I Want to Go Vegan, but I’m Addicted to Cheese... Help!
In high school, I picked up a video about factory farming and the extreme cruelty and neglect faced by animals so that we can eat them. I immediately swore off meat.

Not too long after that, I started to learn about the inherent cruelty in dairy and eggs and wanted to ditch all animal products. And I did... except for cheese. I was in love with cheese, and I couldn’t imagine life without it.

And you know what? I gave it up anyway, and I don’t miss it. After seven years of vegan eating, I’ve figured out a thing or two about leaving cheese behind for good:

• Try a bunch of new stuff.

There are vegan versions of all your favourite foods, including cheese.

• Make things creamy!

Cashew cream, vegan mayo, avocado, and tahini are all great for making things creamier (and a little fattier) and creating a more satisfying dish.

• Find vegan pizza near you.

For me, part of the struggle was thinking I could no longer enjoy pizza. Luckily, that was far from the truth. More and more pizza places are offering vegan cheese.

• Make your own.

While making your own vegan cheese can take time and a wide array of skills, there are definitely some simple recipes that anyone can make.

• Buy some nutritional yeast.

Yeah, I know it’s an awful name, but this stuff is seriously good. Highly regarded by vegans around the globe, nutritional yeast is a must-have vegan pantry staple. From an amazing Parmesan alternative to a bomb nondairy nacho cheese dip, nutritional yeast (lovingly known as “nooch”) can do it all.

• Maintain perspective.

Remember why you decided to ditch dairy in the first place: animal cruelty. Cows at dairy farms are subjected to extreme confinement, mutilations without painkillers—and inevitably, a ruthless slaughter. Even worse, they are denied nearly everything that comes naturally to them, including caring for their young.

You’re making a big difference for animals, the environment, and your health when you leave cheese off your plate.
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