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Man I love cheese, but I see now just how bad it is. I was adding up the calories for my lunch and everything looked right on track and then I added the cup of shredded cheese I put on my salad and "POOF!" I got a shock when I realized just how many calories there are in half a cup!!!! I do love my cheese though. It's not going to be a fun time, but I seriously need to cut down on my cheese intake. Any one else having "The Cheese War"?

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prncessdeb:

Once I gave up eating whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and how ever much I wanted, I cut back on overeating things like cheese, nuts, fatty meats, candy, deep fat fried foods like chicken and onion rings and shrimp, and drinking Imperial stouts several times a week.

I was amazed to discover that I very much missed eating "tons" of cheese whenever I felt like it such as on a Pizza Hut pizza or thick slices on crackers.

I now use Kraft non-fat shredded mozzarella and shredded cheddar (at 45 calories per 1/4th cup).  Yes, I have been told by many CC posters that it's not real cheese, that it doesn't bake up right, that is tastes bad, yada yada and blah blah.

If people don't like the texture and taste of it, they shouldn't eat it.  Then seems rather obvious to me.  I, however, love using it in wraps, in salads, on pizzas, etc.  The one thing I don't like about it?  It costs more.

i find that cheese is a lot like chocolate: if you use good quality, a small amount goes a long way.

Original Post by pgeorgian:

i find that cheese is a lot like chocolate: if you use good quality, a small amount goes a long way.

I agree with this wholeheartedly! I love me some good cheese too, and when I do get them, I make sure they're the best so I really indulge myself, and it really is a treat for me, cheese or chocolate. :D

Original Post by pgeorgian:

i find that cheese is a lot like chocolate: if you use good quality, a small amount goes a long way.

I also really agree with this.   I keep a really tasty gruyere or gorgonzola in my fridge at all times.  I also don't mind paying up for expensive ones because it takes me a while to eat through it.  I LOVE cheese - I would never give it up entirely.  

I gave up cheese because I too didn't think it was worth the calories. It turned out to be the best thing I've done. After a few months of not eating cheese, I had the smallest slice of homemade pizza, and bam. I was so sick that night and the next morning, that I had to go home from work. I've since experimented to see if it's just certain cheeses. I just can't believe that I never realized that I have a cheese intolerance. I guess my body had built up a tolerance to it when I was eating it regularly, and once I cut it out, my body didn't have the tolerance for it anymore. Cheese was probably my favorite food, but I can honestly say I don't miss it anymore. I wonder what else I have an intolerance for?.... 

I don't really understand why people are so afraid of some cheese. I eat a big chunk of cheese, usually either fresh mozzarella or jarlsberg, pretty much every day or whenever I am craving it....don't count my calories anymore but I am still skinny! It might be high calorie but just a simple piece of cheese is really filling to me because of the protein. I don't drink milk or eat yogurt so it's good for calcium too :). And I bet a lot of people's diets consist of something much less healthy than cheese...so...eat it haha

Original Post by pgeorgian:

i find that cheese is a lot like chocolate: if you use good quality, a small amount goes a long way.

definetely agree.

Also, when cheese is shredded and/or melted, it just looks like more. So go easy on the shredded cheese when topping your pizza, but watch it spread as it melts in the oven..

Try using either crumbled goat or feta cheese for your salad. They are only about 80 cal per. serving and I never ever use up to a serving in one meal! Cheese is love in my mouth. 

A bit of brie with my breakfast, some soft mozarella with my salad for lunch - and for dinner tonight: Port Salut, just arrived from France - can't wait!

I switched to fat free feta on my salads at home.  Since I hadn't used a lot of feta before, I didn't have anything to compare it to, taste-wise.  And the feta is fluffy, so a little goes a long way.

I've just started logging my food - but yes! cheese was my first real shocker!

 

Fat, Sat fat, cholesterol, sodium, calories! In most factors, my 4 oz cheese snack was worse for me than my McDonalds burger!

Next grocery trip I am certainly doing some label reading!

I've switched to Laughing Cow (35cals) and 2% American singles (45-50cals) for casual foods like burgers and stuff. When a recipe needs something with higher quality, I use 75% fat free cheddar, and Treasure Cave brands of reduced fat blue, feta, and parmesan (all 70-100cals per oz).

Loves me some cheese. I just make room for it in my day.

Original Post by fai1:

I've switched to Laughing Cow (35cals) and 2% American singles (45-50cals) for casual foods like burgers and stuff. When a recipe needs something with higher quality, I use 75% fat free cheddar, and Treasure Cave brands of reduced fat blue, feta, and parmesan (all 70-100cals per oz).

Loves me some cheese. I just make room for it in my day.

 I agree with you.  Cheese toast made with 45 Calorie Whole Wheat Bread and 1 slice of cheese in the 70-100 calorie range and you have a satisfying breakfast.  Smear a tiny bit of pasta sauce on the bread, sprinkle with garlic powder and top with your cheese and for very few more calories you've got a pizza substitute without breaking the calorie bank!

Original Post by ljwc:

 I agree with you.  Cheese toast made with 45 Calorie Whole Wheat Bread and 1 slice of cheese in the 70-100 calorie range and you have a satisfying breakfast.  Smear a tiny bit of pasta sauce on the bread, sprinkle with garlic powder and top with your cheese and for very few more calories you've got a pizza substitute without breaking the calorie bank!

Ooooh yeah!!  Pizza bread! LOVE pizza bread! I can live off of that stuff! *NOMNOMNOM*

Original Post by shane_paladin:

prncessdeb:

It costs more.

Nothing like a captive audience to make money on while giving you less product.....got to love the diet industry.

Original Post by neanderthin:

Original Post by shane_paladin:

prncessdeb:

It costs more.

Nothing like a captive audience to make money on while giving you less product.....got to love the diet industry.

I'm not quite sure what this means.  I am assuming the higher cost comes from the added process of removing the fat. 

However, I readily agree that, overall, the diet industry likes to come up with gimmicks and methods of making money based on the desire of many people to lose weight.  I just continue to believe that non-fat cheese is both healthy and helps keep calorie consumption under control.  If I am wrong, so be it.  Unless someone has actual scientific research data on why one should not eat non-fat cheese, I shall continue to do so.

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Switching back to regular cheese topics.  One of the most fun things I do when I am on vacation, such as to the Northeast or to California is to visit shops and specialty stores that sell cheeses, smoked meats, wines, etc.  I love it when there are many kinds of cheeses cubed in little containers, where the perspective customers use tooth picks to sample several varieties.  Oh, my!  What a hoot!  I have bought many a cheese that I had no idea existed or how they tasted until I sampled them.

I think the higher cost also might come from the fact that there is less of a market for the non fat version.  The more of an item you can sell, the lower the markup can be.

Once I stopped eating cheese and dairy I noticed that my throat and sinuses cleared up and I did not have digestive troubles. Cheese is kind of toxic because it contains concentrated levels of hormones found in cows milk. Cows milk is intended for the accelerated cell growth of a baby animal that is going to grow to be 500 lbs in the first year.

There is something called "nutritional yeast" that can be found in health food and natural food sections that is high in protein, fat free, and has a cheesy flavor. I mix it with roasted red pepper hummus to make a yummy cheese spread. I also sprinkle it on foods like a Parmesan topping. I also found a recipe to make cheese sauce which is low calorie.
http://caloriecount.about.com/uncheez-sauce-r ecipe-r164595

The proteins in dairy products have been linked to certain cancers. A recent study by the Harvard School of public health concluded.

"Clearly, although more research is needed, we cannot be confident that high milk or calcium intake is safe."

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/w hat-should-you-eat/calcium-and-milk/

There is a rice cheese product that is relatively low cal that I use on sandwiches. I have found it in local grocers
http://www.galaxyfoods.com/galaxy-products/ri ce-cheese/rice-vegan/rice-vegan-slices/

Another cheese that's pretty good on pizza is made out of pea protein
http://www.daiyafoods.com/products/index.asp

But the nutritional yeast is pretty yummy so I rarely buy these products.

I have cut out dairy at the advise of my doctor.  I use rice Parmesan cheese and soy cheese substitutes.  When I see how it affected my body in that it contributes to inflamation, I no longer miss it.  If you can endure withdrawal, then it gets easier.

I adore cheese. I can't think of anything that isn't better with cheese but since I've been counting calories I've cut back to a single ounce a few times a week. I'm part Greek so I use a lot of feta, but I also munch the laughing cow babybel light cheese if I want a some cheese with an apple and if I just want a yummy creamy piece of cheese I go for an ounce of smoked gouda.

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I'm sorry to any vegetarians out there but even if you want to fool yourself into think that nutritional yeast has a cheese like taste, it so does not. I was raised on nutritional yeast, love the stuff. Still use it once or twice a week but not once in 34 yrs have I ever had some and gone 'yum, cheesy.'

 

 

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