I don't think my tongue is connected to my soul, because I certainly don't always crave what makes me feel better about myself. There are certainly times when I crave ready salted crisps, apple crumble with custard, samosas and beers : D
But I do understand the disgust thing! Only to me sometimes it has to work the other way round - stop eating something through sheer willpower ('come on, you're not a baby'), then wait a year or two, then the protective disgust kicks in.
So you can see why I'm thinking hard about the paradigm shift. It's nice when it all comes naturally, but if it doesn't, I have to put in the effort. I think it's easier for the 'eat to live' kind of people, because then all they need to consider is the nutritional value.
Maybe it's different where you are, but in the U.K. there are a lot of ultra-processed vegan foods. And, like you, I worry about all the dodgy ingredients. Alpro stuff has them, vegan 'meats' have them, so does vegan 'cream' and most 'ice creams'. That said, I'm not really interested in meat replacements, so that makes things somewhat easier (or harder?).
Got a favourite vegan recipe to share?
I don't follow Sam Harris or anything, but tonight I started clicking a bunch of interviews to see what scientist-philosophers say about veganism on YouTube, to try to hear better arguments than usual. First I found an interview posted 4 years ago where Sam Harris says there's no non-vegan ethical eating and that he's trying it out a bit, but that there is the danger of "akrasia"
And then, in an interview 2 years ago, I heard him talk about how veganism is again good, but basically that he just can't do it because of akrasia.
People can intellectualize things very easily, and are worse than children at keeping to their values. Even people who are world-famous for talking about morals. You're totally right about it being about conditioning feelings of disgust, like a conscious effort to convert rationalizations to emotions (rationalizations that were made because of some initial, raw emotion, though...), where emotions are the only effective motivators. I unfortunately have to do that too. It is silly that what makes someone go vegan is a really strong emotional reaction to something they see, but they can't immediately apply that emotion to their own actions without first rationalizing that they have to. I have been having to do it a lot recently.
Right now, I'm eating eggs and trying to cut everything else out, so dairy and hidden ingredients I didn't watch for before. I'm sticking with eggs indefinitely because I'm still a really bad eater and like a lazy f**k, I haven't been doing the research I need to do in order to plan a long-term vegan diet (I'm going to throw in sheepishly that I've been buying them from a farm near me, which is still sh*t but better than the factories???). But I've got my work set out for a little while trying to keep up with this. A couple of days ago, I finished work and was immediately really hungry with no meal ready to eat. I started thinking about my favorite Neapolitan pizza and was really cranky and very close to placing an order. I phoned my boyfriend who has been supporting me in my endeavor to become more vegan, and he didn't even deign to talk about my craving, he just looked up a vegan restaurant 15 minutes from my house that I hadn't heard of before, and my dinner that night was delicious, made so much more delicious by the fight I'd won with myself. Having a friend that you're trying to go vegan with, I think, can make a world of a difference to someone who suffers from "akrasia" (I feel gross using this word because it almost feels like a pretentious/intellectual defense).
Something else that might be even less popular as a motivator is anger. Vegans are shamed for their anger a lot. Even vegans hate angry vegans. I think with my disgust should
come anger, at everyone including myself. I think self-righteousness, in the benign sense of the word (like enjoying your own righteousness) is important in helping yourself become more right according to your values. Isn't "be less angry" considered inappropriate to use against historically oppressed minorities who are angry about their treatment? Like, if human babies were being slaughtered in factories, and someone was so angry about it that they actually told someone else who ate those babies, "You're wrong and need to stop allowing that", would that be "making non-baby eaters look bad"? I am even angry at myself, and it helps me...
Recipes I have are here and there... I've been curious for a couple of years to try a vegan egg recipe, but I haven't gotten around to it. I'd really love to share notes with someone on meal plans once I've done a bit of research on that.