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November 23

Would you ever drink that madness?

Education, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Vegan

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“Would you ever drink that madness?”

The words uttered by a lady who had been duped into drinking a white milk type liquid during the recent prank PETA advert, she was told it was in fact dogs milk as opposed to the cows milk that she thought she was drinking, the milk was in fact soy milk.

The recent prank advert by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) confronts one of the biggest hypocritical views of the food we eat, it’s a similar mismatch of our thoughts, words and actions in relation to labelling yourself an animal lover or environmentalist whilst still eating meat and animal products.

The advert then finished with the message:

Cow’s milk, rat’s milk, dog’s milk. What’s the difference really?

Isn’t it strange how we feel disgusted by the origin animal of the food and drink we eat as opposed to what it actually is, it is another example of how ‘speciesism’ is an integral part of our social programming. Humans are the only species on the planet to drink another animal’s milk, and cows’ milk is no more natural for us than dogs’ or rats’ milk would be.

We think little of the process that goes into obtaining the milk from cow’s either, artificially inseminating the cow, keeping them constantly pregnant to produce milk and their calfs that are then snatched away from them at birth ending up as veal if they are unluckily male or into the milk system if they are female.

Letting Go of Dairy

I drank so much milk growing up, gallons of it, I loved the stuff, with breakfast on cereal, served at school for lunch and more than likely a glass or two in the evening with dinner and then a hot chocolate before bed.

I definitely suffered from the excesses of dairy in my years at school and early teens looking back, until it mostly disappeared from my diet and the weight feel off.

One thing you realise when going fully plant based and letting go of dairy is that it’s in everything, there’s milk, powdered milk, powdered egg, cheese etc cheese is everywhere, cheese on cheese and everyone laps it up.

In my experience getting rid of dairy out of the diet seems to cause the biggest problem for most people as opposed to the meat side of things. People find going vegetarian easy because they just substitute everything with cheese, which is not going to be great for your health, weight gain and the dairy industry is just as bad as the meat industry, if not worse.

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Consider what is done to the cows (artificial insemination) in order for them to produce milk year round, imagine being pregnant all year round and every time you give birth, your baby is taken away from you, that’s just barbaric and when you think about what milk actually is and what it’s meant for.

In the documentary Cowspiracy, Dr Michael Klaper makes a few valuable points, “The purpose of cow’s milk is to turn a 65lb calf into a 400lb cow as rapidly as possible”, he goes onto say “cow’s milk is baby calf growth fluid”. That makes you think about drinking and eating it when it’s put like that and the health issues that might create.

“Baby Calf Growth Fluid”

Luckily for us now the modern era has ushered in a whole new type of milk made from nuts and plants, you can buy in the shops everywhere or make really easily at home, the fact is that we don’t need to drink milk from animals anymore, you can get super tasty and creamy plant based alternatives now everywhere, better for us, for the cows and the environment, another win win scenario.

That excerpt was from my online 7 week transition program for people wishing to move to a plant based diet, it’s called From Meat to Plants and is out very soon watch this space.

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About the author 

Adam Stansbury

Personal Trainer since 2009, Plant Based since 2014 with a shift towards Flexitarianism in 2022. I'm passionate about helping people to find a nutrition solution that is both good for the health of the individual and the planet.

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