I'm no longer vegetarian and I can NOT stop craving meat. Help me.
October 11, 2013 7:14 PM Subscribe
I was a happy and successful vegetarian for over 15 years and I recently gave it up. I slowly began introducing fish and chicken into my diet over the last year or so, and only recently have I begun eating red meat again. And now I can't stop.
posted by Hey Dean Yeager! to health & fitness (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
All I want all the time is red meat, and when I have some I feel full and entirely satiated (I feel like I imagine Popeye feels with spinach, theme song and all), but soon I want more. And if I go a few days without any red meat I feel weak and irritable. I'm trying to pace myself and I'm seeking protein from other sources but this is getting to be a little overwhelming.
Has anyone else experienced this? Is this normal meat-eating/protein craving behavior that I just forgot about? I gave it up pretty easily 15 years ago. Is this my body making up for 15 years of inadequate protein? Will these cravings ever level off? What can I do to quiet them down in the meantime? Can I just give in and eat five cheeseburgers a day (which is what I seriously want to do) and be ok?
If it helps, I am 31 years old, 6'0" tall, 200 lbs, exercise regularly (running about 3-4 miles every other day) and am overall pretty healthy.
Thanks for your help!