When I first went Veg, my last meal was a (burger) so gross... But I was going Veg for health reasons. And told myself that after a month of success I would eat a burger for a "reward".... Then I realized how great a felt.
Eventually my taste buds changed and I began liking things that I never thought I would. ... Soon just the smell of a burger grossed me out and the thought of eating one was furtherst from my mind. Later I would learn about the Cruelty aspect, and that took over my mindset as well.
Its been 12 years now, and I never "rewarded" my self with that burger.. Yuck!
Try one new recipe a week. That keeps it manageable and not so overwhelming. My husband still eats meat but I had him try a Boca Burger and a Quorn Chicken patty and he really liked both...he is on his way( he just doesn't know it yet). Good luck...enjoy the process and take it easy on yourself. Good idea to take things you like to events you have been invited to attend.
good news!!! went to that family style restaurant tonight, and passed on the chicken! my dinner was a bit "carb-tastic" with salad, rolls, potatoes and pasta, but oh well! and its the kind of place where you just keep passing the food around and i had to keep passing the chicken to people!! i really wanted it when we got there, the place smelled amazing. i promised myself that i would fill up on the other food, since i was starving and didnt want to make a bad decision because of that, and then if i still really wanted a bite i would have one. but the more full and satusfied i became from everything else, the more i could look at the poor dead chicken on the table and just feel sad. his poor lil rib cage, just lying there in a bowl, discarded. and then, THEN, the waiter comes over with more chicken and is like "hey.. here's more for you guys, and you guys got a good one! we just dropped two by mistake on the floor and had to throw them out!" OH MY GOD... two whole chickens. dead for no reason. horrifying. so anyway, i know i got through it with the strength from you guys!!!! thank you so much for all of your advice and your support. its so nice to know im not alone!! and i did plan lots of great meals for the week, so thats good!
People always say that the smell of bacon frying coaxes them back to meat eating after being a vegetarian, but I'm happy to say I've never had that problem. Pork, gammon & bacon were my favorite meats (I didn't eat any other except chicken), so people said I'd be eating bacon again as soon as I smelled it - How wrong they were! The smell of any meat cooking just turns my stomach now, and, thankfully, I've not been tempted to eat meat in the 4 years I've been meat-free. I can't stand the meat-free burgers or sausages that taste too much like meat either, just reminds me of real meat too much. Keep strong, and I bet that before too long you'll start to dislike the smell also, and the more you relate the meat being served to the animal it once was, you'll not be tempted to touch it. Plus you'll be feeling fantastic and won't want to give that up for anything!
Congrats Krysten, I did not fare as well last night, but thats ok, today is what matters. My biggest problem is neat ideas for breakfast! Any great easy ideas will be appreciated. I LOVE eggs, but do feel guilty so trying to give this up also. Thanks and keep up the great work Krysten, you encourge me.
im totally addicted to smoothies for breakfast. i got an immersion blender for christmas and have been using it every morning! i make a cup of some good strong green tea the night before and throw it in a big water bottle and stick it in the fridge. In the morning when i get up i add some juice, frozen berries and a banana. i blend it all up (takes less than a minute) and drink it on the way to work. its finally replacing my coffee habit which was wreaking havoc on on my acid reflux. its not exactly high in protein but it keeps me going!
If you like Steel Cut Oats that is the way I go. I too had a real problem with not eating eggs anymore. Always loved eggs with cheese mixed in. But now after reading more I just can't phathom the thought of what those precious chicks and hens go through so that I can eat them. Like Alicia says " Would you eat your dog"? Hell no! So I make some steel cut oats and put a little rice milk or almond milk in or just have it plain. You can have Soy too but I find sometimes it's a bit heavy for me to have in the morning so I go rice or almond. Then I cut slices of banana and maybe a pear or apple or orange to go with it. It fills me up and energizes me. Starting my day off on the right foot. I love the smoothes too but feel the oats fill me more and for a longer time than smoothes do and if you're just starting off on your Vegan journey you might want to do the oats for a bit so not to fall off the wagon. I hope this helps :) Keep up the good work.