Cleanses are punishing, Whole30 is bogus, and the whole idea of dieting to undo indulgence is passé. Rather than restricting ourselves during what’s already the saddest season of the year, use the quiet stillness of January to show your body and soul some love with the cheese diet. Scroll to the bottom for some of my favorite healthy cheese recipes!
Body by Cheese
People always ask me how I eat cheese all the time but don’t gain weight. My answer is always “because I eat cheese all the time.” Cheese has a bad reputation for being unhealthy and fattening, but that’s a lie. It’s actually an exceptional source of protein, calcium, omega-3 fats, and Vitamins D, E, and B12. It’s good for your heart, can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and is associated with a faster metabolism and longer lifespan. The key is pairing it with plants, portion control–—which is hard when you love to eat, but it is possible. Trust me.
Here are 4 commandments of the cheese diet to help your sexiest life. If you’re looking for some healthy cheese recipes, scroll to the bottom!
Commandment I: Thou Shall Buy Artisan Cheese
Studies show that organic and/or grass-fed cheeses are higher in omega-3s and heart-healthy conjugated linoleic acid. Compared to factory production, artisan cheesemaking is often better for the environment and for the animals, too. Happier animals produce tastier milk, which in turn, creates sexier cheese.
Commandment II: Thou Shall Eat 2 -4 oz Every Day
Cheese is so nutrient-dense that you don’t need to eat a lot of it. Limit yourself to 2 – 3 ounces, depending on your individual needs. The fat and protein help you absorb nutrients and will keep you satiated, even when you’re eating mostly plants. I know y’all are out there screaming, “but when I start eating cheese, I can’t stop!” Well, here’s the thing – if you always overdo it, you’re not going to be able to eat cheese as often. Instead, measure out your portion beforehand and vow to Cheesus that you’ll savor every bit.
Commandment III: Thou Shall Pair Cheesus with Plants
Cheese lacks vitamin C and fiber, so pair it with lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and legumes. I’m not telling you to eat a bunch of salads (though if you’re into that kind of thing, try this sick hot honey salad dressing). There’s so much more you can do: omelettes, burrito bowls, stuffed-sweet potatoes, and even french onion soup. I left you some other ideas at the bottom of this post, but my point is cheese makes vegetables taste better so harness that power!
Commandment IV: Worship Cheesus Mindfully
Pleasuring yourself with cheese is too holy a ritual to accompany Instagram scrolling or Netflix bingeing. Give Cheesus your full attention and use all of your senses to soak up every scent and taste. Bring that cheese to room temperature, give it a snazzy pairing that excites you, even pour yourself a luxurious beverage. You’ll feel full in the tummy and satisfied in the mind.
If you feel overindulged and need to reset, then try to cut some vices. The cheese diet makes that part easy, just eat a little less bread, swap your beer for seltzer, skip dessert–—whatever your need to do. Just don’t cut Cheesus out of your life. You deserve better.
Feeling horngry? Check out my favorite healthy cheese recipes! Highly recommend pairing these bad boys with a light salad.