I'm allergic to cheese. I'm not lactose intolerant, and milk and yogurt are completely fine, but cheese gives me the sniffles, the coughs, the watery eyes, and basically the symptoms of a cold minus the annoying feeling in my throat.
Some cheeses, like Provolone or Mozzarella (especially when it's fresh) are perfectly alright. I can eat them three meals a day (not that I do, though my roommate is wont to eat cheese straight off the wheel/out of the bag/etc.) and nothing will happen.
Then there's Parmesan and Cheddar. Oh god, cheddar. In middle school and high school, a handful of Goldfish or Cheez-Its (and I have small hands!) was enough to bring on the full-blown everybody-asking-if-I'm-sick list of symptoms. White cheddar was the absolute worst.
But guess what my favorite food was from childhood.
Guess what my favorite snack was.
Cheez-Its. Especially white cheddar.
It wasn't rebellion or my wanting them because I couldn't have them. On the contrary, I ate them by the pies and by the boxes, respectively, despite the consequences. And then I walked around with a permanent sniffle.
By the end of high school, I was mostly managing to avoid cheese, but it's much more difficult as a college student. At any rate, I can now manage a handful of white cheddar Cheez-its without the allergy, so maybe if I just keep holding out a little bit longer, they'll all be gone!
Wouldn't that be wonderful? Then I could eat Cheeseboard pizza all the time!
(Seriously though, their pizza is amazing. We had it for lunch during our lab meeting today and it inspired this whole post.)