Well, given my druthers, I'd take the ringless man, but yesterday I went for the hot chocolate instead, because I had a coupon and knew I'd get exactly what I ordered. Can't say the same for men! :)
Sadly, however, the hot chocolate had me tied to the toilet all afternoon. I *knew* I should not drink it! Just coming from the lobby, sipping, my stomach said, "Uh, this maybe isn't so good for us." I offered it to my coworker, who said (famous last words) I should just sip it. It was soooo good. I'll admit, over the course of the day, I polished that baby off. And then I got hit with the intestinal distress.
Before surgery, I was fairly lactose intolerant. I was also incredibly slow on the uptake about it. I would only suffer when I had things like cheese fondue (the Melting Pot used to be a favorite of ours), or fried mozzarella sticks. But when I suffered, I suffered badly!
After surgery, I am even more lactose intolerant. I can't eat cottage cheese, more than a little Greek yogurt, stuff like that. It sits badly in my stomach and then ties me to the toilet.
So the question I pose to myself is, "if too much dairy is so bad for me, isn't a little dairy probably also bad for me?" See, I drink Earl Gray tea like it's going out of style. All day, every day. A venti size from SBUX, with 3 or 4 ounces of whole milk each time. Probably four or five 20 ounce cups a day - it is my daily hydration strategy! And I feel fine. Or do I? If one 20 ounce cup can render me useless for the afternoon, what is 20 ounces throughout the day doing to me? I know last week I had a slice of Swiss cheese on a sandwich, and shortly afterward, I blew up like a balloon. Holy smokes, was I ever gas-filled. I knew it had to be the cheese.
Can I cut dairy out of my diet? We're doing it at home. The kids have been bouncing back and forth between homes, so we haven't had a true test of it there. I'm continuing with my own eating at work and afterward, but I'm looking hard at that dairy. And dying a little inside when I think of tea without milk. (I'm fragile these days, it doesn't take much to overwhelm me, haha.)
Anyway, for sure no more peppermint hot chocolate. That's a pleasure best left in the warm, cozy autumn memories of my mind.