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Old 09-28-2008, 08:28 AM   #1
Nancy Cohen
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Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

Someone on these boards is gonna say, "I told you so."

I have not eaten meat (except for seafood) in 28 years. Yes...28.

2 months ago, after posting something about this, someone here said, "Oh, you'll get into CF and soon you'll be diving into a big hunk of meat." Not an exact quote, but you get the idea.

Last night I did it. For dinner I had a Chinese chicken salad (with chicken breast). I still kind of can't believe I did it.

I'd been thinking about eating meat for the past 6-9 months. When I started CF 2 months ago, I also started tracking my food. I was always low on protein. So, I've been eating tons of cottage cheese, and even more seafood than ever. And truthfully, I was getting tired of eating so much cottage cheese and seafood.

Had a heart to heart talk with myself about why I don't eat meat. Decided that I would start eating it again. And now, it's history.

I never craved meat. Meat has very little taste to me, so I'm very indifferent to it. My Chinese chicken salad last night was good, but, the chicken did not add anything to the experience. Would have been just as good without it. But, I did it to get more varied protein sources, and so, for that, it served a great purpose. I was so happy to not have to order salmon again!!

Like I said, even though it wasn't a quick decision, I'm still in a bit of shock that I did it. I did a lot of on-line research last week, about people that start eating meat again. A lot of people say that one of the things that hits you, is a sense of failure, of being a quitter. And that definitely is part of my emotions today. But, it was time, and I'm glad I did it.

OK, had to share this. Thank you for listening. OK to say "I told you so!"
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Old 09-28-2008, 08:40 AM   #2
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Re: Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

Hey Nancy-
Good on ya' for experimenting. I had a similar ethical debate many years ago when I figured out a vegetarian diet was killing me in a few synergistic ways. Tough call for many. Interestingly, the law of unintended consequences may save us both from the issue...vegetarianism may not be the least harm way:
http://www.springerlink.com/content/r1277l2428v10637/
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:02 AM   #3
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Re: Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

SWEET, join the ranks of the CF meat eaters that were former veggies!!
Sarena, Rachel, Jay, ...others please chime in
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Old 09-28-2008, 09:38 AM   #4
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Re: Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

Good for you to add variety to your diet, especially if it supports your CF workouts as I'd imagine eating meat will.

Prior to starting CF, I too felt that meat didn't bring much flavor to my meals. But after eliminating much of the salty/sugary/processed stuff (per paleo diet) that provided that over-abundance of flavors, I found that chicken, beef, and pork can all be really yummy. I just simplify the preparation (rubs and marinades with few ingredients) and pay the premium for free-range, and the distinctive flavors of each meat shine.
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:02 AM   #5
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Re: Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

Whoa! Robb Wolf siting!

Congrats on crossing over from the dark side Nancy.
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:54 AM   #6
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Re: Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

Join the club!

I still struggle with eating meat. I do eat it, I do enjoy the taste and flavor now, but I still hate the fact that I'm eating an animal. I'm at school now, and most of the meat that they cook for us is from the northwest and is treated humanely. That's my one condition -- I have to know exactly (or almost exactly) where the meat comes from, or else I won't eat it. I won't eat meat in any restaurants, and the only reason I'm eating meat here at school when I don't know exactly where it came from is because they don't have a lot of seafood options.

I dunno if it's helped me in my workouts or not, but I suppose it's better than eating tofu
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:02 AM   #7
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Re: Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

Rachel, while I was eating the chicken last night, I had to make an effort to not think about how that chicken was slaughtered. I don't have as much of a moral issue with eating meat, as I do just with the brutal grossness of a slaughter.

My original plan was to go the expensive grocery store and buy some high quality organic, free range chicken. Figured that would be the way to go for my first meal. But, it got late, and laziness took over, so we went out to dinner at a nice restaurant.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:16 AM   #8
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Re: Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

I told you so.
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Old 09-28-2008, 11:22 AM   #9
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Re: Eating Meat after 28 years of Not Eating Meat!

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I don't have as much of a moral issue with eating meat, as I do just with the brutal grossness of a slaughter.
Are fish slaughtered more humanely than poultry?
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:03 PM   #10
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Are fish slaughtered more humanely than poultry?
Maybe not, but I think the slaughter is less brutal for fish than it is for others. And it's more likely that you'll get 'humanely' caught fish in a restaurant (especially in the northwest) than other meat.
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