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Pork Phobia - Help!

A few years ago a beloved mentor informed me that pork was a dirty, dirty meat. He said that it was full of worms and not worth eating. He also advised me to avoid meat in general unless I had killed it myself and to avoid anything refined. Unfortunately, his pork advice was the only advice that I followed: I have been pork free for three years.

The problem is that pork seems like a great way to flavor foods without using a lot of meat; this just doesn’t work with chicken or beef. Plus, my husband loves bacon. Any advice for getting over my pork phobia? Or was my mentor correct in saying that pork is a food that should be avoided?

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