Goodbye Veggies

A journey through a diet change

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The First Bite

As of March 20th of 2014, I guess I am no longer considered a “vegetarian”.

My family had plans to go for fish and chips at our local C-Lovers fish and chips restaurant. I made the conscious decision when the meal was planned that I would try the fish during this meal and informed my family so that they could be supportive (and not completely shocked when I ordered).

Completely ignoring the baby steps I spoke about earlier this week, I went ahead and jumped back into an omnivore lifestyle. I was delighted to find that I experienced no symptoms of sickness or stomach pain after eating fish and, as I was previously concerned about.

However, I must end this post with a bit of negativity. Though I was happy to experience no sickness from eating fish, I wasn’t too thrilled with the taste of my meal. To me, it seemed bland and unexciting, though my family claimed it tasted delicious just like fish and chips normally is. Perhaps I was just expecting to be wowed by my first meat. Perhaps next time!

Eating fish for the first time

C-Lovers Fish & Chips Restaurant

Baby Steps

For people intending to change their diet from a vegetarian diet to a omnivorous diet, there are a few commonly suggested rules to follow when making the switch:

  • Take probiotics prior to ingesting any meat to ensure an adequate supply of healthy gut bacteria for optimal digestion. Some people may also benfit from taking digestive enzymes before and during the transition. These items can be found easily at any health food store and are starting to become more widely available at grocery and retail store chains.
  • Start by incorporating meat based broths into the diet before eating any actual meat.
  • When first beginning to eat meat, start with fish or chicken. Eat it earlier in the day and don’t eat anything else for a few hours afterwards to give your body time to react appropriately and make note of any feelings of discomfort.

While I can not say from personal experience whether these tips are necessary steps or not, they make sense for those wanting to be cautious.

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