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#1 Old 05-20-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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Heya ppl, it's been a while JJ here. I just wanted to know if other vageterians get tempted to have meat, and more to the point if you do, any tips on resisting temptation? I struggle most when I smell it. Any help rly apreciated!!

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#2 Old 05-20-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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better than a vagiterian at least.

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I am dyslexic, I will make spelling mistakes alot. I feel realy conscious about it now thanks. I'm not feeling so great at the moment rly helped. Any actual help, pls people do comment. Thanks xxx
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I am dyslexic, ...

Ok, sorry. Thanks for explaining your situation.
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In what situations are you most tempted?
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better than a vagiterian at least.

I know lots of guys who would gladly become vagiterians.
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I am dyslexic, I will make spelling mistakes alot. I feel realy conscious about it now thanks. I'm not feeling so great at the moment rly helped. Any actual help, pls people do comment. Thanks xxx
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To answer your question, maybe if you watch something like "Meet your Meat", you can recall those images every time you want meat. If you try to think of the suffering that goes into it, that really might help. I have no trouble saying no to meat these days (I used to.) Something just clicked for me and meat as a possibility doesn't cross my mind. It just isn't an option.
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To answer your question, maybe if you watch something like "Meet your Meat", you can recall those images every time you want meat. If you try to think of the suffering that goes into it, that really might help. I have no trouble saying no to meat these days (I used to.) Something just clicked for me and meat as a possibility doesn't cross my mind. It just isn't an option.

Ye, meat = suffering and not pleasure. That is enough not to want to eat it.
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I crave meat often enough, but not to the point where I actually seriously consider eating it. When I do crave meat, I am obviously hungry, so I'll just fill up on vegetarian food and the problem is solved for the moment. As was mentioned, if you look at the meat as an animal and not just food, that also tends to be a big turn off. I picture the butchering process, starting with the panicked and pained cries of the animal, the bloody slaughtering of it, and then the hunk of meat suddenly looks like something more suited for a Saw movie than a dinner plate. There are plenty of videos to give a fresh, clear imagine of this, Meet your Meat being one of the bigger ones, and there are others easily found on Youtube.
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Yes, perhaps try working back. Consider what you're tempted to eat, do some research on how it got near your lovely nose (peta, etc.) and surely if you can accept the truth and how it makes you feel then you should just chomp away.
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Think of the people you love, the children, the babies-think of them in cages that barely fit. Teeth, testicles, cut with shears. Kicked in the face. Babies dragged from mothers soon after birth. Standing, often without room to move in their own feces and urine.
Prodded into trucks, and train cars, so full often their feet don't touch the floor. Sometimes so cold they freeze to the walls. Sometimes so hot they perish before the end. Herded into slaughterhouses to their permature deaths.
After witnessing the killing of others, they get a bolt to the head, ankles tied, the rope hoists their bodies upside down as a knife slits their throat. The only hope is death comes quickly.

If you still want meat, scrape it off the road.
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You've been vegetarian for almost a year now right? Are these temptations new or have they frequently popped up during that time?

As for the cravings, have you tried mock meats?
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I would read a book about vegetarianism like Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and watch some documentaries. If your've never seen it, Earthlings is a good one to make you not want to ever use or consume animal products! But beware, it's pretty hard to watch. One thing that helped for me is to find something with a similar texture to meat. Experiment with fake meats. Also, keep in mind, what you are smelling most of the time with meat is the seasoning on it, not the meat itself. Unless you smell bacon, and even then, if you put a human on a bbq, we would smell like pork, yuck! Once you change the way you think about meat, the cravings go away.

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#15 Old 05-21-2012, 06:48 PM
 
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I had a similar problem too in the beginning it was hard since my fiance isnt veggie. I found out that when i really wanted it was when i was really hungry. Potatoes work for me or chili or something really filling and hearty. i don't struggle with it as much anymore it hit me two weeks ago when i was feeding a sick dog chicken at work ( i work at a vet clinic) that the chicken smelled horrible. Then my fiance cooked bacon i was asleep it woke me up and turned my stomach i couldn't go back to sleep for a while. Just keeping saying no to yourself and hopefully you'll get though it.
And I feel ya on the spelling thing i have the same problem i spell check everything its annoying. But try not to let people bother you about it but i know how hard it is not too.
Good luck

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Mock Meats helped me a lot. I once caved for chicken strips and they didn't taste nearly as good as I had remembered them. Certain meats still appeal to me, but I've programmed my brain to not see them as food. It takes time to build this mindset.
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OMG, I LOLed so hard! 

 

Seriously tho, I get tempted. For some reason the smell of Burger King makes me want to stop in for a tripple whopper with cheese. What's IN the burger is what keeps me out of the store.


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I've been meat free for a year and I haven't been tempted to eat meat at all. I see meat as dead animals and the images in my head (various photos and video) stop me from even thinking of eating meat. Try that whenever you feel tempted again.

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I think for me the best thing is to immerse myself in vegetarian foods and things - like going to vegetarian/vegan events, trying new vegetarian foods, going to new health food shops and seeing what they have, or going to vegetarian resturaunts and trying lots of new things, things like that. I also find reading the section of veggieboards local to me and keeping an eye out for new exciting vegetarian foods people have found is great too - basically anything that makes me realise there are lots of new foods for me to try, lots of new flavours, lots of options.

 

I also think time helps. I know that isn't much help in the sort term, but over time I think you just forget about the foods you don't eat.

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my family eats meat, so i see meat on the table often. i know where you're coming from!!!

last night, my parents had duck breast, which used to be a favourite of mine. (sorry if i'm grossing anyone out!!!!) i was hungry before dinner, which made my temptation a lot worse. right before dinner, i watched "glass walls", and within literally 2 seconds i didn't want the meat anymore. try watching some videos about how animals are mistreated, and it will help a lot. trust me, thinking about it is not as effective.
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#21 Old 12-23-2015, 05:22 PM
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my family eats meat, so i see meat on the table often. i know where you're coming from!!!

last night, my parents had duck breast, which used to be a favourite of mine. (sorry if i'm grossing anyone out!!!!) i was hungry before dinner, which made my temptation a lot worse. right before dinner, i watched "glass walls", and within literally 2 seconds i didn't want the meat anymore. try watching some videos about how animals are mistreated, and it will help a lot. trust me, thinking about it is not as effective.
Reminding yourself of your reasons for being vegetarian can be very helpful for sure. Also make sure you have your own delicious food to eat and it will make it a lot easier to avoid feeling tempted, sometimes that means planning ahead and bringing a snack with you if you're going somewhere with limited options. Also remember it gets easier and easier as time goes by! I don't miss meat anymore at all, I just found lots of veg food to obsess over instead.
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Our conditioning to want meat can be profoundly persistent if we were raised as meat eaters in a meat eating culture. The temptation to eat meat can last for many years after becoming a vegetarian. Also keep in mind that many vegans never learn to eat right, even after many years. Therefore old cravings persist. It takes a lot of newly learned skills to select good protein, which is actually very easy once you learn it. 'Complete' protein is composed of eight essential amino acids. Nevermind the science. Just dig in and eat until you learn what satisfies your body in a healthy way.

If you compare meat to the topic of love and family, meat is lust. It has no place in love or compassion for any human. Meat is lust because it is the stealing of something precious, the very life of another being, primarily for false sensory gratification without any genuine nutritional need. What a meat eater calls delicious is actually abominable. This act has poignant similarities to rape. It disregards the dignity of the victim and their right to exist unmolested.

Your tongue and your nose may take many years to develop a healthy repulsion for heated cadavers. I kid you not, that's exactly what meat is. I would suggest that all vegetarians learn to express an aversion to meat-laden social encounters and family meat presence tactfully with an effort to avoid offending anyone. I won't socialize with the best of friends when meat is present. I simply tell them that I just can't be around meat. With family relatives, it's more difficult to avoid holiday gatherings. But I still avoid them when I can. When I visited some relatives in France in 2011, I was surprised that they did not eat meat in my presence in their homes, perhaps out of respectful deference to my being vegan even though I did not raise any vegan-versus-meat issues.

Sitting at a table centered by a pile of roasted beef or chicken is to me, not an experience of gloriously delicious proteins. It is rather the delusional love that a rapist experiences when forcing himself upon a beautiful virgin. He defiles not only her but also his own soul. It is the epitome of human spiritual ignorance and a total failure of compassion. We should avoid the faintest scent of meat just as anyone would not want to smell their very own loved ones dead and rotting.

It will do you good to become the odd discerning alien veganoid. I pray you will overcome this lingering lust from your old meat-eating days and it shall become your distant past. You will be vastly happier when your heart fully awakens to that sensitivity. Meat is not merely a substance sitting on the table. It is an experience of another creature that you can avoid replicating. Get beyond it and thereby cleanse not only your soul, but also liberate the creature affected by it. When you see their body laid out on the table like violent pornography, don't become aroused by it. Think of the experience that happened and what will happen again by your endorsement. Gently and politely protest the suffering. Pass the salad, please!

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#23 Old 12-23-2015, 10:21 PM
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You're probably craving fat, salt, and protein. Are you eating enough legumes and fried veggies?
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I never craved meat when I went vegan and still don't. In fact I am repulsed by it. But there was a strange phenomena my first few years as a vegan. I would smell chicken being cooked somewhere down the street and my mouth would water and stomach growl, but mentally I had no desire or craving for that meat. It was purely a physical reaction. Over time the smell of cooked chicken, and any meat, became disgusting and repulsive and the physical reaction no longer existed. I have to tolerate the smells of cooked meat and dairy (another animal product I can't stand the smell of) at work when people bring their meals to their cubicles, and it really p***** me off. I think the power of one's thoughts and beliefs can really have a profound effect on their physicality.
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#25 Old 12-24-2015, 04:52 AM
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I gave up meat at such a young age that I never developed a taste for it, so I've never craved it-- but dairy and eggs were a different story. I used to love omelettes and especially egg foo yung from the Chinese restaurant. I loved the smell and the taste. Now when I smell eggs cooking, I feel nauseated. I guess it took about two or three years away from eggs for it to switch from delicious to disgusting.
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