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I Couldn’t Give Up Cheese, So I Gave Up Animal Cruelty Instead

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I used to think I could never give up cheese. After all, it was my very favorite food. When my husband and I would eat out at chi-chi restaurants, I wouldnt even look at the entrées or desserts; Id just order the cheese plate. Brie, havarti, gouda, goat, stilton, gorgonzola, fetaI loved them all. I remember one time (before I knew the truth about animal agriculture) I went to a local bookstore and was flipping through a copy of Joel Fuhrmans Eat To Live. I was reading along, nodding in agreement as he described a diet which contained no meat, no fish, no eggs, no oiland then I saw it: no cheese. Huh? Say again? What kind of joyless doctrine of abstention is this? Fuuuhggit about it. I quickly slammed the book shut and returned it to the shelf.
But then, soon after, three things happened... (CONTINUED)
An excellent blog post about why cheese isn't worth it and how you can live without it even if you think you can't
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Oh I wish there was a warning about the calf picture. Really is cheese so worth it to put an animal in a veal crate?
Excellent link Ive bookmarked the entire blog...its brilliant!

Ive cut out block cheese, I still am eating things that have cheese in, for now, as I feel I will be more succesful doing it a bit at a time. I dont even miss cheese on crackers at all...not like I thought I would!
Thanks for posting
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I've heard that cheese is literally addictive. What's in it that makes it this way for us?
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I missed it for a brief period, but I got over it soon enough. I think people often play up the physically addictive qualities of cheese to justify their psychological addiction to it.
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I've heard that cheese is literally addictive. What's in it that makes it this way for us?
An extremely small amount of peptides called Casomorphins.
This is a great way of looking at this topic, one that a lot of animal lovers can relate to. Also, vegan cheeses have gotten a lot better than even just a few years ago!
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I've heard that cheese is literally addictive. What's in it that makes it this way for us?
I don't believe it is. Well, at least it never was for me.

People can be "addicted" to almost everything -- cars, images of George Costanza*, chocolate, the smell of fresh pine. That doesn't mean the object in question has to have addictive properties; I would look more into the person than into the object.

*speaking of that, where's my fix?
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Ahhhhh there it is. *shivers go away*
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I don't believe it is. Well, at least it never was for me.

People can be "addicted" to almost everything -- cars, images of George Costanza*, chocolate, the smell of fresh pine. That doesn't mean the object in question has to have addictive properties; I would look more into the person than into the object.

*speaking of that, where's my fix?
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Ahhhhh there it is. *shivers go away*
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Ahhhhhh.
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I don't believe it is. Well, at least it never was for me.

People can be "addicted" to almost everything -- cars, images of George Costanza*, chocolate, the smell of fresh pine. That doesn't mean the object in question has to have addictive properties; I would look more into the person than into the object.

*speaking of that, where's my fix?
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Ahhhhh there it is. *shivers go away*
I thought you were going to show the pictures of him posing in his underwear with Kramer as the photographer.
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People can be "addicted" to almost everything -- cars, images of George Costanza*, chocolate, the smell of fresh pine. That doesn't mean the object in question has to have addictive properties; I would look more into the person than into the object.
True, but it doesn't make a person's individual addiction any less difficult to break. I used to be that person who ordered a cheese plate in a restaurant too because I loved it but now I hardly ever crave dairy cheese.
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Thanks for posting, I needed to read that today!
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Excellent link Ive bookmarked the entire blog...its brilliant!

Ive cut out block cheese, I still am eating things that have cheese in, for now, as I feel I will be more succesful doing it a bit at a time. I dont even miss cheese on crackers at all...not like I thought I would!
Hummus on crackers my new addiction. I had to go cold turkey on cheese when I gave it up, I'm afraid if I ate some again I'd relapse.
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An excellent blog post about why cheese isn't worth it and how you can live without it even if you think you can't
I crave cheese almost every single day and I haven't had any for seven years.
But I can and I am living without it, and I never thought I could!
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Thanks for posting that piece!
Hell, I was even able to give it up during a period when I was still extremely uniformed about the reality of what's going on at "dairy" farms. I do remember "cheese" being a blanket for mediocre cooking. Like over-cooked/under-cooked rice/noodles or veggies, just cover it with cheese.
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