“I could never be vegan, I love cheese too much.”
Chances are if you’re a vegetarian, vegan or know anyone who is you’ve heard or even said this before. No doubt, you’ve thought it before. Cheese and other dairy products are everywhere in the American diet and that’s the way we love it. We add it to our eggs, our sandwiches, our cakes; we fry it, grill it, cream it, and even string it. It has embedded itself into our culture, become a staple of comfort in our diet and adopted the term “American”. But is it really good; not just for us, but for those that produce it?
Cheese is not the only dairy product we’re obsessed with, though it may be the only one with its own category of addiction (cheese addiction being an actual issue now), eggs and milk have become a mainstay of our diets as well.
Last month I had the pleasure of reviewing Sarah Taylor’s (The Vegan Next Door) new book Vegetarian to Vegan for Austin Woman Magazine. Unfortunately for me, the vegan article had its limitations based on publication parameters. I had to cut about 2000 words, but luckily I have another outlet to share the information in this book.
First, let me start off by saying buy this book. For your own knowledge and for anyone who may be interested in making a diet or lifestyle change.
Below are a few of my favorite quotes from the book, but I’ll also be scattering some of the information about in other posts periodically. So, be on the lookout!
- “Furthermore, many leading physicians and nutritionists are now calling dairy products ‘liquid meat’ due to their terrible effects on our health.”
- “So, while the vegetarian diet offers incredible benefits over the standard meat and dairy based diet, it doesn’t touch the suffering of the billions of animals in the dairy and egg industries, is still extremely taxing on the environment and can sabotage an otherwise healthy diet.”
- “So don’t feel like you’re a hopeless cause if you saw horrible photos of the dairy industry and still couldn’t get yourself to change… it simply wasn’t compelling enough information for you, or it didn’t come at the right time.”
- “To make the change from a vegetarian to a vegan diet, you will need two things: A strong enough reason to do it, and the tools to help you succeed.”
To read the book review of this book and the delicious Vegan Al Fresco check out the digital edition of Austin Woman Magazine’s July issue.