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How to Beat Those Cheese Cravings

Cheese addiction is very real and happens to almost everyone who tries to give it up.

Switching from being a vegetarian to vegan can be a real challenge. Some meals just don’t feel right without cheese – whether it’s mozzarella on pizza or the cheddar in sandwiches and pies. And if you’re from a cheese-loving culture, the idea of giving it up can be quite difficult to imagine.

I’ve heard countless people say, “I could never go raw vegan because I can’t live without cheese,” which, when you think about it, is a clear sign of addiction. Conversely, have you ever heard someone say: “I can’t live without pears or apples”? I bet you haven’t. That’s because unlike cheese, fruit is not addictive.

While researching this article, I came across a source that described cheese as “dairy equivalent of crack cocaine”, which I thought was funny and a good way of looking at it.

In my personal experience, I went vegan by giving up meat and dairy products almost overnight, but my cheese consumption lingered for a little while longer – albeit in very small amounts until I cut it out completely. Let me tell you how I did it.

But first, why is cheese so addictive?

Cheese and other dairy products contain a protein called casein that, when digested, breaks down into compounds called casomorphins, which bind to dopamine receptors in our brain.

This “feel good” chemical reaction is similar to any other dopamine trigger, from alcohol and drug use to exercise or listening to music. The casomorphins in cheese may explain why people are so addicted to pizza, pastries, cheesecake, and other cheese-based products.

To quote Dr Douglas Graham: “We make cheese by taking the casein part of milk and rotting it with types of bacteria that produce by-products that many palates have come to appreciate. Cheese is pretty much all the decomposition products in one package: putrefactive proteins, fermented carbohydrates and rancid fats”.

Some foods are fattening. Others are addictive. Cheese is fattening AND addictive. That’s the problem.

How to Stop Your Cravings for Cheese

The advice I am about to give you will not be found anywhere else because very few people research and properly understand the raw food diet and natural health nutrition.

  • Eat enough fruit.

Eating lots of fruit is usually the best antidote to junk food addiction.

If you get a lot of your calories from fruit, you’ll gain a lot of energy and you will be less inclined to fill up on cheese and other junk food. Also, when you consume a sufficient amount of fruit, your taste buds will change and fatty foods, including cheese, will not taste as good. This will happen!

If you are not 100% raw and still want to eat a traditional pizza, eat it without cheese. You will not miss the taste of cheese once you have re-adapted your taste buds.

  • Don’t replace traditional cheese with vegan cheese.

The average vegan cheese is full of fat (even the advertised low-fat ones), so avoid them altogether if possible.

If you are still tempted to eat vegan cheese, try this little trick: put a slice of vegan cheese in the microwave and see what it looks like after a minute. It will look like the most disgusting, greasy thing you’ve ever seen. It’ll put you off from eating it ever again.

  • Try raw vegan cheese.

The average vegan cheese is full of fat (even the advertised low-fat ones), so avoid them altogether if possible.

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