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Hi all,<br><br>
I've been a vegetarian for about 7 months now and going strong. The switch has been harder on my family then me. My grandma has that persistent "Your not eating enough" line and my grandpa will eat raw hamburger to show me how it dosen't kill him.<br><br><br><br>
About 3 months in I also gave up drinking milk and eating eggs. I do however eat dairy products or products made with milk and products made with eggs (I just won't eat a hard-boiled eggs or an omelet.) I would like to make the switch to veganism, it just seems so difficult to give up cheese and the like. I have been replacing certain items with their veggie counterpart, like Toffuti for regular ice cream, ect, but it seems like almost everything has some animal product in it! What can I do??<br><br><br><br>
-Amber<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/8/8a/8a2746cd_vbattach343.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/8/8a/525x525px-LL-8a2746cd_vbattach343.jpeg" style="width:150px;height:150px;"></a>
 

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Hey Amber!<br><br><br><br>
I went through similar difficulties last year, when I made the veggie/vegan transition. I wondered how exactly I could give up pizza, and cheese toasties, and ice cream... it seemed impossible but somehow or other, I managed.<br><br><br><br>
Once you get good vegan receipes, and start looking around health food stores, you realise that there are plenty of good substitutes. I now have cheeseless pizzas, with loads of extra toppings, soy cheese (which, admittedly, often doesn't taste so good... but some of the spread-y kinds are nice) and as you already said, Tofutti have a great line of vegan ice cream products.<br><br><br><br>
In any case, I'm sure that the hordes of people here will be able to put you on the right track <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Anyway, welcome to the boards and I just love your goaty friend <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Take care!<br><br><br><br>
The Gazumper
 

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Hi, Amber! That thing about your grandpa made me chuckle. My Grandpa always gives me funny looks and tells me how he's been eating meat for 80-some years and he's fine! <i>"But, Grumps, meat in the '20s isn't the same as the meat today!'</i> lol.<br><br><br><br>
Welcome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hi.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hi:">
 

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My suggestion:<br><br>
Gross yourself out. Seriously. I read McDougall, and the details of what cheese is made of was enough to disgust me completely. I pointed out to omnihubby that casein, milk protein, is used in glue. His face lit up with understanding, "OH! So that's why wood glue smells like milk!"<br><br><br><br>
And y'know what? It does. I never thought of it, but glue does smell (and look) like milk. So now whenever I see milk I think of it as glue, and cheese is just dried, salted glue.<br><br><br><br>
Yick! If it helps, I don't miss cheese anymore.<br><br><br><br>
Now if only that worked for chocolate!
 

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I had a huge resistence to giving up dairy. I used to love nachos, pizza, burritos, white chocolate mochas, veggie subs with provolone. I just decided one day- no more. Once I made up my mind, it wasn't hard at all. I still eat all those things, just without the cheese. You really don't notice it missing as much as you think you will. What really helped is, after I gave it up for a while, I broke down and had some pizza and my body got really hot and flush, and my mouth, throat, and lips were thick, sticky, and greasy feeling. That means my body reacted to it as though it were a toxin.<br><br><br><br>
I also keep a picture of a broken down dairy cow in my wallet for extra dairy repellent....
 

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Hi Amber,<br><br><br><br>
Cheese is a big problem for a lot of people, including me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> However, I find that once you go without it for a while, it gets easier to pass it up. Try keeping a journal to see how long you can go vegan for. Every time you "slip up", start over and try to beat your time. This really helps me.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, welcome to the board! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hi Amber, you could try being vegan for a little while. Many people (including me) find it much easier than we thought it would be and the cravings aren't as common as we thought. It it doesn't work, you're no worse off for having tried. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hi Amber. Welcome to this wonderful community. It might help to think about what the animals are subjected to so that humans can satisfy their cravings for milk and eggs.
 

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Hi Amber, Welcome to VB <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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