i've heard about this before, but never really figured out if it was true or not.
after being a vegetarian or vegan, if you accidently have meat.. or just decide to eat meat again, it can make you feel really sick the first time you eat it from not having it for so long. is that true? if so, has it happened to any of you.. and how long were you a vegetarian/vegan for the meat to make you feel sick?
At least one cause is gut flora. The relative abundances of various germs in your gut vary according to what they have to digest. Ones that like animal products decline to a more natural level when you stop subjecting your body to them. Then, if you eat cow suddenly again, you don't have the population of bacteria to deal with the stuff. If you keep eating animals, they'll grow accordingly in a few days.
I was veg for a year and a half, vegan over a year, and I had veggies cooked in beef broth. i spewed once or twice an hour for about 6 hours and was sick for about 3 days, really nauseated, fever, etc. but then i got over it. why, do you think this might have happened to you? or are you just curious?
i think people who do react, react to beef or beef broth. it is very hard for your system to digest. hope this helped!
louweezers - you were probably reacting to the meat grease left behind by the pepparoni. It's happened to me, too and yes, it is quite miserable (sour stomach with a greasy aftertaste all night long.... ).
Yes, I posted a similar question a few days ago - and boy did I get sick!
Basically, I had stopped eating meat cause I was "lovin' up the veggies" so much. After a few weeks, I had some corned beef (what exactly IS corned beef anyway?)
Threw up hardcore.
Since then,which was last Friday (Nov 11th) I decided to become a vegetarian (and I'm loving it! - thanks for all the support from you guys/gals on here!)
"Vegetarians who havent eaten meat in a long time dont like it if they try it again. Thats because they dont secrete the right mix of enzymes from the salivary glands to the stomach's digestive enzymes and small intestine to optimally ingest meat. That triggers a reaction when you do eat it: it feels heavy, you dont digest it as well, so you dont feel good and you dont enjoy it."
hee hee.. I used the word factoid.
I don't know if it would have affected you after two months or not. If you had been super careful (unlike me) after going veg, and havn't "messed up" untill now, then perhaps it had affected you.
And, btw, next time, get your friends to order a pizza w/out peperoni. They often hide peperoni under the cheece. Also, check with the water about gelatin in the cheece, and don't eat at Pizza Hut, because they put meat in their sauce.
You could probably bend them over backwards (at least in the US), whatever the law. If you specifically asked, and if they assured you there was no meat, a decent attorney could build a great case around that.
To the topic: the flora changes enough to make a whole lot of difference in how your system handles it. When I first went veg*n, I had a small amount of meat a few months later and felt horrific; honestly it was a worse sensation than full-blown food poisoning.
This actually happened at the restaurant where I work. Nothing ever actually happened, but a lawyer actually did end up contacting the franchise about it, so I know it's at least a serious enough ordeal for that to happen.
I get nauseated by the smell of cooking meat, but I've never gotten sick...
hi, yeh this just happened to me. my acupuncturist told me i needed a little red meat & i ate one tiny burger slider off a friends plate. i have been sick for 2 days. i prefer to eat vegan but have not been strict, occasionally having a piece of my husband's steak. that never bothered me, i think it's the fat in the burger that did it. it had cheese. i just went for it, & i am sorry now. this distresses me because i dont want to be sick if i occasionally have a little meat.