Originally Posted by ashshea
I'm new to vegetarianism and I'm trying to figure out what to do about dairy. I've given up all meat completely and that's been fairly easy for me. Now that I know the horrors that happen in the meat industry, meat just doesn't seem that appetizing anymore. I know that dairy cows also have bad lives, though, so I hate the idea of drinking milk. But it seems like it's in everything! I can use soy milk instead of regular milk for cooking and eating cereal and stuff. But how do I get away from eating it in other things? It seems like everywhere I look there is food with eggs or milk in the ingredients. I'm feeling very frustrated.
Also, I miss cheese.... I really used to love cheese. I know that's kind of silly, but it's what I'm struggling with at the moment.
When I decided I didn't want to eat meat any more, I went vegan straight away. There were people on this board who made me feel that being vegetarian (not vegan) alone simply wasn't good enough. After six months I gave up veganism, for my original intentment of simply not eating any living creature, as I realised that veganism just wasn't right for me
It's your own personal decision. Don't let anyone make you feel that you *have* to stop consuming anything containing milk/eggs. Any little thing you can do is good enough, if it's the best you feel that you
For example, some people just can't give up meat, and that's fair enough, but sometimes they opt for meat-free dishes during the week, which is making a difference. Maybe not on a super grand scale, but it's still a difference.
There are plenty of vegans out there who drive. The tyres contain animal based substances.
That doesn't mean to say they can't drive now. They're already doing the best that they
can do. The same goes for vegans who still eat honey, or play guitar, which contains animal based glue.
I know people who consider themselves vegetarians, but still eat chicken and fish. I don't agree with it personally, but they are still making a difference.
Sometimes I still opt for soy milk instead of regular milk. I may not always, but when I do, I know that's making a small difference.
One thing you could consider, is not consuming milk straight up, but allowing small amounts of milk in some foods (some foods contain the teeniest tiniest amounts of milk ever).
Unfortunately, most foods available in your local supermarket probably do contain milk/eggs. Even tomato soup (my favourite), which really annoyed me when I was vegan. By complete surprise, I eventually found the "free from" section...Maybe your local supermarket has one? Try asking staff; I found also by complete surprise that there was also a frozen food vegetarian section, and a chilled food vegetarian section.
When I was vegan, the foods I really missed were cheese, eggs, and chocolate. Dairy free chocolate isn't bad, but it just doesn't beat Cadbury's I'm afraid.
And it's not silly at all. You were used to eating it.
You could try sticking it out, to see if the cravings disappear, but that doesn't work for everyone. Don't make yourself unhappy, and don't make yourself ill. Sometimes, feeling like you mustn't eat something makes you want it all the more. Maybe you could say to yourself "I could eat cheese if I wanted to but x tastes so much better"...
Just remember to do the best you can. You're already making a huge difference, so don't feel like you should do any more, but definitely consider how you could do more, if you feel that it's right for you.