Thank you Thailand for thinking of awesome recipes.
Last night my colleague cooked dinner for a small group of us. It was awesome.
I showed up early to help chop a million vegetables! I don’t mind slicing and dicing, except when it comes to carrots. They’re just so hard to cut, even with a good knife! Luckily my coworker, friend, and avid blog reader, Jessica, was around to help assemble the summer rolls.
During dinner, there was a heated debate about whether humans should drink cow’s milk. Is it natural? Is it healthy for us? It got me thinking. After all, cow’s milk is from cows. Isn’t it strange that we drink milk from another animal?
I read some articles and am still pondering my thoughts on the topic:
A academic-ish paper: milk is unnatural, and the pesticides and toxins in it are bad for us (http://www.notmilk.com/kradjian.html)
A health magazine article: milk may help us build muscle and lose fat, the hormones in it aren’t bad for you, but the antibiotics in it might be (http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/dairy_products/)
An athletic take: milk is a miracle drink for athletes (http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500368_162-1342839.html)
I’ve heard 1,000,000 times that chocolate milk is the best recovery drink for runners, and do think it is quite tasty and satisfying after a long run! However, I also know a lot of runners that drink soy or almond milk because they say that milk upsets their stomachs, or they’re against cow’s milk for some of the pesticide/hormone issues mentioned above.
Hmm. I’m still thinking about it. Reading up on the topic has made me proud that I strive to buy organic milk, at least:
Maybe I’ll try a dairy-free week in next month or so and see what happens? I don’t know if I will be healthier or not but I can promise you I’ll be devastated emotionally without cheese and yogurt.
I was going to run today, but all the late-night Thai eating, wine drinking, and milk debating led to a very sleepy morning for me. Since my life is about to turn into marathon training mode, I figured I’d take my easy schedule at present and milk it for all it’s worth. Yes, pun intended.