“Straightway after the rime dripped, there sprang from it the cow called Auðumla; four streams of milk ran from her udders, and she nourished Ymir.”
The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson
The giant Ymir, the first creature to come into being according to Norse creation mythology, was nourished by milk from the primeval cow called Auðumbla.
A dozen years ago I stopped receiving nourishment from milk, cheese, cream, and yogurt. When I tried them, I was rewarded with a belly ache, hot flashes, and constipation.
I had heard that people who experienced difficulty with dairy in the United States didn’t have issues in Europe.
When I went to Norway recently, I decided to give dairy another try.
No issues. No belly ache, no hot flashes, no constipation.
So I gorged on dairy for weeks—cheese, yogurt, cream, skyr… but I easily resisted the codfish-flavored ice cream.
I asked around. How come I can digest dairy in northern Europe but can’t in the United States?
Some people said the livestock graze on the mountainsides, eating the herbs and flowers while basking in sunlight.
I did see goats traipsing on mountains and sheep dashing across roads.
My son is sure it’s all in my head. Maybe so. But if I were a cow given the choice of being locked up all my life in a tiny space indoors, or being allowed to roam the countryside, I’d be far happier roaming. Which would make my body chemistry healthier, and my milk sweeter and more nourishing.
Thriver Soup Ingredient:
If you have trouble digesting dairy in the United States, perhaps seek out dairy imported from Europe. There also might be something to the idea that dairy with the A2 protein works for some people who have a history of difficulty digesting dairy.
Brodeur, Arthur Gilchrist (tr.) (1916). The Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson. New York: The American-Scandinavian Foundation.