hard to do, I finally decided to ditch the "fake stuff" and opt for real, whole milk.
I was worried that it would be much too thick for my liking, especially since I was so used to the watered-down version I'd been drinking for years. I also thought it would taste too much like cream, and it would be more like a meal than a drink.
Well, I've been drinking it for about a week now, and this is what I've discovered:
- It's much thicker than the watered down version I've been drinking for years.
- It tastes much creamier.
- It's much more than a drink.
- And I LOVE it!
It really does fill me up a lot more than skimmed milk, which may explain why a glass of this stuff, along with a handful of cherries makes a perfect, and filling snack. That creamy, thick quality that I was so worried about is actually what makes the milk so yummy and satisfying. Not to mention the fact that it really does taste like actual milk.
Obviously, not everyone is going to agree with me, and there are a lot of nutritionists who will want to keep pushing the fat-free kind. After all, many people are still hung up on the idea that "fat is bad." And of course, there are some people, for certain health reasons, that have to stick with low-fat versions of foods. Everyone is different and has to do what works best for them.
For me? I think I'll be sticking with whole milk for now. I'm really enjoying it too. If you are thinking of making the switch, I suggest looking for an organic option from farmers who use pasture-raised cows. I'm using Harmony Organic. If you're in Southwestern Ontario, I suggest you look them up.
Do you drink whole milk? If so, what are your thoughts?