Well, its been four days since I stopped butter and other dairy products. I have to completely change the way I eat and I've been in a particular pattern especially first thing in the morning for a while. Usually when I would have my toast and butter, I would drink my English tea with milk, it feels like they all go together. Its interesting. I woke up yesterday and decided that I was just going to eat butter as I was missing it and craving it, but there was no bread! So I was foiled in my attempt to break my butter fast. I don't know if I will go back to butter, I probably will, even though I think its wrong. Am I are bad person? Well, it seems us humans have been eating butter for a very long time, at least 10,000 years! My problem with it is how it is produced in these vile factory farm where cows get kept pregnant their whole lives and never see the light of day. Well, I've just been reading about a brand of Portuguese butter that is grass-fed, so maybe I can eat butter after all!
OK! I did four days without butter and then decided that I was not ready to quit dairy. At least I can eat grass-fed butter, but the milk I have been using isn't grass-fed, I can't seem to find grass-fed milk, only butter. I only really use milk in tea, so it's not a huge amount. At least that's a start. I have been vegan before and mostly raw. You can read about my raw for 30 days and then vegan for 8 months in post from September 2010.
I feel very strongly that factory farming is very wrong, but I also think that we need some animal protein in our diets. I love the vegan idea, but I know that it's not right for everyone. It was not at all right for my husband. He lost two sizes in clothes rapidly, which he didn't need to do as he is skinny anyway. He also lost his sex drive, so that's definitely not a good thing and as soon as he started eating meat again his weight came back and his sex drive. Personally, when I went vegan it seemed to work fine for me, but I really missed cheese, I know that now there are some much better vegan cheeses around now though. I still have the dilemma, I don't want to support factory farming, but I also don't want to go completely vegan. So I will eat grass-fed butter and use nut milk in my tea, either cashew or almond. I haven't actually eaten any cheese for over a week! That's very unusual for me. I believe it's because I am being more conscious of eating dairy, so avoiding it as much as I can. I will keep you all up to date on where I am with my diet in future posts.