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From: Leslie (
Subject:         Re: Dairy/Migraine, HELP!
Date: February 16, 2007 at 5:58 pm PST

In Reply to: Dairy/Migraine, HELP! posted by Allison on February 13, 2007 at 4:48 am:

You probably don't cook much, being in school, and so young. But since dairy is EVERYWHERE, you have to be very diligent. Especially cheese.

Here are good alternatives to dairy:

Instead of cow's milk, use soy, rice, or almond. Silk is very popular, but others are good too, such as Soy Dream, Vitasoy, Westbrae. Almond Breeze almond milk is yummy, I like the original flavor.

Instead of sour cream and cream cheese, use Tofutti Cream Cheeze and Sour Creme.

Instead of ice cream try Soy Dream or Soy Delicious, Rice dream also makes a non-dairy dessert but last time I checked the soy products are indistinguishable from dairy ice cream. Very good.

Instead of yogurt, use White Wave or some other soy yogurt, they are yummy.

Cheese is the hardest, it's the most ubiquitous. If you cook at home, it's pretty easy. You can find good mac and cheeze recipes (I like Bryanna's best from New Veggies), or use her melty pizza cheese recipe for nachos, tacos, quesadillas. Pizza can be made incredibly delicious without cheese but you have to make it yourself, having a pizza from a restaurant without cheese usually means boring and dry. Yuck. I have learned to make pizza really well, if you're interested you can email me. I can help with tips and suggestions on how to make luscious cheeseless pizza.

I think that's it. If you do without cheese for a while you may find (as I have) that the cravings for it cease and it becomes something you really don't want, it just looks greasy to me now. I will use avocados instead in sandwiches or tacos, tostadas are fine without it, as long as you use enough other things (corn, olives, refried beans, lettuce, tomato, onion, rice, top with melty pizza cheese and tofutti sour creme, salsa -- you won't miss dairy cheese!)

But you do need to cook to do this, unfortunately cheese is on everything you can think of at restaurants and when they just remove it and don't do anything else (such as drizzle olive oil on pizza to keep it from being dry) it can be very boring.

Hope this helps, you should go to natural foods store or NF section of a grocery store and check out the non-dairy alternatives. There are many these days, and they taste as good or better than the dairy counterparts.

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