I rarely eat meat, but when I do, I can't help being repulsed by the fact it's the flesh of a dead animal. Just the thought of eating the muscle of an animal makes my stomach turn. However, there are times when I crave it, I mostly crave a rare grass-finished steak from a local farm. Without getting into all the fancy lingo 'conscious meat-eaters' use when it comes to what the animal should be fed, how they should be treated, etc... I'll just say, I have a hard time letting meat go-
1) because I've been told type 0- blood type needs meat to thrive (I've also been told this is a myth)
2) my ancestors were hunters and ate buffalo meat, I've grown up eating homemade elk jerky, etc. And my ancestors were a peaceful people, thanking the animals, the Great Spirit, etc for the life-sustainance they acquired from the bison (so it's a cultural attachment for me also)
3) my cravings and my natural instinct to eat meat when my body signals it (although I know this has a lot to do with the toxins in the blood causing unhealthy cravings, etc)
4) because some well-respected physicians and nutritionists recommend some meat in the diet (Dr Mercola, etc)
So, as you can tell I'm on the fence. I've had an urge for quite some time now to begin a plant-based raw food diet and have been tinkering with the idea of vegetarianism/veganism but I'm having a hard time transitioning completely. I'm mainly feeling it's part of a spiritual transition for me as well as overall health and wellbeing.
I know I'm posting this in a forum of 'seasoned' vegetarians, so forgive me if any of this sounds naive!
Looking for advice and suggestions. Thank you!
Edited by jazzybaby9 - 5/27/11 at 5:50pm