vegan cravings

Is it bad that even after almost 8 months of being vegan, I still miss the taste of non-vegan things, like extra cheesy pepperoni pizza and fried chicken, sometimes?

I won’t eat these things because it’s unethical of course, but that doesn’t mean I don’t miss the way they taste.

| Craving some veggy rolls |

Veg Spring Roll
Yields 15
Ingredients
Spring roll sheets - 12
Sesame oil - 2 tsp
Garlic - 1 Tbsp (Finely Chopped)
Ginger - 1 Tbsp (Finely Chopped)
Spring onion - 4 (Finely Chopped with White, Green parts separated)
Carrot - 1 large (Julienned)
Green beans - 5 (Cut diagonally)
Red bell pepper - ½ (Julienned)
Cabbage - 2 Cups (Julienned)
Sugar - 1 tsp
Soya sauce - 2 tsp
Ground black pepper - 2 tsp (adjust as per your taste preference)
Salt - ¾ tsp
Oil - For frying
All purpose flour - 1 Tbsp

You do not crave certain foods because your “body needs it,” as if a sense of nutritional deficiency is akin to a sense of touch or time. You don’t get a hankerin’ for a cheeseburger because your body is trying to tell you that you need to boost your iron or vitamin D or potassium. 

This is a pervasive myth. 

When you’re actually deficient in any particular nutrient, your body will tell you in a much more extreme way. Instead of daydreaming about your grandma’s biscuits and gravy, you actually get violently, debilitatingly ill whenever you are lacking a vital vitamin or mineral. 

Outside of a literal state of starvation or extreme bodily stress, food cravings are purely psychological. 

Sometimes the psychological effects can be caused by addictive substances in certain foods that cause chemical reactions in the brain, such as the opiates in dairy and the caffeine and other chemicals in chocolate. 

But for the most part, cravings are brought on by complex environmental cues and triggers. They tend to have a lot more to do with nostalgia than nutrition. They are conjured more by an errant scent on the wind than by deficiency. They are more connected to the media you consume than the vitamins you do not. 

Nobody wants to admit that hearing that three second McDonald’s jingle from the receptionist’s radio in the background noise of their dentist’s office is what actually made them determined to pull into the drive-thru on the way home, but it’s certainly far more likely than any pseudo-scientific old wives tale passed around by people who have probably never even met a nutritionist in their life, let alone know anything about nutritional medicine themselves. People want to believe they have more free will than that. They don’t. 

However, through awareness of these things, we can start making more conscious choices about the food we consume.

So the next time someone tells you that humans must eat animal products simply because we crave them, please remember this. 

The other day I was starving and was craving vegan pizza, so I hit up whole foods and ate all this yummy food with my brother who also got food which included rice and potatoes that I stole. I 💗 whole foods but my bank account doesn’t lol

I was craving something sweet, so I popped into Whole Foods after work to see what they had.

These chocolate chip cookies are AMAZING. Soft and chewy and all around yummy.

Apparently they used to be kind of subpar, but they changed their recipe and these are to die for. I highly recommend them if you’re looking to give yourself a little treat :)

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“BLT” WITH MARINATED TEMPEH, AVOCADO, KALE AND SRIRACHA MAYO

[vegan]

YUM! Was craving a blt and decided to throw this together for lunch today. Used dark rye bread, kale, cucumber, vine tomatoes, avocado, and pre-marinated “bacon” tempeh. Some sriracha is mixed with vegan mayo for some kick.