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How long will it take for me to digest meat normally again?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 05, 2013 at 2:34 AM

I was vegan for over a decade until I decided to leave the lifestyle behind. Now I'm pretty much 80% paleo but only with eggs and fish/seafood which are fine and don't make me sick.

Recently I've been trying to add chicken, lamb, beef, bacon etc in my diet but every time I swallow them I feel nauseous and I end up with horrible stomach cramps.

My husband also left veganism behind before I did and his transition to paleo was easy. He didn't get any nausea or stomach problems and he eats things like shawarma and bacon everyday now.

What can I do to enjoy other meats again? I mean I crave them and I enjoy the smell of them cooking. Its just when I swallow that the problems begin!

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on March 07, 2013
at 01:00 AM

...dont get discouraged.. the human body is has amazing power to heal itself written in our dna. You will heal..dont fret.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:35 AM

oh mary. i hear you. i'm still suffering the effects of 80/10/10. i followed raw veganism for 3 years and it looks like healing will take years... or just never happen.

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on March 06, 2013
at 07:29 PM

I'm going to try that thanks. I don't really have an emotional problem over this. I think my body is just getting used to adding these foods back in.

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on March 06, 2013
at 07:25 PM

I decided to eat meat again for the same reason I went vegan and then fruitarian. For my health. Unfortunately I was wrong when I went the vegan path as it made me gain weight unless I starved myself (and led me to eating disorder) and fruitarianism which kept me underweight no matter how much I ate, made me lose my period, had my hair falling out, gave me skin that was so dry it hurt from peeling, gave me horrible moods etc... and the only advice I got from other vegans and fruitarians is that I'm doing it wrong no matter how much I followed their advice. That or I got acused of being a troll

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on March 06, 2013
at 07:24 PM

I don't think that I have any conscious guilt over eating meat again. I understand that I need it to maintain the best possible health and I purchase meat that has been raised in humane conditions.

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:51 AM

I'd have to agree with this. I had a vegan diet for 8 years and had no problems whatsoever digesting meat. I think I started with shrimp just because I enjoy it so much and then moved onto chicken and beef.

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:23 AM

Maybe it would help to start with animal fats or broths? Have you tried roasted vegetables in lard or bacon fat? Or maybe a vegetable soup made with a little chicken broth? Greens boiled in a little pork broth? If you can tolerate one of these, then maybe you can slowly add tiny pieces of meat to the soup or veggies.

Anyway, it can take a while both physically and psychologically to feel good eating meats again. I was a vegetarian for over ten years. When I started eating meat again, I could immediately eat it at a restaurant or at a friend's house, but if I smelled it cooking, I was done. I couldn't hold it down. For me, that only lasted a week or so. Now, about twenty years later, I love the smell of meat cooking.

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:30 AM

i would hazzard to guess that perhaps after so many years of having all these "bad" associations about eating meat and animal flesh that it is causing a psychosomatic response. Just a question.. what made you decide to add meat products back to your diet >? .. i would take it really slowly and try to make new associations ( like maybe try eating in a different room.. with a different table cloth/ or in a different seat) and really try to imagine all the healthy nutrients and goodness in your new foods. The fact that your craving it tells me you must really need it and are deficient..your body may be crying out for nourishment. You have to reprogram your mind. Have a look at perfect health diet for some pointers and for some reasoning behind why we need animal products and how to keep well nourished. Good luck .. you'll do fine.. a little bit at a time..you ll get there.

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on March 05, 2013
at 03:51 AM

I'd have to agree with this. I had a vegan diet for 8 years and had no problems whatsoever digesting meat. I think I started with shrimp just because I enjoy it so much and then moved onto chicken and beef.

9ac736b0a334543265c756704c7a9b23

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on March 06, 2013
at 07:24 PM

I don't think that I have any conscious guilt over eating meat again. I understand that I need it to maintain the best possible health and I purchase meat that has been raised in humane conditions.

9ac736b0a334543265c756704c7a9b23

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on March 06, 2013
at 07:25 PM

I decided to eat meat again for the same reason I went vegan and then fruitarian. For my health. Unfortunately I was wrong when I went the vegan path as it made me gain weight unless I starved myself (and led me to eating disorder) and fruitarianism which kept me underweight no matter how much I ate, made me lose my period, had my hair falling out, gave me skin that was so dry it hurt from peeling, gave me horrible moods etc... and the only advice I got from other vegans and fruitarians is that I'm doing it wrong no matter how much I followed their advice. That or I got acused of being a troll

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on March 05, 2013
at 04:03 AM

Have you tried eating tiny pieces of meat at all? Maybe you could try gradually adding different animal fats to your diet to get a taste and see how that goes. I know towards the end of my five year long strict vegetarianism I was having strong cravings for red meat, so I would say it's a good sign that you actually do need to eat meat again. Personally I did not have any difficulty, so maybe it could be the vegan association with how supposedly 'bad' meat is? And by the way congratulations on taking such a big step to improving your health!

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on March 05, 2013
at 05:24 AM

try digestive enzymes before your chicken/beef meals. it seems weird that you can digest other animal products just fine though. fish isn't very different from other meats.

i hadn't eaten meat for 5 years before i started veganism but i handled it just fine. it was more emotional than physical for me. i cried before eating meat at first just because it made me sad.

9ac736b0a334543265c756704c7a9b23

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on March 06, 2013
at 07:29 PM

I'm going to try that thanks. I don't really have an emotional problem over this. I think my body is just getting used to adding these foods back in.

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on March 07, 2013
at 11:03 PM

Hello, I'm also a recovering vegan. I feel like we should form a support group or something! I was vegan for about 6 years, vegetarian for a few before that. I've been following the primal lifestyle for about a month now. The transition was pretty easy, didn't have any trouble with meat. I did start with eggs and greek yogurt for the first few days, thinking of just going ovo lacto vegetarian. Then I was out for dinner, and the grass-fed bacon cheeseburger was calling my name!

The main thing I've noticed is that meat doesn't smell terrible now when it's cooking. It's like the smell has changed, but I think it's mostly my perception of it. Instead of telling myself it's not for eating, I allow myself to enjoy the anticipation of a nice steak or chicken thigh! That being said, I've found that I do denser, fattier meats better than the lean stuff. Like chicken thighs are much more appealing than boneless, skinless breasts. Same for Salmon over canned tuna. I think the richness of the fat makes it more appealing to my body.

Also, it could be the way you're preparing it. I've found just a plain steak to be pretty boring. I know that's supposed to be the holy grail of food, but I don't see what the fuss is about! However, when I chop it up and make a curry, it's gone in no time. So maybe try different preparations?

One more thought. You don't have to like every type of food! It's okay to be selective. As long as you eat a diverse enough diet most of the time, I think you're fine if you don't like lamb or elk or whatever. Everyone has different tastes! If for some reason it doesn't agree with you after a few different tries, just move on.

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on March 07, 2013
at 12:57 AM

hahaha i read that part about you being labeled a troll. I cant even believe that... have you tried mixing your meat in with your veggies? maybe dont eat them as separate "courses" just toss them in a big bowl together. I dont know if thats a weird thing to do since my taste buds are made of iron. or nonexistent. it might seem counterintuitive to start with organs, but they are so damn nutritious maybe your body will accept it based on the nutrients. im really pulling this stuff out of hat, im trying to place myself in your shoes. youll get better with time. even though you dont consciously associate the meat with bad, your subcon. may be working against you here.

good luck!

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89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

on March 07, 2013
at 12:10 AM

my add commment above isnt functioning so ill write here.. I know exactly what you mean. I tried a brief stint of vege..then vegan ..and realy brief stint of fruitarian. I got romanced by all the bullcrap they spew. They try to sell you the fountain of youth. Im glad we jumped off that crazy train. It infuriates me how pigheadly militant they are and how unwilling to hear a person out when theyre not thriving on their cocammammeeee diet. BAsically theyre making people ill and turning a blind eye to it. Anyway i know that little by little you ll gain back your strength and health tenfold.. so keep trying and be patient with yourself...and nourish yourself with all the God given bounty of the earth from land and sea...and tree.. peace out for now :)

89fa2da4805b0b4e54b77a5a20a2e206

(2097)

on March 07, 2013
at 01:00 AM

...dont get discouraged.. the human body is has amazing power to heal itself written in our dna. You will heal..dont fret.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on March 07, 2013
at 12:35 AM

oh mary. i hear you. i'm still suffering the effects of 80/10/10. i followed raw veganism for 3 years and it looks like healing will take years... or just never happen.

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