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Well, life as a vegetarian has been good. Haven't been craving meat at all lately. I'd like to possibly become vegan someday, but I have a hard time avoiding cheese. I also like eggs. When I became a vegetarian it seemed like my cheese and egg consumption increased. Did any of you experience this as well?
 

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Yes...I was vegetarian for a year before giving up eggs and dairy. Eggs were a staple for me, at that point.<br>
I haven't had cheese in six years and I still miss it. Wish I could say I didn't, but I do. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> It's not like this for everyone, though. Many people lose the craving after a short while. And Daiya vegan cheese helps a lot! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:">
 

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I don't think my dairy or egg consumption increased. I was aware of issues realted to the egg and dairy industry so I moderated my intake. I now eat vegan most of the time but every couple of months I cave and have a slice of pizza or get some feta on a wrap. I really love cheese and I missed it alot when I was vegan for about a year. Daiya helps but I think I'll always have cheese cravings. As far as eggs are concerned I prefer tofu scramble and do my own baking so I don't miss them.
 

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Thanks for the responses. Right now I think my plan will be to gradually decrease my cheese and egg consumption. We'll see how it goes from there. Would like to eventually give up all animal products.
 

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I used to love cheese, too, before I went vegan. Now I really miss it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> but I've heard Daiya is great, so I stay vegan by telling myself I'm going to get some Daiya one day and make some super cheesy Mac and cheese, grilled cheese, pizza, etc. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:">
 

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I was never a big fan of cheese in the first place. I do like it on pizza, (I always prefered just cheese pizza even before I went veg*n) but that's about it. I ate a spinach cheese pizza roll a few days ago when I was on the road. It was good, but that kind of food is not a common thing for me. I think that was the first time I'd eaten any cheese all year. I eat vegan most of the time, and my goal is to go completely vegan eventually.<br><br>
I don't think I consumed more eggs or dairy products after I went vegetarian, but that does seem to be fairly common. You're definitely not alone.
 

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Mine spiked for a while as I tried to cover the taste of dishes I wasn't sure I liked and add extra protein to my diet. Over time I've adjusted though and became more comfortable with how to eat properly even with new foods. It helped to find new healthier dishes for my regular rotation, and to count calories (even if just sporadically to spot check) to ensure I was getting proper nutrients.
 

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When I first went vegetarian my egg and cheese consumption definitely went up! I never really ate eggs on their own before then, but I started eating fried eggs almost every day...a habit my waistline did not appreciate! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> Towards the end of my vegetarianism I was eating entire four-cheese pizzas on my own, and that's when I knew I had to stop. Daiya vegan cheese, as someone else said, definitely helped me with that.<br><br>
I'm vegan now though, which I guess just means my fruit and veg consumption has gone up, which is quite nice!
 

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Yeah, I don't miss meat, and look forward to not missing dairy and eggs, although the tough part seems to be simply losing a lot of options of what to eat. Will figure it out.
 

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I think that almost all vegetarian options when eating out are really heavy on cheese or eggs doesn't help.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Misty</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2986220"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think that almost all vegetarian options when eating out are really heavy on cheese or eggs doesn't help.</div>
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Definitely. The majority of vegetarian dishes at restaurants are usually centered around eggs or cheese laden meals.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Yeah, I don't miss meat, and look forward to not missing dairy and eggs, although the tough part seems to be simply losing a lot of options of what to eat. Will figure it out.</div>
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<br><a href="http://www.vegweb.com" target="_blank">www.vegweb.com</a> Tons of recipes and ideas on there.<br><br>
ETA: You could always replace cheese with hummus and replace eggs with tofu. Hummus works well on pizza, grilled sandwiches w/ veggies or veggieburgers, wraps, salads, pastas (mix with pasta sauce), etc. Use tofu to make tofu scramble, fried "eggs", or egg mcmuffins.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><a href="http://www.vegweb.com" target="_blank">www.vegweb.com</a> Tons of recipes and ideas on there.<br><br>
ETA: You could always replace cheese with hummus and replace eggs with tofu. Hummus works well on pizza, grilled sandwiches w/ veggies or veggieburgers, wraps, salads, pastas (mix with pasta sauce), etc. Use tofu to make tofu scramble, fried "eggs", or egg mcmuffins.</div>
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Thanks for the link. I do like hummus. Will look into Tofu!
 

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I have to admit that I was a huge cheese lover when I was lacto-ovo vegetarian. It was much easier for me to give up eggs and milk than cheese. What helped me was thinking about cheese as a condiment rather than an integral component of the food. So, I wouldn't eat a piece of string cheese or macaroni and cheese, but I would have a little parmesan on top of some pasta. Pretty soon I was ok with a little nutritional yeast and seasoned salt instead. I've also found pretty good "cheesy" sauces for mac and cheese and other things -- <a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7126.0" target="_blank">this dry uncheese mix</a> and <a href="http://simplytink.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-stove-top-mac-and-cheeze.html" target="_blank">this tofu-based sauce</a>. Some commercial vegan cheeses are good as well.<br><br>
Although I wanted to give up dairy for ethical reasons, it helped to also remind myself that cheese is not that healthy -- it has saturated fat that I don't really want in my diet.<br><br>
I have to admit that after over 6 months without it, I still miss cheese sometimes. The worst is during sad times when I want some comfort food, or if friends or coworkers are eating pizza with cheese and I can't easily order a vegan one. But, day-to-day, it's not really as much of an issue as I thought it would be.
 

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Cheese is my kryptonite. I have cut out eggs and milk out of my diet without a problem, but cheese is holding me back. I hate everything about it except how delicious it is. The idea of cheese is gross, how it's made, what it's made of, it's full of fat, it makes you feel gross, it blocks you up. Why can't I let it go? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> I should go buy some daiya and give it a chance..
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Misty</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2986220"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I think that almost all vegetarian options when eating out are really heavy on cheese or eggs doesn't help.</div>
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yeah, I hate that. I like cheese, but not when my entire meal is basically just a big cheesy mess.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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What helped me was thinking about cheese as a condiment rather than an integral component of the food.</div>
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Yah, I do this to a degree - I no longer use cheddar/bulk/filler cheeses and just stick to eating small amounts of the good stuff - haloumi, blue cheeses, chevre, parmesan. I'm alright with cheese being the "focus" of a meal or a snack though, so long as it's not like this - <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNvycLxEKro" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNvycLxEKro</a>.
 

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The only time I eat cheese is on a pizza or mac or cheese or a grilled cheese and little on my tacos. It has to me natural and not that processed yucky stuff and I only get blocks of cheeses and we shreed ourselves. We also get natural butter still because I can't get the fake ones. However I am 80 percent there.
 

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nope. i would say it decreased because i try to eat less of it, i was a huge cgheese fan before as well
 

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My dairy intake drastically decreased when I first became a vegetarian. Dairy products began to make me sick. However I still ate eggs just about every morning for breakfast. Now I don't eat eggs anymore. I don't feel as full in the morning without eggs but I refuse to eat them again.
 

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I've always loved cheese but never realized how little of it I eat until I started trying to avoid it. I've always been a calorie/fat counter so cheese hasn't been something that I allow myself to eat a lot of. Pizza is an exception, but I don't have that much either. If you've never tried Daiya, do it! I think it's so yummy and I love it.
 
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