And the Glorious Cheese Experiment Is Over
My Experiment with Cheese
Armed with that ray of hope, and motivated by my hunger for cheese, I decided to try integrating sheep's milk cheese into my diet. I probably went through 1.5 pounds of Manchego and 0.75 pounds of Trader Joe's Basque cheese. It was glorious ... it was as good as I remembered. And I thoroughly enjoyed it while it lasted, for about 2 weeks.
Problems with Lactose
Although the Manchego was mostly fine, the Basque aggravated my lactose intolerance. I suspect this was due to how long each cheese was aged, since aging helps to reduce the amount of lactose in the cheese. The Manchego I bought was aged for 6 months to 1 year, and the Basque was only aged for 2-3 months.
Sadly, I noticed a worsening of my PMS symptoms this month. I was crankier than usual, for longer than usual, and there was one day that I had absolutely no energy and would have liked nothing better than to lay on the couch all day. It's not the end of the world, but it's bad enough that I will go back to abstaining from cheese completely. My renewed relationship with cheese sure was great while it lasted though.