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#1 Old 01-06-2011, 09:57 AM
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After you began the transition to veg*n, how long was it before you started to crave meat? I have been a Pescatarian for 6 days now (but I've mainly been vegetarian, only having consumed fish 3 times out of the whole time) I'm hoping to go completely vegetarian in a few months, and MAYBE vegan as soon as the end of the year... I have not craved any meat at all, not even the fish, just eating it because my boyfriend has been trying to adapt to my becoming vegetarian and having a hard time finding things to cook for us for dinner, so I tell him fish is okay for now.... I am not saying I'm thinking I'm getting off scott-free here, just wondering if the cravings start after a certain amount of time. I'm actually surprised that I haven't craved any meat, since I LOVED steak houses and burgers so much..... But really, the thought of eating chicken or pork right now disgusts me.... and I don't want to eat beef since I know how they're treated too, and now that I know how absolutely horrendously filthy slaughterhouses are. When I see meat, I can only see feces and urine and blood....
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#2 Old 01-06-2011, 12:32 PM
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Personally, I haven't craved meat once. I did miss some of the "heartiness", but only until I figured out how to cook hearty veg*n dishes well enough. Seeing that I've avoided fish and seafood all my life (as does my father), I didn't crave those things either.

If you're not having cravings, great! Be happy and enjoy the yummy veg*n food. And being able to cook is always great in case a craving comes along: simply make an equally hearty veg dish. It might feel like "not the same" but you'll get over it.

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I haven't craved meat in five years, more specifically, since I went veg.

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#4 Old 01-07-2011, 09:43 AM
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I'm a new veg as well, and haven't craved meat once. Actually even the thought of meat turns me off.
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It does me too, like I said, I watched a lot of the PETA files and besides the obviously abhorrent treatment of the animals, the overall filth and just... disgusting conditions make me think of nothing but a pile of manure when I think of eating an animal... It's obviously not the animals' faults but still... It's so disgusting.
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I think the taste buds sort of adapt too or something, lol. Because the longer I've been without meat, the less I've craved it. Also, it's about experimenting with cooking different recipies to figure out which foods satisfy you. That's just my experience, that the better you are with your cooking, the less you're going to crave meat and crap
Glad you're not having any problems with that yet though. I did in the beginning though, so you might too at some point, but it will dissapear if u hang in there
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Sometimes I'll get a craving I can't pinpoint, and the memories of liking meat come to mind. When I'm around meat, I'm only disgusted- it no longer resembles food. The smell of beef makes me sick. Fried chicken places make me want fried veggies, for some reason Popeyes smell is very appealing. If they made a veggie basket I'd go!

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I too think your tastes adjust with time. The thought of eating beef, pork or just about any kind of meat disgusts me. This is true even with dairy (which I thought I could never give up), since watching a video showing horrible abuses going on at a dairy farm. I loved cheese and sour cream and now I can't think about those foods without seeing those poor animals, so I know what you mean when you talk about the things you associate with beef.

Honestly, the only things I've craved meat-wise were oysters, tuna salad and fish and chips. Each was a one-time thing and the cravings definitely passed, so I really don't think there's much of a struggle involved with being veg*an.
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Sometimes I'll get a craving I can't pinpoint, and the memories of liking meat come to mind. When I'm around meat, I'm only disgusted- it no longer resembles food. The smell of beef makes me sick. Fried chicken places make me want fried veggies, for some reason Popeyes smell is very appealing. If they made a veggie basket I'd go!

Yes, the smell of beef is so gross.
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I've only had a few cravings for meat since I became veg, but usually it's not really the meat I want, it's the preparation. Sometimes I miss things like buffalo wings, but I'm missing the breading and the sauce, not the actual chicken. I used to crave pulled pork BBQ all the time until I learned how to make seitan BBQ!
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Never. The thought of craving it makes me want to projectile vomit.
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#12 Old 01-19-2011, 03:50 PM
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Not meat but cheese.......................GOD i miss cheese!!!!! Im finding milk a challenge too (i love really milky tea and coffee) cant find an alternative i like.
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Not meat but cheese.......................GOD i miss cheese!!!!! Im finding milk a challenge too (i love really milky tea and coffee) cant find an alternative i like.

I had a problem for a while trying to find "cream" for my coffee. I don't really care for almond or soy milk in my coffee. At first when I tried Silk I thought it was gross, but now I like it (the plain kind) when I also use sugar with it. It works for me. The flavored So Delicious coconut milk creamer (not the milk beverage) is very good if you like flavored stuff but it's also harder to find. I've tried the vanilla (best IMO) and hazelnut. There's plain too but I don't know how it tastes.
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I don't miss meat at all but I do miss fish. I used to be a huge seafood fan and it is hard to order veggie rolls in sushi restaurants. I am hoping it will go away with time but it has been really hard for me. I have been a vegetarian for 7 mnths now.

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I think you're all lying!!! Just kidding. I craved meat for YEARS after going veg. Pretty bad for a while, even gave in. I eventually adapted and now have no desire to eat meat. Grillers and Quorn helped me a ton.
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I think you're all lying!!! Just kidding. I craved meat for YEARS after going veg. Pretty bad for a while, even gave in. I eventually adapted and now have no desire to eat meat. Grillers and Quorn helped me a ton.

I never liked American meat much. But I am worried about my cravings when I visit Poland over the summer. It will be hard because my gradma will want to make me all my childhood foods and I won;t be able to eat most of them. Oh well, at least there is still beer and vodka...

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I never liked American meat much. But I am worried about my cravings when I visit Poland over the summer. It will be hard because my gradma will want to make me all my childhood foods and I won;t be able to eat most of them. Oh well, at least there is still beer and vodka...

I mostly missed fish, that was my downfall for a while. I'm a foodie and taking away certain foods messed me up a bit
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The only times I crave meat is when I'm fasting and someone is cooking some meat around me. But then again I crave any kind of food when I'm fasting. Otherwise I don't crave meat at all.

"It is far better to be happy than to have your bodies act as graveyards for animals. Accordingly, the apostle Matthew partook of seeds, nuts and vegetables, without flesh"- Clement of Alexandria
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I don't crave meat. Sometimes I crave flavors associated with meat, like bacon or barbecue, but those are easily satisfied.

On occasion, I will crave a fried egg or have the desire just eat the damn dessert when it's served to a group , but those urges go away rather quickly, when I remind myself why I do this.

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On occasion, I will crave a fried egg

So weird, but I have that craving too and I don't even like eggs Then I make one and I'm grossed out. I don't do that anymore.
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It took me a year of slipping as a vegetarian before I could call myself one. I loved steak and pork the most.

I didn't give up meat because I hated the taste, I loved it. I gave up meat because I decided there was something more important than my tastebuds. I found 1000's of ways to please those pesky tastebuds after going vegetarian, and then vegan.

I love tofurky but have it infrequently, along with other mock meats.

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It took me a year of slipping as a vegetarian before I could call myself one. I loved steak and pork the most.

I didn't give up meat because I hated the taste, I loved it. I gave up meat because I decided there was something more important than my tastebuds. I found 1000's of ways to please those pesky tastebuds after going vegetarian.

^^^^ This, exactly. I completely forgot pork products, those were my favorite for many years. It's a hard habit to break, especially when people around you are doing it (like with cigarettes and alcohol).
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Some veg*ns crave meat. It's how your respond to that desire that defines strength, compassion and character.

I am grateful I have never craved meat or dairy because I can feel the struggle in the posts of those who have missed those things.
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It took me a year of slipping as a vegetarian before I could call myself one. I loved steak and pork the most.

I didn't give up meat because I hated the taste, I loved it. I gave up meat because I decided there was something more important than my tastebuds. I found 1000's of ways to please those pesky tastebuds after going vegetarian, and then vegan.

I love tofurky but have it infrequently, along with other mock meats.

I am glad to know it is normal to crave and even slip up. I have slipped up twice regarding fish and feel so guilty. But then I think the nextday is a new day and no more animals, ever.

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#25 Old 01-24-2011, 11:48 PM
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i haven't craved meat for 2 years. but for the past month or so i had some crazy cravings out of nowhere. driving me nuts.
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#26 Old 01-25-2011, 10:02 AM
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I went pescetarian before vegetarian also and I credit that with making the transition easier and holding off the cravings. It wasn't until during my pregnancy that I craved meat... badly enough to give in a few times... and I got even more sick as a result. Ugh.
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I went vegetarian 3.5 years ago. Haven't craved meat yet. I was never much of a meat person and LOVE vegetarian food, so I'm a vegetarian as much for enjoyment as for ethical/health reasons.
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After you began the transition to veg*n, how long was it before you started to crave meat?

I don't. Some people say that meat has addictive properties in it, so when you give it up for good you get that craving out. As I see it, your body craves nutrients and makes you crave a food that it remembers getting that nutrient from. So if you crave a bloody steak, ask yourself, "Am I getting enough protein? Iron?" because it's more likely that your body is craving that. Feed it some hearty chili (with beans and lots of herbs, which are LOADED with iron) and see if that helps.

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I have not craved any meat at all, not even the fish, just eating it because my boyfriend has been trying to adapt to my becoming vegetarian and having a hard time finding things to cook for us for dinner, so I tell him fish is okay for now

Your boyfriend is suffering from what I like to call "Repetitive Meal Syndrome" or RMS. RMS happens when you don't get creative enough with food and don't like to try new things and end up being stuck with the idea that a "real meal" has to contain meat + a side of vegetables/grains. This is not true. The easiest way to combat this isn't to slowly phase out meat or introduce fake meats, but to replace meat entirely with something else. Try pasta dishes, soups, stews, chili, casseroles, stir frys or pasta dishes. It provides nutrients, flavor and calories to help you feel full and satisfied...without meat!

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#29 Old 02-06-2011, 09:58 AM
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Well you'll all be glad to know that I still haven't craved any meat or anything, so I feel like I might be able to get away with it, lol. In fact, the thought of eating pork or beef still gives me the skin-crawlies.
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I think this meat craving aspect comes to reality only when new vegetarians are trying to limit themselves to very healthy foods, for instance salads, and don't have lots of variety. Also, most of us are addicted to our habits whether they are good or bad and leaving one thing behind seems like an end of the world. Instead leaving something, try to have new, more positive addictions. Personally, I enjoy eating lots of sun tried tomatoes between non-wheat bread and sometimes whole avocado.
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