My Raw Milk Diet Cure Experiment: What I Did and How I Did It

My Raw Milk Diet Experiment - What I Did and How I Did It

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My Raw Milk Diet Adventure: Fun Facts

Here’s a bunch of fun numbers from the 23 days during which I only drank raw milk (no food whatsoever!):

Total Raw Milk Drank in 23 Days:

About 24.75 GALLONS of fresh raw milk! Or, nearly 60,000 calories on milk alone. That’s almost 99 quarts or just over a gallon every day.

So, on average, this is what I consumed every day (based on whole milk on

2,520 calories

136 g fat

189 g carbs

135 g protein


49% fat (mostly saturated)

30% carbs

21% protein

What about…

… weight changes?

Being that I’m a 5’4″ woman of average weight, who exercises for about two hours a week (at most, and not even that much while on the milk diet), has a normal or even slow metabolism (I used to gain weight on 1,600 calories a day!) and essentially has a sedentary desk job, most nutrition calculators would recommend I eat about 1700-2100 calories each day to maintain my weight. So, if we’re going to succumb to the calorie counting theories, I should have gained about 3-5 pounds on this diet. However, I lost about 2-3 pounds. Read more about the milk diet and weight loss here.

… basal temperature?

My starting basal temperature was about 97.5 degrees F (taken first thing in the morning, underarm/axillary). This is slightly low or normal depending on which expert’s advice you seek. However, while on the milk diet my basal temp rocketed upward and has remained that way since. Is this linked to why I lost weight rather than gained? Maybe so…

… bed rest?

Well, I wish I could have gone on bed rest. What a healing ritual that would have been! But, alas, my household duties, my work and my kids couldn’t be left to their own devices for over three weeks, so bed rest wasn’t really an option. I did, however, try to prioritize sleep and daily downtime. I spent extra time in bed when I could, and tried to minimize my stress (easier said than done!). I did do some mild exercise during the milk diet, though I really tried not to overdo it at all. If I do the milk diet again I think I will take this concept of bed rest more seriously. I probably won’t exercise at all, and try to limit more of my other activities as well. I think this is an important part of the healing process.

… digestion?

I experienced very little of the typical bloating during the milk diet, but I did have problems with staying “regular.” So I deviated from the plan a little (which doesn’t include supplements) and took magnesium and vitamin C throughout the last 10-12 days of the diet to help move things along a little, so to speak. Read more about the milk diet and digestion here.

… cravings?

This was so phenomenal. I had very few cravings on the milk diet. Occasionally I longed for some solid food like fried eggs with cheese, a burger or maybe a steak, but never enough to bother me. Amazingly, I had no cravings for sweets or even chocolate–and that’s my number one indulgence! Having no chocolate cravings through PMS was so unusual for me I never thought it would happen. So, I’m pretty certain that’s a testament to the milk diet if nothing else is! Read more about the milk diet, cravings and hormones here.

Any other questions? C’mon, I know you’re wondering about something. If so, ask away in the comments below! Or, you can send me an email and I’ll be sure to answer all your questions in the posts following my break.

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  1. I only just started reading your blog, so I may have missed something, but do you normally enjoy drinking a big glass of milk? I used to, with a PBJ, but that’s about it. Now we use raw milk and I can’t imagine a) affording it at $7/gallon, and b)drinking so much at one time. I don’t think I’d be able to choke down that much!

    • Yes, I do like milk in general, so that really helped on this diet. However, I was pretty sure I was going to get sick of it after so many glasses, but right now I’m enjoying it as much as ever! Weird, huh? I chock it up to the fact that milk is so amazingly nourishing that my body just loves it, but who knows?

  2. This is so interesting especially your body temperature increasing and the calorie intake not causing weight gain. I’m fascinated.

    • I just wanted to clarify that eating only 1600 calories a day actually causes your metabolism to lower itself. It doesn’t mean that it is naturally lower. For the most part, WE make our metabolism what it is. In general, it’s normal for a woman to eat around 2500 calories a day to support activity and a roaring metabolism. With a purposely slowed metabolism, you will easily gain wait when you eat more. This is something I knew but didn’t realize I was doing. I was so focused on eating perfect, traditional foods that I became stubborn and obsessive about food and wouldn’t eat enough. I thought the hunger discomfort was temporary but now I’ve been giving my body what it needs and healing for 10 months.

      I started recovery near my 30th bday and gained a lot of weight due to having lowered my metabolism which is hard to deal with since I was formally strong and fit, but also had a growth spurt in early recovery that I should have had years ago.

      Do not lower calories to lose weight; increase them (if you’ve been restricting) to lose fat. Otherwise you will lose fat… And muscle, and brain, and breast tissue, and pieces of your organs, etc. We need to stop listening to the mainstream, modern health and fitness fads (that don’t follow natural principles) and listen to our stomachs growling and our joints aching.

      Be well. :-)

      • *Word correction above: “weight” not “wait”.

        Oh, I also wanted to say that I did an adapted raw milk fast right before I began “self-taught and led recovery” from a damaged metabolism about a year ago. I drank mostly raw milk and homemade bone broth for several days. I remember feeling better physically (better for my then-weakened digestion and not so tired feeling) and emotionally better and not quite so stressed feeling.

        A few tips for the raw milk cure fast are to buy the milk during the time that the grass is growing more rapidly in your locale. This will make the milk even more nutritious. And drinking the milk at room temp will be easier on the stomach if cold milk bothers you.

  3. I can’t wait to hear all the details. I’m most curious about any changes you noticed in your skin/emotional functioning/energy level? Thanks for sharing your experience!

  4. Whoo-hoo! Congrats and good job, Elizabeth, for being our favorite raw milk guinea pig. I can’t wait to hear the details – especially the basal temp part.

  5. After hearing about this (from your facebook page) i decided to try this for 1 day. I was 3 pounds lighter the next day!!! I ordered a lot of extra milk for next week and i think i’ll slowly try this out. I had the most wonderful BM the day after (TMI i know) but it was great!

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. I’m a new poster to your blog, but I’ve been following along (found your blog from 180DegreeHealth) with great interest! Thanks so much for the update – I can’t wait to hear more. I’ve read about digestive issues on the Milk Cure, so I’m curious – did you take any additional fibre supplement at all, or just the Mag/Vit C? I’ve read that psyllium is often recommended on this diet. Hope to hear more soon =)

  7. The calorie part is amazing to me too. Since you mention PMS I wonder about your cycle itself- but maybe that is TMI (I’ve been eating NT for a month or two & finally had a cycle where I didn’t have to take ibuprofin to manage my cramping- I’ve made so many changes, not sure what to attribute it to). I think, if you do this again, it would also be really interesting to have your blood (i.e. cholesterol) analyzed before/after (since you’re consuming a lot of saturated fat). Somehow I think those numbers would be as amazing as the calorie intake!

  8. Thanks for all the input! Okay, I will definitely be doing posts on digestion, skin, energy, moods, PMS, menstrual cycle, basal temp, weight loss, and probably more. This is be covered over at least 3-4 posts in all, so in a couple weeks this blog will be teeming with milk diet results information!

  9. This is fascinating. I could totally do this as I have a good source for raw milk. Did you take a multivitamin or any other supplements during this time? Did you notice that it helped you with any health issues such as pms, acne, joint pain, fatigue, etc….

    • I stopped taking my usual supplements after the first day, because I really wanted to give the raw milk diet a run for its money, per se. I did start taking the vitamin c/magnesium about half-way through for digestion, though.

  10. Good for you! I’m so inspired! Now all you have left to do is get your own cow! I’ve had one for several years now and not only do I love her but I love not having to police milk rations!

  11. I’ve been tracking my basal temp for over a year now and it’s a great indicator of what’s going on with the body. You probably know this already, but it really jumps up quite a bit after ovulation. Can’t wait to read your posts after the break!

    • Yep, my temps did jump up around ovulation, but it was way higher than normal and my temps are still registering over 98.0 every morning. That’s one reason I wanted to do the milk diet for at least 3 weeks, so I could see the real effect of it during different parts of my cycle.

  12. Congrats! I am really looking forward to reading your upcoming posts re this experience. I don’t yet have a raw milk source, but the local health food store has agreed to purchase it within the next month or so. I keep bugging them. I hope that Whole Foods dropping their raw milk will not incourage others to do the same.

  13. I LOVE RAW milk! However, I have had trouble with milk all my life. My health has been very seriously bad. Born early. Got Polio from the vaccine at age 10. Now have fibromyalgia and Post Polio Syndrome and numerous health problems. Have improved greatly in many areas as I concentrate on healthful diet and supplements. However, I still have great difficulty with my digestion in spite of trying everything like acidophilous, papaya, yogurt, enzymes… Would this milk diet be a good idea for me or not? BTW- I had a horrible reaction to goat’s milk every time we tried it.

    • I can’t tell you whether or not the milk diet will help. There seem to be mixed results. Some people experience great healing while others don’t do too well on it. If you do really terribly on milk then I would be careful. There are some stories about people overcoming lactose intolerance on the milk diet, but I don’t know too much about that myself. If you have a lot of trouble tolerating certain foods you might want to look into the GAPS diet. It’s a restrictive diet, but very healthy and eventually you get to introduce things back in.

    • you should try yoghurt made at home with goat milk. Most people have problem with the the milk protein or milk lactose. By making yoghurt, you eliminate the lactose problem. Also digestion of curd takes very less time as compared to digestion of milk since curd is predigested broken down form of milk.

  14. Funny I stumbled on this. I’ve done mostly just fermented milk today for my calories.

    Cool experiment. I’ve thought about doing a raw milk diet myself, but it hurts the pocket book at $13-15 gallon around here.

    I’ve gone 3-4 and a few times 7 days on milk/kefir, but never more than that. Those were only 1/2 gallon or so days, as I was doing more of a protein sparing fast.

    Milk is inflammatory for me. I didn’t realize how much until I cut it out for a few months. I noticed a WHOLE bunch more after I was vegan for 6 weeks then added raw milk back to my diet. Holy knee stiffness! I do lots of exercise. Sometimes around 30 hours a week, so this wouldn’t be so much an issue if I was living normally.

    I love having the kefir in my diet though! It’s absolutely AMAZING for my gut health. Almost unbelievable.

    • Ooh, yeah, the cost can be prohibitive. We’ve got $6/gallon here and it still adds up fast.

      People definitely have different tolerations for dairy. Raw milk seems to help some, but loads of raw milk isn’t the right diet for everyone. I’m glad I did well on it cause I love milk. :)

      Kefir is awesome. I’m big on probiotic foods right now, and kefir is an amazing one.

      • Elizabeth, can you tell us more about the carbs in milk, it appears to be alot of sugar but how does it affect you. jim

        • The lactose in milk is definitely different than table sugar. It’s metabolized differently as well (from what I understand more like a starch). I can tell you that personally I didn’t get any blood sugar highs or lows despite consuming nearly 200 grams of lactose every day for several weeks. And this is coming from someone who has formerly had hypoglycemic tendencies. Personally, I did not react to the lactose like I do with refined sugar or flour.

  15. Ok- I’ve come back to this post after a few months of thinking about it. I have low basal temps, and i’m wondering in the long term did this keep your temps higher? What do you think was causing your low temps? And was the milk diet a good solution to this issue specifically? Thanks :)

    • Ack! Sorry I completely missed your comment somehow.

      I think my low temps were probably due to an underactive metabolism–specifically thyroid function. I’ve had a low temperature all my life, and I’m sure my years of undereating and overexercising didn’t help. And yes, even a year and a half later, my temps are still in the normal range after doing the milk diet.

  16. I don’t know if this site is still visited. But I am about to embark on the raw milk diet. The list of ailments and detriments to my health incurred while taking steriods for 17 years is a bit overwhelming. I know, from all of my experiences that my gut is not well. I have just come off the GAPS intro diet (2 months), and although my goal was not to loose weight, I do have about  40 pounds I would gladly shed. In the end I lost 1 1/2 pounds. Still facing several of the health problems I had when I began eating GAPS. When I tried a low carb diet, eating only healthy protien and organic veggies I gained 10  pounds in a month. So I am open to any insights you have to offer. Today I am finishing up the day of  fruit and will begin my adventure with raw milk in the morning.

    • Congrats on starting the raw milk diet! I think the milk diet is best described as a protocol for healing and rebuilding. Kind of like a juice fast except for a lot more nourishing in terms of providing energy and nutrients to replenish cells, bone and muscle. One thing I would emphasize is keeping milk available to drink often–it is easily digested and you may find yourself hungry more often than usual, especially at first. If you have any questions you can always email me through the contact button at the top of the page. Good luck!

  17. Hi Elizabeth,  I am planning to start the raw milk diet/fast/cure tomorrow and am wondering if it would be advisable to drink as much of the milk in kefir form as possible?  Or part milk and part kefir?  Thanks…  Georgia

    • I don’t think it is necessary to drink mostly kefir, but for some it may provide benefits. I believe it was noted in one of the original raw milk books (I forget which one) that some patients noticed better digestion when milk was allowed to clabber at room temperature, so there may be some benefits to drinking the milk in a cultured state like kefir.

      Most likely it will depend on your individual body and health whether or not this has a noticeable impact. Some do well on cultured foods while others do not, so in either case I would pay attention to your biofeedback when experimenting.

      • Since kefir is such a good natural probiotic, I would think adding a little of it to your milk diet every day would have helped with the constipation issues, no??  Maybe that’s just my experience with kefir….;-)  great stuff for gut health and rebuilding.  Also, just recently, Stanley Fishman, who writes a blog at, had a recipe for a nourishing traditional drink called Aryan made with yogurt and filtered water and salt.  I made a batch, only I quartered his recipe because I can’t drink a whole quart of it, and I LOVE it.  I am quite sure that would be very good for gut health, too.  I used whole fat/whole milk Brown Cow plain yogurt from the store to make mine a couple of days, because I ran out of my homemade stuff and it worked just fine.  Check it out on his blog if you haven’t already seen it.

  18. Very interesting. This past month, I fenced in about 1/3 acre of brushy steep land behind my house, and bought two milk goats. Needless to say, with milking them 2x a day, I have more raw goat’s milk than I know what to do with!

    This milk diet sounds like a good thing. I was afraid of drinking more milk, because of my weight issues. I am a type one diabetic, and battle the bulge desperately. My heart is much stronger, and the palpitations are lessening. My blood pressure is very good, my A1c is just barely over 6, and my weight is slowly dropping, due to a very low-carb diet. The cholesterol profile is looking much better, too.

    I must say, keeping milk goats is a lovely thing. These 2 girls are so sweet, and very gentle. Not hard to manage at all! They do NOT smell bad, and the milk is so sweet and good. And the exercise of caring for them is so good for me.

    • Congrats on your new milking goats! Using your own fresh milk on the milk diet is an excellent idea. The weight issue is obviously something you can keep track of and adjust as needed, but in general the milk diet doesn’t lend to weight gain for those in the normal and overweight range. In fact, most of the testimonials I’ve heard are like mine–they lose weight taking in more calories than normal!

  19. Elizabeth, for the last five years I’ve been living on milk, every day I drink about two gallons of organic skim milk, sometimes a little pure cream, and hardly anything else. For me it has been great, for one thing I maintain very easily at 165 pounds, which puts me right in the middle of normal on the BMI for my height (6 foot two). I started it because I had eye discomfort and didn’t like the eye doctors’ solutions, on this diet my eyes feel okay but when I eat solid food they feel worse, my theory is that milk is easier on the body, including eyes, because it is already broken up.

      • Yeah, it really is. I don’t know if a healthy person who felt okay would be as tuned in, but if you are sick in some way I think this diet, well, for me it’s a permanent “diet,” I think it would help. I believe it would help with any disease, including the biggies like cancer, for the same reasons it helped me. For one thing, it helps with weight loss, plus my impression is that even though you chew and digest solid food, it doesn’t get as broken up as skim milk, and hence clogs and irritates the cells as it travels around the body. I should say that these statements have not been proven. You can read an interview with me about my experience at the website under the title “How the Radical milk diet helps with eye discomfort.” However, this interview only addresses the disease of eye discomfort.

  20. Hi, I read about the milk diet a long time ago and since then playing with the idea to try it. I was really happy to hear about your cravings as I do have a lot of sweet cravings 😉 but have one important question . I live in London and raw milk is not available here…so, can I do this whole milk diet with normal full fat milk from shop?
    Thx for the answer

    • No, I didn’t. I was drinking about 16 glasses of milk, and milk is supposed to be 80% water, so I figured I was getting plenty of liquids. I sipped water occasionally, but otherwise I didn’t really drink any.

      • Be careful though. I started Milk diet and developed severe constipation where not prunes nor water would do the trick for 2 days. I finally did go, but it was very painful. I continued the diet, but added lots of water and lemons. The two books written on the Raw Milk Diet really get into this, so I would drink a bit of water when starting just to be on the safe side.

        • it was mentioned prior on this page, and other people online talk about it in raw milk diet/fast articles, but drinking it at room temp should not give you constipation. If the body is properly hydrated, that is. If you are dehydrated, yea you will probably have some bowel movement issues, as your colon doesn’t have as much water in the issue to move stuff through. If you are dehyrated, drink water and then consume room temp milk.

  21. I learned about the benefits of raw milk while researching for my 8 year old son. He is special needs. He has been getting extra feedings via a g-tube since he was 1. We have been unable to get him to gain weight for the last year on commercial formulas (first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup and confirmed by Nestle to be GMO). At 8 he weighs only 38 pounds compared to his 4 year old brother who weighs 40 pounds. I know his regular medical doctors would not support raw milk in his diet, even though we have already started giving him some. I should mention he does also eat puréed foods by mouth. We are giving him coconut oil and cultured butter added into his food. Do you have any suggested reading to help me decide on the best way to proceed?

    • Never mind! 😀 I found my answer! Now I just need to find out what to do about his anti-seizure meds. :-/ Going back to reading.
      I am also thinking of doing this for myself as I am recovering from blood clots in my lungs. High blood pressure and rapid weight gain have become a huge problem. The hardest part will be convincing my husband to let us both do this.

    • Slowly! :)

      Usually you start adding in some easier-to-digest foods like fruit and bone broth a couple times a day. I recommend replacing one meal at a time with real food. So maybe for a few days drink mostly raw milk, but eat a regular dinner. Then after a few days, start eating a regular lunch, and then in a few more days add in breakfast. This way you aren’t throwing a wrench in your digestive system all at once.

  22. Isn’t it expensive? I don’t think I can afford to do this. I spent $32 on 4 bottles of Claravale Farms Raw Milk.

    • Yes, it can be expensive depending on the price of raw milk in your area. When I did the raw milk diet, I was able to get it for $6/gallon, so it wasn’t really any more expensive than eating regular food for me.

    • Remember that you are not spending money on any other food! It was a little over $300.00 monthly for me, but I am used to spending over $500 on organic food and supplements.

  23. hi Elisabeth,

    quite some of the links in your posts don’t work, especially those about the good reads. Any possibility to get them working again?
    Have you done another raw-milk-cure after this one?
    What made you stop after 23 days?

    Vera (in Belgium)

    • Sorry about the broken links! Some of the posts are older and no longer available. I only stopped after 23 days because some special occasions/family events were coming up that wouldn’t allow me to continue for longer than that. I haven’t done a full-fledged raw milk cure since, but I do occasional “milk days” where I drink mostly milk all day.

  24. Elizabeth,

    Since going to a few milk days now and then, what has your reaction been to it? Any weight gain from having transitioned back to eating with your intermittent milk days? Your blog is very interesting. I have found a source for milk and loaded up yesterday for my elderly parents and myself. My father is 83 and said he loves the taste and we are hoping to see a big difference with his digestion as he has had issues since he was wounded in the war. I have started with just milk this morning and this evening am feeling great and did an hour on the treadmill…so, it’s going well. I am certainly interested in your progress.

    Thank you again for sharing.


    • I’m able to move from drinking milk to eating solids foods without much trouble. The only weight fluctuations I notice from the milk is that you tend to drop a lot of water weight the first couple of days if you don’t take in much salt, and that can “pop” back on when you start to eat normally again.

  25. How has Raw Milk effected your hair,skin and menstrual cycle?I have heard very different and conflicting stories,so if u could please explain if drinking raw milk has had any negative effects on your hair,skin,or menstrual cycle….I would very much appreciate it.Thankyou in advance.

  26. Is it alright to warm the milk, we live in the cold. I’m going to try it in the dead of winter , i know the hay is grown organically and , well, i’m just ready to try it. Do you know of people who’ve done it when there isn’t green grass? and less sunshine? Is it a waste of time?
    I saw another blog and they drank only 1/2 gallon / day after about the 3rd day. saying all the benefits and no hunger even at 2 quarts. What do you think of that? oh , they were doing it to loose weight. and i think for only 2 weeks.

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