I used to be a cheese ad­dict but I’m re­ally much feta now

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - Exclusive -

Bon­nie now has a new ad­dic­tion – and luck­ily it’s a healthy one.

She has sub­sti­tuted cheese with ev­ery meal for fruit.

“Five-a-day? More like 15-a-day some­times. I snack on fruit all the time. I ac­tu­ally have to cut down on my fruit in­take some weeks.”

The 53-year-old now has ba­nana on toast for break­fast, soup for lunch with some fruit – and for din­ner she has soup with chicken and veg or a baked potato.

In the evenings Bon­nie snacks on nat­u­ral yo­ghurt and straw­ber­ries.

The for­mer cheese-aholic has not been tempted to re­lapse since go­ing cold tur­key.

It is ac­tu­ally choco­late she misses the most – al­though she does al­low her­self a cracker and cheese as a treat ev­ery few weeks.

She said: “I don’t miss it be­cause I feel like a to­tally dif­fer­ent per­son since chang­ing my diet. I don’t feel as slow and slug­gish as I did.

“I’ve got more en­ergy, I want to get up and do things and I’m so de­lighted about it, peo­ple have to dou­ble-take when I say hello or wave at them.”

In 2015, a study pub­lished in the Pub­lic Li­brary of Science One jour­nal found that cheese con­tained a chem­i­cal found in ad­dic­tive drugs.

The au­thors re­ported that the pro­tein ca­sein was the cause of “cheesey” crav­ings.

But Dr Char­lotte Hard­man, lec­turer in psy­cho­log­i­cal and food stud­ies at Liver­pool Univer­sity, dis­missed the 2015 study.

She said: “Peo­ple de­velop un­healthy be­hav­iours towards cer­tain foods, but in terms of an ac­tual sub­stance ad­dic­tion, I’m not so sure.”

Bon­nie looks tempted by some de­li­cious cheese last week but af­ter chang­ing her diet she shuns the stuff. Pic­ture: Andrew Caw­ley.

HoW Bon­nIE USED To cHED­DAR GoRGE Break­fast: Lunch: Din­ner: Snack:

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