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#1 of 13 Old 10-22-2009, 12:11 AM - Thread Starter
 
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What's a girl to do?

There's not much that appeals to me, but I keep thinking about eggs...

What would/are you veg*n mommas doing about off-limit cravings?

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I'm a hardcore meat eater, so take this for what it is but sometimes those cravings have to do with things your body NEEDS. If you're not willing to eat eggs, try and figure out what it is in eggs that you want. Is it the protein? Is it that spongey texture? Is it the vitamin A, E, or D? Try to experiment with things you CAN eat and see if that helps.

For what it's worth, I've been craving nothing but beef. Like everyday. I know its the protein, so I'm trying to get in some almonds or snack on some soy crisps since it's really not healthy to eat beef every day.

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Oh man... I have not eaten cow for like 8 years but the other day I was salivating at a whopper picture while waiting in line for my veggie burger.

I think I must need more trans fats in my diet I will try to add more protein though, that's a good idea.

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I'm vegetarian, not vegan - no meat cravings yet - and I didn't have any when I was preggo with DD.

Have you contemplated eating some animal products (maybe eggs, but not meat) while you are PG? Do you feel like you could do it emotionally, spiritually, etc?

Last time I felt that if I really deeply craved meat I'd eat it. I never got the craving (it actually grossed me out more than ever) but I do think it is important to listen to your body and not feel like a failure for living up to an ideal that you normally hold dear. I know another die-hard vegan who ate steak while PG and then went back vegan.

That said, I also agree with Seattle - find a substitute!! Your body is telling you something.

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I know you guys are all correct...

Me and my DD are just getting over norovirus (wow, that was fun!) and the transition from that to the morning sickness is just terrible. It has also left me with odd cravings. I know I need the protein, but really feel less and less like eating it (except tofu, unfortunately).

Is it wrong to live off of sprouted grain bread with almond butter and a little jelly? ;-)

I have a small package of eggs in my fridge...I'm just not so sure I can do it. If you're vegan, and you're vegan because of things you've seen (especially "Earthlings,") it's really hard to go back.

Thanks for the great advice Mommas and Mommas-to-be!

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Oh man... I have not eaten cow for like 8 years but the other day I was salivating at a whopper picture while waiting in line for my veggie burger.
I am totally this way when preggo too. I'm not a full vegetarian, let alone a vegan, because I do enjoy occasional chicken and salmon, but when I'm preggo I constantly crave meat, cheese, eggs, even BACON ! Terrible, I know, but the little one needs all that protein to grow, so I eat whatever I crave while preggo. Good luck mama!
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I was vegan with my first DD, but started eating cheese because I craved it so bad, and then because that's what WIC was feeding us. I'm still vegetarian though, if I craved meat I'd just buy the fake meat products, some of them are REALLY good at filling that craving (like the chicken nuggets dipped in honey thing I had the other night )
For eggs you could try a tofu scramble with curry and turmeric (and yummy veggies), its a pretty good sub for scrambled eggs.....

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I've been using Amy's frozen tofu scrambles lately...but I'm a little concerned about the whole soy protein intake thing. Are any of you monitoring your soy intake? It's really easy for me to consume a LOT of tofu and tofu-based products (brown rice crackers and tofutti cream cheese...mmmmmm!)

Thanks again...it's just so nice to know I'm not the only one out there with these (really simple, I know) issues!

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I am not vegan - or even vegetarian - but I am avoiding all dairy because my little one is still nursing and he's got a dairy allergy. I am craving melted cheese in the WORST way!! I won't give in, but it's making me nuts!!!

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Jumping over from May DDC... I'm a pg vegan too. I've craved stuff, but honestly for me it's been a texture/taste thing that I've been able to satisfy with Boca chick'n patties and Gardein products (so close to tasting like chicken I couldn't eat it at first.) Of course, I really only ate those at my gaggiest moments when all other protein sources looked terrible and I was really craving something like a chicken patty sandwich. There's also an awesome pg vegan thread on the Pregnancy board if you want to join us Good luck mama!

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I am not vegan - or even vegetarian - but I am avoiding all dairy because my little one is still nursing and he's got a dairy allergy. I am craving melted cheese in the WORST way!! I won't give in, but it's making me nuts!!!
There is a great vegan cheese out there, made by Follow Your Heart...and it melts! Give it a try...you should be able to find it at Whole Foods.

I remember reading about a new vegan cheese made from some veggie and arrowroot starch...Daiya or something close to that. They showed a picture of it in VegNews mag as part of a super-cheesy pizza, man that looked good!

Thanks Jelinifer for the info...I'm heading over there now!

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i was vegan before i became preggo with dd#1... then went semi-vegetarian (ate chicken about 2 times a week - was craving the protein - which was losing due to preclampica).

with dd#2 - i was all good with teh same routein (vegatarian but small amount of chicken 2 or so times a week)... but once i ate steak.. smoothered in BBQ sauce... i couldnt help myself. We were visiting friends from college and the wife was asking me what i wanted (cause her hubby, my friend, had told her i didnt eat any red meat) and i took one look, smell and said - i want that... his and DH's jaw dropped. It only happened that one time - but i went with it.

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Thanks soooo much for the vegan cheese recommendation!! I will be checking that out tomorrow morning!!

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