Has anyone had any experience switching from a vegetarian to a paleo diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 20, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Hello, I'm 18 years old and have been on a vegetarian diet for 2.5 years. In April, I started Crossfit and subsequently added all the paleo restrictions to my diet, all the while not eating meat. Now, I'm convinced to switch to meat, but I don't know where to start. How can I begin incorporating meat? As a bonus, can I look forward to gains in strength or in general?

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on November 20, 2012
at 08:55 PM

i was a vegetarian for 2 years and then a vegan for 3 years. i was so worried about adding animal products back into my diet since i heard some people have a hard time with it. your body doesn't forget how to digest these foods so you should be okay. the first meat i started with was tuna and then chicken. i waited over 2 weeks to add red meat back in, but i'm not sure it really mattered.

i've gained a great amount of strength since starting paleo in august. at that time, i couldn't even hold a 5 second plank on my knees. now i can do push ups again. i should note that i was very strong while following a veg. diet but my UC has been flaring and that causes a lot of muscle atrophy/weight loss.



on November 20, 2012
at 08:53 PM

I switched slowly from vegetarian-esque diet to a paleo styled one. And I gained a substantial amount of muscle. My favorite meats are red meat and shellfish by a mile. Cutting out wheat and sugar is something I enjoy, but I still really love my steak and potatoes. If you're really looking at this for optimal health I'd recommend you check out 2 people, the Weston Price Foundation and Epi-Paleo.

The basic gist of both of them is roughly to eat seafood, organ meats, (red-)meat (I also do really well on hard cheeses like Parmesan).

You could start with your favorite seafood, seafood is known to be pretty light on the stomach, of course you know.

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