What was the hardest thing for you to give up when you decided to become a vegetarian? For me, so far it's been dairy products.
I'm so glad that I'm not alone in this! I figured meat was going to be difficult for me to give up but it hasn't been. It's just been dairy for me. Thank you so much for your insight!I had a very easy transition also. I was not a big meat eater before, and because I was intolerant to most dairy (terrible cramps and diarrhea and gas) I was already drinking plant milks and avoiding cheese and milk for years as an omni. The exception was plain nonfat Greek yogurt which I used to eat for breakfast almost every morning, alternating that with oatmeal and fruit.
When I went vegan, instead of trying to find vegan yogurt replacements (which just aren't anything like Greek yogurt), I tried to create foods with creamy textures, and thick smoothies fit that bill, so I drank a lot of those for breakfast. More recently I have discovered tofu pudding. In fact my breakfasts vary far more as a vegan than they did as an omni.
In general, I found so many awesome vegan foods and meals to make that I just didn't miss omni food at all. Only a few times after my second year did I have strange cravings for eggs and yogurt and that was due to restricting food intake in general and eventually those cravings dissipated. Chickpea flour omelets and tofu scramble or chickpea salad sandwiches more than satisfy that "egg" craving. And I have had great success with a ton of ways to replace eggs in baking and cooking. Pancakes are especially very easy to make without eggs. My favorite pancakes believe it or not are gluten free rice flour banana pancakes. And I am not even gluten free.
From what I understand, dairy is very difficult for people to give up, more so than meat and eggs. It supposedly has some kind of addictive physical properties but I know very little about that. You are not alone with struggling to give up dairy. I probably would have related more to that struggle had it not been for the horrid cramps and pain I would get eating cheese and drinking cows milk. I was so afraid of that pain I even avoided vegan cheese for a very long time. lol.
i've been thinking the same thing, i dont mind it so much, but it does make a quick lunch into a bigger "to-do" if you want a hot meal. generally, i've just adjusted how much of something i make to last more than a meal so i can heat up the leftovers the next day or something. i will say, i dont go out to eat nearly as often, which is saving me quite a bit of moneyThe hardest thing for me to give up has been convenience. I have to make pretty much everything from scratch and I enjoy doing it most of the time, but I do miss the convenience of just being able to grab the occasional readymade thing from the supermarket..
Fish in general were the hardest for me when I went from omni to vegetarian. Especially Salmon and Tuna!Salmon. Truthfully, I miss and still crave salmon.