Dealing with non-vegan cravings, part two

October 6, 2010

In part one, we talked about reactions to smells.  Part two is about the more obvious cravings that you get on the couch while watching TV.  No, not the craving for a hammer to stop the evening news from being so annoying, but the cravings that just pop into your head for no reason.

Or should I say… for what APPEARS to be no reason!  It turns out your body and mind might be trying to tell you something:

Again, just because you’re having cravings doesn’t mean you’re a terrible vegan! This is an important one to understand, so please take the three and a half minutes to learn a bit, and then let us know in the comments if you have any quick fixes for certain cravings that come up from time to time!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Haley October 7, 2010 at 7:53 am

My husband got snagged by a McDonalds commercial and went for a few days saying how much he wanted a Big Mac. I made him a vegan version that he loved…I had to just about unhinge my jaw to try it but it made the transition easier for him. 🙂

Colleen October 7, 2010 at 10:54 am

Someone needs to create a website devoted just to vegan versions of unhealthy omni comfort foods, like Big Macs. A friend of mine makes the tofu mcvegan (vegan version of the egg mcmuffin and it is a damned fine thing). I say this because a friend of mine recently said something which really fits in with Jason’s thoughts in this post: that it’s their old comfort foods, when they’re feeling sad or low or nostalgic, etc, that trips up vegans. In many of the cases of ex-vegans I know, this is true.

As Jason also pointed out, this is getting easier, especially if cheeseburgers are your comfort food. But there’s still a lot of work to be done! No on has, for example, recreated a satisfactory vegan version of the cream horn for me yet. 😉

Erin October 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm

When I was a vegetarian in high school and college, I read that spinach has iron. So when I craved red meat, I would eat lots of spinach. Eventually, I got to the point that I would crave red meat for about a second and then my body would tell me right away that I craved spinach. Funny how that conditioning works. As a vegan I eat such a more diverse array of foods that I don’t get many cravings associated with need anymore.

When I was pregnant I used to joke that my body really NEEDED chocolate and pickles every day, and that there must be important nutrients the baby needed in those items*

*Disclaimer: caffein in chocolate and sodium in pickles are both not great for pregnant women, and should only be enjoyed in moderation.

Jason October 7, 2010 at 8:00 pm

All through Angela’s pregnancy, I was 100% ready at all times to get her pickles. I made very sure she knew this, many times, but not even the thought that asking for pickles would get me to stop bugging her about it would cause her to cave in. And so, her pregnancy was pickle-free, defying everything I thought I knew about babymaking (yes, everything.)

Someday someone’s going to need a pickle and all that training is going to pay off big-time.

Erin October 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Jason, you did the right thing. Constant vigilance is the watchword of the expectant father.

I have always been a pickle feind, so when I was pregnant I think I was really just indulging my preferences rather than having a particular craving. During my pregnancy I wasn’t vegan yet, so it will be interesting next time to see if I even get cravings now that my diet is so healthy.

I will say that I couldn’t walk through the meat section of the grocery store because if I SAW meat I would get nauseous. My body definitely knew what it didn’t need with every fiber.

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