From vegetarian to meat-eater – what to expect

vegetarian to meat-eater
This article is part two of a four part series by guest contributor Mollie Millington. Read part 1 here.

Going from vegetarian to meat-eater was a big change, as you can imagine. My husband is a ‘flexitarian’ (he eats meat two times per week) so we never keep meat in the house. Up until this point in my life, I didn’t know how to cook meat (although one year I made a ham for my family for dinner at Easter.

Because we weren’t eating meat before, our grocery bill went up a little. We also spent much more time cooking and doing dishes. You will need to set side time to plan your meals, cook them, and then clean up the kitchen.

Personally, I become consumed with food. I didn’t feel confident enough to eat out without sugar or processed foods being slipped into something. It really limited my life socially. There was a hen do at a Moroccan restaurant which we belly danced and ate delicious food. But I couldn’t drink the fizz or the Moroccan tea. When friends from American came to visit, I had to pick out all the restaurants we ate at. Luckily, they were fully accommodating and bought me my first steak.  Be prepared to talk about food all the time and look at menus before going out to eat. Being unprepared and slipping up is not worth it.

Cooking with meat, fruit and vegetables can be a lot of fun. You will also be doing a lot of eating as portion size is unlimited. One of the best parts of Whole30 is that you can eat sweet potatoes and avocado every day. You will need to have a fully stocked spice rack. The spices are what make the food taste good (as these will replace the sugar, dairy, and grains that often add flavor). We used a lot of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, curry, paprika, basil, and oregano. Coconut oil is the best, and ghee is pretty good too. And you can never have too many eggs in the fridge.

Many people report mood swings and energy struggles during the first two weeks of a paleo-based program such as Whole30. Luckily, I didn’t have this.  I kept waiting for it to hit and made it to day 30 without killing anyone. My theory is that my body was dealing with processing the meat and not fully detoxing from the sugar. My co-workers and husband were very happy not to have to experience a grumpy alter-ego going through sugar withdrawal.

Beware that you might have a few days that are tough mentally, physically and emotionally but stick with it. The journey is 100% worth it.

Mollie Millington

Mollie Millington is the ‘Happiness Personal trainer’ based in London, UK. She offers in-person training, eight-week ‘Back on Track’ virtual training program, and six month nutritional coaching as a graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

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