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I hate them, most of them are meat based and greasy like last night I wanted a chicken bake. The want for the pleasure of that taste bugs me! Rawr! I've had cravings for BLTs and hamburgers.<br><br>
I want it to stop. I can resist the urge to eat those things but having the cravings make me irritable. Any advice?
 

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Give in to your vegan alliance foods! Have the fried veggie basket. Buy the expensive rice-cream. The best dark chocolate. Artisan breads. Go for the best pizza around and go cheeseless.<br>
I know vegan alternatives aren't the same, and being vegan does mean changing your diet, and your mindset. It wasn't easy for me. Esp. cheese! I loved all kinds, just about my favorite food. Daiya may be ok but it's NOT cheese. I just keep keeping on, and I do find cravings get farther and farther apart.<br>
Gardein seven grain nuggets in a lightly oiled pan till a bit crisp on both sides, are the best chik'n type nugget around! Hot sauce on them gets you hot wings. Buy Veganaise- I can best recommend the grapeseed oil kind. Yes, it does cost more. Yes it is worth it, at least now it is. Don't buy something else to make up for the cost.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>silva</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821419"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Give in to your vegan alliance foods! Have the fried veggie basket. Buy the expensive rice-cream. The best dark chocolate. Artisan breads. Go for the best pizza around and go cheeseless.<br>
I know vegan alternatives aren't the same, and being vegan does mean changing your diet, and your mindset. It wasn't easy for me. Esp. cheese! I loved all kinds, just about my favorite food. Daiya may be ok but it's NOT cheese. I just keep keeping on, and I do find cravings get farther and farther apart.<br>
Gardein seven grain nuggets in a lightly oiled pan till a bit crisp on both sides, are the best chik'n type nugget around! Hot sauce on them gets you hot wings. Buy Veganaise- I can best recommend the grapeseed oil kind. Yes, it does cost more. Yes it is worth it, at least now it is. Don't buy something else to make up for the cost.<br>
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I cook a lot more then I use to. I did buy veganaise but I got the original, it's still good though! I've had pulled shreds with BBQ sauce from Gardein before and it was great. I'd like to stop using too many meat alternatives soon though. I consume too much soy as is. I just can't believe how bad these cravings can get because I think I'm almost up to a month going completely meatless, almost breaking my record of last time except with the mindset of "This is for life." I wonder if the cravings will disappear after a few months once my body is use to what it's getting but perhaps I can try to match the flavor of some of the things I crave.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>keishari</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821410"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I hate them, most of them are meat based and greasy like last night I wanted a chicken bake. The want for the pleasure of that taste bugs me! Rawr! I've had cravings for BLTs and hamburgers.<br><br>
I want it to stop. I can resist the urge to eat those things but having the cravings make me irritable. Any advice?</div>
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Have you tried deep fried falafel with hummus wrapped in a pita?? What about seitan? (if you want to cut back on the soy).
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>silva</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821419"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Give in to your vegan alliance foods! Have the fried veggie basket. Buy the expensive rice-cream. The best dark chocolate. Artisan breads. Go for the best pizza around and go cheeseless.<br>
I know vegan alternatives aren't the same, and being vegan does mean changing your diet, and your mindset. It wasn't easy for me. Esp. cheese! I loved all kinds, just about my favorite food. Daiya may be ok but it's NOT cheese. I just keep keeping on, and I do find cravings get farther and farther apart.<br>
Gardein seven grain nuggets in a lightly oiled pan till a bit crisp on both sides, are the best chik'n type nugget around! Hot sauce on them gets you hot wings. Buy Veganaise- I can best recommend the grapeseed oil kind. Yes, it does cost more. Yes it is worth it, at least now it is. Don't buy something else to make up for the cost.<br>
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All fantastic advice! Throwing yourself into finding new tasty foods is the best way, by shifting your focus from things you don't want to eat anymore to things you do you give yourself a lot of great positive reinforcement and make it more of a fun experience, plus you just learn so much and really broaden your horizons food-wise. If you're anything like me you'll find you eat a <i>more</i> varied diet than you used to, I really enjoy trying new exotic ingredients and ethnic cuisine. Treat yourself! Splurging on vegan junkfood makes you feel like you're spoiling yourself rather than depriving yourself, it's hard to feel deprived eating chocolate and cookies and big greasy veggie burgers with spicy fries <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/drool.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":drool:"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>keishari</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821489"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I cook a lot more then I use to. I did buy veganaise but I got the original, it's still good though! I've had pulled shreds with BBQ sauce from Gardein before and it was great. I'd like to stop using too many meat alternatives soon though. I consume too much soy as is. I just can't believe how bad these cravings can get because I think I'm almost up to a month going completely meatless, almost breaking my record of last time except with the mindset of "This is for life." I wonder if the cravings will disappear after a few months once my body is use to what it's getting but perhaps I can try to match the flavor of some of the things I crave.</div>
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I wouldn't worry about phasing out meat replacements just yet if you're dealing with cravings, now is a time to spoil yourself with the best tasting vegan food you can find, may as well not make things harder. I'm not saying eat massive amounts of unhealthy food all the time, but I think in the early stages where things are hardest it's important to not push yourself too much until you get more used to things. If you're more likely to stay vegan having that greasy veggie burger instead of a meat burger then have the veggie burger, you can improve other aspects of your diet in awhile when you feel more comfortable.<br><br>
The cravings DO fade, and it's only natural to have them, after all you were eating animal products your whole life up to this point so its become sort of ingrained, every time you repeat a habit it settles in a little more, like brushing your teeth. Plus the tendency to associate pleasant memories with the foods you ate at the time (Like turkey at Thanksgiving) The good news is that's true of ALL habits! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> Every time you make a vegan choice it gets more and more ingrained in your head until it really does become second nature.<br><br>
When I was a kid I loved meat and I tried and failed a couple times before giving it up, I'd get cravings for ham or tuna or whatever and cave in at first, now it's been over 10 years and I literally don't crave it at all. Even when I smell barbecue or something I associate it with veggie burgers and camping and roasting tofu dogs over the fire, mental associations are a funny thing. Same with cheese, that was way harder for me to give up and I think I probably tried and failed to give it up dozens of times before it stuck, now it's been over a year and the last time I smelled parmesan I thought of smelly feet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br>
So stick with it, you can do it! I think a year from now you'll be shocked by how much your tastes have changed.
 

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Have you tried deep fried falafel with hummus wrapped in a pita?? What about seitan? (if you want to cut back on the soy).</div>
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A big yes to deep fried falafel! It's crispy deliciousness, I love having it in sandwiches and even on spaghetti instead of veggie meat balls too.
 

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If you have only just become veg*n, ignore the cravings and they will pass. I had all sorts of weird cravings and also dreams I was eating meat for the first 2 months... but they stopped and the veg*n diet became normal in my mind. Give it time.<br><br>
Also, make yourself some veg*n versions of all your favourite foods.
 

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This is something I don't crave . I am usually lucky of craving things of fruit and veggies and salad and a Pasta or something like Raisin and Cinnamon stuff.
 

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Suck it up Princess, watch Earthlings again.<br><br>
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Edit: failure at spelling, is hards
 

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Veggie Burgers! Deep Frid Pickles! Pizza with loaded with your fav veggies and some "cheese".<br><br>
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Crispy “Keep The Ribs On The Pig” Bits<br><br>
Ingredients<br>
•\t1 (16 ounce) package extra firm tofu<br>
•\t3 tablespoons olive oil<br>
•\t1 egg white<br>
•\t1 tablespoon barbeque sauce<br>
•\t1 cup all-purpose flour<br>
•\t1 teaspoon salt<br>
•\t1/2 teaspoon pepper<br>
•\t1 cup barbeque sauce<br>
Directions<br>
1.\tDrain tofu, and slice into strips. Place in a plastic bag or container, and freeze overnight. This will give the tofu a meatier texture. Thaw tofu strips, and blot with paper towels to dry.<br>
2.\tHeat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg white and 1 tablespoon of barbeque sauce. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl. Dip the tofu slices into the egg mixture, then into the flour mixture, shaking off excess flour. Fry in the hot oil for about 1 minute on each side, until golden brown. Just fry enough at one time so they are not crowded. Remove from the oil to paper towels to drain and cool.<br>
3.\tPreheat the oven's broiler. Brush tofu slices with additional barbeque sauce, and allow to marinate while the broiler heats up. Arrange them on a broiler pan, or wire rack set over a cookie sheet for best results.<br>
4.\tPosition the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Broil for 5 minutes on each side, or until browned and crisp, watching closely so as not to burn them. Serve warm with the remaining barbeque sauce for dipping.
 

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Don't be afraid to cook something that is meatless but good and greasy at times. For example, I'll fry potatoes and tofu. Sub for potatoes and eggs.<br><br>
You really can have just about everything you ate before. Just without the meat.
 

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Thanks everyone. The suggestion to eat some greasy food is tempting, I've had some pizza and stuff but I'm also trying to be careful with how much I eat of fatty foods for health and also because I'm working on sliming down.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>KrisMTL</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2821853"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Suck it up Princess, watch Earthlings again.<br><br>
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agreed.<br><br>
Just control yourself.
 

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Thanks everyone. The suggestion to eat some greasy food is tempting, I've had some pizza and stuff but I'm also trying to be careful with how much I eat of fatty foods for health and also because I'm working on sliming down.</div>
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Yeah, I don't think you need to go crazy with the fatty foods or anything. It's just the meaty things you're craving are fattening and bad for you anyway, so if you're ever feeling like you might give in to temptation it's useful to be able to have the slightly less bad for you and cruelty free version instead you know?
 

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Have you tried deep fried falafel with hummus wrapped in a pita?? What about seitan? (if you want to cut back on the soy).</div>
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ohhh that sounds yummy! what is it like????
 

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ohhh that sounds yummy! what is it like????</div>
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have you not had a falafel sandwich??? it's almost the same thing as was listed but it may have tahini instead of hummus. each are to die for.
 

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have you not had a falafel sandwich??? it's almost the same thing as was listed but it may have tahini instead of hummus. each are to die for.</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/yes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":yes:"> They are AMAZING! It's one of those foods that after you take a few heavenly bites, you look at it and outloud speak to the food and say "Where have you been all my life?? You complete me".<br><br>
Okay I'm exaggerating and being cheesy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"> but seriously you must explore the hummus/falafel/pita world if you haven't.
 

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THe cravings will disappear. In fact after a number of years you may find yourself surprised that you actually find the scent of meat (all or most of the time) to be repulsive. Beleive me I was shocked because I used to eat meat so much. There was one thing that I continued to crave for a long time, until I went to a Seventh Day Adventist food store (I'm not of their religion, but anyone can shop there) and got some realistic meat alternatives, even Fakin" which is imitation bacon and has the scent and tastiness, saltiness too.<br><br>
They and other places, even our Loblaws have fake chicken, and if you want it to be more spicy, you can add your own. Often the meat has a flavour people like because of the way it's cooked with spices or sauces. Anything can be made at least vegetarian, but according to many sites even vegan.<br><br>
Once your body gets used to healthy quality vegetarian food, you may find that you tend to crave the high quality food more. A Jewish bakery in town used to make the most amazing eggless, dairyless chocolate cake for special holidays. Nothing, I promise nothing compares to that cake. Also there is such a cupcake at a local cafe at Bathurst and Bloor in Toronto.<br>
Once you try the real food, over time, your body will not crave the dead flesh at all, or hardly at all.<br><br>
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Another nice pita pocket thing is to make some quinoa tabouleh (quinoa, chopped tomato, parsley etc) and have it inside a pita with hummus, sliced tomatoes and lettuce.<br><br><br><a href="http://vegetarian.about.com/od/maindishentreerecipes/r/quinoatabbouleh.htm" target="_blank">http://vegetarian.about.com/od/maind...atabbouleh.htm</a>
 

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yeah, don't worry! cravings will be replaced with new favorite veg*n food! for now just have your best meat replacements when you want them
 
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