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Day 12 - There IS life after cheese...

Saturday, December 08, 2012

I wish I had read Chapter 12 of "The 30-Day Vegan Challenge" first -- as I've said, cheese is a major weakness for me, and probably my biggest obstacle to committing to veganism (well, more like dairy in general). I think I read somewhere once that you really CAN become addicted to the casein in cheese, but the book doesn't mention it. It talks more about how we connect food to memories/feelings and sometimes, when we crave something, we are really just missing that feeling or memory. I guess that makes sense...

One quote I took away from the book is: "If we think we 'can't give up cheese,' it may be because we're unwilling to." The author suggests educating yourself about what dairy cows (and goat and sheep) experience. This is not a pleasant idea for me. I have read a little bit about how such animals are treated, and have seen a few clips in documentaries (though to be honest, most of the time I turned my head so I wouldn't have to watch). I guess maybe I just have to connect cheese to the suffering of animals and that will stop my desire to eat it. Not to mention how sick I felt after I ate some a few days ago (see my last blog entry).

I don't mean to tell others how to eat -- obviously, I am just trying to figure it out for myself!
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XANGELSTEARZX 12/8/2012 8:29PM

    For me it's about where the dairy comes from. We live close to a Shatto Dairy Farm. I've been there and seen the place, pet the cows, and you can see the whole place on a tour so I'm willing to have theirs because I've seen that the animals are well tender and not mistreated. We've even bought a cute lil bull calf from them to raise and sell (I'm opposed to raising meat I get too attached.)

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KARRENLYNN 12/8/2012 5:54PM

    I love dairy and cheese in particular as well, so I would have a tough time with this too. I have cut back but not entirely so right now that's working for me. Good luck with both of your challenges - dairy and vegan.

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SARI_GIRL 12/8/2012 4:03PM

    Good luck! I'm a dairy lover, too.

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INREPAIR2013 12/8/2012 3:53PM

    I know that animals in smaller, family-run farms are treated more humanely, but unfortunately I think most of the dairy products I find in the grocery store come from large "farms" that may not treat their animals with as much respect. I just want to make sure I have a clear conscience about the food I choose to eat, and if I can't guarantee the animal was treated humanely...

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DIBANANA 12/8/2012 3:48PM

  One of my problems...

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FORMERFATGUY777 12/8/2012 3:47PM

    I couldn't give up cheese myself. My Father in law was a dairy farmer. I have never seen any of his animals abused or mistreated. But I do hear the vegan diet is very healthy. So I wish you the best of luck. If it works for you that's great.

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MAGGIEVAN 12/8/2012 3:45PM

    Cheese in moderation is good. Not all animals are treated bad. Make sure you get organic cheese. I love cheese as well but of lately it is too salty for me.

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