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Last year, I did a milk cure for 3 weeks, blogged it and regained my health and perspective in the process. This year, I’m going to do it again.

I’ve had a number of people ask me why I’m doing it for a second year and if its going to be a yearly ritual.  This post is an attempt to answer those questions.

Prior to doing the milk cure last year, I had been sick on and off for a year, mostly due to glutening issues. From the gluten challenge that I attempted in January 2011 in order to determine whether I was a diagnosed celiac (I wasn’t, but I still got really sick) to the accidental glutenings that happened throughout the year as I struggled to manage my gluten intolerance and a myriad of other illnesses (which I believe happened as a result of gluten), I wasn’t a happy camper.

So I did a milk cure, 3 weeks milk and water.  Ranging from a gallon of milk at the beginning to 3 quarts towards the end.  I did it to give my body and my digestive system a rest. I found at the end that I had dropped 6 pounds, and that I felt a heck of a lot better in the end.

I’ve had two sickness’ in the past year, both of which were caught from people (a cold and the flu).  Other than that, this has been one of the healthiest years I can remember. I’ve lost a grand total of 25 pounds so far after regaining my sanity and giving up grains and starches.  My health is good.  So why am I doing this again?

I’m doing it again because I’m really curious as to whether or not I’ll really gain any more benefits.  I need to answer the question for myself if this is a yearly activity? Or is this something to do only in years that I’ve really run myself down.  There is no way to know without trying it again.

So I’m starting.  Tomorrow starts Day 0 which is a fruit juice fast.  Last year I bought commercial juices and really tore up my stomach.  This year I’m going to buy some organic fruit (oranges and apples) and puree them with my frozen strawberries and blue berries and then use my magic bullet juicer to extract the juice.  I’ll mix this with water since I don’t really want to mainline all that sugar again.  I’m hoping that by taking the commercial process and additives out of the mix that my stomach and I will be able to handle it better. I also have homemade chicken stock which I’ll consume as well as some raw milk.

During this journey, I plan on tracking my vitals again.  Basal Temperature, Weight and blood glucose three times daily. I’ll be posting that here as well as providing a link to the post I did on the same day last year.  I also plan on taking plenty of detoxing baths.

I’ve cleared my schedule for this 3 weeks.  My raw milk is ordered and I pick up the first week’s order (7 gallons) tomorrow. I’m actually looking forward to this respite.

If you are planning on joining me on this adventure, feel free to post your experiences in the comments on the daily blog posts. It would be good for all of us not to feel alone.

Related Posts from Last Year:

Vital Statistics

Each day I add onto this table with my vitals for the day.  It was interesting to track last year, its interesting to track again.   For comparison purposes, I added the baseline and last day of vitals from last year’s cure.

The weight I’ve dropped in a year, while not quick is pretty good.  25 pounds no matter how you look at it.  Starting glucose is better as well (though I’m sure that will change on the juice fast.)

Day Weight Basal Temp Glucose: Fasting Glucose: Noon Glucose: Bed
Baseline From 2012 201.4 97.9 114 104 110
End Result Milk Cure 2012 196.0 97.9 103 82 120
Baseline From 2013 176.6 98.1 103 102 81

4 Responses to “Doing it Again: Milk Cure 2013”

  1. Shelly says:

    Watching with interest!

  2. Keith Campbell says:

    I’m going to do it, but I’m not going to start until after the Torchlight circle next weekend, I think, for a variety of logistical reasons culminating in “I want to be able to eat at that feast.” 🙂

    Are you doing chicken stock just for the ramp-up juice fast, or during the cure itself?