Today I’m talking with Julie Piatt about her new book, This Cheese is Nuts (see link below). If you’ve been hesitant to take on a vegan diet because you can’t bare to give up cheese, this book will be your salvation. Listen to my discussion with Julie for more information about creating healthy plant-based cheese and how you can add delicious vegan cheeses to your diet. Julie and I also talk about honey, if you’re interested in more listen to my podcast on Vegans Who Eat Honey. We also talk about smoothies and I’ve got an episode on the Benefits of Smoothies too.
It seems like the number one reason people have trouble transitioning to a vegan diet is cheese. I know it’s one of the foods that held me back. That and M&Ms. And guess what? I don’t even like milk chocolate anymore.
And guess what else? I don’t like dairy cheese anymore either. I ordered a vegan pizza and it accidentally arrived with dairy mozzarella and I could tell immediately; and it wasn’t a positive experience. The rubbery texture and greasy aftertaste was not enjoyable.
Taste buds are malleable. That means they change. Mine changed and yours will change as well.
And as Julie points out, the benefits of a healthy, plant-based diet can be so important.
Resolving emotional trauma is a key task in our life. — Julie Piatt
Creating Healthy Plant-Based Cheese
Julie’s book offers plant-based recipes for bleu cheese, feta, cheddar cheese, and many more traditional cheeses. She even includes recipes in which you can use those vegan cheeses.
Our bodies are divine. That’s the premise on which Julie has created her plant-based diet. We need to cultivate a diet that feeds the our souls and our bodies. In fact, I asked Julie about weight management and a plant-based diet. She described how our bodies house our spirit. Eating plants won’t mean we’re free of problems, but it helps create a balanced environment where our body can begin to heal itself.
Julie describes that any issues you might have with weight is between you and you. That’s it. She suggests asking yourself this question: Are you embodying the best version of yourself?
She continues, “It’s not about you looking like me. Every body is unique and it has it’s own optium form. Are you supporting it so it can be in its optimum form? Being authentically you and been that at the highest level you can be, that’s what you’re being asked.”
Julie urges people dealing with weight issues to resolve any emotional trauma around food or body image. That’s a more foundational point from which to begin.
The true key to successful weight loss is to embark on that path to truly know yourself. Julie says you should make this mission. We ALL should make this our mission.
Understand that you are a divine emanation of a force, a divine force, a sacred force. — Julie Piatt
Once you make that commitment that you are the most important mission of your life — the most important thing for you to do is to know yourself — then you’ll discover that primary to that is what you put in your mouth.
Julie’s recipes are creating cheese in a new light. She cautions people not to expect blue cheese and brie and feta that tastes exactly like its dairy counterparts. In fact, you should expect it taste even better. Not only is the process of making plant-based cheeses easier, but you’ll love the creamy, delicious texture and flavors too.
Our goal at Namely Marly is to provide you with inspiring resources to take on a vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and inspired, energetic life. We hope today’s interview about Creating Healthy Plant-Based Cheese has been helpful and informative.
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This Creating Healthy Plant-Based Cheese episode includes references to some resources you might find interesting. Here they are:
- Check out the site: SriMati
- Give a shout-out to Julie and connect via Twitter and Instagram
- Julie mentions the documentary, What the Health
- Order Julie’s Book, This Cheese is Nuts!
- Marly mentions the episode with Rachel Hutchings talking about a Plant-Based Approach to Autoimmune Disease
- Julie talks about the book the Non-Dairy Evolution Cookbook by Sky Michael Conroy
- Julie mentions the documentary Cowspiracy which is available on Netflix
- Read the book the Cheese Trap by Neal Barnard
- Connect with Marly: Namely Marly | Instagram | Twitter
- Production, music, graphic art & sound design by Shawn Beelman
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