I'm aware that this may be controversial, but this is my blog and I'll say what I want. Yesterday a local news item popped up on my FB feed, and again this morning. It seems 'activists' (rent-a-mob more like) from a certain militant vegan group - I'm not naming them, I'm not giving them the publicity - have entered the grounds of a local big dairy distribution plant (incidentally, where husband worked as a lorry driver for several years before retiring) and climbed up on top of lorries and milk silos, to try and shut the dairy down. Apparently, one of their demands is that the Government takes immediate action to move away from animal farming and fishing, to urgently make everyone have a plant-based diet. WHAT A DAMN BLEEDING CHEEK!! I can't believe the absolute bloody arrogance of them - I wouldn't dream of telling a vegetarian or vegan what they can or cannot eat, how very dare they presume to tell THE ENTIRE POPULATION what we can or can't eat!! I know meat farming practices aren't exactly ideal (we live in a farming area!) and can be downright unsavoury, but the farmers around here take very good care of their animals and make sure they have good lives prior to being killed for meat. I also know cows milk isn't ideal for humans (as I know from my own experience!), but it's been a food staple for centuries. The sheer bloody nerve of these people (who are a minority, albeit a growing one) has really pissed me off. And yes I know I've used lots of bad language this morning and that will upset some of my readers (you should have heard me when I was actually reading the news report!) but that's the strength of my feelings.
And now to get back to normal! And even slightly related....Sue, you asked whether cheese affects my sinuses - yes sometimes, although not as much as milk. Years ago I was referred to a dietitian for my gut, sinus and mouth problems (I have a burning tingling sensation in my lips and mouth when eating certain things). I was diagnosed with lactose intolerance, wheat intolerance (not coeliac, merely an intolerance) and a mild oral allergy to citrus fruits and tomatoes, amongst other things. The dietitian said that whilst dairy cheese, yogurt and butter also contain lactose, they are frequently better tolerated than milk - I can't remember the reason why. I'm thankful about that, as cheese - pretty much all cheese - is one of my absolute favourite foods. I do get a clogged up feeling in my nose and throat if I've eaten quite a lot of cheese, but not the totally blocked mucus filled (sorry!) problems I get with drinking ordinary milk. Seems you experience similar, Jayne.
HH, I've tried bought oat milk.....quite a long time ago, can't really remember what it was like. I've never tried to make it though, but I will - after all, it's easy and cheap! And if I don't like the taste of it in coffee, then I could always use it in something else. Thanks for that.
I've been feeling under the weather for some time now, last night in particular I felt really rubbish throughout the night, as if I was coming down with something. So I did a Covid test this morning (we still have a few boxes of them) - fortunately it was negative. I think it's more to do with the strains and stresses I'm experiencing right now, rather than anything physical. My guts are beginning to settle down with the clean healthy diet I'm having, so that's one good thing.