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Going Back to My Roots

January 23, 2012

Aaaaand I just spent way to long Googling whether you capitalize “to” in a title.

Would you believe it if I told you I used to love milk.  No, not love.  Love.

You probably wouldn’t because this blog features almond milk as my milk of choice.  But you know what?  I don’t love drinking a glass of almond milk, so I certainly don’t love drinking a glass of almond milk.  Unless it’s flavored.  Chocolate or vanilla almond milk is delicious. 

A few months ago I was struck with the brilliant idea to drink a glass or real milk, which I just happened to have on hand because I had a recipe that called for 2%.  It was in this moment of pure spontaneity that I remembered how much I truly adore real milk.  In buying almond milk for the past year, I feel like I’ve sort of turned my back on who I’ve always been.  Since that night, I’ve been buying organic milk and I haven’t looked back since.

This wasn’t a decision I made because I needed more protein, or calcium or calories.  I made it because I wanted it.  Funny thing about the human body, it kind of knows what it wants without your brain having to think about it.  Have you ever ended a weekend splurge fest with a fierce craving for a big salad, or spent a night out drinking and all you could think about when you woke up the next morning was water?  Yeah, me neither…


I’ve found that as my ideas about the healthy living blog world change, so does my perception of what foods look, sound and taste good to me.  Nutritional yeast sauces, chia seed puddings, flax crackers and all kinds of gums and protein powders.  Those things work great for others, but for me, they’ve never tasted as good as the things they’re trying to replace and since I have no reason not to eat the real things, I shouldn’t have to rely on those less familiar ingredients.  The blog world makes it seem like everyone is eating these things.  That baked goods have to be vegan and every recipe has to include ingredients to add extra protein.  I don’t agree.


DSC03626 Guilty.

I want to eat old-fashioned favorites.  Mac and cheese, enchiladas, red beans and rice, pizza, pork roast.  Just kidding, I’ve never liked pork roast, but my mom has been trying to convince me otherwise for the past 22 years.



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Am I saying I’ll never eat chia seeds again or suddenly crave tofu?  No.  I’m just saying, there are certain things I’ve loved since I was a kid (you know, back when weight and health weren’t an issue), and no one should turn their back on those things just because they’re less prevalent in the blog world. 

Here’s to real milk!

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2012 9:55 AM

    I love this. Staying true to oneself is one of the most simple yet beautiful characteristics of someone.

  2. brittney permalink
    January 23, 2012 10:12 AM

    I LOVE milk too. I don’t buy it anymore because it makes me break out. Boo.
    But whenever I go home I always have a giant glass or two. It’s just so darn refreshing!!

  3. January 23, 2012 10:13 AM

    Have you tried coconut milk beverage yet? It’s the bomb.

  4. Shanna like Banana permalink
    January 23, 2012 11:16 AM

    I have never been a milk fan but I totally agree with going with the real thing!

    • January 23, 2012 12:16 PM

      Ha ha, it could apply to anything, not just milk 🙂

  5. January 23, 2012 11:26 AM

    Yay, so proud of you! I too totally changed things because I thought I needed to. Now I eat what I want, like the bag of trail mix that I demolished in two days full of chocolate and peanut butter pieces!!!

  6. January 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    Haha I see you’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the blog world lately! Enjoy your real milk!

  7. Baje permalink
    January 23, 2012 3:01 PM

    I love this article! Been reading loads of blogs recently and can someone not have flaxseeds or sunwarrior or chia seeds or maca powder or almond butter?! Just saying lol

  8. Angela permalink
    January 23, 2012 6:05 PM

    It was refreshing to read this post… I’ve always been a strong believer in eating real food not imitation food….eat what you love don’t eat what people think you should eat… Especially in the blog world, I personally don’t like to read that everyone is eating the same thing, I love to read a post and think: omgthatlooksawesomeIhavetotryit!

  9. January 23, 2012 6:34 PM

    I really enjoy the direction your blog is taking Lauren. It seems like you’re deviating from the typical HLB and that’s really refreshing to see.

    Re: the milk thing, I can’t personally agree because I absolutely hate milk and almond milk has been a life-saver for me. However, I wholeheartedly agree with eating the real thing! I know for me, sometimes I feel bad for not eating a “1,000% CLEAN, RAW, VEGAN!!!!11” diet. I get some do it for ethical reasons, but most it seems like hopping on the online-bandwagon.

  10. January 23, 2012 6:41 PM

    Good for you! You drink that milk girl!

  11. January 23, 2012 11:33 PM

    Great post…a lot of the points you brought up are things that really annoy me about healthy living bloggers and make me not want to be associated with them. Eat what YOU WANT… what makes you feel good.. not what everybody else is supposedly eating (in HLB land!)

  12. January 24, 2012 5:09 AM

    love this post! i loooove almond milk in my cereal. but, i agree – sometimes there is absolutely nothing like a glass of real (not skim) cow’s milk.

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