Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Diet: Abstinence Eating Plan

Goat's milk cheese
Image via Wikipedia

In 2010 I plan to try something new.

Every year I say I going to exercise more. I don’t. I say I’m going to do this and I’m going to do that. I don’t.

This year I’m taking a new approach.  Every month I’m going to give up something. I’m going to forfeit or omit. I’m not going to give up salad or exercise. I’m going to give up or abstain from a food that I like.

It’s makes more sense to me to do without than to try to do more. Giving up is so uncomplicated.

In January, I have decided to not eat cheese.  I love cheese!  It’s one of my top three favorite foods along with chocolate and champagne being the other two.

I eat way too much cheese.

So for January, I will give up cheese. No more string cheese sticks, goat cheese, grated parmesan cheese, feta cheese, cheddar cheese, fontina, Swiss cheese, and heavenly Stilton studded with apricots or dates. No grilled cheese, no cheese puffs or cheddar cheese popcorn, no quesadillas, no cheesecake or cheese Danish…two foods I so rarely eat. No cheese blintzes or no pizza with cheese. I wonder if pizza comes without cheese?

No cream cheese, however, I can eat cottage cheese since I don’t think of it as cheese.

Anyway, that’s it…no cheese…in January.

I’ll give you occasional updates about cravings and substitutions and on a scale of 1 to 10 just how hard it was to go cheese-less.  And no, I probably won’t substitute with soy cheese; that stuff is nasty.

Feel free to join in and if you do, please comment.

I’m calling this experiment the Abstinence Eating Plan (sm) – Go AEP!

  1. I have a different twist on your idea – I’m going to give up certain unhealthy ingredients. This requires reading food labels.

    Last year, I gave up Trans fats. This year, I’m giving up High Fructose Corn Syrup.

  2. If you do most of your shopping at Trader Joe’s like I do, that shouldn’t be a problem. Their products have no trans fats and unlike some salad dressings, TJ’s salad dressing does not have HFC syrup.

  3. There was a book I heard about a while back where the author did this sort of thing (though I don’t think it was strictly food-abstinence) and it sounded like an interesting experiment.

    Good luck on cutting out cheese, just make sure you sub something for the calcium you’ll be foregoing in the process!

  4. Do you eat much other dairy? Maybe going dairy-free for a month is a possibility?

    There is a good soy cream cheese substitute called Tofutti – it’s at Trader Joe’s too.

  5. KK
    I rarely eat cream cheese because I rarely eat bagels. They are like pancakes to me – a big No No. I don’t miss bagels either.
    I eat a lot of Greek yogurt – lowfat or no fat and cottage cheese. I like cottage cheese.
    Milk is either nonfat or 1 percent or soy milk.
    I’m not sure about giving up dairy as it doesn’t negatively impact me but maybe if I go vegan for a month later in the year.

Leave a Reply