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    Well, I tried! After 35 years as a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I really tried my best to ease into eating chicken and fish again. I saw the awesome results my husband had, he looks and feels terrific and has lost over 25 pounds. I simply couldn't deny the logic of a Paleo lifestyle.

    It's been 3 months since that first taste of chicken, and I've come back full-circle to the reason I became a vegetarian in the first place at 16 years of age:

    I simply do not like the taste, texture, smell, or anything about animal flesh. Nope, not even bacon!

    But, this certainly been a learning experience, and this is what I'm taking away from it:
    • I have cut WAY down on grains, to almost non-existence. I used to have pasta several times a week, now it might be once a month, if that. And it has to be worth it, as in home-made wonderful, not out of a box.
    • I have upped my yogurt consumption, eating full-fat without guilt!
    • I eat more veggies now than I did before! I relied too much on bread and pasta before.
    • I've begun having a whey shake several times a week as my protein "insurance."
    • I've ditched the long cardio sessions, and have started a body weight exercise program. At 51, I can do 15 on-my-toe pushups, but my goal is to do pullups too!
    • I'm going to stay away from the scale, and concentrate on being strong into my 60's, 70's and beyond. I really only have 7 vanity pounds to lose anyway; its conceivable I'll stay the same weight once I get more muscle on me.


    I really appreciate all the great advice I got here, and I still plan on sticking around because there's so much wisdom in these parts! Maybe I will gear up and try a bite of chicken some time in the future, but for right now I'll letting myself off the hook.
    Last edited by ForensicArtist; 08-09-2012, 03:38 PM.
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  • #2
    I can't accept this.

    Go back and try again.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by The Return of Dado View Post
      I can't accept this.

      Go back and try again.
      But just think, I'm leaving more bacon in the world for everyone else!!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by ForensicArtist View Post
        But just think, I'm leaving more bacon in the world for everyone else!!
        I would feel better if you shared the bacon with us.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by The Return of Dado View Post
          I would feel better if you shared the bacon with us.
          You'd have to get it away from him first! He had avocado on bacon last night for dinner!
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          • #6
            I cannot imagine EVER not enjoying the taste of meat and the satisfaction it gives me, especially BBQ. It would be a dark and sad world for me without meat.

            I would speculate that your mindset against meat is psychological...you reference it as "flesh" as if you are a cannibal...which most people find abhorrent. It's your prior vegetarian bias which you have not come to terms with. Them critters are meant to be devoured with pleasure and gusto...can you say and believe that?

            Last edited by Moochy; 08-09-2012, 03:52 PM.
            Primal/Paleo is not for everyone, it's for those who have committed to understand.
            READ THE BOOK! ...as Robb Wolf says: "Trying to convince people to save their own ass will burn you out."

            Vegetarians are the enemy of everything good and decent in the human spirit, and an affront to all I stand for -- the pure enjoyment of food. Anthony Bourdain

            and yes, calories DO count my little piggies

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            • #7
              or maybe she doesn't like meat, and is fine being lacto-ovo

              which is fine. still seems pretty paleo to me, so maybe you didn't fail at all
              beautiful
              yeah you are

              Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
              lol

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              • #8
                Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
                or maybe she doesn't like meat, and is fine being lacto-ovo

                which is fine. still seems pretty paleo to me, so maybe you didn't fail at all
                +1

                I see nothing wrong with eating the way you like. You're doing what works for you instead of trying to fit yourself into someone else's mold. That is absolutely a success.

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                • #9
                  Have you tried sashimi? I think it's the least "meaty" type of animal flesh out there....

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                  • #10
                    When we started our babies on their first solids, one of the best ones was for 'pate'. It's basically a small amount of cooked and pureed liver mixed with tomato sauce.

                    You might like that as a topping on a vegetable stir fry.
                    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                    Griff's cholesterol primer
                    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
                    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
                    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
                    bloodorchid is always right

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                    • #11
                      Agreed with bloodorchild, this is not a fail at all. You saw that you needed to make a change and you did, and you're seeing results. You found what works for you and that's the important part.
                      -Chuck

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bloodorchid View Post
                        or maybe she doesn't like meat, and is fine being lacto-ovo
                        which is fine. still seems pretty paleo to me, so maybe you didn't fail at all
                        Originally posted by Diana Renata View Post
                        +1
                        I see nothing wrong with eating the way you like. You're doing what works for you instead of trying to fit yourself into someone else's mold. That is absolutely a success.
                        Originally posted by impala454 View Post
                        Agreed with bloodorchild, this is not a fail at all. You saw that you needed to make a change and you did, and you're seeing results. You found what works for you and that's the important part.
                        Thanks to all! You're right; not really a fail after all, but a major adjustment in a better direction. Thanks!
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                        • #13
                          No big deal. You can still do it meatless. Yogurt is awesome, I've been relying on homemade yogurt the last few weeks because I've had hardly any money. Do you eat eggs?

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                          • #14
                            There's no reason a lacto-ovo vegetarian can't be primal. I'm sure there must have been some groks that gagged when the only food source was animal flesh. They might have had to eat it, but we have grocery stores.

                            There are 10 guidelines to the Primal Lifestyle, and only the first is directly about food. If you have a better understanding of your protein and fat needs, what grains and other CW foods can do to you, I think you can don Wilma Flintstone garb with the rest of us. There are plenty of people who follow primal "80/20." Let not liking animal flesh be your 20, and stay with the tribe!
                            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                            • #15
                              Would you be opposed to keeping bone stocks in your diet? I think that could add a lot of additional nutrition without having to actually eat meat. You could make a very large batch at one time, freeze it, and just included it in soups, veggie preps, etc.
                              Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                              http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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