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  • Breaking vegetarianism - worth it?

    Hi,

    I am an 18 year old college student, and I have been a very healthy eater for the past year or so, and have become primal as of 1.5 months or so. Only issue is, I am vegetarian and have been so my whole life....basically I have never eaten any meat or fish. I eat eggs very regularly and have lots whey protein to supplement my diet. My question is, is it worthwhile for me to begin eating some lean meats? Nothing red for sure, but could I try chicken or fish? I have no real desire to eat it, but rather am trying to do the best for my health. My family is all vegetarian and they would be very upset to find out, so essentially my question is, would it be worth it?

    Also, if I did consider eating meat, my family and our ancestors come from a part of india in which we have not eaten meat for atleast 10 generations minimum. No one in my extended family has ever had any, so I dont know how my stomach will react after generations of us have not had it.

    If it is worth starting, how should I start? Im a pretty brave guy and I wouldnt mind going and having a bite or two of chicken and seeing how it goes, but what should I expect? Will I get very sick? I am in school and am very seriously into academics so I wouldnt wanna risk my health for any reason, I cant miss any classes or anything for sure.

    To sum it up - should I try it? and if so, how do I start?

  • #2
    well i would say go for it but you bring up an interesting point about nobody in your family having eaten meat in so long. it will be interesting to see what others say
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    • #3
      Check out today's post on the main site--it may answer your question.
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      • #4
        there is no future in this, there is only a future in being a primal dawggggggggg

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        • #5
          I think if you're eating plenty of eggs and organic dairy you'll be fine. It sounds like not eating meat is a huge part of your family's culture! How do you feel about occasional fish?
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          • #6
            Eat fish or try some chicken first. Then go for a salad with some bacon in it.

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            • #7
              It's going to be your call. Like gojirama said, eggs and dairy are great; if you can eat fish that's even better.

              But if it's going to mean you are effectively disowned by your family, it may not be worth it, and that's understandable too.

              We're all coming at this from different places, and while it's easy for some to say "Eat the bacon", it doesn't have the same impact on each individual life.
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              • #8
                Read this How to Eat Meat: Transitioning Away from Vegetarianism | Mark's Daily Apple

                And yes, it is worth it.
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                • #9
                  I think it is worth it from a health standpoint for sure. If it's going to cause major turmoil with family perhaps it can be your little secret? be your usual vegetarian self when around family.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                    I think it is worth it from a health standpoint for sure. If it's going to cause major turmoil with family perhaps it can be your little secret? be your usual vegetarian self when around family.
                    I second this.

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                    • #11
                      I was vegetarian from age 16 to age 28. WORST decision of my life (healthwise). The BEST thing I have ever done for my health was to add in meat, poultry, fish back into my diet. Honestly. (And I've done a lot! )

                      If you search the archives, there are at least 10 good threads on this topic with lots of helpful tips. For me I added one meat at a time--eating it cooked by someone else (who is a good cook) might be a good way to start as well. It's quite tasty and was not that difficult for me to adjust to personally.

                      Good luck!! Check this mda blogpost--may be helfpul! How to Eat Meat: Transitioning Away from Vegetarianism | Mark's Daily Apple
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                      • #12
                        Good discussion here: Ancestral Health Symposium Thoughts, Paleo Vegetarianism, and Other Fun Things Raw Food SOS: Troubleshooting on the Raw Food Diet

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                        • #13
                          You'll have to make the call as to whether you can feel good about the decision to eat meat; nobody can tell you how to feel psychologically about that. But like so many others, I felt physically better after including meat in my diet after years of vegetarianism. I truly believe it to be healthier.

                          My realization came when I got a dog and researched a good diet for her. I thought to myself, "holy cow, this is downright silly; I'm looking to feed my dog what she was naturally designed to eat but I'm not doing the same for myself!"

                          Maybe spend some time asking yourself what the actual reasons are behind not eating meat and addressing each one on it's own merit. For example, I didn't like the practices employed to get us our cheap conventional meat, so I addressed that by finding a local, pasture-raised source.

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                          • #14
                            Meat makes you strong. The redder the stronger.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by fatisyummy View Post
                              Maybe spend some time asking yourself what the actual reasons are behind not eating meat and addressing each one on it's own merit. For example, I didn't like the practices employed to get us our cheap conventional meat, so I addressed that by finding a local, pasture-raised source.
                              ditto

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