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Let's say you're starting out as a vegetarian. You're not a vegetarian yet. You go day 1 without meat in any form. You're doing good. Day 2 is good too. Day 3, however, is not. On Day 3, you literally start to CRAVE meat. For me, this is weird because normally I'm not much of a fan of meat anyway. I don't know what this means.

I've read someplace that a few vegetarians crave meat when they're lacking in vitamins like iron. I don't take multivitamins. I eat alright but I know my diet doesn't provide the vitamins I need. Could that be the culprit of me feeling that way?

Just wondering if anyone had an obstacle like that when they first started out.
 

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Maybe you're craving meat because it's constantly on your mind.

If you were still a meat eater, and simply didn't eat meat for a few days (not necessarily on purpose) I wonder if you would crave meat.

But since you're constantly thinking about NOT eating it, you're thinking about it more. (?)

I've been veggie for 4 months and I still crave meat every once in a while. Until I think about the poor suffering cow (chicken, piggie, whatever) and then I no longer crave it...
 

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I think you're right. When I didn't declare myself as a vegetarian, I had no problem giving up a dish containing meat for one that was meatless (like beans). But ever since I gave up on meat completely, I've had problems sticking to my vow. Sometimes I feel that I have zero willpower and feel ashamed of that
 

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Im doing that with attempting to go vegan. I never eat chocolate, dont like it. But now I dont eat it, an hour ago i nicked a few quality street from a tin. I feel horrid, my mum went out her way to buy vegan cheese and marg for the recipe my sister was cooking us (shes veggie) and then i stuff my face with chocolate.

RAMBLE ASIDE

yeah I guess its maybe cause youre thinking about it, and all "noo i can never have that again".

try buying lots of fake meat? (note to self: stock up on green+blacks)
 

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Nuts like cashews/ peanuts are fatty and taste good. They generally helped me survive meat cravings. I really think when you are craving meat, you are really craving fat. Vegan is very low fat, so you need a way to shut down the cravings.
 

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I read a study on cravings and whatnot, and for the most part people crave the nutrients their body needs (when I'm getting sick, I can't drink enough orange juice). The only two things that throw this off are sugar and salt (ie a person will crave chocolate when they have no need for fat, and a cheese burger when they really don't need iron). When I first gave up meat I craved it, and ate black olives instead because of their salt content. It worked really well, but now whenever someone cooks bacon I want olives. Go figure.

Pirate - The Peanut Chews in the red wrapper are Vegan and help me survive the chocolate cravings.
 

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You guys were right. It was a combination of telling myself that I can't eat meat anymore and the need for fat that was making me crave meat. I had some black olives myself and the craving vanished, like it was never there! I guess I was missing the fat...

The problem is, I can't stop eating black olives...
 

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Maybe you could intentionally focus on craving a different food each day. You'll try a lot of new things and find out what you really like.
 

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Vegan is very low fat.
I'm not sure why you're making that generalization.

OP: I've read when your body detoxes (for lack of a better word) a certain food it goes through a retracing period where as it detoxes, it starts moving through your body again as its being flushed out and you go through craving it until it's out of your system. True or not, I don't know. Could also be a vitamin deficiency. Could also just be a taste-craving. Or a smell-craving. Or a habit. Or or or. Who knows? Anyway, glad you're over it.
 

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White Rose - have you ever tried marinated, baked tofu? It is truly heaven and has so many similarities to meat - salty, chewy, high in protein, high in fat. Here's a quick recipe if you want to try it:

Marinated/Baked Tofu

Cut a block of firm tofu into chunks, slices, whatever you like.

Prepare marinade:

2 Tbsp soy sauce

1 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup (or agave nectar, or sugar)

1 Tbsp vinegar

1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger (or 1 tsp powdered)

1 Tbsp sesame oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

Pour marinade over tofu and let marinate at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. After marinating, place tofu pieces on a lightly greased cookie sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour, flipping halfway through.

Glad your cravings are going away, but if they come back, seriously, try the tofu!
 

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You guys were right. It was a combination of telling myself that I can't eat meat anymore and the need for fat that was making me crave meat. I had some black olives myself and the craving vanished, like it was never there! I guess I was missing the fat...

The problem is, I can't stop eating black olives...
As much as I personally loathe olives, I submit that I'd much, much rather see you consuming mass quantities of those than meat. Maybe the salt craving was involved too.
 

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Try satisfying your fat cravings with an avocado.

I usually eat half of one every day.

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bread +

half an avocado sliced +

celtic sea salt +

cucumber slices

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The salt intensifies the avocado flavor, and the cucumber provides a delicate balance to the savory undertones.

This sandwich is like a taste bud orgasm. It's teh healthy, and it's teh yum.
 
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