I have been a vegetarian for over 2 years. I have been able to give up all animal products except for cheese. I have come to the conclusion that I am addicted to cheese. I have tried to read books for help on giving it up, but nothing has ever worked. I have tried vegan gourmet cheese and I did not care for it. Does anyone have any tricks, tips, or just good advice?
I LOVED cheese as a vegetarian, specifically platters of gourmet cheeses! And i loved feta! I wondered if i would be able to sustain a vegan diet when i loved cheese so much.
So, at the start of this year, as my new year's resolution, i tried veganism for a month. I thought it would give me enough time to adjust & really assess if i could/wanted to continue with it.
During that month i didn't miss cheese at all, so i decided to continue for another month.
By the end of the second month, i knew that i could maintain a vegan lifestyle & i haven't looked back - i've been vegan now for 10 full months, & (surpirisingly to myself) couldn't imagine going back to eating cheese.
Maybe doing a bit of a trial like i did might help? :) Jackie
I love blue cheese on salads. Blue Cheese Brie w/ triscuits, Quesadillas, Cheese on Chili, Grilled Cheese w/ tomatoe soup, and parmasean chs on pasta. Just to name a few. I don't crave sweets. Really the only food I crave is salt and cheese. I know that I have to give up cheese completely in order to not crave it anymore.
To answer your questions, i think if i were to accidently eat some dairy cheese, i would be quite grossed out - it something it simply do not want to eat anymore. I still get so surprised that i don't miss it!
There are quite a few vegan cheeses out there - i can't say i've tried many. But some things other things that i like are cashew [or other nut/seed] based cheeses for crackers, sandwiches spreads etc Cashews also make nice creamy cheese sauces for things like lasagnes etc I also like the nut cheeses or hummus on pizzas now too - here's one i made at home the other night, where i spread hummus on the base & also on top :) http://photos-b.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc3/hs037.snc3/12447_167124177209_714087209_2690595_7993376_n.jpg
Leena's given some great ideas to suit your tastes though! :) I do really want to try out those feta & goats cheese V Times recipes Leena mentioned for myself now! :)
And i did lose a bit of weight since giving up the cheese, which in a way surprised me because i was probably still eating the same amount of fat etc from the nut-based etc cheeses. I certainly feel less sluggish & heavy since giving up the cheese & eggs from my diet.
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