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New to veg :-)
July 07, 2012 11:18PM
I have just found out that I have a beef allergy. I do not eat pork so that only leaves fish and chicken and so I thought this would be a good time to become a veg. Now the beef allergy also includes dairy. I love milk and cheese but can't handle the effects it has on me. Any info, help, advise would be great. Also I tried organic milk tonight and it had the same effect as regular milk. I'm up for trying soy milk but any suggestions for butter and cheese? Do they make these in non dairy? Help
Re: New to veg :-)
July 08, 2012 03:10PM
Congratulations on deciding to go veg! If you can stick with it, this will be one of the best decisions you've made in your life. You will live longer and be so much healthier. Now the fun of making the transition begins! You're making a lot of changes at once, and that's great, but try not to feel overwhelmed. You can do this.

My first thought after reading your post is...do you have a Whole Foods or a store like that near you? If so, it'll make life much easier for you since they'll have everything you need.

Soy milk is awesome. Don't forget about almond and coconut milks. Hemp milk is also super good.

Butter? No problem. My favorite vegan butter is Earth Balance. Check them out here: [www.earthbalancenatural.com] They make a vegan buttery spread that comes in round margarine tubs and they also make vegan butter sticks for baking. There's many other brands, Earth Balance is just my fave. Like I said, go to Whole Foods and you can try all the different brands and find the one you like most.

Mayo. You didn't ask about this but I'll tell ya anyway. A company called Follow Your Heart makes the *best* mayonnaise you've ever had. I would buy this stuff whether I was vegan or not. It's called Vegenaise: [followyourheart.com]

Cheese. Here's where things might get tricky for you. Yes, there are all kinds of non-dairy cheeses. However, in my opinion, there is no product on the market yet that tastes just like cow's cheese. So if you're looking for an exact replacement, don't get your hopes up. That said, the non-dairy cheese that's the closest to cow's cheese is called Daiya cheese. It melts and is great on pizzas. Then there are all kinds of nut cheeses and other products. Try Daiya first.

Hope this helps!
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