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I am determined to become vegan once I move to the big city (Winnipeg) where I have more grocery options, but I still have one big obstacle- I don't drink milk, eat ice cream, sour cream, or yogurt, but I cannot give up cheese!<br><br><br><br>
I find I can avoid buying it, but when I'm drunk, I eat it like it's the only food on earth. I always crave pizza or nachos (with extra cheese) when I'm drinking. Then when I'm hungover I eat grilled cheese sandwiches.<br><br><br><br>
Any advice on how I can wean myself off cheese? and I'm NOT giving up drinking...
 

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Hehe, you read my mind. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Hmm, well as far as pizzas go, Tofutti makes a 'cheese' pizza which is supposed to be pretty good. (never tried it myself) Have you ever tried a cheeseless pizza? They really *are* good! They don't give you that heavy feeling after you eat them, either. That greasy cheese made me feel like I swallowed lead. :p<br><br><br><br>
Now, for nachos, this company (I *think* it's called 'Vegan Gourmet') supposedly makes a vegan nacho flavored cheese that melts well, but I think it's really hard to find. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> Tofutti makes 'cheese' slices that I heard taste pretty good. (how sad is it that I've never tried any of these things? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> )<br><br><br><br>
Good luck on going vegan! Just remember what cheese really is - It's hardened cow's breastmilk chock full of fat, hormones, pus and all that other yummy stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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i use tofutti cheese slices on pizza as well as on nachos..<br><br><br><br>
i have had vegan gourmet nacho flavor, but i was not to thrilled with it.. they do have other flavors that are really good.
 

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just keep reminding yourself where it came from and why you don't want to eat it. I like to use avocado instead <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Don't beat yourself up over it too much. Remind yourself how much you already do by all the icky animal products you manage to avoid. Especially if you're stuck eating out (and not at a veg*n place) the only veg*n items on the menu are dairy based nine times out of ten. Are you buying organic, rennet-less cheese? you might move to that if you haven't already. I'm not perfect on this one either, so I suppose I don't have much advice. The cheese alternatives are less than perfect, and I haven't tasted one that would be good on nachos for instance. But I think there might be hope, some people on here have been praising certain dairy-free cheeses.. they're still much more expensive & often hard to come by (sometimes only mail order!). Groan. You might start ordering pizza with light cheese or no cheese & see if your drunken self still likes it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. As for nachos, this is a hard one.... yes chips with your favorite toppings and dips would still be good, but, hmm... have you tried it? I haven't yet. Grilled cheese sandwiches, ugh.. take grain_girl's advice on that one <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. Maybe you'd like thin sliced semi-soft but cooked tofu sandwiches w/vegan margarine instead? Let us know how it goes, good luck!
 

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I haven't been able to find a good substitute for cheese. That's the hardest thing for me, too. It seems like there's a great replacement for every other dairy product. I've tried some of the soy cheeses but I thought they tasted pretty nasty. For now I'm just "doing without." It seems easier the longer you go without having any.<br><br><br><br>
As far as pizza- cheeseless pizza is actually pretty good if you use a tasty sauce and load it up with veggies and spices.
 

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Hopefully I can find some of these brands in Winnipeg. I already buy New Bothwell cheese that is rennet free. Feliner, you are right-most restaurant vegetarian items are loaded with cheese.<br><br><br><br>
When I go to small town or family events, it is almost impossible to find anything vegan, or anyone who even understands what that is!
 

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Congrats on cheese being the only dairy product you consume. You're doing a lot so far for the animals, so I agree with Feliner--don't beat yourself up over it. If everyone got to the point of only eating cheese for their animal products, the world would be a completely different place.<br><br><br><br>
I hear ya' with that late night drinking craving. I'm trying to quit cheese now and if I crave pizza, I get french fries instead, cause it's greasy and salty that I want. And it's so hard to find pizza late at night that doesn't have cheese. Those pizza joint guys just don't belive in that.<br><br><br><br>
Veggie (in the green package) makes some really good slices that will take the place of your grilled cheese. Not that American Slices (processed cheese food) has much of any dairy in them anyway--they're mosty vegetable oil.<br><br><br><br>
Good luck. Remember, if you can be strong once and pass up the late night pizza, you can do it again. Get some fries, maybe, instead.
 

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Ahh man, I hear ya. Cheese was the last thing that I gave up- funny since I'm lactose intolerant lol. Baked macaroni and cheese tripped me up everytime, especially since it was the dish that I made best- or so I thought.<br><br><br><br>
Southern Sky is right- the longer you go without it the easier it gets- it almost loses its appeal entirely (honestly!)<br><br><br><br>
I haven't messed with any of the fake cheeses yet- i had decided to leave that to the experts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">. So for pizza I eat one without the cheese, topped with onions green peppers mushrooms- yum yum yum.<br><br><br><br>
To satisfy the macaroni craving I eat a baked macaroni casserole, but instead of cheese i use pasta sauce. Add lots of veggies and some tvp to get some nutrients in there. It may not trick you, but you'll be so full you won't think about macaroni and cheese.<br><br><br><br>
Grilled cheese was another passion of mine. Surprisingly, the vegan french toast on veg web's site (created by Justin) satisfies that craving immediately- hey, but that may be just one of my weird things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Good luck with that and listen to triumvir- remembering why you decided to give it up in the first place is the best way to beat any craving.
 

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I have given up cheese, but I am finding that soy cheese, does not melt as well in many of my recipes. Has anyone come across soy cheese that melts well, I am stumbling on a good cheddar and mozz. I dont really care for the individuallly wrapped cheeses I have come across that is soy based.<br><br><br><br>
Any other ideas?
 

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i think there can be grey areas between vegetarianism and veganism <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> if you love cheese that much, keep eating it about just be happy that your avoiding the other animal foods, it would be better than being an unhappy vegan who looks as if they are doing something they dont want to.
 
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