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non-vegan pregnancy cravings...

i am vegan and have been for almost 2 years and have not been tempted to stray at all until now...i am 3 months pregnant with my second child and i've been slipping. where as before i was very good about reading the labels on everything and not eating anything with any trace of animal in it, now i am like, "well, it has 2 % or less of milk"....and i HATE it! i just work a lot and when i get hungry at work i need to eat something! has anyone else had this problem?

i dont know a single vegan around here....so no one is telling me not to do it...they are actually encouraging me to eat animal products again.....

i havent gone off the deep end and eaten cheese or anything like that....but i could use some advice on how to nip this in the bud....

i actully had a dream the other night that i stopped being vegan and ate a turkey sandwich!!  :o

help!!

Can you stock up your work area with vegan snacks? That way, you have something handy at all times. Keep somethings in your bag, desk, etc.

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i really should do that...i work at starbucks and we have these apple fritters.....and they are the DEVIL!
i have just gotten so picky...healthy things that i used to love make me feel sick now....

i think it really just boils down to me being lazy....
i needed some accountability, you know?

if anyone wants to tell me i am a terrible person, that might help! haha!

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There's other threads about this same thing. It happens to a lot of people. AC's idea is really great. I liked junk food , too when I was pregnant. Just buy the vegan kinds and have them ready. Do you have a store that sells vegan pastries/treats? Like, whole foods sells a killer vegan choc. cake by the slice, and a vegan apple spice cake that is yum, too. The Wild Oats here has vegan doughnuts. Maybe having those in your purse will help? The cravings should lessen as you go, too. The first trimester is supposed to be the worst, according to my doctor. Just hang in there, and don't beat yourself up. Congratulations, by the way!

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i live in a small town...example....i got WIC and i was the first person in the town to choose the package that offered tofu and soy milk!
...my midwife asked me to explain exactly what "vegan" is!

haha! that might give you some idea....

i am going to Atlanta this weekend and i plan on hitting up some Whole Foods!  :D

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Stock up on Lara and Luna bars

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I never had any nonvegan cravings; however, this one coworker of mine was always trying to give me a heads up that I would, because "all vegetarians do" because the baby "tells you what he/she needs."  She told me not to worry about it but that I would definately cave, because the craving would be so strong.  I'm not saying it doesn't happen on occasion, but where did she get this idea.  She drove me nuts.  Everyone was on my case about being pregnant and vegan which makes no sense, but they just don't get it.  They even wanted to buy me vitamins!  Hello!?  Where are the vitamins in food?  In the vegetables!  Duh!  Oh it made me so mad!  My then husband left me alone after I showed him in a nonvegan pregnancy book that it says it is safe, but everyone else . . . . totally clueless!!  Ok, I'm way off topic.  Thanks for reading my rant. 

Back on subject, like everyone else has said the key to eating vegan/healthy while pregnant is to have good food available all the time.  When there is nothing else around, and you need something to eat, the temptation to eat what you have decided not to eat is very strong.  Bring snacks everywhere, both healthy and not so healthy, so that you never fall into that trap.

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don't beat yourself up. have some cheese. your body must need it. pregnancy isn't about us its about our babies and nutrients are essential to fetal development. listen to your body not your mind. when i was prego i craved dairy like crazy and now I'm back to vegan. no problem. i only ate organic and honestly all the protein we need when preg 60g a day was pretty trying to get without dairy. don't worry i don't think you'll be driven to chomping on turkey flesh. pregnancy is hard!! good luck!

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Actually it's hard for most women to get their RDA calcium in during pregnancy, which is why docs recommend taking a vitamin. What nutrients are in cheese/dairy that aren't in plant-based foods? None. Some women crave dirt or chalk, too. It's fairly common. That doesn't mean to eat dirt. It means you need some minerals.

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Actually it's hard for most women to get their RDA calcium in during pregnancy, which is why docs recommend taking a vitamin. What nutrients are in cheese/dairy that aren't in plant-based foods? None. Some women crave dirt or chalk, too. It's fairly common. That doesn't mean to eat dirt. It means you need some minerals.

LOLs exactly... Avoid the animal products, I'm sure u will find something to satisfy your cravings, and if not I'm sure us vegwebbers can give some recommendations <3

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There have been studies done and they have yet to link cravings (including those for dirt) with micronutrient deficiencies. The consensus is that we crave food for emotional reasons and when you're pregnant you've got all kinds of new hormonal stuff going on. Cravings are just part of the experience! I've had fast food cravings during my pregnancy and since going veg about four years ago I really haven't felt like I was missing out on anything so I'm convinced this is definitely pregnancy related.

When I was about four months pregnant I couldn't stop thinking about Carl's Jr's crispy chicken sandwiches. So I got some seitan, googled a recipe for fried chicken to get the coating right, and broke out the deep fryer. I even did onion rings and I didn't feel the least bit guilty! It was a FABULOUS meal and the craving was satisfied. I haven't had to resort to the deep fryer since!

The only other real craving I've had was for Wienerschnitzel chili dogs just this week (I'm seven months along now). I googled "copycat Wienerschnitzel chili recipe", went shopping for supplies (including the soft, white flour hot dog buns I haven't bought for years AND shoestring french fries for chili fries), and made some of the best darn chili ever. P.S. Smart Ground was awesome for this recipe because it crumbled into tiny pieces.

I almost hope I get more cravings. It's been kind of a fun challenge to find vegan versions to satisfy my big, ol' pregnant belly. My recommendation for a turkey sandwich craving? Westsoy's chicken style seitan with plenty of Veganaise, salt, and pepper.

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You should maybe go pescetarian until you have your baby. Maybe free range salmon and cod would be good. If you cant stomach eating meat, I understand, but you have to protect your baby.
Lots of soy milk is good also. but..you need protein. Snacks wont do it. You will get sick. I have learned the hard way. :-/

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You should maybe go pescetarian until you have your baby. Maybe free range salmon and cod would be good. If you cant stomach eating meat, I understand, but you have to protect your baby.
Lots of soy milk is good also. but..you need protein. Snacks wont do it. You will get sick. I have learned the hard way. :-/

I don't know anything about pregnancy, so please do not accept my advice toward pregnancy. I just want to say I hate the stereotype that vegans cannot get protein. Lentils and beans are incredibly high in protein, tofu, seitan, tempeh are also. Nuts pack a protein punch, as does quinoa. If you are eating enough calories on a whole foods plant based diet, you will not lack for protein. Studies have even shown (The Food Revolution, John Robbins) that whole foods vegans eat more daily protein than omnis, not even mentioning the higher iron consumption, Vitamin C, and calcium, just to name a few. Omega 3 fatty acids can come from flax seeds, walnuts, or hemp, just to name a few, not just from fish oil (fish get their omega 3s from the phytoplankton they consume anyway, which get theirs from algae). What else do people think vegans are lacking in? We're high in iron from leafy green vegetables. I'd challenge a non-biased dietitian to find a flaw with a whole foods vegan diet. it seems like the healthiest thing you can do for yourself (and your baby, if pregnant) is to eat the best, highest quality plant based foods. If you're eating a wide variety and plenty of it, then what could you possibly be physiologically missing?

...and that's my 2 cents. I have a biology degree, but like I said I am not a dietitian, and I don't know anything about specific prenatal care. Take from it what you will. May I suggest The Food Revolution and The China Study for reading materials, non-pregnancy related?

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You should maybe go pescetarian until you have your baby. Maybe free range salmon and cod would be good. If you cant stomach eating meat, I understand, but you have to protect your baby.
Lots of soy milk is good also. but..you need protein. Snacks wont do it. You will get sick. I have learned the hard way. :-/

Bad advice

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I just want to say I hate the stereotype that vegans cannot get protein. Lentils and beans are incredibly high in protein, tofu, seitan, tempeh are also. Nuts pack a protein punch, as does quinoa. If you are eating enough calories on a whole foods plant based diet, you will not lack for protein. Studies have even shown (The Food Revolution, John Robbins) that whole foods vegans eat more daily protein than omnis, not even mentioning the higher iron consumption, Vitamin C, and calcium, just to name a few. Omega 3 fatty acids can come from flax seeds, walnuts, or hemp, just to name a few, not just from fish oil (fish get their omega 3s from the phytoplankton they consume anyway, which get theirs from algae). What else do people think vegans are lacking in? We're high in iron from leafy green vegetables. I'd challenge a non-biased dietitian to find a flaw with a whole foods vegan diet. it seems like the healthiest thing you can do for yourself (and your baby, if pregnant) is to eat the best, highest quality plant based foods. If you're eating a wide variety and plenty of it, then what could you possibly be physiologically missing?

Amen sister! Well said... If I here one more protein comment i'm gonna go nuts it's so ignorant

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You should maybe go pescetarian until you have your baby. Maybe free range salmon and cod would be good. If you cant stomach eating meat, I understand, but you have to protect your baby.
Lots of soy milk is good also. but..you need protein. Snacks wont do it. You will get sick. I have learned the hard way. :-/

This doesn't make any sense to me.  Even the mainstream recommendations recommend limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy because of mercury contamination.  They issued a statement a few years back here warning that all "women of child-bearing age" limit the cosumption of locally caught fish.  I'm vegan for 90% health reasons.  A vegan diet can be amoung the healthiest out there and is perfect for the high demands of pregnancy.  The only trouble I had was that I was too tired to cook at times and healthy vegan food is hard to find here.  A supportive spouse or planning would take care of that.  Even the USDA says that vegan diet and healthy for "all stages" of life and may have health benefits. 

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Even the mainstream recommendations recommend limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy because of mercury contamination.  They issued a statement a few years back here warning that all "women of child-bearing age" limit the consumption of locally caught fish. 

This is what I was thinking

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You should maybe go pescetarian until you have your baby. Maybe free range salmon and cod would be good. If you cant stomach eating meat, I understand, but you have to protect your baby.
Lots of soy milk is good also. but..you need protein. Snacks wont do it. You will get sick. I have learned the hard way. :-/

This doesn't make any sense to me.  Even the mainstream recommendations recommend limiting or avoiding fish during pregnancy because of mercury contamination.  They issued a statement a few years back here warning that all "women of child-bearing age" limit the cosumption of locally caught fish.  I'm vegan for 90% health reasons.  A vegan diet can be amoung the healthiest out there and is perfect for the high demands of pregnancy.  The only trouble I had was that I was too tired to cook at times and healthy vegan food is hard to find here.  A supportive spouse or planning would take care of that.  Even the USDA says that vegan diet and healthy for "all stages" of life and may have health benefits. 

I think it's "funny" (not really, just sad) that mercury is dangerous enough that one should limit consumption during pregnancy, but then it's okay when you're not pregnant. We should all treat our bodies the best we can, every single day, just like these awesome vegan moms are trying to take care of their unborn child by eating healthy.

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My obstetrician flipped out when he found out I was vegan because he didn't think I could possibly be getting enough protein or calcium. It was during a conversation about how he thought I would love Del Taco's big fat chicken taco. If I had said "Mmm yeah I love feeding myself and my baby a drippy, greasy, dirty taco," he wouldn't have had an issue, but that wasn't my response. He messaged me later to let me know he was really concerned and referred me to a nutritionist. I was pissed! The nutritionist, however, raved about my menu for the week, said she wished she could eat so well, that I should keep doing what I was doing, and that basically the doctor was an idiot who just wasn't trained in nutrition. The only thing she recommended was that I get my cholesterol checked. To make sure it wasn't too LOW.

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My obstetrician flipped out when he found out I was vegan because he didn't think I could possibly be getting enough protein or calcium. It was during a conversation about how he thought I would love Del Taco's big fat chicken taco. If I had said "Mmm yeah I love feeding myself and my baby a drippy, greasy, dirty taco," he wouldn't have had an issue, but that wasn't my response. He messaged me later to let me know he was really concerned and referred me to a nutritionist. I was pissed! The nutritionist, however, raved about my menu for the week, said she wished she could eat so well, that I should keep doing what I was doing, and that basically the doctor was an idiot who just wasn't trained in nutrition. The only thing she recommended was that I get my cholesterol checked. To make sure it wasn't too LOW.

Good for you!!!

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One of the only things I can say good about my origanl obstetrician was that they liked me being vegan.  I guess recreationally caught fish, cold lunch meats, soft cheeses, etc. are serious problems around here.  I was kind of nervious to tell them.  I said I'm vegan but I do eat enough protein all in one breath.  The nurse who was entering my data said she knew that already.  Wow.  One of the nurses read me the riot act on the phone for not taking their prescription prenatals withouit being told exactly what the ingredients were and was the RDA values were.  The doctors were okay with it though.  I ended up switching doctors weeks before delivery for other issues. 

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