Food Yum: My Open Letter to Cheese

Dear Cheese,

Yo! What’s up, homie? Can I be honest? I wanted to write this letter to you to express how I’m feelin’ about you. Simply put….I miss you. I miss having you in my life. I’m not sure when and why we stopped being friends but I’m really starting to take it personally. Why must you abuse me the way you do? Why do our meetings always end with me being doubled over in pain? It’s just not fair. Especially when you seem to be so prevalent in a lot of my favorite dishes. And especially since you come in so many variations. It’s just not right. Granted I still love a good piece of cheese pizza. But it comes with a price. And it ain’t pretty.

So I’m asking you…can we call a truce? Please? Think it over. In the meantime, I’ll be staring aimlessly at your siblings at the Whole Foods in Phillips Crossing.

Love you always,

  • Poor child…

    • Brittany


  • michelle

    Have you tried cheese substitutes? Like soy cheeses or my fav, almond cheese? I try not to eat soy so I like the almond cheese better, altho it does contain the milk protein casein, which I try to avoid…but the pepper jack almond cheese is sooo good! Tastes real, better than the soy varieties I’ve had & even melts like real cheese!!!

    I’ve actually read pretty interesting statistics on how a large percentage of adults are lactose intolerant b/c as we mature we no longer need dairy like when we were growing children…and it is an even larger percentage of people of color, namely Black & Latino that are affected adversely by dairy! So I have almost completely eliminated it from my diet…i feel MUCH better w/o it! But I do still crave it occasionally too…I feel your pain!

    • Brittany

      I’ve never seen almond cheese. Soy cheese tastes just awful to me. Goat cheese is my new BFF. It doesn’t bother me at all and tastes delish! A lot of people are lactose intolerant. Us humans never really needed cow’s milk anyway…

  • Lelee

    I definitely feel your pain!! I didn’t become lactose intolerant until my 20’s. For the last four years I’ve been battling with urges to gorge on cheese and milk ( I love cereal in the mornings like a 5 year old kid, hehe) and the realization that once the pleasure of eating it is over, the pain of digesting it will be EXCRUCIATING.

    But recently I discovered the lactase enzyme pill, and le-me-tell-ya, GOD. SEND. My tummy thanks me every time! All you have to do is take a pill before eating dairy. It is also sold at most drugstores so their easy to come by. I know taking pills can be a nuisance but all I have to do is remind myself of what the end result would be if I didn’t take it and then suddenly it doesn’t seem that bad.

    Hope that helps :)

    • Brittany

      Lactaid is my BFF!!

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