My daily digests include things which I think my readers might find helpful. Subjects do not always relate to my business activities, and some are personal.
Today for example I will tell you about my favourite milk. It’s really special.
This part of the digest might especially interest those who have issues, or specific needs, around milk, or loved ones who do. I have heard some people who can’t drink ‘normal’ milk can drink this one.
If you consume milk, having the yummiest you can find may help with weight management. Good tasting food can be more satisfying and help people avoid tasty junk products. Enjoy nature’s bounty instead of highly processed so-called ‘treats’… A treat is not really a treat if it does your health in. #Philosophy.
Before we kick off, lets look at the full fat/low-fat milk choice.
For years, long before I saw any related science, I have drunk full fat milk. I suspect, though am not sure so I won’t ‘call it’, that I intuitively knew full fat is better for health. I say this partly because this has happened about a lot of foods over the decades. Sometimes I look at a food and have an idea of how good it is, and at others, it is after I have eaten it – on a more subtle level; nothing obvious such as an ‘icky feeling’. The most notable example of this was over 30 years ago when I lived with some of my family on beachfront at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. My father and brothers were keen on fishing and caught an unusual fish off the beach. It seemed to have no scales, was grey and had a square cross-sectional shape. I declined to eat the fish having a disturbing feeling and warned the others, which no one listened to. They gutted the fish immediately and went inside the house to eat it. Some days later they discovered that the fish was poisonous and eating it would probably have killed them if they had not gutted it immediately, which they did by accident. I’m glad I listened to my intuition.
These days it seems that full fat milk is indeed better for health.
Have a read of these articles:
Besides the above, my wife was told by a Nutritionist that only full fat milk is recognised by the body as a proper food – because low-fat milk is missing a key part (fat) the body does not digest it properly and is unable to fully absorb the nutrients left in the milk.
Is any variety of full fat milk good?
That’s debatable and beyond the scope of this article, however I might add that when speaking with a Coles supermarket employee yesterday, he commented that ‘regular’ full fat milk tastes watery and thin, adding that it did not taste good on cereal either. This was as I talked with him about how nice my favourite milk is.
My favourite milk: ‘Farmer’s Choice Guernsey Milk’, by Maleny Dairies in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland. You can view their milk range here. Their standard Full Cream milk is very nice, however the Guernsey is the best, and is pasteurised only (not homogenised).
I quote from the Maleny Dairies website, concerning Guernsey Milk:
Gold Top – our old fashioned milk with the cream on top! Care for our land and our animals will always remain at the heart of our business and we are extremely proud of our herd of Guernsey girls. They live happy, healthy lives on our beautiful pastures here on the Sunshine Coast. We’re pretty sure this is why our milk tastes so good! Our award-winning Farmers Choice Gold Top Milk is pasteurised only, this minimal processing delivers to you a milk that is as close to nature as is legally possible to sell.
Let us tell you more about the benefits of Guernsey Milk.
Milk is high in Beta-Carotene, found in the lush green grass here in Maleny, this is not digested and broken down by Guernsey Cows and it is this that gives the milk its rich golden colour. Our Farmers Choice Gold Top is also high in Beta-Casein A2 protein which many customers are attracted to as they find it easier to digest and gentler on their stomachs. Interestingly, there is three times the amount of Omega 3 in Guernsey milk also.
Now we do need to point out, for (boring) legal reasons, whilst our herd of Guernsey’s is (almost) all Guernsey there remains a small amount of other breeds, Swiss Browns for example in the herd.
You may find that the level of cream on the top of our milk may vary from time to time due to weather conditions and the seasons. Being a natural product we choose not to add anything to our milk to keep it consistent, we think you prefer it that way.
I spent part of my childhood growing up on the Channel Island of Guernsey. We moved there in 1972 and left in 1982. Of all the family, I spent the least time on the island during those years, partly because I was at a UK preparatory school for a year (St Chad’s Cathedral School, now known as Lichfield Cathedral School), boarding school for three years (Rugby School), college (Tamworth) for 2 years, and lived with my paternal grandparents on the mainland for some of that period.
I have fond memories of Guernsey Milk. It’s the yummiest milk I have ever tasted and I am so pleased to be able to get it here on the Gold Coast at some (not all) of my local Coles grocery stores (Robina Town Centre and Benowa Village Coles that I know of) and Zammo’s Fruit n Veg in Nerang.
You will have got some idea of the potential extra health benefits of Guernsey Milk from the information above. Here are more resources:
Guernsey Milk is probably the best in the world.
Anyway, gratitude to Maleny Dairies, and some local Gold Coast stores, for stocking Guernsey Milk!
Continuing in the vein of yummy stuff – nice yummy stuff that is not bad for you (that’s most people; without special needs) as long as it is consumed as part of a balanced diet…
I’m spilling my secrets today!
The best chocolate I have ever tasted. I’m in my mid 50s, have lived in the Britain as well as Australia, have travelled, and have shopped online for 21 years. Never have I found such lovely chocolate as Spencer Cocoa. I’m into milk chocolate and can’t comment with sufficient knowledge on their dark variety. Spencer Cocoa chocolate is not cheap at $9.90 (AUD) per bar at time of writing. And yes, they sell online as well as through some selected retail outlets. Besides the taste, I like the thought of supporting the families who produce the raw materials, and a small independent Australian manufacturer.
I eat Spencer Cocoa milk chocolate occasionally and in moderation. The milk version is high in cocoa (42%), so health wise it will be better than most, if not all, other milk chocolate varieties.
Another variety of chocolate which it might be useful for you to know about it is:
IsoWhey® Probiotic Chocolate – I eat this sometimes and appreciate the nice taste and health/nutritional benefits. Each box has 12 x 12.5g individually wrapped bars. A tip for buying this in Australia: I have found it at my local Chemist Warehouse (they also sell online) for $10.99 a box at time of writing – nearly $5 cheaper than the normal retail price.
Apart from the occasional days when I eat the probiotic chocolate above, I eat a square of Excellence 90% Cocoa | Lindt Australia every day for health reasons. When I started, I had a mild dislike for dark chocolate, however it has grown on me and this Lindt 90% tastes good, though not good enough for me to eat it as a snack! “Phew” says my fat, but shrinking, ass.
So, Martin, I think you could manage a bit of this really nice Spencer Cocoa chocolate eh? Just a little bit. Martin, one of my newsletter subscribers, is a friend who is one of the fittest people in the world – he can even do thumb push ups – and even he, ‘fat burner’ that he is, ensures he does not consume too much sugar. A sobering thought for most of the rest of us, who scoff too much sugar.
One reason I got fat is because I have eaten too much good quality food (because I ate too many of Martin’s biscuits, which should have lasted him months ;-)). Some greed, mixed with other reasons, means I still need to lose around 22Kg – sounds like a recipe doesn’t it? People say I do not look fat, but I am. I have avoided a fatty liver and pre-diabetes, and am making good progress with weight loss, having spent significant time in recent years learning about the science of effective weight management.
On the issue of being fat, I called it as it is. I am fat. Being fat is not good for health. I am interested in the science of nutrition, not politically correct snowflakery which can seek to minimise the seriousness and more of being significantly overweight. I don’t care if people call me a ‘fat bastard’, or something similar, partly because my feelings are not subject to what people say. Read my article for more on this (opens in new tab/window):
My friend Martin used to call me ‘The Biscuit Monster’. Today I do not even like most of the biscuits I used to (significant reasons for this). Now I rarely eat biscuits and when I do, the quality is extremely high (and which my body does not go ‘ugh’ to).
Sometimes when shopping and the often disinterested staff member asks how I am, I at times respond along the lines of “I’m too fat, but I’m making good progress shrinking”. Mostly it gets some laughs and cheers people up. At others, there can be a distinct silence.
Many people are bullied about being fat and get upset at being called ‘fatso’, similar or worse. Bullying will never stop. The answer is not to let yourself get upset about it (you may need help with subconscious mind coaching). A key problem is what we think about the comments. We in that sense can upset ourselves.
If someone calls me a ‘fat deaf bastard’ I don’t get upset, outraged or self-righteous. I do think about what the person’s problem might be – psychological or otherwise – and how I might be able to help them. A much better approach than being a cowering self-pitying puppet (I used to be one of them).
Who wants to be a fat puppet?
It’s interesting what a commentary about chocolate can lead to!
BBC Focus reveals why chocolate is good for you | Daily Mail Online – having read this, perhaps I should increase my 90% Lindt dark chocolate intake to 20g a day…
(I’m a bit deaf and have worn hearing aids since a young child – I was not born deaf).
Moving on to time management, WordPress, web design and web development…
I am the ‘webmaster’ for this website and have built websites for about 18 years. At one time I built websites for clients. My favourite software platform for websites is the self-hosted version of WordPress.
Fortunately these days I use a fantastic web hosting service – WP Engine – so I have few hassles on that side today. I recall ‘horror stories’ from my personal experience of web hosting in the past! It pays to use the services of élite operators…and to be élite in what you do, and how you live your life.
WordPress is not perfect and this morning it occurred to me that I was having to spend too much time setting up my regular digest post. Before I start writing, every digest post needs a standard image at the top, a standard category and tag (Alex Rowan’s Digest) and a standard ‘featured image’ (which is sometimes changed as I write the article).
Little bits of time add up and drain one’s mental resources and I wanted to eliminate this waste.
I decided to search for a WordPress plugin that would help me speed up and simplify the process of getting to the stage where I could start writing my digests.
Here it is:
Advanced Content Templates (premium plugin version)
$19 USD per year for one website is well worth it, considering the time and mental energy I save for better purposes. The WordPress plugin works well and I will start using it tomorrow.
Cost your time and spend money to ‘recover’ it with a good ROI (return on investment). I have never ‘understood’ people who drive miles or wait ages to save a few cents on petrol. They breed too. Chortle.
I’ve met more than a few people like this in my time. None of them impressed me.
A good source of quality food and related ideas:
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