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8/26/10 2:31 P

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If your just drinking milk - almond milk didn't do it for me, but if your adding it to cooking or cereal (I LOVE LOVE LOVE almond milk in cereal) and I cook with it all the time. I just don't find a need to drink a glass of milk anymore. I make smoothies or milkshakes with bananas if I need milk.

Hope you loved your earth balance. That stuff literally tastes just like butter. No reason for me to ever need to have butter again.

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8/25/10 8:13 P

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Nimaweygh- I was never big on Milk and haven't had any in a loooong time, but I would try Rice Dream milk original. It looks like it is the same consistency as skim milk, and it does not have as strong a flavor as soy. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes emoticon



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7/17/10 7:58 P

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I am so lucky I HATE CHEESE, yep you read it right. I don't eat any cheese. Nor do I eat anything white and creamy such as mayo, sour cream, cream cheese, ranch dressing, yogurt of any kind, etc.

So that is no problem for me.

And I am going out tomorrow for the earth balance buttery spread. So should cure my butter wants.

My problem is my FF skim milk...............I LOVE IT.
So that is a real struggle for me. Giving up that milk. Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Nimsy, AR

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Love thy neighbor as thy self. God

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No one is going to sail your ship for you, they are busy sailing their own, so suck it up buttercup and get underway or out of the way, the choice is all yours. Nimsy



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6/15/10 4:29 A

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The only dairy I have is greek yogurt, maybe once a week. I have a hard time with that because it's such a protein rich snack.

Besides that, I've been using a bit on nutritional yeast if I need a bit of cheese flavor. I'm surprised at how little I've been craving cheese. I love cheese but the oil dripping from melted cheddar makes me cringe.

The other day my family got pizza and I got a vegan pizza. It was super good - I ate the whole thing (lunch and dinner)!

For baked goods (as treats), I've been going for vegan only options. However, we have a personal chef that comes once a week to do our meals and I'm afraid that if I make a big stink about being vegan, he'll quit or charge more. :/ He generally just makes me two different veggie soups and then a dish I might suggest and gets salad stuff in order and then I fend for myself the rest of the week. He cooks all lunches and dinners for my husband and kids though.

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6/10/10 3:34 P

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Bought the Earth Balance spread and I love it, although with the way I've been eating lately, I haven't had much need to use it. The only dairy product I'm still having a time with is cheese. I have vegan cheese but I just keep going right back to the cow juice. I'll get it right one day soon.

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MELANIEC.'s Photo MELANIEC. Posts: 910
5/11/10 10:27 A

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So how is everyone doing with the dairy free?

I've been doing really well.

Last night I had Coconut Non dairy ice cream made from Coconut milk - YUMMY!

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MELANIEC.'s Photo MELANIEC. Posts: 910
5/8/10 10:36 A

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Yeah, it's definately something as a vegan or vegetarian that you do have to work on be conscious of. Do a search of high calcium foods and see if you can figure out ways to work those into your diet.

Check out the pages where alicia talks about Calcium. Pages 39 (she gives some examples). Some items she mentions are chickpeas, collard greens, parsley, soybeans, almonds, sesame seeds, and hijiki sea vegetables. All of those are higher per miligram (per 100 gram serving) than butter and milk. Pretty impressive.

Also see page 64 to learn how foods high in oxalic acid interferes with the absorption of calcium.

Page 74 talks about how will I get calcium.

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5/5/10 3:41 P

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I didn't have a problem giving up dairy. I use vegan parmesan cheese on pasta. I was surprised now that I am tracking everything I eat in SparkPeople to see that I really am not getting enough calcium. I am working on figuring out ways to do it without taking supplements.

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MELANIEC.'s Photo MELANIEC. Posts: 910
5/2/10 4:59 P

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You should try Earth balance buttery spread. I tried it based on Alicia's recommendation in the book - and let me just say it's all my family uses now. So good - I love it on toast!!!

I've been eating Ghiradelli 100% unsweetened baking chocolate. It's bitter at first but by the 3rd square I was really loving it. Now if they would just get organic. It's so good, I eat it by the square, use it in baking, smoothies, etc. SO GOOD!

I just bought the Real Food Daily cookbook and there is a recipe for cashew cheddar cheese which they claim they use in the restaurant and the patrons were freaking out because they thought it was real cheese. Can't wait to try it. I've got the ingredients to make the barley recipe on the front cover. Can't wait to try it. This is a cookbook recommended by Alicia on her website and I love it so far. Great info in the front and lots of yummy recipes.

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5/1/10 11:22 P

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I too have found it hardest to give up cheese. Even though I bought soy cheese once, I still went back to regular cheese. I'm still working on it. I've also had a time giving up chocolate candy with diary in it. Butter too. Well, I typically use vegetable oil spread but I believe that still has some cream in it.

Soy Delicious makes wonderful ice cream that tastes so much like regular ice cream that I can't tell the difference. I was never a big fan of eggs but nowadays when I bake I use ground flax seed mixed with a little water. You'd never know there weren't egg in my oatmeal cookies.

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MELANIEC.'s Photo MELANIEC. Posts: 910
4/28/10 10:49 A

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I've been working on going dairy free for some time now.

For cereal, almond milk has been perfect. So far the one I like best is Pacific Organic unsweetened original. Very yummy, at least in the sweetend cereal I've been eating.

www.pacificfoods.com/our-foods/nut-g
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For Ice cream - I make a thick smoothie using frozen bananas, almond milk, peanut butter or other nut butter (or any flavors you want like frozen fruits, you could add vanilla extract, etc.). Sometimes I even thrown in 100% dark unsweetened chocolate (or you could use sweetened chocolate (make sure its free of dairy or cocoa powder). Blend and enjoy. I also like the Turtle Mountain (or there are other brands) of Coconut milk ice cream- very yummy and so close in taste to regular ice cream (chooclate peanut butter is out of this world). Almond Dream makes ice cream sandwiches that I hear are very good, but haven't tried them yet.

I also have 3 dairy free ice cream books that I hope to test out this summer. The Vegan Scoop, Lick It, and Vice Cream.

Cheese is my weakness. This one will be tougher. I've made a quesadilla with hummus and dipped it in homemade salsa - It was out of this world and could so replace my love of quasadillas. I got this idea from The Vegan Table cookbook (very good cookbook). I also want to try Daiya cheese, which I hear is so good. Alicia mentions Follow your heart cheese in the book, but on her blog on her webstite she says that Daiya was the best she ever had. She found it after the book went to print. I've heard it's great for grilled cheese, quasadilla and pizza. I'm also a little leary of "fake" processed things thought too. I usually prefer to make things usuing healthy ingredients so that is why I love the hummus quesadilla so much.

I do like Amy's Vegan Roasted Vegetable pizzas, so I use that a lot and it's a great pizza. I hear Trader Joes has one just like it. I want to try that one soon to see if it's less expensive.

So what are some of your hints or struggles for giving up dairy?

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4/28/10 10:45 A

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I don't find it difficult to give up dairy in general but what I'm finding difficult is cheese. I hate those soy cheese products and I dislike the idea of something SO processed. I feel like that probably is the last bit of dairy I have in my diet..That and the glass of chocolate milk I have after working out. Maybe I'll just keep trying to phase it out..I had been trying hard for a month or so then missed it so much I went back but I bet I could do it.

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MELANIEC.'s Photo MELANIEC. Posts: 910
4/28/10 10:22 A

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I'd love to have a discussion on "Going Dairy Free".

Have you tried yet? Let's discuss what you are finding easy to give up, and what you are finding hard to give up. What non-dairy finds are you loving.

So let's talk Dairy Free!!


www.godairyfree.org/

www.dairyfreefitness.com/

www.milksucks.com/free.asp

www.wholefoodsmarket.com/nutrition/d
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ry-free.php


www.dairyfreeliving.com/

Edited by: MELANIEC. at: 4/28/2010 (10:26)
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