First, I just want to preface my reply with: I would never tell anyone else what they should or should not do. I believe in sharing my own experiences and letting others make their own decisions. This is why my response is more about me and not anyone else. With that said…
I used to love cheese. It is one of the things I miss the most. Especially when I see pizza. However, something I don’t miss are the 30+ pounds of fat I lost very quickly when I became Vegan. I don’t miss high cholesterol. I don’t miss worrying if I was going to die prematurely from eating a diet I considered to be unhealthy. I don’t miss contributing to the inhumane treatment of animals for my own pleasure. So for me it was my motivations for becoming vegan that outweigh my desire to eat cheese.
Is cheese good for me or bad for me? I have read articles on both sides of the debate. Some will say that cheese is a good source of calcium, a key nutrient for healthy teeth and bones, wound healing, blood clotting, and maintaining normal blood pressure. However, other good sources of calcium include leafy greens, legumes, dried fruit, tofu and various other plant based foods. I personally do not see any reason consumer dairy just because it has nutrients that are good for me, especially if those nutrients are from fortification or are not naturally occurring. I would prefer to get those same nutrients from a plant based diet.
The good news for me is that I don’t have allergies to nuts. So for me there are several vegan cheese alternatives available in stores or at restaurants. Cashew cheese is very popular and excellent on nachos
I’ll close with this:
“Nothing tastes as good as healthy feels.”