A farewell to cheese

Due to my body’s decision that it no longer can handle cheese, there are some lifestyle changes that have to be made.

And by lifestyle changes, I mean, I’m gonna be the one at the parties standing over there by the veggie tray because I can’t really have anything else.

Not that it’s not a good thing to be giving up that stuff – it’s forcing me to be healthier, which, let’s face it, I’ve needed to do for a while. However, there are the occasional delicious treats I will miss due to the part-self-imposed, part-gallbladder-imposed indefinite hiatus from all things queso.

Oh, and here’s another fun fact, it’s not just cheese, it’s cheese and any kind of creamy sauce – see alfredo, the tastier and more deadly alternative to marinara.

We’re a few days in to the diet I plan to carry out in the new year (and forever, really, if I can make it stick) and so far, so good. However, in my mind I’m slowly gathering the list of things I once could enjoy but now cannot, unless I want to go to the hospital again. No thank you. One ER trip in a lifetime is plenty for me. And the meat thing, well, if I eat meat again it won’t send me to the hospital, but then how will I be able to brag about no longer being a carnivore?

Wanna know the list? Perhaps you can enjoy some of these things in my place. Just don’t remind me how delicious they are.

Things my body rejects but once loved:
• Buffalo Chicken Dip
• Poppyseed Chicken (a.k.a. The Only Thing I Can Cook Pretty Well)
• Fettucini Alfredo
• Spinach Dip
• Macaroni and Cheese
• Tequila Wait a second, how’d that get on there?

The completely self-imposed meat restriction has further-reaching consequences, such as no more Chick-fil-a (let’s not talk about it) or BLTs and you can just forget about that Turkey Tom from Jimmy John’s.

Looking over all these things I’ve listed, none really hurt — except maybe Chick-fil-a, that’s a hard one to deal with — so I think I’ll be able to live without having them just fine.

And when I start to dread bathing suit shopping less than a dentist appointment, I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth it.

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