Anyways, I have a question and after surfing the forums for a while I couldn't find anyone in my situation.. I'm 19 years old, female and I've been a vegetarian since I was 5. I made the choice myself because I love animals. My parents accepted it despite my whole family being meat-eaters. Now, I'm still a crazy animal lover and I've accumulated more reasons not to eat meat, such as finding the way we consume meat unnatural, wanting to be more eco-friendly etc. I've never gone back on my decision, and haven't ever struggled with being a vegetarian. This is all I've known and heck, I don't even remember what meat tastes like!
Although lately (last couple of weeks), I have been craving meat. Today, my boyfriend was making sausages and it smelled delicious, my mouth was watering and I really wanted to taste it. I had this happen before the last few weeks but I always put it down to the spices or seasoning that I could smell cooking, but now i know it's the meat I want. My diet is pretty good. I get lots of fresh fruits and veggies and try to eat as natural as possible. I started intense weight training about four months ago and have been having whey shakes and 2-3 eggs a day in my diet to make sure I get enough protein. Why is this happening?! I've never wanted meat before, I still don't because I know where it comes from. No psychological part of me wants to eat it, I'm still against it. It feels almost instinctual, not just a "Ooh, I could go for a sausage right now" but more of a "Must have meat!!!" craving. Which kind of makes sense because how can you crave to eat something you've never had? It's uncomfortable because it goes against everything I believe in and is really confusing.
Anyways, sorry the long rant. Has anyone been in this situation? Does anyone know why I want it so bad? Am I lacking in something?
Posted by AndyT at 04/20/14 09:24:10Hi Ladymelody,
First of all, I have the absolutely highest respect for you for going vegetarian at such a young age!!!
Regarding the craving ... Few people go vegetarian or vegan because they do not like the taste of meat. It is the "production" of mrat, eggs and dairy and the horrors connected to that for animals that make people decide to go vegetarian or vegan.
Have you tried "Mock meats"? Now, there are lots of vegan sausages, burgers and similar available. Try it out if you find some that you like and indulge, if the craving gets too strong.
Posted by Laylah at 04/20/14 12:48:00I remember having meat cravings right after I became a vegetarian, but they stopped right after I bettered my diet and started eating more protein-rich vegetables, like soy, lentils, chickpeas etc. I'd apparently lacked protein and iron. Are you sure you get enough of them?
Posted by ahimsa32fa at 04/21/14 05:20:55Surveys have shown that it's generally not the meat itself, but the taste of the seasonings that make it smell and taste good.
We who watch TV, are susceptible to the brilliant marketing of meat and dairy products that also make them "taste" so good.
I stepped away from meat in '75, but when I smell bread, etc., and see the ads on the screen, it brings back memories of when I enjoyed eating cheeseburgers. It does sometimes take an effort...
Posted by The Hammer at 04/23/14 00:26:09if you have that bad cravings for meat, go ahead and taste it, no need to hit yourself on the head with your ethics which are outweighted by the smell of meat.
Always amazed when veggies have non veggie partners, its like saying you are against rasism yet your boyfriend goes out burning crosses at nigh with te local KKK. LOL.
Oh, wait a minute, we have to be and mustn't our beliefs onto others.....sigh.
Posted by StephenS at 04/26/14 17:51:18lol....I often use the child porn analogy, but I like the KKK one Hammer ;)
Anyhoo - Ladymelody - you aren't craving meat - you are craving, Iron or Protein or B Vitamins , or Omegas. Your recent "intense weight training" I'm sure has something to do with it. If you can - get to a good veg nutritionist and find out what you're lacking. And also - ditch the sausage cooking boyfriend - that's disgusting and disrespectful and distorted. You should think of yourself as a sacred gem - there is nothing like you in the world - do you really want to reward some murderer and cannibal with your good stuff. Give it to a Veg/an - they deserve you, and will support you.
- Stay strong - you are fighting the good fight. And don't get discouraged, you can have a completely rewarding and healthy life on a solely plant based diet. Throughout History many of the "greatest" people who made the "biggest" impacts on the world were/are veg/an.
- Flax Seed Oil (omegas)
- Gluten and Soy and Nuts and Beans (protein)
- Nutritional Yeast (B vitamins)
- Spirulina & Black Strap Molasses (Iron)
Good Luck - Love the Animals and Yourself :)