The Milk Cure 2013 - Before

Beginning on Friday, March 1, 2013, I will be participating in a 10 day raw milk fast called The Milk Cure 2013. This comes from the thehealthyhomeeconomist who did it last year and is encouraging others to join in this year.

In many societies, it used to be traditional to do some kind of clease or detox at the beginning of spring. I feel like this is still important today. In the winter, we spend more time indoors eating (especially junk) and less time exercising, so toxins have several months to build up in our bodies. In general, I feel like it's a healthy way to get ready for spring and refocus on healthy eating.

My personal goals are to detox from a stressful winter, lose a couple of pounds, and practice discipline. I expect being in a challenging position as a food blogger who cannot taste what I'm working on! Plus, I'll still have to make dinner for my husband every night. As raw milk and water are the only foods allowed during the fast, I will not be eating my daily liver, taking my fermented cod liver oil or butter oil, or eating my beloved butter. I expect to drink 2 quarts of milk (give or take) each day, maybe more in the beginning. Cravings and hunger should subside after a couple of days.

Raw milk is a complete food. It has the right amount of healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates, to sustain life. It is not recommended that you participate in this fast if you do not have access to pastured, raw milk, as pasteurized milk (even low temp) denatures the proteins and kills some essential nutrients.

I'll blog again after the fast to let you know how I did. I hope I make it - I've never done a fast for this long! In the meantime, I'll be posting updates on Facebook and Twitter, so join me there.

If you'd like to join in on the fun(!), read thehealthyhomeeconomist's series on The Milk Cure.


  1. This sounds much better than the Master cleanse, which I did for 12 days several years ago. I started getting sick towards the end because I got tired of the taste and couldn't stomach the recommended servings. Plus, coming off of it was awful on my digestive system.

  2. @Tammy, Technically it's your fast and you can do whatever you want. I think milk kefir would be fine as long as it's made with raw milk. If it's pasteurized, it won't be a complete food and you'll be really hungry!

  3. Cristina, just curious does raw milk have a different PH then pasteurized? Since milk is generally acidic to the body, and you won't be eating any alkalizing foods during this 10 days, won't it throw your PH off? Interested in your results.

  4. @Barb, Raw milk is neutral to low-alkalinizing, depending on the time of year and exactly what the cows are eating.

  5. Sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing!


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