I'm looking for advice from ex-vegetarians and current ones (vegan input is also welcome)!
I'm an 18 year old girl and have been vegetarian for about 7 years now. I started off pretty young and as a result had to reintroduce eggs and also some fish into my diet to avoid depriving myself of protein. I am vegetarian mainly because I genuinely feel badly about eating animals, but also because when done properly, vegetarianism can benefit one's health.
Over the past few months I've gotten ridiculous cravings for meat, which never happened. I tried to eat meat (3 decent sized bites of steak) about 3 weeks ago and felt slightly sick but then also had a guilt-ridden nightmare that I actually ate my own dog accidentally! Call me ridiculous.
Today I gave in again and tried chicken in a normal sized portion and do feel a bit sick. I also feel guilty after that.
I'm about to go off to college and I suppose I am open to breaking my vegetarianism. From what I understand that is something you should do slowly, as I may lack certain enzymes necessary for digesting meat. I was wondering if anyone could give me advice on this. Is it common to feel conflicted about breaking vegetarianism? I'm frustrated with the cravings but cant just ignore the 7 years I spent as a vegetarian!