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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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    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.)
    1990 days ago
    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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    1991 days ago
    Good luck! I'm a dairy lover, too.
    1991 days ago
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    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...
    1991 days ago
    One of my problems...
    1991 days ago
    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.
    1991 days ago
    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.
    1991 days ago
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