Originally Posted by VeggieSince88
I don't think it's unusual to have cravings for meat, no matter how long you've been veg*n. It's ACTING on it that's the problem! But note that this is *MY* opinion only; others may feel quite differently.
I don't disagree, I just never craved meat in all of these years. I still like the smell too but I suspect what I am really after is the seasonings...combined with garlic and salt. I love salt, LOL
I tend to agree with you and coincidentally I "ran into" a calf and he was...the sweetest, friendliest thing with big fluttering eyelashes. I walked away covered in dust and his hair and it kills me to think he's doomed.
No, I don't see myself following through with actually eating meat, I just want this silly "craving" to go away.
Originally Posted by silva
What are your reasons for being vegetarian? I find it odd that you would consider meat a food choice after 22 years! What is your diet typically like? Is your surgery relevent to your food choices?
Started veggie for health reasons as a younger person. Go figure, it worked! After I committed to a healthy diet I started learning about factory farming, etc. I grew up rural and our meat came from the local farmer. I was horrified, I remember going white faced seeing the early PETA videos ((shudder)).....back in the day on "dial up" Internet.
But I'm the kind that needs to know so I went to a chicken slaughterhouse/processor and it was the PETA video combined with the smell and reality of suffering critters. Un-real. I feel everyone that eats meat should be required to see it first hand. Ugh, I had planned a visit to a cow/pig but I didn't want the images in my head, I'd seen enough with the chickens.
I think it is a food choice just a very unappealing, unhealthy and unnecessary one. I was also rather turned off to be honest by some encounters early on with veg folks in my community, they were very committed and aggressively advertising their choices. Strangely, several of these were the first folks to go back to meat, because they were protein deficient (The standard excuses for changing one's mind or eating poorly).
Anyway, simply put I felt if I "fell of the wagon" and decided to eat a steak, that did not mean I would not be allowed back on the veg train. I found it puzzling with these folks that you are either hard core veg OR diving head first into organ meats.
I have no dietary restrictions from my surgery but I have lost some weight. Maybe this is calorie related?
My diet is good, I eat a variety and make my food. I'm teaching a vegan nutrition and cooking class to a group of folks who have health issues.
On a side note ... I'm so proud of them, their cholesterol is plummeting as is their weight. Best part is these long time meat eaters LIKE the food and they are making it at home. Yup, these older folks are making vegan sushi, lentil "meat" loaf, falafel and having fun.
(says the meat craving traitor, LOL...
Originally Posted by Capstan
I've been vegan 23-years; vegetarian, a little longer. All this time, I've depended on the 'mock' meats as part of my diet. It's hard to imagine being successful at veg*nism, without its help. Have you considered indulging some in the substitute meats to satisfy your cravings? They're getting better at it.
I'm embarrassed to say I had not considered this.... I very rarely eat fake products, nor seitan ....Good idea! I'll give this a shot.
Hmm, haven't made seiten in ages but the home made is so so much better. My class apparently found some in a jar and it was revolting...I'll have to show them it can be good, LOL
Thanks all, I appreciate the discussion and suggestions. Just discussing this with like minded folks will likely help and visiting the critters is always a bucket of cold water.