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Hi All,

I'm a new vegan from Philly - have been vegetarian for over 20 years and "almost" vegan for five years, just hanging on to the cheese mainly.

Made the commitment and decision to go 100% vegan last month and haven't looked back since. I am surprised how different vegan and vegetarianism is and I'm very glad I made the (short yet huge) leap to vegan. My friends, family, and coworkers are all fascinated by my veganism, much more so than they ever were regarding my vegetarian status, which underscores that veganism truly is a lifestyle change and not just a dietary change. So far the most frequent question I get is "Do you eat honey"? LOL!



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Welcome to VB. You'll find lots of other folks who have struggled (or are still struggling) with the infamous cheese. That's cool that your family/friends are interested!
 

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Hi Iamjen and Isowish,

it *is* a great feeling to be 100% vegan, more so than I would have thought! It's funny, but now that I've made the decision and commitment, the cheese thing is not so daunting. I just tell myself it's like when I first became vegetarian in the 1980's - there will be some things I like but simply no longer eat, and eventually it won't even be an issue...for example, I used to LOVE to eat chicken...especially the skin. But it only took a few months back then before the thought of eating any part of a chicken was as appealing to me as eating cardboard.

I haven't had milk or eggs for years, so that's no problem. I have noticed though that eggs and milkfat and whey are in a lot of things you wouldn't expect, so reading labels is a constant thing. I know I"ll be cooking at lot more!

I'm making a trek to the famous "Vegan Treats" bakery in Bethlehem today - can't wait!!!
 

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Welcome!
I'm another "vegan-in-training" struggling with cheese. If you go to the Vegan Discussion forum, there's a thread titled Weaning off Dairy - The Support Thread that you might find helpful.
 

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hi rowan - glad you're here.

cheese was a rough one for me as well. i found that adding more recipe options to my repertoire helped immensely. after about a month, i stopped thinking about it.

there's a cheese support thread or two around here somewhere.
 

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Welcome - I grew up in Philly, still have family there.

In fact, I worked at the Reading Terminal Market for a few years - serious produce country! And that part of the world still grows the best Tomatoes and Sweet Corn I've ever tasted.
 

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Tonight I just read the label on my vat of "Smart Balance" spread and found it has WHEY! argh....I had purchased it last year but I haven't eaten any of since I committed to veganism, so that's good. I know I've had other spreads that are vegan, like Soy Garden I think it is, but i was just careless with this one, I just didn't see the "whey."

I did go to Vegan Treats bakery on Saturday - what a fabulous place! They have everything a non-vegan bakery has - donuts, cookies, brownies, cakes, etc. and so beautiful. I bought tons of stuff and froze most of it. It's an hour and a half drive for me so I wanted to stock up.

Thanks again for all the welcomes.

Rowan
 
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