Milk and dairy products in general are nutritious foods- though as consumed in the west they are difficult to digest and assimilate, and hence many of the problems associated with dairy.
Dairy is most nutritious and easy to digest when taken in the following ways:
- Warm milk before bed with suitable spices
- Paneer with leafy greens
- Ghee (clarified butter)
- Homemade ricotta cheese
Few traditional cultures promote the practice of drinking an ice cold glass of homogenized milk.
Ayurveda says that cold drinks require the body to expend energy to warm and digest the milk, so cold drinks are not recommended.
The process of homogenizing milk makes it more difficult to digest and is not recommended in ayurveda.
Milk that is boiled is 'lighter' and easier to digest. Preferably, milk should be consumed warm, preferably prior to the night's sleep and with spices that help with its digestion.
Use organic, non homogenized,
non pasturerized milk.
Cheese & Paneer
Some amount of cheese may be acceptable for individuals with constitutions that have adequate digestive fire. The addition of spices and grapes with the cheese can improve digestion.
For most constitutions cheese cannot be used as a main source of protein and fat.
Substitute paneer or ricotta for the sour hard cheeses that seem to dominate the marketplace. You can find the recipe for paneer in The Aging Reversal Course book.
GHEE: Clarified Butter
After making ghee you will notice the residue in the bottom of the pot. Will you ever eat unclarified butter again?
The body needs saturated fat. Some bodies more than others.
Ghee is an excellent source of fat. If you are currently getting your fat from meat, making the switch to ghee will improve your life.
If your constitution requires very little fat then add just a teaspoon of ghee to your noontime meal.
A note about margarine: As the margarine is processed it turns the color of the grease used in autos. Then it is colored to a pleasant yellow with dye. How can this 'food' possibly be of benefit to human physiology?
You can find the recipe for ghee in The Aging Reversal Course book.