Originally Posted by raylea
...But lately I have been feeling so deprived... Some of my favorite dairy-containing delectables have been incredibly appealing. It has taken all I have to restrain myself from eating the fresh pizza my omni family is eating for dinner. So tempting. I am also tired of agonizing over the tiny print on nutrition lables, not being able to go out for a normal meal with friends, and having to go out of the way to find something to eat when travelling.
Is it okay to have the occasional non-vegan treat if I have a primarily plant-based diet?
Hey Raylea, I can relate to what you are going through completely.
After following a strict vegan lifestyle for 2+ years, I went back to an occasional
lacto-ovo diet by occasionally eating organic, free-range, rennet & casein free dairy and eggs. Brands like Horizon & Cabot are even available in regular grocery stores, along with Amy's Organic, which makes a rennetless, casein free Pizza. Whole foods makes their own label of rennetless cheeses called 365. Its an adjustment that I can live with, even if its only a temporary thing for me...most of the items that end up in my cart are the usual vegan fare anyway, since they are the things I really prefer to eat. Still it is nice not to feel SO restricted anymore, especially in social situations like family pizza night.
Still, you can stay vegan and enjoy the same foods that omni's do...it just takes a little more preparation. Pizza dough is easy to make with wheat and soy flour...You can find a nice meltable soy or rice cheese without casein, and pile on roasted veggies, garlic and homemade tomato sauce...mmmm!
It also helps to never let yourself get overly hungry so you dont feel "deprived," and make sure to take your B-complex, soy lecithin & L-Carnitine supplements every day.
Stay strong, question everything, and decide for yourself!~