Being Vegan & Fighting Pregnancy Cravings For Non-Vegan Foods
Pregnancy cravings can be unexpected and be weird as all get out! Sticking firm to your morals while denying your pregnancy hormones what they want can be tough.
Start by trying to figure out why you are having this craving. Is it because it is salty? Sweet? Sour? Or even bloody? If you can figure out what it is your body is asking for as far as nutrients instead of what your tongue is asking for to please the tastebuds then not only will you be able to find a substitute that can give your cravings what they want, but you can also help your body out by giving it what it needs.
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Pregnancy cravings can be the bodies way of communicating with you. If you are for example craving meat, maybe even raw meat, your body might be saying that it needs more iron.
After giving birth to my youngest, my placenta smoothies hit the spot like nothing else! It tasted “irony”, and I craved it so bad. My body was obviously trying to communicate through my pregnancy cravings that it was depleted and needed some replenishing.
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If you can find a healthy way of feeding your craving then go for it! As an example maybe instead of feta cheese make a Herb Cashew Cheese with a little extra lemon in it. Or if you are craving sweet try different fruits. There are also tons of vegan desserts and ice cream alternatives that are even, dare I say it, healthy!
Meditation is also an option. Meditate on why you are vegan, and why you are choosing to pass up on the non-vegan food you are craving. Think about the bigger picture. What are the consequences of you eating that? The consequences for your baby, the animals, your conscience. Odds are you are going to regret it as soon as you eat it.
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Having a vegan pregnancy is the absolute best for your baby. Remembering that will take you far. Just try to remember that the pregnancy cravings will pass, and you are vegan for love. The same love you are going to have for, and teach your baby.
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