Factory farming is a practice that is beyond cruel for the animals who are bred, raised and slaughtered in abusive slavery under horrific conditions. It also creates appalling conditions for the workers at the facilities, and it is devastating for the environment. I haven’t eaten meat in years and I have no desire to.
And then there is dairy. Just as devistating for all involved, animals, earth, industry workers, consumers. Dreadful for our health. Loaded with all kinds of things that mess up our metabolism and cause allergies. It is here that I become a hypocrite. Because cheese is a seductive bastard! Meat was so easy to give up. I have never looked back and I have no desire or craving for it whatsoever. Cow’s milk was easy to give up, too. So many tasty nut and seed milk alternatives that I don’t miss it a bit. But cheese, ah, cheese. I have had such a hard time letting you go! Like an abusive relationship that I know is bad for me.
Dietary science shows that dairy is actually physically addicting. With good reason. It causes the calves to keep coming back for more so they grow big, and strong and healthy. Calves grow quickly and need to be fattened up in order to stay healthy and survive. I am not a calf. I most definitely do not need to be fattened up. I have already done that!
It is high time that I practice what I preach and stop supporting this heinous industry. I have already turned to grass fed organics for the little dairy that I still consume. Butter, sour cream and good aged hard cheeses. There are some reputable small companies out there. But the point is, dairy is not only unnecessary, it is contributing to my less than healthy body. I weigh more now than I did right before I delivered my twins. And no matter how humanly and organically the dairy is produced, it still comes from forcing animals, against their will, to give birth, have their babies taken away, and have their milk stolen for purposes nature never intended. There is no way to sugarcoat it. It is barbaric.
The more I immerse myself in Fae life, the more I know I have to step away from my abusive relationship with dairy. Fortunately, there are some great supportive groups. And by supportive groups, I mean vegan dairy substitute companies that have created enough tasty products to get me through the initial tough breakup. Let’s face it, most vegan cheese is gross. And I have yet to find a decent sour cream substitute. I try not to eat too many overly processed vegan foods, because vegan or not, processed is not great for the body. I try to eat whole foods as much as possible. But some days that just doesn’t happen. For those days, and to add a little decadence to the whole foods that I eat every day, I turn to these support groups. They help me not call dairy late at night after I’ve had a little wine.
Some of my favorite support groups:
Field Roast Chao cheese. So good, cold or melted!
Hampton Creek Just Mayo. So good! Their new line of salad dressing hasn’t made it to my stores yet, but I have high hopes for these products.
Tofuti Herbs and Chives Better than Cream Cheese. This is something I can’t eat great gobs of, and that’s ok. A little bit spread on a lettuce wrap or tortilla along with some hummus and tons of veggies, delicious!
I am also looking forward to trying Miyoko’s vegan cheese and butter. I hear great things about these products but they haven’t made it to my stores yet.
I would love to hear how you broke up with dairy and what products got you through the initial dairy-crave phase. Comment here or find me on Twitter @Fae_Life
I will keep you all posted on how my break up goes.