I just finished my first week of paleo (actually primal, I guess, because we're having heavy cream in our coffee?) and I'm having a heck of a time figuring out how to manage meat! I was a vegetarian until recently when we started eating poultry & fish. I decided to go paleo after lots of research and concerns about my health (realizing it is likely not a coincidence that I started putting weight on (and lots of it!) when I stopped eating meat), especially when I figured out all of those "healthy" boneless, skinless chicken breasts weren't doing me any favors.
I've put myself on a crash course to learn about the different cuts of meat and how to prepare them. I'm also working on revamping my recipe box, which is heavy on legumes. But the big challenge has been reorienting my thinking and my emotions from being a near vegetarian (that first bite of turkey sausage when I first stepped off the wagon was also really hard!!!) to someone who eats red meat.
Sometimes it feels so overwhelming and then when my husband, who is encouraging but not really following paleo away from home, jokes, "I can feel my arteries clogging!" as he drinks his coffee all of that "conventional wisdom" hangs over my head and I get terrified that I'm going to make things worse.
So I guess my question is, did other vegetarians or near vegatarians or otherwise "healthy" eaters have a hard time resetting their brains at the start of this? Is this a normal part of the learning curve?