I'm really happy with myself for basically being able to stick with my plans for the new year...for the most part, and as a result of that as well as because I've been feeling crummy for months now and have had a couple of nasty sinus infections in the past two months (that have had me on antibiotics 3 times already this year!)...
About a week and a half ago, I dropped dairy completely from my diet.
Not a stunner for some folks, I'm sure, but for me, it was a drastic change.
Partly, I think, it has been hard because my family roots, while firmly IN the vegetarian camp, have been in the Lacto-Ovo camp.
We drank milk. And.ATE.CHEESE. LOTS of cheese.
Of course, we were mostly a one-cheese family - white cheddar (extra sharp, please) from the only state in the union who really knows cheese (sorry Wisconsin, and NY) - VERMONT!
(ok..in a pinch, we ate New York's cheddar)
I have discovered that I'm a lot happier, and feel much better without dairy.
But I do miss my cheese.
OH. Btw. Please don't offer the suggestion of soy? I can't do that. Soy is as bad in my system as dairy apparently was.
Now. I'm not going back to vegetarianism completely at this point. I still like my turkey and my salmon (especially those).
But it's now been almost 2 weeks without dairy and it's safe to say - I'm such a nice person to be around now.
OH. And I discovered on Friday that I can eat Mexican without cheese and it's STILL wonderful! (ok...a little hotter without the balancing properties of the cheese, but I like hot!)