For me, the smooth, creamy, warm texture of melted cheese was a mouth-watering weakness. On pizzas, in grilled cheese, over broccoli, potatoes, tomatoes, veggie burgers, french fried potatoes, I melted cheese – and never tired of melting cheese. And when I decided to become a vegan a few years ago, I thought I would NEVER be able to give up the cheese that I sliced, shredded, and melted on anything that passed my lips.
But by discovering vegan cheese substitutes to satisfy my cheese cravings, I found 30 less calories, zero trans fat, zero
cholesterol, and melt-able goodness with each slice – all considerably better for my health than the dairy slices.
With dairy cheese, I was obsessed. The animal fat that dairy cheese deposited in my fat cells was adding up with every slice I ate and compromising my health goals. I think it was around that time period that I found out that my health age was about five years older than my actual age, which meant that my health needed a drastic change.
Substituting vegan cheese that I liked – I admit that not all vegan cheeses are created equal – helped me to form a new taste habit with a healthier option.
Just recently, I decided that while I was not going to label myself vegan anymore, I AM going to continue eating like one for the most part because I am happy with this new habit that I’ve formed in the past four years. Since I wanted to add a bit of dairy so that my supplement wasn’t my only dairy source, I thought about dairy cheese. One day with my granddaughter, I pinched off a piece of her pizza for the melted cheese and guess what? It tasted heavy and foreign to my taste buds. I couldn’t even finish it!
That made me happy. 🙂 By substituting the vegan cheese, and sticking to it, I actually formed a new habit to eat healthier …
and I didn’t have to label myself to do it. 🙂