Tag Archives: illness

the case against dairy

19 Jul

I love cheese. From cheddar to Gruyère, Gorgonzola to Havarti, and everything in between. My favorite salad dressing is Bleu Cheese. My favorite sandwich is grilled cheese. I love cheesy fries and nachos. I really, really, love cheese.

dairy cows being fed en masse

image provided via public domain from the EPA

Having said that, there has been a nagging suspicion in my subconscious for some time now that perhaps I shouldn’t be eating so much cheese. In fact, maybe I shouldn’t be eating dairy at all. No cream, no butter, no yogurt, sour cream, ice cream, or… cheese. This proposition is a sad one for me, like leaving a lover after many years of fond memories. Most dairy products have suitable alternatives; soy/rice/almond milk instead of cow’s milk, soy cream (actually pretty darn tasty) instead of ice cream, olive oil instead of butter. But I have yet to find a cheese substitute that doesn’t leave me pining for a grilled cheese sandwich. Continue reading

the path to where we are standing

19 Jul

logo for this american dietWelcome to This American Diet!

My name is Ramey, and I am embarking on a wellness odyssey. Having acquired various “incurable” illnesses and allergies during my life, and having already spent WAY more time in doctors’ offices and hospitals than I care to, it is time for me to begin a more comprehensive personal wellness journey; one in which I examine my eating habits first and foremost. My goal is not to lose weight, as I have always been fairly trim. I believe, however, that a healthy weight is a direct byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. My aim, therefore, is to improve my overall health and nutrition as a preventative healthcare measure. So I am starting this blog to share with others what I discover about health, nutrition, and food in this country. Continue reading

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