Taste is definitely on the top of my list as being one of the most enjoyable things in the world! I enjoy the taste of specific foods with a passion. When my taste buds aren’t delighted after a meal, I have a tendency to keep munching until they are.
Cheese is one food that will have my taste buds dancing with delight! There aren’t too many foods that I won’t load down with cheese. With the exception of pimento cheese all other kinds are on my list; Swiss and American yellow being my favorites.
Cheese became my number one enemy when it came time to cook meals. I would put it on oatmeal, rice, greens, stir fries; you name it and I would put cheese on it. I wasn’t allowing myself to enjoy the natural taste of foods. I was thinking that it was the food that tasted so good; however, it was really the cheese that had me going. I was unaware that eating an abundance of cheese every day was increasing my cholesterol levels; until a regular visit to the doctors revealed that my cholesterol was high. I was informed that high cholesterol levels can cause heart attacks and strokes and that it would be in my best interest to lower my cholesterol.
I basically eat healthy foods; however, I learned that day that an over abundance of anything can create health problems. My health has always been very important to me so upon hearing the news of having high cholesterol, I decided to act and make better choices.
I had eaten an abundance of cheese for years. Enjoying the taste had become an addiction and I now needed to wean myself off of it. I had disciplined myself to have it every day and even though I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, I needed to discipline myself not to have it; at least not for a while. At some point in time, perhaps I could incorporate it back into my diet in moderation.
So, I needed to come up with a strategy for lowering my cholesterol. I decided that when I went to the market, that I would purchase a lesser quantity of cheese than I was accustom to buying. However, that plan failed because as soon as I saw the cheese in the refrigerator discipline went out the window; that alerted me to the fact that I just couldn’t have it around.
Next strategy; I decided that I would buy grated parmesan cheese. I convinced myself that I would only use a little. Well that didn’t work either; even though grated parmesan cheese only has 5mg of cholesterol in it. The grated cheese strategy probably would have worked except for the fact that my taste buds, said “I like that; give me more.” So to avoid overdoing it, I simply decided not to purchase any cheese products.
If you recall, I mentioned earlier that I enjoy food, however not without taste. At this point I really had no concept of what the natural taste of food tasted like, but I was about to find out. Once I started cooking without cheese I came to appreciate the natural taste of food. It really wasn’t bad at all. I would put a little salt and pepper on it and I used a natural season that could provide taste without the cholesterol.
I also learned through research that oatmeal will decrease cholesterol levels if eaten for 30 days. Oatmeal was already a favorite food of mine I just had never eaten it for 30 days straight. So I tried it. I put a little honey and some nuts in the oatmeal and stayed the course. To my surprise, after eliminating cheese from my diet; eating oatmeal often and adding more fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts to my diet, when I went back to see the doctor I received a very good report; my cholesterol levels had lowered!