It’s now a week since I gave up cheese for Lent and thus far, it’s going remarkably well. A lot easier than I expected in fact. I find I don’t miss cheese at all. If only I’d known how easy it was to give it up. I seem to recall hearing the Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes once say that giving up just cheese and wine helped him drop several stone in about six months! Now the wine wouldn’t make much difference to me as I hardly drink at all. But cheese… cheese I love!
The thing is to stop snacking on cheese I have had to stop snacking. There simply isn’t anything quite as easy as cheese to snack on between meals. Not on a Paleo/high protein regime anyway. And if you don’t buy it, it’s not in the ‘fridge so you can’t eat it! Simple as. I’ve used much the same rationale with crisps as I adore crisps but obviously they’re a no-no on Paleo.
Here comes the sun!
Isn’t this weather glorious! And isn’t it so much easier to cut back on calories when the sun is shining. You inevitably feel better in the Spring, I think. A season full of promise and hope. I do love this time of year. Possibly because it’s my birthday month and so has always felt special. Or maybe not. I don’t know. Having never had a March that didn’t include my birthday! Thing is sun takes away the need to comfort eat. Or does for me. It’s the cold, dark, wet, dreek, dreary weather that makes you long for the comfort of carbs. Who wants carbs when thoughts of bikinis and beaches are inevitably invoked when the big golden ball in the sky comes out to play?
That said, it’s a long time since I’ve sat or lay on a beach but that’s not the point. Sun makes me think of beaches, the sea, ice-cream… whooops! Better not think about that. Or the lovely long sweetened cocktails thoughts of Summer invoke. And it is only Spring!
Easter will be next. Another time of year to think about chocolate, same as Christmas is synonymous with chocolate. I shall find it hard to resist. Probably impossible. But a weigh-in looms again. If I haven’t got my gained Christmas poundage off by Easter then it’s here to stay. It’s taken up residence and it’s not going. This is why the cheese famine is so important. I can allow myself some chocolate because I don’t go overboard on it. And a little every now and then, what could it hurt?
Cheese isn’t chocolate!
But cheese feels far less sinful – though I’m not keen on the idea that any kind of food is sinful. Cheese feels like proper food in the way that chocolate, crisps, cake, biscuits and sweets don’t. You limit those because you know you have to; well, you do if you’re trying to lose weight. But cheese is far more seductive and alluring. It doesn’t feel like you’re being naughty or like a snack. It feels like a meal.
Anyway, I’ve given it up and I don’t miss it. I’m not even allowing myself to have it on Sundays which is permitted as part of Lent. If I can get cheese out my diet, maybe it’ll be time to try going completely non-dairy. Wheat and dairy free and the weight will slide off me… we’ll see.
Have a good Wednesday. Enjoy the rest of your week. Thanks for listening.