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So I've been vegan for almost 6 months, and I've always had the problem of sneaking sweets with dairy in them. It's always just little things here and there, and for the past 3 months or so I've been doing good about not "sneaking".<br><br>
But ever since the start of the holiday season, more and more sweets that contain dairy have been showing up in my house (everyone else in my family are meat-eaters). Last week my mom bought a cheesecake, and I caved and ate a slice, promising myself I wouldn't eat anymore. And then I ended up eating about 4 slices by the next day! I then told myself that since it was gone, I wouldn't be tempted anymore... and then my mom brought home these homemade cookies someone had given her, and they were my favorite kind! So I had one... two... three... four! And I just finished eating some chocolate-covered peanuts a few minutes ago!<br><br>
Please help me out! I just can't seem to stop eating all these cookies and chocolate... and I know it will only get worse as Christmas gets closer and closer... and then it will be Valentine's Day! My mom is a teacher at an elementary school, and she always brings home a lot of chocolate!<br><br>
I always thought I had better willpower than this... I'm feeling really bad now. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
Also, I think I may have an over-eating problem. In fact, I'm about 95% sure I do. Should I make a seperate thread about this in the Dietary and Weight Issues forum?<br><br><br><br>
All help is much appreciated! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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I felt similar pangs for cheese on Monday when I made my mum a sandwich. It had such an amazing aroma and it was so tempting to just eat a crumb. I just reminded myself of why I was vegan and that made me feel less like eating it. Also, try avoiding the temptation of saying you'll only have one biscuit, cake slice etc or it'll always snowball.<br><br><br><br>
It might help if you go buy some good vegan alternatives and always keep those handy for when you have a weak moment.
 
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hey you!<br><br><br><br>
stop that dairy munching!<br><br><br><br>
its the stuff that comes out of cows nipples, you know! eww eww eww yuck yuck yuck... its probably got cow puss and blood from cows with mastitis, and hormones and antibiotics and all kindsa other [email protected] in it, as well as the cow nipple juice, you know!<br><br><br><br>
and the poor cows that have [email protected] lives making it for you.... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> thats very sad... don't support that by munching on it!<br><br><br><br>
got recipes? get recipes.... make nicer, tastier, more ethically sound cookies, desserts, cheesecakes, etc... and be all happy about not hurting cows too!<br><br><br><br>
don't wanna cook? buy stuff online/ go to your health food store/ go find vegan cookies in the supermarket.... i think oreos are good in some places, in an emergency... (check the label) or get some dark chocolate like green and blacks, or something!<br><br><br><br>
feel your fingers creeping slowly towards those cookies/cakes/desserts, and the like? say 'no no NO!' to yourself, and go eat some of your home made lush vegan brownies with a nice glass of soy-nog/chocolate rice milk/banana and raspberry smoothie instead!<br><br><br><br>
be strong!!!<br><br><br><br>
hope that helped! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
(and i reckon you should post the over-eating thing in the other forum too, if it's bothering you- you'll get more diet related wisdom from the folks who fraternise there.)
 

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I have the same problem! and since i just went vegan this year i srill remeber all those amazing cookies my mom makes every year that are sitting in my kitchen right now (ahhh). Anyways, I would suggest making vegan cookies, fudge, and anything else that appeals to you! <a href="http://www.peta2.com/STUFF/s-recipesweets.asp" target="_blank">http://www.peta2.com/STUFF/s-recipesweets.asp</a> theres tons of stuff on that website. Also maybe bring in some cookies for your friends for christmas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I'd suggest making your own vegan cookies and putting them near the non-vegan cookies so you can grab one every time you crave a cookie. Eventually you'll train yourself to crave the vegan foods instead. (When I first became veggie I had a hard time with the smell of bacon, so I kept black olives in the fridge so I could have something salty whenever someone in my house way making bacon. It worked, for me at least.) Also, peanut chews (the kind in the red box) are vegan and a good substitute for many other chocolate things. For baking, Shoprite brand chocolate chips are vegan. I feel your pain, milk chocolate was my one weekness when I first became vegan.
 

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Cheesecake is one of my favorite foods ever and one of the few I miss as a vegan. But for me it is easier to not focus on what I can't have or cave in a do something I will regret but to think about all the great new stuff I can have.<br><br><br><br>
Vegan baking is so much fun and to eat something that is delicous and something you made without all the harm that comes with dairy and eggs makes you feel really good. What you bake yourself is special because it took time and energy and thought and love. Wow - I sound all new-age, hippy but it does feel really good to follow your heart and not only your stomach. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br>
*The website nataliex1122 referred looks great.<br><br><br><br>
(of course buying fun vegan treats is great too!)
 

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Cheesecake is one of my favorite foods ever and one of the few I miss as a vegan. But for me it is easier to not focus on what I can't have or cave in a do something I will regret but to think about all the great new stuff I can have.<br><br><br><br>
Vegan baking is so much fun and to eat something that is delicous and something you made without all the harm that comes with dairy and eggs makes you feel really good. What you bake yourself is special because it took time and energy and thought and love. Wow - I sound all new-age, hippy but it does feel really good to follow your heart and not only your stomach. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br>
*The website nataliex1122 referred looks great.<br><br><br><br>
(of course buying fun vegan treats is great too!)</div>
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Nice post. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:">
 

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Thanks for all the help, everyone! I'm going to go on a crazy bake-a-thon and make a lot of vegan sweets, like these banana-oatmeal cookies I made once (healthy and yummy!).<br><br><br><br>
I'm going to keep reminding myself why I am vegan in the first place and how much suffering the cows that gave that milk go through.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Must keep training myself! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/whip.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":whip:"> It will be my New Year's Resolution not to eat anything else with dairy or eggs in it!
 

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So I've been vegan for almost 6 months, and I've always had the problem of sneaking sweets with dairy in them.</div>
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You obviously don't want to eat the sweets, so don't!!!<br><br><br><br>
I absolutely LOVED milk-chocolate. But I have made the vow to myself that I will eat products from animals, so I don't. Yesterday there was a bag of maltesers (mmm) in the fridge and I really wanted one. I took a BIG breathe and said to myself 'I do not want them. I do not want them. I do not want them. They are made from milk for cow babies'. It helped, as odd as it sounds.<br><br><br><br>
Next time, think that to yourself. Do you REALLY need it? Your conscience, and body will feel better if you don't! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Also, as other posters said, make Vegan alternatives! MMM!<br><br><br><br>
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Just remind yourself that every time you eat a dairy-laden dessert your mom brings you, you are encouraging her to keep baking and bringing them. Which in turn means she will be out buying more ingredients to bake those things - and that means more dairy and eggs sold. It's all back to that supply and demand thing. If I were you, I would have a talk with her and say that you appreciate her thoughtfulness, but you are choosing to give up dairy so you won't be eating those things in the future. If she ignores you and continues to bring stuff over, well then, she's been fairly warned and can't complain if you don't touch it.<br><br><br><br>
I know how hard it can be to be vegan around non-vegan relatives. We see my parents a lot and they had a difficult time with our recent transition. The other day, my mom was teary-eyed and said, "it must be so hard for you to be vegan" and I said, "actually, it's not that hard" and she said, "well, it's hard on ME!" LOL<br><br><br><br>
Good luck! I know you can do it. Just remember, those dairy cows and their calves are pretty powerless to do anything about their horrible lives. They are depending on compassionate human beings like you and I to speak up for them. Be strong! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/broccoli.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":bobo:">
 

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Make yourself some cookies. Try your hand at making a cake, decorated at everything. Do you have any vegan cookbooks? I HIGHLY recommend Vegan with a Vengeance for all kinds of food plus some amazing sweets and Vegan Cupcakes Take over the World for the best cupcake and cake recipes ever. Believe me, once you get a hang of this, you will look at the dairy dessert crap and wonder why you wanted it so much because your baking will be so much better.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, and for Valentine's day, get yourself some vegan chocolate bars!
 

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Along, with vegan chocolate, I love carob bars. They are so good. I was trying to be vegan over the summer, and did pretty well. I have been slacking this fall though..... ugh. I will try again soon.
 

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Simply tell yourself that it is poisonous. Think 'those are poison cookies. If I eat them, I will die'. It helps a lot, because it triggers an evolutionary survival response which gives your will power that little extra push. Touch the back of your throat whenever you see a tempting food with an animal product in it. Stimulate the gag reflex so you begin to develop an unconscious as well as conscious aversion to cruelty foods.
 

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Just think about how gross it is!!! That's what I do the rare time I have some temptation... and then I feel truly ill that I even considered it. The SIGHT of a candy bar makes my stomach turn, usually.
 
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