melody Posted January 16, 2013 Share Posted January 16, 2013 I was vegetarian for 9 years. This summer I had to stop eating gluten for health reasons. I've reintroduced a bit of meat recently because I wasn't sure that I was meeting all of the nutritional needs in my diet as it stood. Before Whole30 my diet consisted of veggies, fruits, grains like quinoa & rice, legumes, dark chocolate, nuts, seeds, and some tofu, eggs, yogurt, and cheese. I've never been a big processed foods person and in the past year have tried to mostly eat whole foods-- and when eating processed, as minimally as possible. My only form of caffeine was dark chocolate. And my favorite thing to drink is water. I decided to do this whole 30 (my first) as a meat eater. And now, day 15, I am so utterly sick of eating meat (and eggs) that I'm fighting off the urge to just quit. In part, I chose to do whole30 as a meat eater rather than with the vegetarian food list because I know that dairy makes me congested and I should try and avoid it. That said, yogurt, a bowl of lentils or some tempeh sound pretty delicious right now. They talk about being really happy on Whole30, but so far for me I just seem to be getting grumpier. Normally I am super cheerful, but not the past week. In part this is just a venting session because I gave myself a goal and I don't want to turn back on it now. I do like bacon, and am considering driving an hour away to buy some that's compliant. But even bacon shouldn't be eaten every day so I don't know if I should bother making the drive. I bought myself some frozen lobster tails tonight for dinner tomorrow because I remember liking lobster the last time I had it. But I can't afford for that to be a normal thing. Here's what I have tried: Chicken. It reminds me why I became a vegetarian. I can tolerate the canned stuff but needs lots of toppings to mask the taste of it any other way. Turkey. It's not terrible. I've been eating it pretty much every day though and am getting sick of it. Same thing goes for eggs. Turkey Liver. Totally gross. But I tried it. Cod & Swordfish. Both not terrible, but not something I'd want to eat more than 1x/mo Steak. Totally gross Pork. Hidden in soup it's somewhat tolerable. Beef. Not doing it. Sorry. Prosciutto. Got some that tastes gross, will try one more time. SO. My question is, if I'm going to stick with this as a meat eater, what suggestions do people have for things to try that I would maybe like? And/or, would it be so terrible to incorporate some lentils & other items on the veg/vegan list? Or to only eat meat at one meal a day? Trying to incorporate it into 3 meals a day is just totally bringing me down. I really like the fact that I've been fully sustained and not needing/wanting to snack throughout the day, eat late at night, or think about chocolate all day long. But otherwise this thing has me feeling cranky, grumpy, irritable, and in the same size pants. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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