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Transitioning back to an omnivorous diet...

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Created November 16, 2011 at 5:57 AM

I am thinking about including meats (other than fish) back into my diet. I have been meat free for over a year now, and even though I learned a lot during that time, and it opened me up to a lot of foods I had never even HEARD of, I am thinking after reading numerous paleo articles and listening to my body, that I am going to reintroduce myself to meat eating. I kind of miss it, actually. And I am always getting bored of eating the saaaame sorts of foods all the time to get my protein. I want to change it up a little bit.

I don't really even know what I'm asking, but I'm just hoping for some support or encouraging words on this, and I know I could find that here :)

If you have any good recipes including ANY sort of meat, share. It might become my first meat meal in a year.

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on March 25, 2012
at 04:48 AM

Yeah, when I was going off vegetarianism, I was really worried I would get an upset stomach or feel sick from eating meat- never happened. I think some vegetarians get an upset stomach from the fat, if they haven't been eating much so don't have the digestive enzymes ready to go, but I had been eating loads of coconut oil and avocado. Found the transition easy!

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on March 25, 2012
at 03:47 AM

I was a vegetarian for 16 years before going Paleo. I had lots of digestive issues in the final several years of vegetarianism that disappeared once I went Paleo. Try whatever meat you're wanting, it might not be as big a deal as you're psyching it up to be. I could digest beef way better right off the bat than a bowl of oatmeal.

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on November 16, 2011
at 06:35 PM

I love GT's kombucha! I want to start making my own, but... Woo. I absolutely adore the stuff.

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:17 PM

+1 for bacon! The bacon flowcahrt can help you decide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fncll/2129889439/sizes/o/ "But, once the bacon's done, all pants are off!"

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on November 16, 2011
at 02:00 PM

Congrats! After 14 yrs of being a vegetarian, I found that eating small amounts at first helped me to get my digestive enzymes rolling. I also drink kombucha with my meat meals.

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on November 16, 2011
at 07:49 AM

Just use Lindt 90%, of course...

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on November 16, 2011
at 07:48 AM

Bacon. How about bacon, tomato, avocado on a nice big piece of lettuce? Or bacon and eggs? Or a bunless bacon burger? There's a saying somewhere that there isn't any kind of food that can't be made better without the addition of either bacon or chocolate.

On that note, you could evidently even indulge in chocolate-covered bacon:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26092641/ns/today-food/t/bacon-makes-everything-better-even-chocolate/#.TsNqZfExoXw

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on November 16, 2011
at 03:17 PM

+1 for bacon! The bacon flowcahrt can help you decide: http://www.flickr.com/photos/fncll/2129889439/sizes/o/ "But, once the bacon's done, all pants are off!"

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on November 16, 2011
at 07:49 AM

Just use Lindt 90%, of course...

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on April 02, 2012
at 05:30 AM

I read your profile about your concerns about the meat industry and I figured that's why you were meat-free for over a year. I also find the conventional industry disgusting. I had a very hard time thinking about incorporating red meat into my diet again. I felt nauseated just thinking about about CAFO.

I know you're young so I don't know how much of a choice you get over grocery shopping, but if you're worried about inhumane treatment, I'd suggest certified-humane grass-fed beef if you can get it. Sitting down to a serving of it was easier than I thought it would be knowing that it lived a far more natural live than those raised conventionally. I imagined it living naturally, just as fish (I see that you're pescatarian) do in the wild. It's not perfect of course, but much better. I also told myself that the one life can feed hundreds (maybe not people on this site though, haha) of people, whereas a fish's life feeds maybe a few people (depending on species).

This helped me a lot...good luck if you decide to incorporate it back into your diet!

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on March 25, 2012
at 03:12 AM

I am doing the same right now - been strictly fish-eating for ten years. I thought chicken would be a great way to ease back in - it's just like fish, right? - but no, it tastes pretty bad. Pork was actually a better place for me to start, plus recalling things I really loved when I used to eat meat, like jerky and bacon. Also, diversifying my fish diet to include scallops, crab, tougher meats like swordfish.

I also think it helps to start your forays into meat-eating out at a good restaurant. That way you don't have to handle the rawness, if that bothers you, and can focus on how yummy it tastes.

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on November 16, 2011
at 02:29 PM

Mix chunks of precooked meat up with vegetables in a stir-fry, and serve over a bed of shredded cabbage and onions. Lately for me this has been a mix of roasted chicken, Italian dry sausage slices, chunks of roasted potatoes and winter squash, with some pico de gallo sauce added at the end.

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on November 16, 2011
at 01:56 PM

Chicken thighs. Cheaper and far tastier than breasts, in my opinion. And a perfect single portion of meat for a meal. Top with sea salt, pepper, maybe some sage, and pop in the oven. I also wrap mine in proscuitto or bacon occasionally. As another poster said, there is nothing that is not improved by adding bacon.

I also have gotten really into burger patties recently because they're a little cheaper than doing steaks or chops. Ground lamb is really nice - put some rosemary in there, an egg to bind it, fry, top with dijon mustard. Or a beef/pork blend is nice too.

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on November 16, 2011
at 10:06 AM

Congrats, dear -- been there myself, and helped my ex husband through the transition as well. We found that meat soups, chili, curries, and other long-cooked meats were a great start for us... and it's the perfect season for that.

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on November 16, 2011
at 11:48 AM

I suggest trying some tasty selections from US Wellness Meats. Their liverwurst and pemmican are amazing! If you have any difficulties digesting meat after making the transition, use an HCL supplement for a few weeks until your body begins producing enough HCL on its own.

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on November 16, 2011
at 06:25 AM

Kenzie. Go for it! You could BBQ a steak, eat a hamburger. Great Step!

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on November 26, 2011
at 09:44 AM

Well, if you are thinking of including meat in your diet I will suggest you to include chicken. Low amount of fat and high protein makes it one of the best foods to eat to lose weight.

And I really appreciate your effort.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 17, 2011
at 07:21 AM

I will prefer chicken breast and salmon fish. These are some easy healthy meals and taste delicious. Most importantly they can be cooked quickly.

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