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Lifetime Vegetarian Wanting to Switch to Meat

Hey guys, just as the title says really! I wouldn’t really have a clue what kinds of meat products to eat, what’s healthier than others, etc, so any quick tips or advice would be great.

I haven’t taken the plunge and eaten any meat yet (obviously going to start slowly!) so what would you guys suggest to try first to help me ease into it without getting too much of a mouthful at once?

I am a peskatarian (used to be a vegetarian for a while). Start on something light like chicken or fish. If you try and scarf down a half pound steak your first time you will probably throw up since your body isn’t used to the meat.

Whatever you eat don’t do more then a few ounces the first week. Your body likely doesn’t have the storage of enzymes to eat a lot of meat. I would also say start with a chicken breasts, seasoned however you season your vegatables so you don’t do too much to your stomach all at once. Beef is the best so build up to it but just wait a few days.

go with chicken and like said small amounts.

you said vegetarian and not vegan, have you eaten any animal products recently?

as far as what is good/healthy meat wise, ANY animal, especially ones that are not given hormones and are raised to eat foods they naturally eat. This means looking for grass-fed or pastured animals.

I’ve always had cheese and milk, started having products that contain egg (eg: cake) but haven’t had egg itself (scrambled, etc)

I’ve actually just had a tiny bit of a slice of turkey just now, it tasted…different, kinda salty to me? But I guess that’s just my mind from being in shock over actually eating meat (similar to when I first had mayo, it tasted weird, but I like the taste now that I’m over the whole thing) I’m guessing it’ll take time to adapt, 27.5 years of vegetarianism doesn’t just float away!

[quote]Iladhar wrote:
I’ve always had cheese and milk, started having products that contain egg (eg: cake) but haven’t had egg itself (scrambled, etc)

I’ve actually just had a tiny bit of a slice of turkey just now, it tasted…different, kinda salty to me? But I guess that’s just my mind from being in shock over actually eating meat (similar to when I first had mayo, it tasted weird, but I like the taste now that I’m over the whole thing) I’m guessing it’ll take time to adapt, 27.5 years of vegetarianism doesn’t just float away![/quote]

well, if you had deli turkey yeah tht will be salty as shit

Listen to what others said.

What’s the reason for being vegetarian? Just curious.

I know a former-veg who “started” with prepackaged cold cuts. not sure I can recommend that in good conscience.

speaking of which, one could prob start with those Morningstar Farms “breakfast patties” and then move to McDonalds breakfasts. again, not in good conscience.

[quote]Ripsaw3689 wrote:
Listen to what others said.

What’s the reason for being vegetarian? Just curious. [/quote]

I think the more interesting question is why is the OP making a change to eating meat

Was a vegetarian because my mother (very religious) raised us all that way.

I don’t follow religion myself but never ate meat just because I had grown up never eating it. I’ve had a growing inclination to eat it- it just opens up so many more options than relying purely on tofu, soy and milk & cheese. I moved to USA around six weeks ago from the uk and I guess its a good a time as any to start- new country, new life, soon to be married, why not a new look on diet and open up so many different food possibilities?

I ate meat for a few months. Physically it wasn’t hard to adjust to at all.

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LOL

[quote]Iladhar wrote:
Was a vegetarian because my mother (very religious) raised us all that way.

I don’t follow religion myself but never ate meat just because I had grown up never eating it. I’ve had a growing inclination to eat it- it just opens up so many more options than relying purely on tofu, soy and milk & cheese. I moved to USA around six weeks ago from the uk and I guess its a good a time as any to start- new country, new life, soon to be married, why not a new look on diet and open up so many different food possibilities?[/quote]

That’s what I figured. I had a good friend in college that was the same way. Good idea to experience something new. You might even notice an improve physique from eating more lean meats and less tofu/soy.

also research cooking methods. the first time you try proper slow cooked beef brisket, you’ll curse your mum!

A friend of mine who was vegetarian, and never really ate meat in her life has started eating some meats. She says the hardest thing about eating meat isn’t the flavor, but the texture. She says the easiest things to eat are sliced chicken breast, and hamburger… Boy does she go off on a red robin burger which might be a good place to start!

But, otherwise get some organic 80/20 hamburger and go to town, I couldn’t imagine not eating meat. Welcome to humanity, and don’t forget to taste bacon once you get comfortable with texture!

Yeah, chicken is great! Fried chicken is better!

Good on you!