Im struggling to commit to Vegan (I do eat a bit of raw but still cant make it Vegan) - all those lovely biscuits, cakes and cheeses - despite that Im lactose intolerant. I know there are Vegan alternatives of course but still. I went veggie for the animals, I think I need a bit of reminding of why I went veggie and why I should make the transition even if it is 'You heartless woman stealing milk from cows you will clog your atteries and end up in hospital' Even if its harsh I need to be reminded of why I went veggie and why I wanted to go Vegan, something to push me past the taste of this junk Im eating.
Does that makes sence. I need someone to be the tough love, kick up the bum.
If you want to look at it from an ethical standpoint rather than a health reason (since you said you went veggie for the animals), everytime someone says to me, "I'd become a vegan, but I love cheese too much. I don't think I'd be able to give it up," I respond that it's easy to give it up if you remember where it came from and how it got into your store. Do some research, read a few books, watch documentaries. I always direct people to the film, 'Earthlings.' I think it's the biggest visual support for veganism we've had so far. Hope this helps! :)
Watch the videos of animals being slaughtered. Read what's REALLY in the cheese you eat and the milk you drink. Look at the nutrients/calorie count of the cheese you eat versus pineapples, apples, bananas, carrots, celery, strawberries, fruits and vegetables!!
Read Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer - yuck!!!!
that said--are you nourishing yourself overall in your eating? I find my cravings intensify if I'm not paying attention to my diet as a whole--there is this great book called Mindful Eating by Jan Chozen Bays that talks about all the types of hunger we humans have- eye hunger, mouth hunger, nose hunger, stomach hunger, cellular hunger mind hunger and heart hunger.
When you crave dairy, cakes etc--what does that feel like? I was still drinking coffeee reguarly until a few weeks ago and the idea of giving up coffee made me almost ANGRY--why???? I realized coffee for me is a morning ritual, caring for myself, preparing it, picking the right beans and amount, the beautiful smell....the drinking it is really not the important part. Once I began to replace those rituals with other things that nurtured those needs, it became easier to give up (and no longer gives me anxiety.