I would like to be Paleo, I understand and agree with the precepts of the Paleo diet and I have digestive issues that I want to address, but after 40+ years of Vegetarianism, I don't like meat! Except for some fish, a little egg and ghee I don't like the taste, look, ethics, texture and chewiness, smell (esp bacon) of animal foods - what can I do? How can I be Paleo and healthy if I don't like and perhaps don't digest meat?
To digest meat you just need to increase the acid in your stomach (if needed), eating an orange before dinner for example, works. As for not liking meat, start with less crude meat tastes: chicken breast. Then move to turkey and other parts of the poultry. In the meantime, work on getting used to more fish. Even if you don't manage to like meat at the end, always put your faith on fish. After a while, you can try lamb, goat, beef, and maybe some offal.
Another way to get some of the nutrients required, drink lots of bone & meat broth/soups. Maybe try some ground meat, which is less chewy. Make Greek meatballs: lots of mint, oregano, onion and garlic (they take the meaty taste away), olive oil, salt & pepper. Make 1" meatballs, fry them in coconut oil. You can then eat them as is, or cook them an extra 5 minutes in tomato sauce and have them with threaded spaghetti squash.
A lot of people only eat fish and eggs. I started out that way for close to 6 months. I just started eating chicken,and a little red meat once a month. I only eat organic from the best possible humane sources. There is no reason you have to eat meat. I hate beef, but I actually like buffalo. Just take it slow. If you think you have a problem with digestion try apple cider vinegar after you eat meat.
You're eating fish, ghee, and eggs? I'm not sure I'd worry too much about other meat if you hate it. Of course, someday you may want to eat beef or pork or poultry--but I honestly don't see why you'd need to. It seems pretty balanced to me if you're eating those three things. Those are all animal products and should give you all the amino acids and animal fat you need.
So eat fish! If you're concerned about ethics, look to buying local fish/meat/eggs. They're much more likely to be humanely produced.
If you really want to expand your palate, take it slowly. Add meat gradually back into your diet, at your own pace. Many people have foods they don't like, and that's perfectly fine.
If you eat fruit, veggies, tubers, coconut products, etc, then just a smidge of fish, ghee and eggs will take care of you and you'll do great. Just stay away from grains, legumes and non-ghee dairy. Make sure your ghee is from grass-fed cows, easy to find on-line. Enjoy!
I'm a happy meatatarian. I like my big, bloody steaks. But I see absolutely no reason why you couldn't do paleo as a pescatarian, especially if you eat eggs and ghee. Seafood and eggs are excellent protein, and ghee is a great, versatile fat source. And if you don't have dairy intolerances, some full-fat yogurt and cheese can add variety (and you may be able to find humane, organic sources easily, depending upon where you live).
Staying away from grains, legumes and added sugars is far more important in paleo terms than what species provides your protein. So don't be intimidated by the meat-meat-and-more-meat crowd--figure out what will work for you.
Short response if none of the above works or you're flat out uninterested in consuming meat products: Eat as much seafood and eggs as you like, eat a fair amount of coconut products, and potatoes (plus other roots & tubers). I think you'll get by with that pretty darn well.
side note The smell of bacon makes you nauseous . . . sad face.
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