When I was a child I was a vegetarian "except I eat tuna." I know this annoys some of you; I was ten, plz excuse. I was a bit dramatic and apparently claimed I heard hamburger patties crying out to me, but really I think I was very sensitive to texture.
These days, if I eat meat at all, it's got to be cooked to a crisp. Anyone cooking for me asks me how I like it, and I cheerfully reply "Meat crouton!" And mean it. And end up cooking the rest of it, long after everyone else is nearly finished eating. I dissect and disassemble any meat on my plate, even when it is the charred juiceless and colorless lump I prefer -- because I have a soy allergy, and tofu causes extreme tiredness/sluggishness in me, as if I have been drugged, sometimes making my eyes swell even, and I'm not sure what else to turn to.
Some meat substitutes have effects worse than others; I do eat veggie only meals, but I don't have a lot of time, and usually I prefer something done to the produce rather than the clean flavors of raw, or lightly salted (think meatless lasagna, veggie soup, shepherds pie minus animal protein!). I was wondering if any of you have an issue with this, and what types of things you eat? My mother prefers a raw food diet but I found that incredibly complex and unsatisfying... and detox was long enough that in my busy college-and-full-time-employment schedule, I fall apart easily under that much extra pressure.
It's like eating meat makes me miserable, but I'm at a loss for something quick to prepare such as that due to morning star products making me damn near sightless.