I've been a Vegan for almost two years but after recently seeing Eco-Vegan Gal make some of Alicia's recipes from The Kind Diet, I picked up the book and finally heard about this place! So I decided to come and be part of the community. :)
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Hello Dawn, nice to meet you. I'm new to trying to go meat-free then dairy-free. I've been a mostly meat-free person for sometime: due to allergies and ... I just don't like the taste that much. I'm looking into try some meat-alternatives by Morning Star Farms 9I already love Boca burgers!). Now to go dairy-free will be my big challenge. Yes, I love the taste of cheese! But similar to milk, it doesn't agree with me well (I don't drink milk already and cheese can aggravate my IBS symptoms). I just found a brand I want to try called Galaxy Veggie Slices in place of 'real' cheese. Any suggestions for slowly going dairy-free altogether? I have to take my time - I want to find yummy alternatives to eat and cook with.
The Veggie Slices still have casein in them so it's not completely dairy free. Two wonderful dairy substitutes are Galaxy's Vegan Shreds (Mexican Style is delicious! Better than Daiya!) and Tofutti ANYTHING. Their slices are awesome, their sour cream, ice cream and cream cheese is awesome too. :)
The only advice I can give you is that every few weeks, switch your dairy products for a new dairy-free substitute. Like I went sour cream first... switched out regular for Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream. As I got used to it, the cream cheese was next. And then ice cream, butter and all of it eventually. Cheese was the very last because as it has casomorphins in it, it's rather addictive and it was hard to rid myself of it. It took me almost two months after getting rid of all the other dairy products to finally kick myself of the cheese addiction. It's more than worth it though. Hope that helps! :)
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