Sunday, March 10, 2013
I THINK (knocking on wood here) that I've conquered my addiction to cheese. It's no longer a binge trigger. I can eat cheese in moderation. I can go days without eating cheese at all. Cutting a big whack of cheese was very often the first thing I did coming into the house . . . and then another big whack . . . and maybe a third: but not now. When I do have cheese, it's generally a moderate amount of low fat feta in an omelette. And tracked.
Read an excerpt from the Michael Moss book today (on manufactured addictive salt/sugar/fat foods) that says average per capita consumption of cheese has risen from 11 pounds in the 1970s to 33 pounds now. The 33 pounds representing 1 month's total calorie requirements for the average adult. The 33 pounds representing 6 months' total fat requirements for the average adult. The "cheese" no longer being "cheese", actually: but cheese-like stuff (Cheez Whiz is now cheese free) added to so many manufactured foods in so many categories: potato chips and crackers and cheese-stuffed pizza crust and cheese-topped frozen casseroles and cheesy appetizers and cheese-cake type desserts and cookies and . . . .
Used to love cheese. Used not to be able to resist cheese. But warily and cautiously I'm becoming pretty sure: while maintaining, I've managed to break the cheese addiction. Yeah!
PS Not to malign Cheez Whiz (which is associated with way too many happy childhood memories for me) CRYSTALJEM points out that the Canadian Cheez Whiz label definitely does include "real cheese" . . . below is a link to a list of ingredients, maybe for the American formulation which if accurate does indicate "no cheese" as Moss says. Do you suppose that the Canadian dairy industry has a stronger lobby?