I wish I could give advise regarding how to get over cravings for meat, but it's not something I have any experience with. I grew up in Wyoming where we raise cattle, pigs, chickens, rabbits, etc. for food consumption - and where at least 90% of the population (including my parents) goes hunting for deer, elk, moose and other game animals every fall. I have no illusions about where my food comes from and have no intention of becoming vegetarian. This is for a couple reasons:
1) I don't view eating meat or not eating meat as a moral choice. I think that's because I grew up with the reality of meat consumption all around me and was never under the illusion that it meat was manufactured and delivered to the grocery store in little plastic packages without any animals actually being involved.
2) I like meat. Pretty basic, but it's the truth.
3) I've never in my life known a healthy vegetarian. Again, this is my own experience, but every vegetarian I've ever known in my own life has had a constant struggle getting enough protein, getting enough of the right amino acids, having low energy, having low sex drive, and generally have existed in a "sickly" state. Having been on SparkPeople, I know that this is likely because they weren't eating properly.
4) Being vegetarian is a lot more complicated than just not eating meat. And, frankly, I struggle with enough food issues already. I don't need to add being vegetarian / flexitarian / pescitarian to the list.
I really do applaud people who are able to maintain this lifestyle in a healtful way. I know from being on SP that there ARE people who can and who do every day. I just know it's not for me.
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