Teach me to like meat
June 2, 2011 7:21 AM Subscribe
I've been a vegetarian my whole life, and now I'm ready to eat meat. Help me broaden my horizons! I'm particularly interested in hearing from people who have successfully trained themselves to like a new food. How did you do it?
posted by stoneweaver to Food & Drink (41 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've unsuccessfully tried to start eating meat before, but I think it's because I jumped in with no plan. This time, I want to have a plan. Meat seriously squicks me out. I can't get over the texture, which is radically different than anything I've ever eaten before. I don't even eat fake meat. I can usually get one bite in my mouth before I freak out about the texture and quit. I am not always successful at swallowing the bite - my body just rebels and it's insta-gag time. My brain just goes to "This feels like muscle. AM I EATING MUSCLE? Ack! It's sticking to my teeth! That's wrong. Things aren't supposed to stick to your teeth! Also, this is from a body?! WHY WOULD YOU EAT THAT." And then it's all over. I've gotten to the point where I can eat a small piece of salmon about once a month, but haven't branched out into other fishes.
I know people can successfully train themselves to like new food, and I'd like to know how. Also, what meat is the least likely to set off my texture squick about it feeling like muscle? I need a plan! What food should I start with? How often do I try it? When I'm trying it, how do I try it? (One bite? Three bites? In soup or a casserole or what?)
I am unlikely to eat anything that's blatantly non-kosher, so suggestions of bacon and shellfish are not going to be terribly helpful.