Monday, April 02, 2007

Success!

Just last week I blogged about my mixed relationship. Over the weekend it got slightly less mixed. That's right, Andy has decided to fully make the switch to soy milk.

This is actually something that has been coming for a while--when I first got here, he admitted that he likes the taste of soy over cow when he's drinking milk for milk's sake. A few months ago he randomly decided to put soy on his cereal, but staunchly defended the cow milk in his 123957 cups of tea each day. In the past few weeks, however, Andy has been slowly transitioning to soy in his tea. He started out by mixing cow and soy, and then switched back and forth for a little while. We gradually bought less cow milk with every trip to the grocery store--from 6 litres a week (it's insane how much milk he goes through!), to 3 litres, to 2, and finally, this week, we bought 0 litres of cow milk.

On Sunday, a day after we went shopping, I told Andy how I noticed and appreciated the lack of cow milk in the fridge, and he said (somewhat frustratedly), "I don't like cow milk anymore. It's not beany enough." I couldn't help giggling, because that was the very reason he didn't like soy milk tea in the first place! Then later that morning we went out to a coffee shop, and he got a soy cappuccino.

So, while he hasn't committed to giving up dairy (I'm sure if he goes out on a dive boat, for example, he'll be drinking cow milk since soy isn't available), he has made a big step that neither of us really expected.

Three cheers for my soy milk guzzling partner!!

**Now, I need to find a place where I can buy soy milk in bulk. We're probably going to be going through about 10 litres a week!**

7 comments:

Emmie said...

10 litres of soy milk a week, with Swedish pricing, would mean between 100-200 SEK a week (depending on brand) or about 14$-28$ or 17-34 AU$. DEAR GOD THE PAIN. We almost never drink milk in this house, I think we go through about about 1.5 litres a week. We do buy cow milk however...

Emmie said...

Oh, I forgot to add that I think it's great that he's been able to do that transition. Yay!

bazu said...

Cheers to Andy! Hopefully, he'll see some health/energy benefits and feel even better about his decision! I found that the best soymilk to drink for its own sake is unsweetened Silk. As for bulk soymilk, have you tried soymilk powder? I don't know if it's any good, but I know one jar makes liter after liter, so maybe worth looking into? Or a soymilk maker? Again, I don't know from personal experience, but I bet that would cut down on the cost quite a bit.

Theresa said...

Emmie--it is nearly that bad...$1.50 a litre, $15 a week. I reckon it's worth it, though. The reason we go through so much is that he puts nearly a litre on each bowl of cereal, and he seriously drinks probably 4 pots of tea a day.

bazu--Silk was a verrry yummy soy milk. I love their Very Vanilla--obviously not for cereal and tea, but so yummy just to drink. Unfortunately, there is no Silk here. It's been a process of trial and error to find the good brands. Now that Andy is a bit more used to the flavour, we buy the cheap, store brands.

We tried soymilk powder in PNG. Holy fuck that stuff was bad. Soymilk makers may be the best option...

Amy said...

That's great. Having compatible diets is one of those things that shouldn't matter much, but for me it's a huge plus when they sync up. Although I am a soy milk fan, are there any downsides to men drinking that much of it (since it promotes estrogen production)?

KleoPatra said...

HOORAY!!!!!!!!

Theresa said...

Amy--that's an interesting question that I hadn't really thought about. I was always under the impression that the phytoestrogen in soy products actually acted to block some estrogen, which makes the transition to menopause easier for women, or something like that. I hadn't looked into it much.

I just did a quick google search (milk estrogen production men) and found a pretty straightforward answer here: http://www.soymilkquick.com/shouldmenworry.html.

It basically debunks the myth that phytoestrogens in soy have any effect on male fertility or 'masculinity'. I know there is a lot of contradictory evidence about soy and the health risks and benefits, but think about it: men in asia have been eating soy, and lots of it, for ages. They're fine, right?