Something totally unexpected happened as I reached for a slice...my body jerked away from it like I was about to get bit. I'm serious. My body acted on its own volition! That's not something that happens everyday, so it made me stop for a moment...
I didn't take the slice. I wasn't sure what was going on but I knew that I should at least try to figure it out.
I conducted an experiment. What would happen if I took dairy out of my diet?
Yeah...you guessed it. No dairy and within a week, no allergy. It was a pretty swift turnaround and that made a significant impression. What I ate made a huge impact on my physical health and well being.
Yikes! I was going to go Vegan? That wasn't something I was excited to attempt but the relief from my allergy symptoms left me little choice.
The problem was that I had the same prejudice that most people did about eating Vegan:
Vegans don't get to eat anything that tastes good!
That didn't matter. I was determined to live sneeze-free. I bought a Vegan cookbook, started cooking and discovered some delightfully surprising things about Veganism.
Eating as a vegan was delicious! My tastebuds came alive. Food began to create happy dances in my mouth. An added bonus was that many of my vegan friends were great cooks who loved to eat as much as I did. Many meals and much yummyness was had!
According to the USDA:
Average annual consumption of cheese (excluding full-skim American and cottage, pot, and baker’s cheeses) increased 287 percent between the 1950s and 2000, from 7.7 pounds per person to 29.8 pounds.