I was so happy to find this site. I went vegetarian just over a month ago, mainly for health and spiritual reasons (to help with meditation, and universal compassion), and wish I had done it a long time ago. Watching Earthlings was the final step in that transition, and I have not eaten meat since seeing the horrible truth.
I am now transitioning to vegan, and would be most grateful for some support with this. I have read some books on plant based nutrition, and am eating a varied diet, and even taking kelp, B12 and the 10 brazil nuts a week that one book advised would keep up selenium levels, and a tablespoon and a half of flaxseed a day.
The only difficulty I'm having is an insane craving for avocados, olive oil, biscuits and pretty much anything naughty. I guess the obvious answer would be that I'm not getting enough calories, but I'm eating cereal (with rice milk) or porridge for breakfast (with fruit and the flaxseed), a proper lunch like beans on toast or veggie burger in wholemeal bap and big salad, and I love cooking main meals in the evening that I am careful to ensure have lots of protein. I also snack on seeds and nuts throughout the day.
I absolutely LOVE my new diet, and the taste of all these wonderful things, but feel constantly hungry and have to "graze" continually to feel ok. I am hoping that this is just my body's conditioning/addiction "screaming" out for whatever has been taken away from it. I have also cut out white sugar (just read about a syrup-like replacement, so am going to look for that in the health food shop tomorrow), and stopped drinking alcohol about 3 months ago. I am also slightly overweight for my height, so it can't be that I *need* the extra calories. I would love to drop down a bit to my natural weight. Think my body is just protesting, lol.
Any advice would be useful though. How to stay full and reduce cravings for fatty things. The flaxseed seems to have helped a bit (probably the fibre).
Look forward to getting to know you better