This is not a resolution

So. For the next seven days I’m going dairy-free. I am a “mostly vegetarian” with NO plans to become a vegan. However, I’m curious what, if any benefits I might get from cutting back dairy. I don’t over-consume (my cholesterol level is in the desirable range) but I am careful. My rule of cheese-thumb is no more than one ounce a day, a suggestion I once read. Left to my own devices with no repercussions I’d definitely eat more cheese as I suggested in this short and surprisingly (to me anyway) popular post. And milk, yogurt, etcetera? Oh I like them very much too.

I do hear/read a lot of good things about the vegan diet and while I am not onboard I don’t think a seven-day experiment is too onerous. I have miserable allergies plus tend toward winter lethargy (definitely affected by seasonal lack of daylight) and I’m simply curious if a dairy fast will help either. IF I saw some difference I might be motivated to eat less dairy but we’ll see. I have read that you’re supposed to give a vegan diet a three week trial (certainly vegan advocate Dr Neal Barnard says so, sigh; he just wrote a WHOLE anti-cheese book, which I did not read). Three weeks without cheese?? Noooo. Oh, and “cheese substitutes?” Pricey of course, not buying any, not now anyway.

I think the biggest issue, for a middle-aged lady who wants to maintain her bones, is the calcium  Dairy products pack lots of calcium. I DO take calcium supplements and eat other foods which have calcium, but those “other foods” are meager in their calcium comparatively speaking. Sure, broccoli has calcium but c’mon! It ain’t no dairy product in the calcium cage matches!

In preparation for a dairy-free week, last night I fixed my favorite food of all, popcorn, and added chili powder and a Mexican blend shredded cheese. Oh my. (I like to make “theme” popcorn sometimes to shake things up.)

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This is before I stirred it. I wanted you to see the lovely toppings.

 

My plan is to report back how The Week of No Dairy went in a later post.

 

NOTE: Please forgive any delay in responding to comments due to internet issues (that or I keeled over because my system went into some kind of cheese withdrawal shock).

27 thoughts on “This is not a resolution

  1. Tara

    I hope the cheese withdrawal thing doesn’t happen. I believe that is a thing, and I hope it never happens to me. I’m part-mouse, I think, considering how much I loves me some cheese.

    Good luck!

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Isn’t cheese grand?! I hope to not have weird withdrawal symptoms; I figure for me it’s mostly psychological since I monitor how much I eat. But let me tell you I’m on Day 3 no cheese and I definitely miss it! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Pistachios

    “Cheese withdrawal shock” could be a legitimate thing. As much as I love cheese, I think the hardest part of being vegan, for me, would be giving up eggs and egg products. Cheese is a close second, of course.
    Good luck with the dairy-free trial! Can’t say I’m tempted to join you, even if you get some health miracle from it…

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      My relationship to food has a large psychological component and I think thats what I’m looking at here too. The thought of no dairy – or even 3 weeks without cheese – makes me unreasonably upset. I took eggs off the “menu” this week too and right about now (day 3) I’m picturing a nice egg and cheese sandwich, maybe toasted/grilled. I’m sure I’m going to learn something about myself this week. It remains to be seen if I LIKE whatever that is!

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  3. Kate Crimmins

    I couldn’t go true vegan but I tend to be more vegetarian. Don’t need much meat at all. I wish you luck. The thought of a week without dairy gives me goosebumps. I need it for calcium although I know that I can be lactose sensitive. Not for cheese or yogurt but if I’m having ice cream or (God forbid) cheesecake I take the pills first. Will be interested in hearing how it goes. I have some friends who have gone gluten free. They swear they feel better but my doc says that only happens if you have Celiac disease or are gluten sensitive. I am neither so he said I wouldn’t have any benefit unless it cut my calories.

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    1. writerinsoul Post author

      Kate, I hear constantly about gluten too but I don’t have any of the symptoms of sensitivity which I think are mostly gut related. My troubles are sinus/allergies and I don’t think they’re food related (I went through allergy tests long ago and it was mainly the usual dust mites, mold, pollen stuff). I feel as you do; not anxious to go vegan but then again there was a time I wouldn’t have imagined being mostly vegetarian either. And there’s this: being vegan requires a lot of planning and trouble. I started thinking about ice cream – and butter – and cream cheese! – right after I posted this.

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  4. edgar62

    Yes, I like popcorn but not spicy and grated cheese would be good. PS – I also like strawberries and cream – also Ice Cream but not every day though…

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      1. edgar62

        I understand and I do not eat a lot of strawberries and cream, but what can one do when the evil supermarket has them on special – two punnets for $4? :o) I think I have to have serious talks with wife ..

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  5. Anxious Mom

    Have you ever had nutritional yeast? It’s supposed to be a good cheese substitute and be very healthy. I know a lot of people who love topping their popcorn with it. We bought some (I haven’t tried it because I don’t like cheese much myself) and my husband thought it tasted amazing.

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