In answer to my question “do these pills make you put on weight?” a nurse once very sternly replied while pointing into my mouth ‘it’s what goes in there!’ Well that told me!
You are what you eat is my lasting impression from one of our most recent guests who came to stay for a week of relaxation, reading and of course Argentine tango lessons. He was a scientist and a qualified nutritionist. I was pleased to feed this couple with all the home-grown fruit, vegetables, beans, nuts and local fish supplies but they always emphasised ‘no dairy’. Their entire persona and energy for the entire week they stayed with us was inspiring. Now, I have noted that some 65% of our customers this year were in 55-65 age bracket and I would say all well-educated with scientific, teaching, IT and engineering careers and almost all had a ‘no dairy’ diet and vegetarians but with fish. One of our dearest friends has managed to prove against difficult odds that a healthy vegan diet does work.
Living here in the mountains of Andalucia with our abundance of almond trees gives me the luxury of a constant supply of almonds with which I make almond milk for most of my requirements but I just could not resist a cup of Yorkshire tea with a tiny amount of fresh milk especially first thing in the morning. I am also very fond of cheese so still had local goats cheese as an occasional treat.
I have been almost diary free for a couple for years now but Ken was still a milk drinker. So, much to my surprise after our last guests left Ken announced he was going almost dairy free. I say ‘almost’ as we have our own hens and so we will not rule out home-grown fresh eggs. Despite his initial doubts, Ken is now a convert to natural oat milk in cereal and coffee and has replaced his beloved Yorkshire tea and milk with just hot water, rooibos or green tea.
It has been three weeks now and we don’t miss it at all. If anything I feel better, what’s more we drink tea with less or no caffeine. All my allergies to pollen and house dust have virtually disappeared which was a surprising benefit.
Do we miss milk? Answer no. Though of course fresh milk will still be available for guests who like it!