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  • Day 3: Life Without (Dairy) Cheese? Yes, Please!
  • Daily Nugget: Eliminating dairy consumption has long been connected with alleviating arthritis symptoms, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

    Mini Beachy Pizza, photo courtesy of Kathy Patalsky, Healthy Happy Life blog

    There’s no denying that most people love cheese. And often, it’s the last thing people phase out before they go vegan. We know it’s addictive, and we want to be there while you beat your addiction. All dairy contains casomorphins, which act like a drug, intending to bond a baby calf to his or her mother, but end up bonding us to the cheese on our nachos. Casomorphins are super concentrated in cheese, hence our instant response, “But I caaan’t liiiive without cheeeese!” Just like other addictive substances, with all that saturated fat and cholesterol, cheese is nothing but detrimental to our health.

    Are you worried you can’t live without it? Well, you don’t have to. There are lots of vegan versions on offer these days that are heart healthier. We put Daiya cheese on your shopping list because Daiya stretches and melts like dairy cheese. But if you can’t find it or don’t like it, there are plenty of others to try, too. In Vegucated, Brian loved Tofutti American slices on sandwiches and burgers, but you may prefer something else. Currenly, we are obsessed with Chao slices and Miyoko’s Double Cream Chive for a splurge. Keep trying different ones until you find your favorite and do feel free to check the brand’s website for cooking tips and recipes.