I just read an article on the internet about dangerous diets of the stars. It was written by some well meaning writer/dietician who seemed to find the same thing wrong with each diet. Namely, the lack of Vitamin D and calcium. I could find no evidence that she worked for the “Milk Board” but her singular cause made it seem like she might.
As I have said before, I don’t believe any diet works, regardless of the amount of milk. If you are fat, you need to change the way you live. That means eating whole foods, mainly plants and eat less; completely cut out sugar, and exercise. You will slowly lose weight and if you maintain the change, you will also maintain your weight. If you don’t, you will get fat again.
The well meaning writer (who may or may not have been influenced by the milk board) was concerned about the loss of vitamin D. Vitamin D is synthesized in your body and the trigger mechanism is in your skin and is activated by ultra violet rays. Yep, sunlight. So, unless you live in an extremely dark place all of the time (you studio rat friends of mine take note) you do not have to worry about Vitamin D. Calcium, on the other hand, is stored and retrieved from your bones and teeth. The continual loss of calcium can cause weakening of the bones and real problems for older people. The main source is in milk and milk products and also in shellfish and a number of vegetables and fruits. Most people do not have a lack of calcium and if they do it is usually accompanied by the lack of vitamin D, which is also rare. The exception is people suffering from osteoporosis and they should be under a doctor’s care.
But, here is a delicious way to get a little cheese in your diet.
- 2 Handfuls Arugula
- 2 Tablespoons Good Blue Cheese
- 1 Apple, peeled and chopped
- Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Salt and Pepper
- Salad Bowl
- Chef’s Knife
- In the salad bowl place two handfuls of arugula and salt it. I use this method to measure salad amounts. I figure that a good handful is just about all the salad I want and need. I hate wasting it.
- Peel and chop an apple into bite sized pieces. Squeeze a little lemon on the apple once it’s chopped to keep it from browning.
- Add apple and crumbled pieces of the cheese to the arugula.
- Make a simple vinaigrette of two parts oil to one part vinegar, depending on the strength of the vinegar. Taste as you go.
- Dress with just enough to lightly coat the leaves. Add a little pepper and a squeeze of lemon and toss with your hands.