I have been a cheese lover all of my life. I always sort of considered it to be its own little food group, and not a day went by without me downing a hefty chunk of the wonderful stuff.
But lately - and I really can't believe I'm saying this - I'm just not that in to cheese.
It started a few months back when I decided for many reasons to start eating some meat again after 20 years of being a vegetarian.
The meat thing has had a few bumps here and there... I've sort of felt like I was learning to cook all over again. But it's also had a very unexpected side effect. I'm no longer craving cheese.
It used to be that I felt the need to smother just about everything I ate in a hefty layer of some variety of cheese. It was partially for the flavor, and partially because my body just seemed to crave it. But after I started eating a bit of meat again (and really, it's only been about 3 servings of chicken per week) I suddenly just don't have the desire for cheese.
I even let a big package of pepper jack go bad in the fridge because I simply forgot it was there!
Who is this?!? And what have you done with Cat?!?
Most recently I've been suffering from tummy problems. I've always had a bit of lactose intolerance, but that never stopped me from eating cheese before. But lately, I've been literally doubled over in pain on a regular basis, and after a night of cheesy lasagna followed by movies and buttered popcorn last week, I felt seriously ill.
So, I'm trying a little experiment... no more cheese!
OK... I haven't gone completely cold turkey... I did sprinkle a tiny bit of Parmesan on my soup the other day, but other than that it's been about 10 days without cheese, and to tell the truth I feel fabulous!
So I'm wondering... has anybody else out there ever experienced anything like this? I mean, I'm really eating very little meat, although I have been using the bones to make soup stock, which is just beyond wonderful.
I'm trying to figure out if this is a physical thing or if I'm just having some sort of psychosomatic reaction to eating meat again. And why I would suddenly become so much more sensitive to cheese is beyond me.
Anyhoo... tell me... do you eat cheese? How about meat? Have you ever noticed a connection between your consumption of one and cravings for the other? Just wondering...