Switching to plant-based eating didn’t happen overnight for me. It was a gradual thing.
I’d flirted with the idea many times and even had periods of time where I’d been vegetarian, but I always had a nagging doubt at the back of my mind that stopped me from taking the next step.
How could I possibly live without cheese?
Cheese was hands down one of my favourite things to eat and could be eat at any time of the day or night. Am I right?
I could sniff out an artisan cheese shop from 100 paces (well who couldn’t actually ha ha) and I loved nothing more than sampling all of the different tangy, salty yumminess.
I also knew deep down that if I wanted to take my healthy eating journey to the next level that meant letting my beloved cheese go.
BUT how could I live without cheese?
If any of this resonates with you and you currently have that internal battle raging I can hand on heart say that here I am a few years later looking back and I’ve realised I don’t even miss cheese.
In the beginning it was tough and I probably went through the cheese equivalent of cold-turkey at the start but I don’t even remember when or how that changed.
What do you eat instead?
I often get asked “but what do you eat instead?” Honesty, mostly I don’t. I don’t try to replace cheese, I mean how I?
And all that fake cheese just doesn’t wash with me. It contains nothing that’s good for you and it, well, it just isn’t cheese!
The best way to tackle the situation was just to change what I was eating. Looking for dishes that wouldn’t naturally need cheese in them or on them made the switch so much easier. Curry anyone 😊
I made a few concessions one of which was that I never stopped eating cauliflower cheese. I very quickly developed my very own ‘no cheese sauce’.
Made mostly with store cupboard ingredients including cashew nuts and nutritional yeast this has become a firm favourite and can be used to add a creamy twist to lots of different dishes.
Ready to go plant-based?
Would you love to switch to a plant-based way of eating but you’re concerned that you can’t or won’t be able to give up certain foods? Why not just give it a try? What’s the worst that could happen?
You might be surprised at how quickly you adapt.
But if it doesn’t all go to plan, be kind to yourself. You can always start again, whenever you choose.
If jumping all the way in feels too daunting, perhaps try just three or four plant-based days per week at first and work up from there.
Still finding it more challenging than you’d hoped and need some support to get you started?
Maybe a VIP Eat To Thrive session with me is just what you need to help get you set up for success.