Thank you all! I've read & contemplated your responses over & over & dh & I read them together last night. We have put so much thought & research into this subject recently, it's about all we've talked about for a week. Making the decision to add some meat into my diet has been an enormous weight on my mind. After 14 years of hardcore "meat eating is BAD" flowing out of my mind & mouth, it was absolutely BIZARRE to me that I was even contemplating that maybe some meat is GOOD! Wow, what a journey this has been.....
So after my very intense cravings (I believe now that my body has been screaming at me "I'm not getting what I need
, lady!!!") for 4 mos straight, and much research, we decided I should definitely eat some meat. So I went out to a nearby small farm where we've gotten our eggs & raw milks from in the past, & I bought a huge, pasture raised, 100% free ranged & organic, non GMO or soy fed, freshly killed chicken, with the skin on. If my body wasn't already sending me clear signals that some animal fat & flesh was what it needed, then on this day it was undeniable! I was so excited all day long, no other foods sounded even half decent & I barely ate a thing. I would literally salivate at the thought of the chicken fat dripping crispy skin I was going to eat later. And then I prepared the entire thing by hand myself, something I've never ever done before. I rubbed herbs on it, seriously examined it, thinking about how 3 days ago it was running around eating bugs, & put it in the oven, never having one moment of disgust!! I shocked myself. All I could think was "oh yum, oh god, finally, oh yum, I can't wait, hurry up & cook!!"
And then I ate tons of it, dipped pieces in the fat, slurped up more than I had planned for fear I'd get sick, but I couldn't stop. And I never felt a bit of queasiness or digestive weirdness, I felt great! I think my body was really happy to finally be fed.
I've been likening the whole experience to when you are really really thirsty. Then you finally get that tall glass of icy cold water & you gulp it down, feeling like "Ooooooh, so refreshing, this is EXACTLY what I needed, YUM, aaaaah." Y'know? That's how I felt eating the chicken. And the thing was so huge, I've been eating it at every meal since. I feel so freaktastically good.
And I have no regrets. DH & I put a ton of thought into this. I made a very conscious decision & I think it was the right one. And I think our fetus is happy, too.
I am LOVING the book, Real Food: What to Eat & Why. WOW pretty much sums it up for me. And dh & I each read this article
about 80 zillion times & discussed nearly every sentence.Lizzo
, thanks! I have been getting the advice to "give my body what it needs" a lot, but it was SO hard for me to believe that MEAT was what my body needed, after all these veggie years, y'know? But now I feel that advice is right, my body was begging for more than I've been giving it. I've had 2 pregnancies really close together, & am breastfeeding, & I think this pushed my body over the edge. It needed more.
"I think if I ever find myself in a situation where I cannot get the quality of meat I have access to now, I will not eat meat.
" <--- This is exactly how I feel, too. I will still buy my usual veggie foods. Any meat I add will only be the kind I go out of my way to get, the pasture raised, organic kind. I'm so grateful we live near so many great farms.UUMom
, thanks for the link, I didn't know what slow food was all about before. I think that's right up my alley. And I think the last paragraph you typed is totally right on.HerbanGirl
, I sure can relate to not feeling satisfied by foods, & relying too heavily on soy "meats" ! That's been me for quite awhile, too. And I too do not want to eat a lot of soy! So that was hard. I have been eating about 8 jillion eggs lately instead, attempting to quiet my cravings & hunger.
GaleForce & Gardenmommy
, that is a very good idea. I did start a few days ago saying that "I am going to start with just this chicken. Just try eating one chicken, see how I feel, physically & emotionally, & go from there." I couldn't even think past just one chicken!
Now that I've gotten past that, & feel fantastic, I'm going to try some pasture raised beef. Just once, & then go from there. It's baby steps for me. newcastlemama
, This is exactly how it's been feeling to me, too! : "It was kind of a hard mental transition for me because I thought I would never eat meat again."
DH & I have both been feeling shocked, both of us fully believed we'd never eat meat again, ever ever ever. (In fact I'm not even "allowed" to discuss his meat eating as he's not ready to "come out" about it to anyone yet.
, wow that's quite a story! I'm so glad you figured out what your body needed.ramlita
, I can understand where you're coming from. Thirty two years of veggieism is a very long time & making the transition to putting some animal flesh in your body must feel SO daunting! If I were you I would definitely start small, with very healthy meats. Pasture raised, totally purely organic & natural. I would wonder if your friend got so ill because the burger she ate was a factory farmed burger full of hormones, antibiotics & other nastiness. The exact same thing happened to my ex-dh about a year ago. He accidentally ate some beef burger at a restaurant that told him it was a Boca burger, & he got REALLY sick. But it very well may have been his body reacting to all the CRAP in the burger, perhaps he would have been fine if he had eaten some pure, clean meat. I think you should have a small amount of your friend's chicken broth.