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#1 Old 10-05-2010, 01:42 PM
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Because seriously it's been 6 months and I still crave cheese like an ex-smoker craves cigarettes. Only cheese. Not meat, not eggs, not other dairy. Just cheese. I went cold turkey after realizing the casein in it can be addictive. Once I realized WHY I was having such a hard time giving it up, plus hating the idea of being addicted to *anything*, I gave it up and didn't look back. So it's 6 months later and anytime I see a pizza ad or smell cheese at the daycare where I work I crave it insanely. I DON'T eat it of course. I don't even bother with cheese subs. I've had daiya a few times, but it doesn't really hit the spot for me. It's ok though.

Is cheese really THAT addictive!? I know all the reasons why I shouldn't eat it. I shouldn't even WANT to eat it. Yet I want it. Bleh. I really thought this would go away. I even dream about it. Not in the meatmare way, but in a mouthwatering good way.
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Because seriously it's been 6 months and I still crave cheese like an ex-smoker craves cigarettes. Only cheese. Not meat, not eggs, not other dairy. Just cheese. I went cold turkey after realizing the casein in it can be addictive. Once I realized WHY I was having such a hard time giving it up, plus hating the idea of being addicted to *anything*, I gave it up and didn't look back. So it's 6 months later and anytime I see a pizza ad or smell cheese at the daycare where I work I crave it insanely. I DON'T eat it of course. I don't even bother with cheese subs. I've had daiya a few times, but it doesn't really hit the spot for me. It's ok though.

Is cheese really THAT addictive!? I know all the reasons why I shouldn't eat it. I shouldn't even WANT to eat it. Yet I want it. Bleh. I really thought this would go away. I even dream about it. Not in the meatmare way, but in a mouthwatering good way.

Interesting. I haven't been craving meat/seafood/poultry anymore and I became a Vegetarian August 4th, 2010. The cravings went away.

8/3/2010 is the last time I consumed meat.
8/4/2010 is when I became a full blown Vegetarian and I couldn't be more proud.
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#3 Old 10-05-2010, 01:55 PM
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Yes, cheese is VERY addicting!
http://www.healthdiaries.com/blogs/v...chocolate.html
Tons more info online about why it is addicting, just google cheese addiction

My best advice is not to get too hungry and always have a veg snack with you in times of temptation.
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#4 Old 10-05-2010, 01:59 PM
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I haven't been strong enough to kick the cheese crack habit completely.

Only thing I've ever craved since going veg.

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its been 11 years and I still want pizza. It sucks but I just think of pus and veal calves and Im good.

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its been 11 years and I still want pizza. It sucks but I just think of pus and veal calves and Im good.

That's not exactly the way I think of it but I can't disagree with your quote.

I'm hardly the poster child for super healthy eating. I have however been vegan five years in November and I've never had a craving that remotely made me want to give up being vegan. I walked by a pizza place today and I admit it smelled good. But really anything that one ate before can still be had but veganized. So I'm fine with it. I love vegan pizza. I find mine is better than what I've bought so I stick with my homemade. And I don't mind vegan cheese at all once in awhile.
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For me, yes, they went away. I went "cold turkey" after a week or two of trying to slowly reduce my cheese consumption (which didn't really work at all). That's just me though...I know some people have a much more difficult time with cravings or they slowly tapered off eating cheese. I guess I had the luck of the draw with getting rid of the cheese habit!

Oh yeah...I haven't met a cheese sub. I'm fond of either, so I don't try, & I don't miss it!
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That's not exactly the way I think of it but I can't disagree with your quote.

I'm hardly the poster child for super healthy eating. I have however been vegan five years in November and I've never had a craving that remotely made me want to give up being vegan. I walked by a pizza place today and I admit it smelled good. But really anything that one ate before can still be had but veganized. So I'm fine with it. I love vegan pizza. I find mine is better than what I've bought so I stick with my homemade. And I don't mind vegan cheese at all once in awhile.

May I have your pizza recipe??

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Have you tried some of the new substitutes? Daiya is wonderful on pizza. Order a veggie piled, no-cheese pizza from your favorite restaurant and add some Daiya Mozzarella when you get home. After a few minutes in the over, it's great - nice and melty. The Cheddar flavor is really good in quesadillas, too.

My most recent find is Sheese's smoked cheddar. I swear it tastes like the stuff we used to get from Hickory Farms -reminds me of Christmas. Sheese makes other flavors that I haven't tried, but I plan to.

If you don't like substitutes, try adding something a bit salty - like some sea salt or olives to your veggie pizza. It'll taste more familiar.

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that article is crazy! i didn't really have a hard time with kicking it, but my husband did. i never really cooked with it though - i only ate it when i ordered food, like pizza and cheese sticks. so i guess that helps.
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There is no perfect cheese substitute (yet) so you may always miss it. Missing something is different than being addicted to it though.

I make vegan pizza with Daiya that omnis love, too. With Daiya, it's really important to brown the top before taking it out of the oven, so I bake the pizza at 500 for 10 min, then broil for 2. My favorites are Yves pepperoni and black olive + Daiya. Or mushroom + Daiya.
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It's the same for me. I've been a vegan for over a year now. I don't miss meat or eggs. And I think raw cheese smells disgusting. But baked cheese, like on a pizza, still smells good.
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May I have your pizza recipe??

That's sweet of you to ask but I don't really have a recipe. I use any basic pizza crust recipe. (I may have got the one I usually use from fatfree.com) If not using a vegan cheese, my favorite toppings are onions, green peppers, finely chopped broccoli and maybe olives.
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I agree with everyone! Millk, eggs, and meat disgust me and so does cheese by itself but I definately crave pizza *drools* I'm pretty poor and can't afford to travel and buy substitution cheese. (My local supermarket doesn't sell it)

You call me sweet like I'm some kinda of cheese....vegan cheese 0.0
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I still feel defeated by cheese, but I truly feel dairy and egg production is at least, if not more abusive to animals, than the meat industry. The suffering is prolonged, and offspring killed. I do have to constantly remind myself of this.
I don't understand how lacto vegetarians can obsess over rennet being in their cheese when it's production contributes to slaughter anyway.
I finally found a pizza shop that makes a great cheeseless pizza. Green and black olives, roasted red peppers, red onions, mushrooms and artichoke hearts on a good chewy crust. I may agree homemade is better, but pizza to me means just getting it with a phone call.

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#16 Old 10-06-2010, 01:03 PM
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The cravings are not so bad that I'll actually break down and eat it (I have decent willpower)...it's more just annoying than anything that I still think about it SO much! I've had cheeseless pizza and it doesn't really do it for me. It's good, but it's not the pizza that I miss, it's the cheese! I've had cheese subs but I'm really sensitive to texture and even though daiya is *pretty* close to the real thing it's not quite there with the texture. And I gag on it sometimes. :-o Unless I melt it down for mac 'n' cheese. Then I can eat it.
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Yeah, it's been about 4 years for me and I still miss it....mostly pizza. Since it has been so long, Daiya actually tastes great to me. It isn't exactly like cheese (from what I remember it tasting like), but it does help with the cravings.
Happily I have been slowly finding decent replacements for some things....like lasagna. It was like Christmas day when I found a recipe that tasted like the 'real' thing, I was so excited.

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4ish months & I still want cheese pretty often.

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I also crave cheese like crazy still but now it's vegan cheeses. I'm in the minority because I love them all even Daiya as long as it's used lightly. Teese, Follow Your Heart, and rice cheeses are some of my favorites and I can even eat them right out of the package. I guess I have weird taste buds
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I'm glad someone brought up the issue of cravings. I have been vegan for about two months. I was fine at first, but lately I've been tempted by non-vegan food. I feel bad about it, but I'm glad to see I'm not the only one.
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Maybe what you're really craving is the fat or protein from cheese? Or some other ingredient? A lot of people who give up dairy or eggs don't feel full if they eat a vegan meal plan that's too low in fat or protein. I felt hungry a lot when I first went vegan. Wasn't eating nearly enough of those nutrients. When I started adding more oil to my stif fries and stuff I felt a lot fuller and didn't really crave eggs or cheese as much.

If it's truly the taste you miss, like others said there's no perfect cheese substitute but there's a lot of delicious vegan cheese replacers that are different but awesome.

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Maybe what you're really craving is the fat or protein from cheese? Or some other ingredient? A lot of people who give up dairy or eggs don't feel full if they eat a vegan meal plan that's too low in fat or protein. I felt hungry a lot when I first went vegan. Wasn't eating nearly enough of those nutrients. When I started adding more oil to my stif fries and stuff I felt a lot fuller and didn't really crave eggs or cheese as much.

I actually already went through this when I first cut out dairy. I was hungry ALL the time. I didn't crave anything specifically at first but I quickly realized I needed more fat. I cook with oil and I eat nut butters almost everyday. Once I added fat back into my diet, I felt 100% better. Protein is not an issue. I'm fairly certain I get plenty. I don't think cravings for fat or protein would focus on one specific food item and probably not without other "symptoms" like lack of energy or extreme hunger. I think that might be a myth so people can make excuses to eat whatever they want. When I was pregnant with my second I craved seafood like you wouldn't believe and you aren't supposed to eat a lot of it when you are pregnant because of the mercury content. I used the "my body must need the omegas" excuse to go above and beyond the recommended intake.
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My hubby still has a hard time with cheese cravings, and we dont' have any vegan substitues (we have rice and soy cheese but they still contain caesin). I find hummus helps, we use it in wraps to add a creamy texture and flavor and in sandwhiches. It doesn't really taste like cheese persay, but I put some spicy hummus on a bagel the other day and the first bite was like biting into spicy cream cheese. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but it's worth a shot maybe.

I've also put cashew butter in a spicy wrap that surprised me. I didn't think it would taste very good but it was soo creamy and contrast of flavors was perfect.

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Just in case anyone is wondering, the vegan cheeses taste A LOT better after partaking.

I'm only talking about legal, medical marijuana, of course.
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I dont think the cravings ever go away, but they do die down significantly. Ive had Daiya a few times, but only thought it was ok, although potatos au gratin with Daiya and a few tons of garlic deffinately hit the spot!

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Just in case anyone is wondering, the vegan cheeses taste A LOT better after partaking.
I'm only talking about legal, medical marijuana, of course.

Most food tastes better after doing that.
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Just in case anyone is wondering, the vegan cheeses taste A LOT better after partaking.

I'm only talking about legal, medical marijuana, of course.

Haha, so true.

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I've never had cravings tbh...

But as an ex smoker, what I can tell you is that my experience of nicotine cravings was that they're momentary... They don't last forever. Ride 'em out.
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I still miss cheese pizza after all these years. I never liked cheese alone but melted on pizza = Until I think of the calves and cows.
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Is cheese really THAT addictive!?

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