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Hey everyone! I haven't been on this board in a long time, but I'd like to get more active again. I'm looking for support because I've had a ton of trouble being vegan since my pregnancy with my baby (now 15 months old). I've had too many days eating vegetarian because of my dairy cravings, but I REALLY want to be vegan. This trouble has been making me depressed and so disappointed with myself. I can't even begin to explain how upset I am about the whole thing. I never had such problems before my pregnancy, and I'd like to get back to that again. I appreciate the support and motivation on this site; I'm hoping it will help. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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What sort of dairy foods do you crave? There are a lot of really good vegan alternatives these days, from milks to ice cream and cheese.<br><br>
Also, I find that it helps to think about exactly why I'm a vegan - no animal food sounds at all tempting when I consider their origin and the processes and exploitation involved in the production.
 

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Watch Gary Yourofsky's video! That should help get some backbone in you again! He pulls no punches in this lecture! <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4</a><br><br>
have you watched the Meet Your Meet video? Check out Mercy for Animals and their videos....<a href="http://mercyforanimals.org/" target="_blank">http://mercyforanimals.org/</a><br><br>
these back up what Indian said about thinking about the exploitation of the animals, and treatment of factory farming. Does Japan have the substitute dairy products there?
 

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It's mostly cheese that I crave, unfortunately! My problem is that I need to stop and think about what I'm eating rather than be impulsive. I haven't had much luck with the vegan cheese substitute (except a rice mac & cheese I found in the US). Plus, the items in the store here have casein in them and aren't actually vegan. But, there are plenty of things I can eat instead. I just need to get the dairy out of my system so I stop having such cravings. I've completed one day of a 30 day vegan challenge! Yay! I know that's not long, but it's a start & I intend to stay strong & motivated. Then, at the end of the month, I hope to continue eating vegan foods. But, one day at a time for now.<br><br>
Photojess, thanks for the links. I'll check out the first one and maybe even watch Meet your Meat again. I could just need some reminders of why I want to be vegan.
 

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daiya cheese is really good.<br><br>
I ALWAYS crave pizza. The only thing with cheese on it that I ever crave. That's when I run out and buy a tofurky pizza haha!
 

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Yeah, I think pizza and macaroni & cheese are the only things with cheese that I really crave. I need to find some substitutes.
 

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I have to agree with what's already been said. When you do have a craving for something non-vegan, ask yourself why it's not vegan. Then ask yourself, why you're not eating it. There have been times (with mac and cheese! I'm with you on that one for sure!!) when I came so close to buying a box at the store, or having some when others around me were having some, but I've stopped myself almost involuntarily because of where it comes from.<br><br>
You could always think of it as Mac & Pus too...since before the milk is all sterilized and made to look all pretty so people will eat it, it's really thick and has pus in it. Anyone want a large cheese pizza, extra pus? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I thought not.<br><br>
Sorry for the nastiness, but that's usually enough to end my dairy cravings lol
 

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I was surprisingly impressed with cheeseless pizza. Amy's has a great one.
 

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I ALWAYS crave pizza. The only thing with cheese on it that I ever crave.</div>
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I'm this way as well. Just plain cheese pizza was always my favorite kind even as an omni. I'm not even a huge fan of cheese. (fortunately)<br><br>
I'm sorry that I don't have much advise. I'm sure there are plenty of great recipes out there for cheese substitutes. I just don't have that much experience with trying to make (or buy) that sort of thing.
 

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Its always mind over matter. I have always liked meat and I am a vegetarian. I do it for health and ethics. I have to struggle to avoid the steak dinner. I think there is something truthful about the human inclination to eat meat, eggs or cheese. Human beings have rational thought, and we are modern people, not trapped by biological inevitability. You need to force yourself to have sympathy for the animals who suffer and struggle for your food. In other words, you need to step above and beyond your cravings. Cravings are simple things decided by your "animal" brain. You need to use logic and reason. See your problem with a new set of eyes.
 
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