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#1 Old 07-08-2013, 02:18 AM
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I've been a vegetarian for almost 10 years now, but never a vegan. I've always been a vegetarian for ethical reasons, rather than health. One of the biggest reasons I'm not vegan, aside from the fact that I eat out a lot and it's hard to find vegan food out, is that I LOVE cheese. It's my favourite food. I eat it with basically everything. I could sit down and eat a bag of grated cheese like other people would eat a bag of chips (my roommate could attest to this). I have decided to try cut back on how much cheese I eat for my health. 


I'm currently travelling, but when I go home in a few days I'm going to start having cheese free weeks. Trust me, this will be a struggle for me. Then maybe even bring it up to months etc. Wish me luck!

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#2 Old 07-08-2013, 06:02 AM
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Crouton -


I'm working through the same thing.  My veg to vegan challenge food is also cheese.  I don't eat honey, milk, etc., but was holding out on cheese.   Specifically.....cheese (or veggie) pizza.  Someone here suggested making vegan pizza.....which I did the other night.  It was OK, nothing monumental, but it was a start.  I need to find better tasting ingredients.


I'm not fully vegan yet, but am working on it.  My point is, that it IS possible to give up cheese.....but it might take awhile, and some willpower.


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Although I haven't ventured into cheese making yet, I belong to the FB group for The Gentle Chef and people rave about his homemade vegan cheese recipes.  It is available on Amazon if interested!


Good luck!

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#4 Old 07-08-2013, 01:27 PM
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That's wonderful! The slow transition was exactly how I cut back on cheese and while some people like to go 'cold tofurky' I find that slow and steady works best for most people.

The more meals you eat without cheese the more normal it will become and your tastebuds will adjust. If you're having a bad craving it can help to eat a healthier fatty food like avocado with a little bit of salt or hummus or nuts. Good luck and let us know how it goes! smiley.gif

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I just eliminated cheese from my diet and boy is it hard. All the places and food that you used to rely on as being vegetarian friendly are suddenly not. I was at Heathrow terminal 3 last week and found myself in pret-a-manger looking for a sandwich. They had about 10 different vegetarian items (cheese, mozz tomato, falafel with yoghurt sauce, salad with feta etc etc) and I was about to go spare when I found a nice avocado salad sandwich. I never felt like these shops had a great vegetarian selection however now I appreciate that they do! But vegan is much harder to find.


Avocado is a great cheese and butted substitute. You can slice or spread on bread for a very nice cheesy mouthfeel.


Another great staple is nutritional yeast cheese sauce - google a recipe - it's pretty easy to make and can satisfy those queso cravings.


I have found a recipe for vegan blue cheese using stinky tofu. If this turns out something similar then I don't think I'll ever crave real cheese again.

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Great!  This is awesome, much better for the animals!

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#7 Old 07-09-2013, 08:16 PM
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Thanks for all the tips guys. I'll let you know how it goes when I start, which is when I'll be back in Australia. 


A few of you mentioned avocado, which is a shame because I don't really like avocado. (Shocking I know). I've just never taken to the taste of it. I don't hate it. I won't like, spit it out and refuse to eat it, but when I do eat it I just don't enjoy it a lot and I try to avoid having it. 

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You can make your own cheese with cashew nuts.


There is a few vegan cheeses out there, but the soy based one are imho disgusting ( ok, let's be honest, they are not necessarily disgusting... but they have nothing common with cheese neither ), the best vegan cheeses are as far as my french taste is concerned soy free and nut based, but those ones tend to be expensive.


If you manage to go to some veggie yearly event in your area there might be some veggie cheese companies advertising there and proposing free samples ?

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