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  • Help! I hate meat!

    Glad I found you all - just finished the book - on my 3rd day of eating primal.

    BUT - what does one do when they really just don't like meat? What is the substitute to getting the protein? Can it be done?

    Can I do protein powders and how do I find a good one without all the toxic additives.

    Any wisdom would be great

  • #2
    You don't like any meat? Chicken, pork, steak, bison....what have you tried? I definitely wouldn't recommend getting your protein from processed powders. What about eggs, seafood, and dairy products?
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    • #3
      I "like" meat -- Beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, etc ... I just don't prefer it and cant see eating so much of it all day... seems meat is a big part of the meals.

      I could handle meat once a day but any more than that would be overkill for me.

      I am 174 pounds - how much protein do you estimate I may need to eat in a day?

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      • #4
        How can you not like meat?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by avanahall View Post
          I could handle meat once a day but any more than that would be overkill for me.
          Well, that should be enough. on top of that you can eat for example eggs, fish, dairy (in moderation) and a bit of protein powder (go for the ones without any sweetener at least).

          But, seriously, I can hardly think of anything more delicious than a well-prepared high-quality steak... in fact think i will have one right now lol

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          • #6
            these can all be had independently, or in unison...

            - eggs
            - fish
            - chicken
            - red meat of all kinds
            - all other animals ever, seriously.

            You don't have to eat the same thing every day, mix up your proteins, and eat eggs when you don't feel like eating muscle proteins.
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            • #7
              To answer how much protein you'd need to eat we need some more info. If you read the book u'd know you'd want to eat around 0.7g of protein a per lean lb of body mass a day (1g is perfect as well but seeing as you don't want to eat so much meat we stick to the lower end). So we'd need an estimate of your body fat with that 174 pounds info.

              Fish, eggs, cheese are all good protein sources. I've seen people make little cubes with gelatine and tea which are high in protein, good animal source yet you don't notice this in the taste or anything. There's also bean if you prepare them correctly! Note that the preparing is very important, beans have lots of toxics in them that need to be soaked out first! So this is really only an option if everything else doesn't work for you.

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              • #8
                This is such a general statement. I understand someone not liking beef or pork. But, how can you not like meat in general. Chicken taste so different than salmon or than scallops or than beef. For example, I'm not a big fan of pork, so aside from bacon and pulled pork, I stay away from it. And if you don't like all meat so much and can only eat it once per day then do a primal diet that works for you. Go heavy on vegetables, fat from olive oil, avocados, nuts, coconut. Depending on your weight loss goal add some sweet or even regular potato into your diet. Have a protein shake as one of your meals (even Mark does). Some people even modify this diet and add some white rice and beans (if they tolerate it ok). From what I've learned there no one fits all in primal eating.

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                • #9
                  glorth2
                  I don't know?? I hate cooking it, looks like one big hunk of flesh.
                  BUT I do love a restaurant cooked steak or salmon etc ... I think it is the process of cooking it up that grosses me out.
                  Last edited by avanahall; 10-25-2011, 07:50 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Make lots of stews in a crockpot? You don't see it cooking then :P.

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                    • #11
                      What about salads? Or stir frys? Cook your meat up with other things and the aversion will probably lessen.

                      If you want info on "how much" you should eat, knowing your height, starting weight & goal weight helps, but it varies from person to person. What you need to determine is your lean body mass (ie. how much weight there is to you with just the important bits & least amount of essential body fat). Usually they recommend .7-1g of protein per pound of lean body mass every day.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lardomuncher View Post
                        This is such a general statement. I understand someone not liking beef or pork. But, how can you not like meat in general. Chicken taste so different than salmon or than scallops or than beef. For example, I'm not a big fan of pork, so aside from bacon and pulled pork, I stay away from it. And if you don't like all meat so much and can only eat it once per day then do a primal diet that works for you. Go heavy on vegetables, fat from olive oil, avocados, nuts, coconut. Depending on your weight loss goal add some sweet or even regular potato into your diet. Have a protein shake as one of your meals (even Mark does). Some people even modify this diet and add some white rice and beans (if they tolerate it ok). From what I've learned there no one fits all in primal eating.
                        There are people who could never give up meat - I could. I guess it is the cooking it. When I cook fish, it smells gross, stinks up the house and many times is fishy. When I eat out it is yummy.

                        Thanks for the other advice:-)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                          What about salads? Or stir frys? Cook your meat up with other things and the aversion will probably lessen.

                          If you want info on "how much" you should eat, knowing your height, starting weight & goal weight helps, but it varies from person to person. What you need to determine is your lean body mass (ie. how much weight there is to you with just the important bits & least amount of essential body fat). Usually they recommend .7-1g of protein per pound of lean body mass every day.
                          I agree - I do well with soups made with meat also - thanks:-)

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                          • #14
                            You can eat more produce than meat. The idea is you shouldn't eat an excess of carbs, and move towards healthy fats for energy.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by avanahall View Post
                              glorth2
                              I don't know?? I hate cooking it, looks like one big hunk of flesh.
                              BUT I do love a restaurant cooked steak or salmon etc ... I think it is the process of cooking it up that grosses me out.
                              That's because it is a big hunk of flesh. How do you think it got to your table at the restaurant? Somebody cooked it. Now if you are really rich, you can hire your own personal chef so you won't ever have to deal with the messy details. Otherwise, get over it!

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