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4/27/13 5:21 P

Start with lean meats and start small, like 3 oz. servings.

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4/27/13 12:45 P

How funny, "Bacon...the gateway meat". And how true! Sweet, salty, fatty slightly chewy and crunchy all in one. How can you resist?

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4/26/13 7:11 P

I was veg for 10 years, and started back with meat slowly - like OP mentioned with fish first. I found sushi was actually easy on my stomach, if you can deal with the rawness. Otherwise I found that eating cooked fish in a strong-flavored sauce was fine. Shrimp in pesto sauce was also easy on my tummy.

Chicken felt like a brick in my stomach, so I would only eat small portions at first. Beef was easy to incorporate as ground beef in sauces or in tacos with lots of veggies on top. Don't forget bacon, the gateway meat haha. Just go slow & pay attention to your body. :)

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4/26/13 1:53 P

How do you do meat? I would like you to meet SAE. She is a lovely person who is interested in you and your special proteins .....Sorry smart a$$ reply but it was what first crossed my mind.

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4/26/13 7:29 A

Becky gave you some great advice.

Start with light tasting things, I'd guess.
I'm not quite sure.

But fish or chicken would probably be most people's first choice.
If you haven't eaten eggs, either, add them.

try to find good healthy wild-caught (for fish) or pasture raised for poultry if you can

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4/25/13 11:58 P

I think starting with a wild-caught white fish is the route I would take.

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4/25/13 8:59 P

Thanks for your reply.

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4/25/13 7:33 P

I'd start small and really listen to your body. It's possible your body may not like the change.

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4/25/13 6:13 P

Not sure what you mean on advice?
Of course you can add meat back into your diet. Select lean options: lean beef, pork, fish, poultry. Track your new meat selections along with the rest of your food choices. Your goal is to remain in your calorie range, as well as your ranges for fat, protein, and carbs. This can be done in many "healthy" ways with different combinations of food.

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4/25/13 6:07 P

I've been a vegetarian for two years and I'm thinking about introducing meat back into my diet. Should I start with fish? Any advice would be helpful.

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