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I came to a realization the other day that it's a chore for me to make and eat meat - often I get totally nauseated (though much less than in the past). I was raised veggie, so I wonder if it's because I never developed an emotional "bond" with meat - so in my mind it's just another superfood I have to remember to eat. I also *never* crave meat. What's up with that?<br><br>
Any other former veggies deal with this?<br><br>
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Yep! I find that I have to force myself to get through it. I don't find it as much with chicken, though I still do. Definitely with steak and hamburger. Not really with fish.<br><br>
Just yesterday I went out to lunch with my mom, and had a steak fajita salad with salsa for dressing. The steak wasn't grassfed or even organic, and it was so nasty I just couldn't eat it.<br><br>
I will say though, I had some big fatty steaks and they were sooooo good. But other than that nope, I havent enjoyed eating meat.
 

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I really enjoy GOOD meat. Meaning meat that is grass-fed. If it is meat from a regular grocery store or market, I cant eat it. It has no taste, the texture is icky and I suffer once again with my IBS issues. If it is grass-fed, I find myself craving beef!
 

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I think that a lot of people who have been vegan or veggie for many years also just never really learned how to prepare meat dishes well. I grew up eating really awful meat dishes (like hamburger helper, over cooked roasts, rubbery, tasteless chicken) and then became a vegetarian. It was simpler for me to give up meat at that point as it all tasted terrible and I didn't know anything about cooking it.<br><br>
It wasn't until I started eating meat again and took French and Itallian cooking lessons, that I learned what really great meat (beef/chicken) could taste like. The lessons also really helped me in handling the meat and learing how to cut it and prepare it. I saw it more as something that you are greatful for and appreciate--there is nothing like a really lovely cut of meat to make a great stew or a big chicken to make a amazing rosmary/balsamic roasted chicken. The more you cook with it the less you will be wierded out by it, until it just becomes very normal.<br><br>
I am making some of my chicken soup that simmers all day today, and the house smells incredible already. The broth is like the nectar to the gods.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> On Thursday I made a wonderful beef stew that I served up in bowls with crusty breads to sop up the gravy. It is so nutrition filled with every bite--but also flavor filled. Keep trying and teach yourself more about cooking meat well. You will get there.
 

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Well I'm a very good cook and it's my hobby. I don't label myself vegan but that is my diet for the most part. Not kids and DH....I don't think everyone can or should be vegan. For me, I can sustain myself happily and healthy eating this way, and I feel it's less meat product we consume as a household which makes me feel good. I do eat a bite of something with poultry or fish in it here and there.
 

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For me I just get so grossed out by eating blood and tendons and veins and ick. Then again this is my first month eating meat, so I'm getting better at all this <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I only eat meat that is grassfed and organic and I know the farmer, how the animals were raised and killed etc. I won't touch any other meat.<br><br>
Also, my dh helps to prepare it. He will season and roast a chicken and pull the white meat off the bones and even cut it up on my plate <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
I only like it highly seasoned and the ground beef when cooked has to be ground to little crumbs so the flavoring is all thru it. No chunks. I can handle the cooking once it's in the pot and can put it from package to pot if I must.<br><br>
I crave it - but not the normal steak. I like sloppy joes, tacos, chili, shepherd's pie, chicken with mashed potatoes and mushroom/chicken gravy and green beans (and I mix the taters and chicken together) or chicken quesadillas (I use already cooked chicken and fry it with coconut oil and taco seasoning and maybe a bit of salsa or something). Anyway, you get the idea... good meat highly seasoned that doens't look like where it came from. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I have been veggie for most of my life since I was 16 and even when I was eating meat it was very small amounts of poultry and fish. Lately DH and I have been incorporating much more organic meat into our diet as we try to transition to a TF diet and I am enjoying the way I feel. I do crave the new proteins and fats since I am underweight and bfing a 1 year old but I am still struggling with eating animals and find my self trying to just eat nut butters and beans instead, despite the fact that plant proteins are just not as satisfying.
 

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Love it, crave it, really miss it in most veggie meals (which we do eat several times a week)<br><br>
I basically got in touch with my inner hunter, if you will. Not literally hunting, though I might someday, but decided if I was going to eat it (and I really needed to) I needed to embrace the food chain, the design of it, and be reverent to the animals from which I eat. It has really worked, for me anyway. It was a spiritual/paradigm shift. Had I not been able to do this, eating meat would be grueling for me (in the old veg*n mindset, I mean).<br><br>
I should add I am 6 years into meat-eating now.
 

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I grew up on a farm eating/preparing meat but was veggie 6 years and vegan 3. I'm back to eating meat again for various reasons.I don't find it any less appealing (except those first few times cleaning up greasy pans) although I do eat more chicken and fish now and less beef-except ground beef. I think a mental connection can hinder its appeal kinda like some people think bugs are tasty but just the thought makes me want to gag and would be a total chore to actually try to eat even if they do have lots of protein or whatever. I also think the previous level of experience with meat affects you too. growing up veggie i'm sure is very different than helping to wrap fresh meat your family just butchered.....
 
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