With the worst flu that I have had in well over a year I have to admit that the 7 Day Vegan Challenge got easier simply because I lost my appetite for nearly 32 hours. Its pretty simple to avoid cheese when you can't stomach the thought of eating anything at all.
Today I decided that appetite or not I needed to get some nutrients into my body to help myself get back to health. While nothing seemed overly appetizing I figured the best bang for my buck was an antioxidant fuelled smoothie.
I call this my Come Back to Life mix- frozen blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, grape juice and 2 handfuls of baby spinach. I forced down two big glasses, despite the nausea (and the brain freeze that ensued from the gulping).
I also made myself a wrap with leftover bean salad
I managed to get through half and pushed the rest to the side. Still not ready for it, although I am not surprised. I love me a salad on a good day but when I'm sick or sad (or in today's case most of column A and a wee bit column B) I want comfort food. I even had a dream about Pizza Pops during one of my six naps today. They were filled with pepperoni. I don't even eat pepperoni when I'm not trying out veganism. What is up with that?
Which leads me to my vegan topic of the day:
Do vegans get cravings?
Do vegans crave cheese/ice cream/chicken wings?
How long until the craving subside after you make the switch?
Is the natural transition vegetarian first then vegan or do people go cold turkey (pardon the pun!)?
When I became I vegetarian at age 14 I did it overnight. I made the decision, then the announcement and stopped eating meat immediately. It was hard at times (my first Christmas without turkey was rough) but I'd made it known that I had made this change and wasn't about to back down on it.
Cravings were another thing though. I missed Chicken McNuggets, hamburgers and that good ol' holiday turkey. But being a vegetarian meant something to me and I got through it for 7 years (and seven Christmas dinners)
During this challenge I have found myself having cravings. An ooey-gooey slice of cheese pizza has been a recurring thought. Brie and goat's cheese have crossed my mind too. Mostly I think that its a case of "Wanting What You Can't Have". Much in the same way that restrictive weight loss diets fail because they push people to crave the items that have been labelled as bad, I am craving the things that I usually eat but have been told (on account of participating in the challenge) to stay away from.
That said, I am really starting to appreciate those individuals who live by a vegan diet and not because of their will power. I admire their conviction to a belief and a cause. So I'm not really sure if vegans get cravings and I suppose the experience is different for everyone but what I do know is that vegan eating requires you to change your lifestyle because you believe in something that is worth that change. That's pretty darn cool if you ask me.
Check back tomorrow for a guest post from a vegan named Rachel who blogs over at Rachel Runs. She will be sharing her insights on another interesting topic: Vegans and Honey
Until then, I've got some getting better to do and some American Idol to watch. G'night!
So tell me, what cravings have you been having lately? Ever crave something you don't ordinarily eat?Are you a vegan with a craving?