I know you love cheese, right? You can’t live with out it? I hear ya. I thought the same thing not too long ago. I ate cheese daily, multiples times. It was included in every dinner and, since my lunches are usually leftovers, it was in my lunch as well. More often than not, I also had cheese as a snack. Weekends usually included cheese in my breakfast.
I loved so many types of cheese – cheddar, brie, goat cheese, feta, mozzarella, applewood smoked cheddar, swiss, gruyere, cream cheese, bocconcini…the list goes on.
And if anyone told me that dairy wasn’t good for me, and tried to tell me all the ways why it wasn’t good for me, I didn’t want to hear it. I didn’t want to know. I wanted to eat my cheese and didn’t care about the rest.
They say ignorance is bliss, right?
Ignorance can actually be very harmful, to your health and, in this case, to the animals you are stealing from.
I don’t use the word “hate” very often, but I truly hate my previous attitude. It make me cringe to think that I was defiantly avoiding knowledge that I knew was important. There are lots of things in this world that I don’t know about, and can’t change, and many things I don’t even know I don’t know. But to purposefully avoid learning something simply so I can indulge in frankly hedonistic behaviour is disgusting to me. My previous mindset makes my skin crawl.
So here is what I am asking from you today. I am NOT asking you to give up dairy. I am NOT telling you that you cannot ever have cheese again in your.
I am merely asking you to take some time to learn about what dairy in your diet really means. I ask that you STOP being purposefully ignorant about what your CHOICE to eat dairy means – both for your health, for the animals welfare, and for the environment.
If you educate yourself and you continue your habits, that is your decision. That is something you have to live with.
But please don’t scan your eyes down and decide NOT to watch a video because you don’t want to know, and then go out and have a cheeseburger. Speaking to my own past self, that is the worst kind of ignorance, and I know you’re better than that! And please do not try to use Calcium as some sort of excuse, either – I covered that one yesterday in C is for Calcium.
I’m going to make it easy for you. I am currently collecting articles and videos that tell the real deal and I am going share them right at the bottom of this post. For today, you can start with this one video. Just take 5 minutes more out of your day to watch ONE video. And then you can eat or not eat your dairy with the full knowledge of the impact that slice of cheese or glass of milk has had.