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Monday, April 25, 2011

Giving In, Nomming

So here's the deal, kids. I'm hungry. I have a pounding headache. For twenty-five days, I have proven that I am capable of forsaking my one true love in this world, when all it's ever done is comfort and support me. Through experimentation, I can conclude that I do not have any milk allergies. Through this project, I have exhibited astounding self-control. By the power vested in twitter, I am about to eat some godforsaken pizza.

That's right-- the Dairy-Free Tribulations of April are coming to a close five days early. I put it to a vote on my twitter account, and within the first two minutes, I received over seventy responses-- about sixty-five of them encouraging me to throw in the towel and throw down the mozzarella. I know it sounds wimpy to some of you, but here are my excuses:
  1. The goal of this challenge was to see how dairy affects me. I discovered early on that, since I don't feel MIRACULOUSLY DIFFERENT or anything, my body probably doesn't have any problems with milk products. I doubt the next five days will reveal to me a nagging allergy that went unnoticed the rest of my life.
  2. I've successfully weened myself off my cheese addiction. I had your permission to eat whatever I wanted on Easter Sunday (so as not to be rude to those who prepared the meal) and when I had a plate of cheese offered to me, I didn't want any. That's right. I am now capable of saying no to cheese, so there's no harm in saying yes occasionally. Giving up early is not so much a failure as it is the beginning of a life of moderation.
  3. I'm going to The Situation's house this weekend and I refuse to be the guest who only nibbles on a lettuce leaf. And if my boyfriend-- the one I haven't seen in weeks-- wants to buy couples' brownie sundaes? I am eating a brownie sundae.
  4. I find vegan and dairy-free diets very admirable, but it looks like it's not my thing. I've been a vegetarian my whole life, so it's not like I'm refusing to stand up for my beliefs. I am perfectly okay with abstaining from creamy salad dressing, milk chocolate, and most ice cream. Having pizza when I'm DYING FOR PIZZA is not a crime.
  5. I want to.
So that's that. I'll be documenting my rebirth as a lactarian on annoyinghayley, and promise to give you every delightful detail. I hope you all have a lovely day (I am extremely confident that I will!) and I'll see you guys tomorrow!


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26 comments:

Moriah said...

Congratulations!

Tammy said...

I admire your ability to give up dairy for 25 days. I couldn't give up cheese for 25 minutes.

Paige said...

Dude, we all understand. Go and eat that pizza. ENJOY IT. It's particualrly unfathomable to picture myself giving up anything dairy, so you have done an amazing feat. That pizza had better be a good one, though. Congrats on your accomplishment, Ms. Hoover! (Yes, you are Ms. Hoover now, I have decided.)

EJ said...

Speaking as someone who couldn't eat lactose, fructose, gluten, eggs, and a bunch of other stuff that's in everything people usually eat for about two years (got sick in high school, long depressing story no one wants to hear about), I really GET this whole wanting to go back to choosing to eat something. Honestly, I think you should eat anything you're body allows you to while you still can. When we're older we all eventually lose tolerance for lactose, so I say, eat it now in moderation and enjoy your food as it's meant to be. It sucks to eat the fake stuff and having to watch your back constantly, and it sucks to be left out when your friends are enjoying a meal, so don't feel guilty about freeing yourself from having to deal with that. I remember that feeling when I had to deal with it, and now that I can eat most things again, I feel more lucky than ever that I get to enjoy food so freely. So keep enjoying it while you can; don't confine yourself if you don't have to or want to.

seurat2 said...

You had me at excuse number one, but really all you need is excuse number 5 with me. I hope the pizza rocks your world.

K said...

Yeah! Very impresses with your 25 days, I think everyone can agree that learning how to enjoy dairy in moderation is far more important than learning how to be the douche that says "I caaaaaahn't, I'm doing a cleeaaaanse" (like you would)

Pip said...

As someone who can easily consumes a block of cheddar cheese in one day...I admire your ability to give up dairy for 25 days. I couldn't have gone one day so congratulations! And as pizza is my one true love in this world I heartily approve of you eating a slice to break your dairy-fast.

Aimee said...

It's possible to say no to cheese? This is news to me. Congratulations on making it 25 days, though! That's way longer than I could have gone.

Alyssa said...

Good job, you have way more self control than I do!

Cari said...

PROUD.

Lil' Lizzy Lauren said...

*Raises mug* Cheers to this! When you want pizza, you want pizza. There is no way around it! But nice job! 25 days is a LONG time!

Christina said...

Twenty-five days is quite a streak in terms of cheese-free living. And I think pizza with friends is a very worthy reason to end it early!

nelamonster said...

Okay, Hayley, respond to this comment, because that's important: which taste would you most preferably have...
-fragaria
-cherry
-raspberry with cranberry (and hibiscus apparently. This one looks bizarre)
- or forest fruit ?

REALLY IMPORTANT.

mmomechanicallyinclined said...

Well done Hayley! MMM Pizza. I think you need a Pizza John shirt... if you don't have one already.

Cath said...

It's awesome how well you've done!! I bet you're very proud of yourself. You should be.

Laura said...

I just hoped you would finish it, but you're right, you do learn something out of it.
I ate no fish or meat in the 40 days before Easter and finished it. But now it's weird to eat meat again. So what I've learned and you probably you did to, is to be more aware of what you eat. And I think that is a good thing!
And of course congratulations with your 25 days without dairy! Cause that still is a lot! :)

Rosianna said...

Welcome back to cheese! I think I am actually slightly intolerant (or maybe more than slightly, considering the first time I ate cheese on a delicious slice of white pizza after vegan Feb, I threw up) but I am in denial.

Hayley M said...

Aaaw, I understand. Just don't stop BEDA early please :)

Manar said...

Hahaha, I don't know if I could have made it as long as you did Hayley. Congratulations. :)

kira902k said...

I can't believe you survived 25 days. I'm proud. :)

Anonymous said...

Every tried quinoa?
It's one of the foods I live off of.

My (Ninja) diet:
Spinach, Peanut Butter (by the spoonful), Hummus, fresh fruit, quinoa, protein powder, fried tempeh, 2 gallons of water a day.

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