Here is a five-step process for how you can eliminate cheese from your diet:
- Start by prioritizing. OK, so you really like cheese. Is that a good excuse to keep eating other dairy-based foods that you can live without? Instead of drinking cow’s milk, switch to soy milk, rice milk, hemp milk, or almond milk. Instead of dairy-based cream cheese and ice cream, try soy or coconut based products. Experiment with what’s out there and learn to get creative!
- Cut back on cheese. Get rid of the cheese in the fridge and only eat it when you’re at a restaurant. Stop ordering “extra cheese” if you’re prone to that and when you can, ask for the cheese on the side so it’s easier to eat less of it. If you’re used to eating cheese every day, cut back to once a week. If you’re used to eating it once a week, but back to once a month. Save cheese for special occassions or when you feel that you can’t find another option.
- Be selective. Choose the kinds of cheeses you really enjoy and stop eating the rest. And stick to cheese that comes from a farm that you have personally visited. Remember, if they won’t show you where your food comes from, you shouldn’t eat it!!! ONLY eat from suppliers who are open and honest about what happens on the farm.
- Try vegan alternatives. Start experimenting with vegan cheeses. There are LOTS of different kinds you can buy and even more that you can make yourself. When you find one you like, switch to that and cut out the cheese.
- Forgive yourself if you make a mistake. If you slip up and eat cheese one day, just dust yourself off and try again. Remember that regression is part of the process for most people, it’s not an excuse to quit. Each new day is an opportunity for a new you.