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Addiction to cheese?

I'm reading about the Skinny Bitch diet and there was this paragraph which struck me:

"As for dairy products, by age four, humans (like all other mammals) lose a large amount of the lactase enzyme that helps us digest milk, because that's when we're supposed to have switched over completely from breast milk to solid foods. That's why dairy consumption as adults leads to digestive problems, which lead to weight problems. So why does it feel downright unnatural to go a day without eating cheese? "You are physiologically addicted to cheese because it contains casein, which breaks down into opiates in your body," Freedman explains."

Interesting, no wonder I get so upset/emotional when someone suggests that I cut back on the cheese and milk!

Tue. Sep 18, 11:21am

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Oh my god, I'm an opium addict!!
And I thought I just liked cheese because I find 2oz of melted cheese as satisfying as 8oz of meat - and my junkie brain justifies this as a savings of 300 calories.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 11:30 AM

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This is the first I have heard of this, is there a source for this other than the skinny bitch person?

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 11:34 AM

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I've heard this theory before.

Humans do evolve, we have been eating cheese for centuries, some ethnicities more than others.

I go to an acupunturist and she has given dairy up completely.

Personally, I think certain cheeses are such a divine treat, and they make me so happy, that I will not give it up!

Small amounts, just small amounts.....

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 12:28 PM

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I was always a cheese junkie, and was convinced that I could never give up my daily cheese habit no matter what. But when I started counting calories I couldn't justify eating so much cheese, it wasn't filling me up for the amount of calories that were in it! And now I eat cheese maybe a couple of times a week, usually in a big salad, and I don't really miss it. Sometimes I do, but it's all psychological.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 1:52 PM

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I too recently read Skinny Bitch and felt betrayed by the food industry. I did additional research of my own and came to my own conclusion that you really can't trust anyone when it comes to what goes in your body.

In my research (done through med journals, articles, etc) I found that many of the foods we eat that are indeed deemed "healthy, organic, etc" are not and that most food consumed in the U.S. (processed including meat and dairy) have additives in them that make them addicting.

While the book Skinny Bitch is EXTREMELY opinionated, the opinions do come my research and opinion.

The other thing to consider is the excessiveness of people in the U.S. we supersize everything and think bigger is better. Quality people, not quantity.

I've been fasting for 3 days now (a fruit fast) and I gotta tell ya! I feel great! I feel like I can think clearer, I have more energy, and I haven't been craving junk. I am on my way to being a skinny bitch! LOL!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 2:32 PM

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you're halfway there!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 2:33 PM

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My brother was just telling me the same thing the other day. Not just cheese but I guess there are a bunch of foods that the govt puts something in it to make you want more. The high fat foods. He's vegan now so I think he tries to gross me out.
I agree with the calorie counting thing though. When I started to count my cal. I decided to be really careful with the cheese. Where I used to put 16 oz in a lasagna now I use maybe 4. I use it as a condiment. Same as the meat. It is amazing how far you can make a chicken breast stretch. I got 20 meals out of the last one I used. No joke. I use veggies as the filler.
But guys when it comes to the cheese, how can something so yummy be so bad for you??????

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 3:48 PM

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how does a fruit fast work? I would get really hungry without any protein.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007, 9:36 PM

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The way a fruit fast works is simple. You eat nothing but fruit and as much of it as you want. Additionally, you must drink a lot of water to flush out the toxins. Since fruit has a lot of water, it hydrates you, and since there is a lot of fiber, you don't get plugged up!

This is day 4 for me and I'm noshing on cantaloupe and feel pretty darn good!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 1:24 PM

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that's a lot of sugar, albeit naturally obtained, to have in your diet. why no vegetables? what are the benefits of only eating fruits?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007, 2:56 PM

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