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#1 of 3 Old 04-08-2003, 03:47 PM - Thread Starter
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I have read and read and read. All the site seem to have conflicting information and I keep getting more and more confused.:. I have come to the conclusion that I want to eliminate regular dairy from my diet. DH thinks that I am crazy. I do enjoy dairy products and cook with them frequently like cheese and sour cream, and even milk. I have been buying orgaic milk for awhile but it is homogenized and pasturized.

Now I have been reading about the bad things about pasturization with totally make sence to me. However, my understanding is that it is illegal to buy raw milk in TN so I won't be able to buy that locally.

Then I decided to not use dairy products at all and find replacements like soy. Based on more research I did.

But, I am also concerned about soy products and how they are manufactured. I have read about the chemicals added to make them. I was wondering about buying a soy toy or the like to make all my milk at home. I still don't know what I would use for sour cream, cream cheese, yoghurt. I guess I would just have to alter our diet a lot which I really don't want to do.

My problem is that I can't buy almond cheese here which is the only alternative I have heard of. I can buy rice milk or make it which would solve that problem.

I just want everyone's opinion. What do you do with your family? How can I cook without dairy and not notice? Any advice or suggestions are appreciated.
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Well - here's my two cents. From what I have read and from personal experience, I feel that unpastuerized, unhomogized is healthiest becomes for the enzymes etc. However, for unpastuerized you must have a reliable source. We don't have much dairy in our diet but we do eat yogurt. I get the organic, non-homoginezed kind like black cow the culturing of the yogurt adds some of the enzymes and beneficial baceria so it is easy to digest.

For cereal and baking, I use soy milk or homemade almond milk. We do eat occasional cheese and we use the organic dairy cheese because noone really cares fo the soy cheese.

I look at dairy products as an occasional treat, not a staple.

In California, there is a company now selling raw milk products to health food stores so I guess it's not illegal here.

Whether dairy or soy products, we always get organic.

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I haven't had any dairy in 5 years (since I went vegan) and I don't miss it one bit (big thing coming from an ex- cheese lover!).

There are many different types of non-dairy 'cheeses', not just almond. Check your local health food shop. Ours stocks about 10 different brands and types, from parmesan to cheddar, all non-dairy.

Since eliminating all dairy from my (then vegetarian) diet, I am SO much healthier. No more anaemia, no more bacterial infections, the list goes on...

We drink a lot of soy/ rice/ almond/ oat/ quinoa etc. 'milks'. Basically every dairy product, from cream to ice cream, can be substituted nowadays.

All you need to do is find a shop that stocks these alternatives (health food shops, large specialised supermarkets) and you're set!

Also check out www.vegfamily.com for more info.

Good luck!
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