Why do we crave animal products?

Have you ever craved meat?

I remember when I went vegetarian in 2014 and how one night I just binged on meat. I was fully aware of what I was doing and what I was contributing to, but I couldn’t stop eating meat.

My family just came home from a family gathering and they brought a plate full of chicken legs, sausages, and everything that the Balkans are proud of.

I kept on repeating to myself that I was slowly transitioning and that it was okay for me to eat it. That I was not a bad person – which I wasn’t, of course – but that I need to listen to my body and eat meat, even if only today.

So I did it. I was stuffing my face with all types of animals and the feeling of delicious fat and spices was enough to make my belly happy.

But I wasn’t. I knew that I gave in to my body’s cravings and my body was addicted to eating dead animals.

Have you ever felt that way? Like you could just eat meat for an hour straight because your body wants it so badly?

And the thing is, we are not craving meat per se, but the familiar texture and taste. We crave all the spices, the feeling of chewing and being full afterwards. We crave that feeling of fullness in our tummy.

We don’t actually crave meat. If we would crave meat, we would crave blood and veins and hair and skin, everything that lions, who do crave meat, want to taste when they kill an animal with their claws and large canines – something that we do not have.

When we are babies and we crave milk, we instinctively move our head towards the breasts of our mother, but as fully grown adults, we do not gravitate towards the udders of another mammal. If we would, we would be on all our fours, joining cattle and drinking milk straight from the source.

When we think we crave dairy, we actually crave that thick liquid, the warmth of warm milk, the way it seems like the perfect source for preparing every important meal. We crave the familiarity, the feeling of home and motherly love, the feeling of coziness and, again, having our tummy filled.

We do not crave animals or their bodily fluids; what we crave is the familiar taste, the memories that these products bring up for us. Our bodies crave food that we fed it with for years. Just like the body of a cocaine addict craves cocaine, and how an alcoholic craves alcohol. But we don’t think cocaine and alcohol are healthy and nutritional, do we?

 

A humane way to kill.

A long time ago someone told me that non-vegans care about how farm animals are treated and condemn factory farming. She wasn’t the only person to say that, we all know that people don’t want to support factory farming.

But the interesting part lies in them not going vegan even though they care about how animals are treated.

Of course, no normal human wants to know that pigs, chickens, turkeys, cows and other so-called food animals are treated badly before they get on their plate. No normal human wants to feel guilty for supporting the torture of these creatures.

But there really is no other way to take someone’s life away.

You can condemn the actions of those who kill animals so that you can eat them, but the truth is still that:

  • There is no humane way of killing someone who wants to live.
  • There is no happy meat or ethical eggs. It’s a myth that the death industries started to make consumers feel less guilty about their purchases.
  • By buying animal products you are paying for more suffering and death. What consumers demand, consumers get.

So no, I am not saying that people who are not vegan like what the meat, dairy and egg industry are doing to the animals who end up on their plate, but they are supporting it.

Just like me buying from H&M supports sweatshops and me buying plastic wrapped food supports ocean pollution. I am aware of that and I am reducing the amount of money I spend on things that have exploitation of humans and nature behind.

Remember – you vote with your money. Every time you spend your money is election time. Every time you buy milk, you vote for a baby to be taken away.

Instead, why not vote for food that is ethical and healthy? You can buy plant-based and vote for more vegan options. The choice is always on your shoulders.

The vote is always in your wallet. You just need to decide which side will get it.

Your homework is to write down what drinking milk, eating meat, or consuming any other animal product brings up for you.

How does it make you feel? What do you like about it? Why exactly do you like it?

That way you will be aware of how you crave things that you do not need to get from the animals, therefore, you will be aware of what to look for in vegan-friendly products.

  • I loved cheese, I used to eat it every damn day and cheese was my favorite English word. If you watched Spice World, you know why. Now I found the perfect vegan cheese that tastes like the dairy one + it’s unhealthy and full of fat, just what I want on days when I am sad and want to eat my feelings (which is not a solution but we all do it sometimes).
  • I also loved milk. When I say I loved, I actually mean that I drank at least 2 litres of milk a day. I was addicted to milk, especially because I loved my cappuccino very much and making it with water just didn’t do. What do I drink now? Almond milk and hazelnut milk, duh.

I found alternatives to animal products that I loved because of how they tasted and how they made me feel.

Okay, I am still looking for a vegan cappuccino and cheese is a luxury that I treat myself with when I am in the city – because the town where I live in doesn’t even sell a god damn tofu-, but I got what I wanted, the texture and the taste.

But I could very well live without it because once you learn about the dairy industry and what is happening to the cows and calves, you will throw up just at the sight of milk. No joke, I actually get physically sick when I see someone drinking milk. It’s gross.

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Tanja

 

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