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10-03-2017 02:55 PM
mars haven Try to remember the serious harm that eating animal products can cause to your health considering that you are Vegan for health reasons.
Also think about what exactly is the food you are craving, typically it is fat and protein when craving meat. Seek out vegan foods that satisfy that craving, like almond butter or sesame tahini, try combining that with a carb like on a sandwich. There is also avacado mix that with tomatoes and olives and stuff it in pita bread. Try vegetable chili. Just don't give into the meat cravings.
07-23-2017 09:38 AM
oldmanveggie I don't think there's anything wrong at all with people transitioning to vegan lifestyle by having one or several days a week of eating meat/dairy at the start, then gradually phasing them out. Some sites in fact recommend this.

I myself just quit cold turkey. After eating a McDonald's quarter pounder combo meal with chicken nuggets, I felt like garbage all night, and that night I vowed to make a change from my unhealthy eating habits and patterns. Next day I went to the store and bought loads of vegan/veggie items and never looked back. I didn't really have any bad cravings so I was fortunate. Knowing that I was a few years from a stroke was motivation enough.

Oh, and the headache thing. I also experienced some bad headaches towards the beginning of my vegan diet. I inquired on here about it, and in my case I believe it was due to not drinking coffee anymore and my body was having caffeine withdrawal.
07-23-2017 09:28 AM
Emma JC We have always loved animals and both come from families that do also and yet never hesitated to eat ones that we didn't know personally, even after watching some of the videos from years ago as well as the more recent ones.

When I told my sister (back in October) that we were now eating a vegan diet she immediately said "I didn't know that you cared that much about animals" (she loves cats and dogs and birds) and my immediate reply was "I don't, we are doing it for health reasons". I wish that I could take that reply back but it was obviously true at the time.

There are many different ways to coming to a vegan / WFPB / starchivore lifestyle and how we get here is very interesting so thank you again for sharing your story.

Emma JC
07-23-2017 09:12 AM
poivron Ladyjay, that's interesting. Personally, I wasn't very health-conscious as an omnivore, so I don't think I could have made such a drastic change in my diet for health reasons (unless I had a heart attack and my doctor said I had to go on a low-fat vegan diet to avoid another one). But after my husband and I went vegan, I did notice that our cholesterol levels went down drastically. Over time, I've seen more and more research showing how unhealthy and dangerous animal products are. I can imagine that someone who is very health conscious could go vegetarian or vegan for health reasons and then, over time, grow to care more about animals. The less one harms them, the more open one is to recognizing that they're a lot more like us than we were able to admit when we were omnivores.
07-23-2017 06:51 AM
Ladyjay Poivron it may not be as hard as you think. I am switching from lacto-ovo vegetarian to vegan for health reasons, which is why I went vegetarian in the first place. I guess it just really a matter of difference in individuals. The animals were and are a secondary reason, but they are more important to me as my journey continues.
07-22-2017 05:08 PM
Emma JC welcome NightAngel and congrats on your new journey

This is such a wonderful place to hang out and meet all the helpful people who are willing to take time out of their day to help others!!

I agree with what everyone else has said and would add that if you do decide to cheat occasionally please don't let it discourage you from keeping on, keeping on. Making some of your own bean burgers and/or bean loaf makes it easier at the start. They feel like the real thing and taste like the real thing especially if you serve potatoes and veggies like you would with meat. Like David said, try some of the Gardein or other brand fake meats. Not for everyday consumption but occasionally is nice. We had the Gardein Chicken Tenders again last night and they taste just like General Tso's Chicken, on rice with some veggies.

Emma JC
07-22-2017 12:18 PM
Anita Joyce The mental piece is a big part of it! We are trained to think we need animal protein at every meal. The more time goes on, and your habits change, the easier it will get. Some like the fake meat route, some don't. You may find it helpful since you are wanting meat. But believe me it will get easier!
07-18-2017 06:53 AM
poivron I've always believed that it would be really hard to switch to a vegan diet for health reasons alone. It's much easier to switch for the animals and then get the health benefits as a bonus. I switched after watching "Vegucated". In the early days, I read a lot about the treatment of animals, and that helped. As much as I missed meat (I used to be a big meat eater), I knew that I wouldn't be able to eat it again, knowing what kind of suffering produced it. So I recommend that you watch "Vegucated" and read "Eating Animals" by Jonathan Safran Foer and "The Ethics of What We Eat" by Peter Singer, as well as other books about veganism. ("Vegucated" is very gentle; it only has about three minutes of factory-farm footage in the middle, during which you can close your eyes. But the very fact that you need to close your eyes should tell you something.)

Also, look into the cuisines of Mediterranean countries. Many of them have traditionally had a diet that was naturally low in animal products. Over the centuries, they developed amazingly tasty dishes that make you forget that you're not eating anything that came from an animal. If you can cook at all, give "The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen" by Donna Klein a try.
07-18-2017 06:42 AM
Originally Posted by Bobneighbus1112# View Post
My dog ate a squirrel roadkill on the side of the road today... What do I do with him?
Why was your dog by himself by the roadside?.
Keep your dog safe.
07-17-2017 03:55 PM
sandwich447 I can relate! Becoming a vegan is not easy at first, but it definitely pays off with its healthy benefits.
07-17-2017 03:48 PM
Bobneighbus1112# My dog ate a squirrel roadkill on the side of the road today... What do I do with him?
07-16-2017 02:06 PM
David3 Hi NightAngel08,

It can be helpful to transition gradually to a plant-based diet, rather than doing it overnight. A more gradual transition can give you more time to discover your new favorite vegetarian foods. Once you have 5 or 6 vegetarian dishes that truly satisfy you, it will be much easier to let go of meat completely.

Your local supermarket likely has meatless burger patties in its frozen food sections. "Boca" is a good brand. If you are craving meat, you might find it satisfying to fry up a meatless patty with oil - not terribly healthy, but better than eating a beef burger. Just put it on a bun with plenty of your favorite condiments. I enjoy these foods sometimes.

The Vegan Society has a nice webpage and useful links about vegan nutrition:

The "ChooseVeg" website has very easy meal ideas:

07-16-2017 11:37 AM
Werewolf Girl I think transitioning is different for everyone and you should do what works best for you. I've heard of many people going vegan overnight and never looking back but I definitely wasn't one of them, I transitioned really slowly after being a vegetarian for many years and I basically started incorporating more and more vegan meals into my diet until I got used to it.

It's okay to take your time if it means you're sticking with it! Do a lot of reading on vegan nutrition and cooking, try new foods and recipes and enjoy the process until begin vegan feels as natural as breathing.
07-14-2017 06:54 AM
Knowtions In Motion I wasn't able to allow myself to have a "cheat" day due to health reasons and fearing they would return in full force, as I drastically changed my consumption habits as a result of an ER visit. I, too, had previously been a hardcore SAD consumer who included meats, eggs, and cheese into almost all of my meals in some form or another.

After making the change for health reasons, initially, and being damn near bed ridden for quite some time, I had time to watch many documentaries that show what the animals go through to get their products to the table, even the "humane" claims, and there's no way I could let myself partake in that process ever again. I also visited a few places in person, as I live close by to many dairy farms and livestock farms, and that sealed the deal forever. Sickening, to say the least. The products aren't the only thing we are digesting, we also absorb the energies those living things experience from birth to death, and that's a big a** dose of horror, from my point of view.

Taste bud addiction wasn't enough to justify all that horrific suffering, in my eyes. My heart simply won't allow me to go there ever again. There's plenty meat substitutes in the store already prepared, as well as recipes for things like walnut taco meat, black bean burgers, sweet potato/white bean burgers, lentil meatloaf, etc. that you can make yourself to satisfy those urges. At least that's what worked (and still does) for me. Your mileage may vary.

It's been the best decision of my life, by far. I thought I was already as healthy as I was going to get by choosing only local meats, local cheeses, local eggs, etc., but I was mistaken, in a big way. Once I finally got catapulted into trying whole food plant based vegan eating, staying mindful of food combining, mucus forming foods, healthily hydrating my body, and being more mindful of how well foods eliminate once I consume them, (among other daily practices) I've shed 110 lbs and got my life back. I've learned nothing tastes as good as feeling good feels. That includes feeling good about my choices, as that truly is the only thing I have total control over in this twisted world. Best wishes in your journey!
07-13-2017 09:34 PM
New Vegan

Hello all,
I recently decided to switch to vegan. I started on Sunday and have been doing well ever since. It is not as hard as I thought it would be, but it definitely is not easy. Especially since I was the prime example of a meat eater, I ate meat everyday with every meal. I do feel better, lighter, more energy, definitely more regular. But of course I am having the draw backs. I been having head aches which I read could be to your body cleansing itself, or to not eating enough calories. haven't figured which one yet.
I am trying to find the best way to accomplish this transition, my find myself thinking of meat a lot lol.
Is there anything wrong with in the beginning have a cheat day like once a week, then once a month? I am switching mainly for health reasons btw.
Thanks for any help

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