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First off: apologies if this is a double post!<br><br>
Hi all! I started my new, vegetarian life 2 weeks ago. I am really happy I made the decision to go veg! It's not a really big change for me; I ate meat very rarely (maybe once a week), but I am feeling so much betetr knowing that I am eating consciously. I am also gradually working towards a vegan diet, I can't believe how much better soy yoghurt tastes!<br><br>
But, the weird thing is: I hated onions and garlic when I was still eating meat. I avoided it as much as I could. I didn't like the taste, I didn't like the smell etc.<br>
But now, I find myself loving the stuff! Humus with loads of carlic, all sorts of bean salads with raw onions (RAW onions, couldn't have imagined that a while ago...), lentil soup with onions and carlic - I can't get enough of it.<br><br>
Besides the 'olfactory discomfort' that this must cause to the people around me, I am wondering: Why do I all of a sudden crave it so much? I know that my smell has improved by a mile since I went vegetarian but is there any logical explanation for this?<br><br>
Sorry if this is a really, really silly question but this change is really puzzeling me... Any helpfull thoughts on this are much appreciated!
 

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I've been a vegetarian for one week and I love garlic, onions AND GINGER too! But mostly garlic! Maybe we're readjusting our food choices and are learning to like newer foods. Not sure if that even makes sense. In my case however, I've been watching lots of True Blood episodes so I think the liking of garlic is a subconscious thing to ward off vampires. hmm.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/devil.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":devil:">
 

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I think the simple answer is that our tastes just change when we start to eat differently. I remember when I was first trying some of the vegan substitutes available, that I didn't think much of them...for instance, nutritional yeast, tofutti better than cream cheese/sour cream, tofu. Now I don't know what I would do without them! There are still some spices that I don't like and can totally live without. But luckily there is enough good stuff out there that we can afford to be choosy and still eat really well. I wouldn't worry about the onions and garlic...enjoy!<br>
Oh, just for the record, I still can't eat soy/rice milk/coconut milk yogurt! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Thank you both for your answers! Oh, and I love BOTH your avatars!<br><br>
Oh yeah ginger! Always loved ginger, I could eat it raw! (and sometimes do actually..)<br><br>
"I've been watching lots of True Blood episodes so I think the liking of garlic is a subconscious thing to ward off vampires. hmm." Haha! It's your subconscious at work, who knows! No vampires in my area though, so that can't be it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"><br><br>
Some things you just never get used to: I hated sauerkraut from when I was young and still do, and will never like it!!<br><br>
I think you're both right: when you go vegetarian/vegan, your taste changes and I think that is what is happening to me... It' sjust so weird to me that I all of a sudden like something I hated before...
 

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hi there Caro-line, welcome.<br><br>
you will realise you going to fall in love with foods you never thought you would. i also think its because you learn different ways of preparing new things.<br><br>
i now eat kidney beans and chick peas, use to hate them and have fallen in love with a few veggies I never loved.<br><br>
I think meat has such an overpowering taste that you dont appreciate the other foods.<br><br>
Have fun.
 

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I had a small list of foods that I wouldn't touch when I ate meat. I'll pretty much eat anything (vegan) now. Your tastes definitely get more sensitive when you remove meat from your diet.
 

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I used to hate onions too! Though I always loved garlic. I now eat raw onions on my veggie burger, and drool every time I fry some onions. In the first week of going vegan I made 2 huge batches of vegan french onion soup. Best thing I have ever eaten in my life.<br><br>
My love of just about all veggies now have increase tenfold, except a few that I didn't even like when I was still an omni. Just about every fruit and vegetable out there I think is the best thing in the world! People would look at me funny when I'm exclaiming out loud at just how delicious I think eggplant is!<br><br>
10 years ago I would say I hate veggies, my parents always had a hard time telling me to eat the veggies on my plate. Now I tell her, "Isn't this what you've always wanted me to do? Eat my veggies? Well look at me now, that's all I eat!" :p
 

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Most definitely this^ I've always hated brussels sprouts, but now I crave them, fried in a little olive oil with some minced garlic, sea salt, and fresh ground pepper, yum!! I've pretty much cut out all dairy, and find I can't stand real butter or cream cheese anymore. Never did like the taste of milk, and who would want to drink it anyway, since almond milk is so delicious <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Hi all, sorry for the long silence and thank you all for the replies!<br><br>
I agree with you all- your tatse just changes when you stop eating meat. It's also the fact that I'm much more conscious about eating, I guess! I'm loving it, should have done this a lot longer ago!
 
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