RE: Serious Cravings! Help!
Posted Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM
Is anyone else having cravings for meat and sweets? The first two weeks I had no cravings. Now some of the vegan food actually makes me feel sick to the stomach when I think about eating it! This is crazy! I don't WANT to eat meat!
1 - make sure you're eating enough calories for your needs. If you're not eating enough, your body will send out SOS signals and it will call out for what it knows to be high calorie foods to refill the coffers.
2 - stop and think. when you get a craving what is it you think about? is it the texture, the flavor, etc? I know that if I have a super low fat day (lots of leafy greens, fruit, beans - all good stuff but without significant fat), I can start wanting more food, any food, and especially things like cheese (higher fat foods). And, especially now in the dry cold winter here if I've been out shovelling, I want something with a bit of fat in it more than anything else. A simple addition of a bit of nut butter or a handful of nuts can help with that.
3 - if there's a particular food that turns you off, don't eat it. You don't have to eat kale...or tofu...or seitan to be vegan. Find the foods that you ENJOY eating. For example, hubby (who refuses to say he's "vegan") loves his burgers and he has said that he'd have no problem grabbing a burger somewhere BUT the Veganomicon black bean patties have the texture and taste that satisfy that aspect (they get nicely crisped on the outside the way properly grilled burgers do) so he doesn't mind not having burgers.
4 - find some good vegan sweets to treat yourself with here and there. Hubby googled "vegan soy-free chocolate pudding" and found an AWESOME recipe that uses plant milk, vegan chocolate chips, cocoa powder, corn starch, sugar, etc. Taste and texture even pass muster with our 12 yr old! Check out dark chocolates - some of them (like the Ghirardelli 72% dark squares) are vegan - and already portioned into little squares so just 1 or 2 can be enough. Look around at whatever local store carries "alternate" foods - Whole Foods, Trader Joes, even some regular grocery stores carry products that are vegan and are also sweet treats. The Veganomicon cookbook has a recipe for a pumpkin streusel cake that is amazingly tasty and moist (in case you're not a chocolate fan).
Bottom line, I guess, is to take what you've learned from these last few weeks and run with it - DIY! You don't have to stay confined to the kickstart menus - they're helpful ideas for starting out and exploring new foods (like kale and bok choy and lentils) but the reason there are DIY meal days is to start expanding your horizons and seeing where you want to take the concepts and food stuffs to bring them into your world instead of simply you going to their world. KWIM?