This is kind of an odd question, but have any of you ever eaten something that you later found out had meat in it? Can you get really sick if you haven't eaten meat in a very long time?
This is my dilemma. I am leaving at the end of the summer to study in Ecuador for a semester. It's very possible to get by on veggies and rice, but Ecuadorians generally don't understand why a person would not want to eat meat. I've heard that even if you request a dish without meat, or tell them that you will get sick if you eat meat, that they may still 'flavor' your dishes with meat. Voluntarily choosing to not eat meat doesn't go over so well in a country where almost half the population lives below the poverty line.
I will be living with a host family, and while I am making my best attempts to communicate my diet restrictions, I can't help but think that at some point I will unknowingly eat something with meat in it.
I did a bit of traveling a couple months ago, and my flight home messed up and didn't have vegetarian meals for me. I ended up having to pick meat out of the other dishes...and a few hours later I had diarrhea and was vomiting (very ladylike, I know) in the bathroom for the rest of the flight. I keep trying to convince myself that it wasn't the meat...but it still freaks me out. I am so worried that I will get sick while I am in Ecuador.
Can eating a small amount of meat really make you sick? Sorry this is so long. Thanks for any info and advice :)