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Posted By Carrie Calandrelli
Help... I have been vegan since November. I did GREAT the first six months of not having cheese... The last couple of months, I have fallen off the wagon completely when it comes to cheese... HELP. I feel yucky when I eat it, my stomach feels all nasty and bloated... I know that the casein in the cheese is why I keep coming back! I quit smoking after 20 years, why can't I kick cheese!! help..
First of all, you are so not alone in this. Cheese is hands-down the hardest for most people to transition away from. Kudos to you for a.) admitting to your cheese habit and b.) reaching out for help. You know cheese contains chemicals that act like opiates and make it addictive. You know your body doesn't like it. You've been vegan before, and you were fine. So I think a large part of this is a mind game.
So. may I suggest that whenever you crave cheese, translate that feeling into something rational. Say to yourself, "What I'm really craving right now is not actually cheese; it's the chemicals in cheese and the fatty, salty creaminess of cheese." And then surround yourself with plenty of fatty, salty, creamy things that aren't dairy cheese--for a couple of months anyway as you get over this hump.
I recommend the following plan of action:
1. Don't have cheese in the house if you can help it. If you have someone in the house who eats cheese, try to explain that you're detoxing right now and can't be around it. If they don't budge, at least don't buy any yourself.
3. Buy the best vegan cheeses that you can. If you don't have a store nearby with good vegan cheese options, peruse the cheese alternatives section of Vegan Essentials and the dairy alternatives section of Pangea. Yes, it costs extra to buy them online and have them sent in cold shipping packs, but might as well just do it and order several vegan cheeses while you're at it. Don't balk at the price; consider it an investment in your health and the health of the planet. (Dairy is a huge contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.)
4. Try several brands and these in particular:
-Daiya for pizzas, nachoes, quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches and anything that requires melted cheese.
-We Can't Say It's Cheese oat-based cheese dips and spreads (new on the market and getting rave reviews)
-Dr. Cow Tree Nut Cheese for crackers (cheaper at Vegan Essentials)
-Parma! instead of parmesan
-Sunergia Soy Feta or Bleu Cheese if you're a feta or bleu cheese fan
-Leahey's Macaroni and Cheese (best when mixed with Daiya cheddar shreds)
5. Remind yourself why you wanted to give up dairy in the first place. If it was for humane reasons, read about the dairy industry's treatment of cows again or, better yet, watch the Behind the Milk Mustache video. If it's for health reasons, read The China Study.
6. Take it one day at a time. Say, "for today, I will not eat cheese."
7. Check in with me as often as you like and tell me how you're doing and what you're dealing with. I want to know!
Thanks again for caring and for reaching out. I know you can do it; you just have to believe it.
Posted By Admin