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Skim Milk and the haters

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I’ve seen it a couple of times now on social media where health bloggers and an even more famous, healthy living personality have dissed skim milk, labeling it as highly processed, devoid of nutrients, not real food blah, blah, blah. And they took pride in saying they don’t drink milk anymore anyway!

Despite wanting to answer on those posts and give a different view, my response would be too long, so I’ll come over here and have a rant on my blog instead!

I’m taking a more sensible view, because the alarmist hating of certain foods is really stressing people out about what they can and can’t eat, and it’s time to just present facts and let people make up their own mind.

Having been critical of dairy in the past, and an avid low carber, back then I would have probably agreed with everything that was said, but not any more.

First up though, I have to say that not all milk is created equal. Unless you have grass fed organic milk, you are not going to have the same nutritional benefits from a stressed out sick cow, fed PUFA laden grains. Also you have to watch any additives they put in there.

So for this exercise I’m talking about the grass fed highly nutritious kind.

So some of the points raised were as follows:-

The claim was – Skim Milk has more sugar in it

It’s time we stopped the demonisation of sugar. Eaten correctly with supporting nutrients, sugar it is a highly metabolic, stress reducing food. It’s just really, really powerful like an amplifier. So if the rest of your diet is crappy, it accelerates ill health. If your diet is awesome and you eat sugar according to your needs and support it with adequate nutrients – then it amplifies good health.

There is a reason all your cells use glucose for fuel when active. So those of us who understand this, are actually looking for great sugar sources with added nutrients and Skim Milk is a perfect one of those.

The claim was – Skim Milk is devoid of nutritional value


What about protein?

What about carbs?

What about calcium?

What about Vitamin D?

The claim was that the absence of fat breaks the absorption chain of Vitamin D and therefore Calcium. However Skim Milk still has some fat and other studies with no fat at all, say it may reduce Vitamin D absorption by 30% – so some is still getting through. So to say it has no nutritional value at all is false.

It is true that Vitamins A, E and K are lost because that is in the fat, however milk actually has very little Vitamin E anyway, and if you eat butter, then you have that covered. You just don’t need fat from everywhere!

So it really all depends why you are drinking milk, how much of it you are drinking and what you are hoping to get out of it.

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Claim – Skim Milk sugar content without fat to slow the absorption, may cause blood sugar issues like diabetes

Diabetes is an issue with sugar processing in the body. It is the result of a malfunctioning system. It’s likely cause is overabundance of PUFAs in the diet, which damage the cells ability to process sugar.

Sugar does not cause diabetes but compounds the issues once you have it.

And anyway, there’s still protein accompanying the sugar anyway. You don’t need lots of fat.

Claim – Skim Milk is a highly processed food

Skim Milk is made by a process of Centrifugal Separation – you know, spinning. Then the fat is removed from the top.

How is that highly processed?

If you want to draw attention to really unhealthy food practices, start with Poly Unsaturated Oils that are extracted chemically, then deodorised with more chemicals so you can’t smell the rancidity. That substance right there is unfit for human consumption.

Then how about using that oil to refry something 10 times over like they do in fast food places? Would you like fries with that?

Polyunsatured oil is known to be a highly unstable substance especially when subjected to heat, light and air. Totally toxic right there.

So spinning being labelled as ‘highly processed?’ Please!

Then one other general comment:

“Plus we all know by now that FAT doesn’t make you fat, an excess consumption of sugar makes you fat.”

I’m sorry, but that is plain wrong. If you eat an excess of fat, you will put on fat and weight.

Excess of anything is not good for you. Not protein, not water, not kale, not anything!

The combination of excess fat and excess sugar is particularly a dangerous combination but not because of the sugar necessarily, it’s because the fat damages cells and prevents the sugar from being processed in the body correctly.

There are plenty of people who eat tons of fruit and sugar and have no health or weight issues.

Anyway bottom line, there is nothing wrong with Skim Milk from grass fed sources.

I drink a litre of Skim Milk a day for the protein and calcium benefits – if I drank that much in full cream milk, then my fat levels would be too high combined with the rest of my diet and I would put on weight. Simple as that.

I also don’t like the taste of full cream milk, as it tastes far too fatty for me and I feel nauseated. But everyone is different.

Kids for sure should be given full fat milk, as they need every bit of nutrition available to them, while they are growing and so active. But adults are different – usually not so active and not growing, so all that fat will be stored, if it is in excess in the diet.

It is actually far easier for the body to store excess fat as fat, than it is to convert sugar into fat then store it. (Read more on that here https://paleoleap.com/science-turning-carbs-to-fat-de-novo-lipogenesis/ )

So as you see, a little bit of over the top sensationalism and actually wrong information thrown in, to basically say that removing the fat will remove some vitamins.

That doesn’t make it bad.

So with the correct information, make your food choices accordingly and drink whichever milk suits you!

To your health.


Kristy x

Holiday eating and accidental Rrarfing (a kind of Carb loading)


So I’m back from the wilds of Iceland and Scotland!

Seriously, if you’ve ever thought you may like to visit Iceland one day, please do yourself a favour and do it.

It is totally like another planet with variations in landscape that are mind-blowing. You can drive 5 km and see green rolling hills with waterfalls, trees and mountains, then jet black bare volcanic dirt as far as the eye can see, then the jet black dirt has rocks on it, then the rocks have tufts of grass, then it’s these round rocks with fluorescent green thick moss all over them. But the strange part is – it’s one or the other – there is never a mixture. Really bizarre. And ice lagoons, and the black beach with chunks of ice on it and of course the aurora – just wow!

Anyway, to see some stunning photos check out my hubby’s instagram page here.

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Kayla Itsines – BBG – thinning hair & stretch marks

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So interestingly, after my last blog post – Does low carb dieting making your hair fall out? – all over the news in the same week, there was this confession from workout queen Kayla Itsines:-

“My natural hair is actually super short. I have genetically really thin hair,” she wrote, adding that her grandmother and her mom have thin hair as well, and that there is a family history of female pattern baldness. “I can see my hair getting thinner and thinner the older I get.” See articles below.

Health.comTeenVogue.com; Cosmopolitan; FoxNews.com

And in most of these similar stories, the reason given for it is Female Pattern Baldness that runs in her family. The message of being happy and proud no matter what your issue is commendable. (I learned long ago that worrying what other people think is a waste of a happy life.)

So far so good.

However then in another two articles, there is a mention of hypothyroidism….

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Does Low Carb/Keto eating make your hair fall out?

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So I went to a new hairdresser last week, my last one is great but is a 40 min drive away and in Brisbane traffic, it ends up being an hour and a half round trip! The new one is 5 mins away, so it was worth a shot.

However I’m always a bit apprehensive trying a new one as you get to know your hairdressers, they become like friends – so it’s always… Will you like them? Will they like you? Do they do a good job? Do you like the salon and the rest of the crew? Does it all smell like chemicals in there? Do they leave you alone or talk too much? Does it cost 4 times more than you thought it would?

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Making slim your lifestyle

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Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

So I was chatting to a social media follower, let’s call her Betty and we got to talking after she commented on one of my posts where the theme was ‘I walk because I hate running.’

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Crunchy Raw Protein Cookies

adrian alford photography, paleo, vegan, coconutContinuing the theme of ‘lunchbox or travel snacks,’ another recipe evolved and this may be my current favourite!

It just astounds me how a raw cookie can be crunchy. Totally tastes like it’s cooked, only it’s not!

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Rich Chocolate Travel Bars

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While I totally love my normal fudge/chocolate creations, they are strictly fridge to mouth options only, as they melt into a gooey mess within half an hour of being out of the chilly environment.

Not so practical for the lunchbox or if you want to take travel snacks.

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Go metabolism go!

metabolism, bmr, slimbirdy, loose skin, weight loss, losing weightSo just an update on how this ‘Go Metabolism Go’ trial was working for me and what if anything, has tripped me up so far. The original story here.

So I’m about 2 months in and yes I have noticed some changes.

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Dr Ray Peat – fast metabolism & healthy hormones.

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Just reading some new information from Dr Ray Peat and it really interested me from a number of angles:-

  1. It encourages a healthy high metabolism
  2. It supports healthy thyroid function
  3. It supports healthy hormone function

There were stories of low carb dieters who had been low carbing for some years and their health had started to deteriorate.

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