How to Quit Eating Cheese (And Dairy)
Are you struggling to get over your addiction to cheese? If you answered yes, I’m not surprised. Americans eat roughly 3 times more cheese now than they did in 1970. How much cheese you might ask? Americans on average are eating around 23 pounds of cheese a year. HOLY COW! That’s a lot of cheese. The federal government recommends that people eat milk and dairy products for health. However, hundreds of clinical studies in the past several decades show that consumption of dairy, especially at the high levels seen in the US, can cause cancer, obesity, heart disease, and a plethora of other illnesses/diseases.
If you need help kicking your cheese addiction please read on…
First its helpful if you know some pretty powerful facts about dairy.
- 477 gallons of water are required to produce 1lb. of eggs; almost 900 gallons of water are needed for 1lb. of cheese.
- 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk.
- Livestock or livestock feed occupies 1/3 of the earth’s ice-free land.
- A farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people.
- Humans do NOT need cows milk to survive. Cow’s milk is baby calf growth food.
- Clinical research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bones.
- Dairy consumption has been linked to Cancer (specifically breast and prostate cancer), Cardiovascular Disease, and Diabetes.
- No species on the planet consumes milk in their adulthood or consumes milk of another species, besides humans…a bit strange, no?
- The USDA allows there to be millions of pus cells in milk.
If the facts stated above don’t make you want to quit eating cheese and dairy then consider these super satisfying dairy-free alternatives.
- Daiya Foods – Vegan Cheese. I suggest you check out the mozzerella style shredded “cheese”. It melts and stretches just like regular cheese. This option is great for lasagna, pasta, pizza and tacos!
- Cashew Cheese. You can find tons of cashew cheese recipes on Pintrest or in your local whole foods type health food store. These recipes are usually super simple to make and typically only require a few ingredients such as cashews, nutritional yeast and lemon.
- Sliced Tofu. Tofu mimics mild cheeses on sandwiches or with crackers. We suggest you go with an organic non-gmo brand like Nasoya.
- Nutritional Yeast. As you can tell from its name, nutritional yeast is packed with nutrition, particularly B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein. It’s gluten-free, low in fat and its flavor can be described as cheese, nutty and savory. Nutritional yeast can be added into homemade cheeses or sprinkled on any savory dish.
- Miso Mayo. A delicious alternative to mayo. Miso Mayo is made from soy without dairy, cholesterol, eggs, wheat, gluten, or sugar. It goes great on sandwiches, tacos, salads and much more!
- Homemade Cheese – there are seriously SO many recipes online for vegan cheese. If you’re concerned with soy or nuts…no worries there are plenty of recipes out there to match your needs. I suggest searching Pinterest or Google to find the recipe of your vegan dreams!
- Vegan Parmesan – Go Veggie makes a great substitute for anywhere you would use parmesan cheese. It’s vegan, gluten free, non-GMO. casein free, lactose free and dairy free.
- Vegan Cream Cheese – Try this nut-free recipe.
- Vegan Yogurt – Try making or buying a non-sweetened coconut yogurt and use it in place of recipes that ask for sour cream or mayo.
- Vegan Milk – There are many vegan options for plant based milks. Try coconut, almond, oat, cashew and rice.
Please remember: Everything in moderation! Vegan diets can be incredibly healthy, but it can be easy to get carried away by all of the things you are able to eat on a vegan diet, such as vegan cheese. Too much of a one thing can add up and contribute to food sensitivities or a larger waistline if your vegan diet isn’t balanced and contains too much sugar, fat and carbohydrates. We suggest steering clear from processed foods and sticking to homemade whole food items. However, it is nice to know that there are easy vegan cheese options available for purchase at the store for family vegan pizza night!