So, it has been a week since I started my vegan experiment. I thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far – but before I get into this post, I must confess that I have cheated (I accidentally had spot of milk in my earl grey tea out of habit, I had a cookie that had butter in it, and I did have some items during the celebration of our local Gurdwara opening – the Mercury News covered this event).
- It would be easier if I had gotten rid of all cheese and dairy from my home prior to this trial, but I’m not imposing my experiment on my husband, nor was I about to throw away perfectly good food. Those cheese strings can be so tempting sometimes!
- I agree with the folks that say becoming vegan is really an ethical choice – I’ve had many moments where I have had to force myself to avoid cheese. I could see this being a continuous battle. My choice to be a lacto-vegetarian is a religious one, so I don’t have any qualms about cheese and yogurt, especially since I am pretty particular about where I source these items from.
- I miss yogurt…desperately. I refuse to eat soy yogurt or any other substitutes – I was already extremely particular about how my yogurt tasted and smelled, so trying out a fake option is just not for me.
- You have to be very disciplined about how well your refrigerator is stocked with fresh produce items. I’ve had a couple of busy weekends and did not get a chance to head out to the farmers market. Also, my CSA was not delivering last week as they were doing a season changeover. Without proper ingredients in the refrigerator, it is really easy to begin considering the cheese items.
- Hummus on toast is a great alternative to cheese on toast – just as tasty and incredibly satisfying.
- I tried making quesedillas with Daiya’s cheddar style shreds, and again, I can understand how someone would be willing to have this as a replacement to cheese if their vegan choices were for ethical reasons, but I did not enjoy it at all. I’d rather not have cheese at all. That being said, I will try out other Daiya products in other recipes before I completely write them off.
- I have not consumed any processed “fake meat” options – I don’t eat meat for a reason, and I don’t need to be eating these factory-made items made to look and taste like something I would otherwise not eat.
All that being said, I’m not giving up and am going to continue to my adventure for the rest of the month. Wish me luck!
I really like what you are doing here. I think I’d have an awful time in the cheese area too. In fact, I was just writing a draft post on cheese and in my research learned that the average American eats more than 33 pounds a year. That sort of freaked me out. Love that you’re sharing this experiment.