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Is using my George Foreman grill Paleo?

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Created May 13, 2011 at 10:21 PM

New to paleo, wanting to lose weight, control my sugar addiction, not get diabetes, and eat healthy. I usually grill all my meat on my little George Foreman grill but, looking at all the fat that gets runs off the meat and into the collection tray, I wonder if losing that fat, cooking that way, is setting me up for "faileo." Am I supposed to be eating that fat? Will that lead to less hunger/sugar cravings now? Do I wait and add the fat after I've hit my weight loss goal? What is the best way to cook steaks and burgers?

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5 · May 14, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Thanks everyone for your feedback.

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4359 · May 14, 2011 at 3:07 AM

Conventional grain fed beef actually does not have much, if any, more omega 6 than grass fed. It does have less omega 3s.

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24271 · May 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Catherine I would only use the fat from the grass fed beef and add it back to the meat or veggies. However if you find you don't like that for any reason then don't do it. I think it tastes delicious but if you don't then don't worry about it. That fat is valuable and so healthful but not something worth pushing if you don't like it. If you are steaming the veggies then I would try to add some butter to them at least. Or try roasting them in CO or olive oil. THAT is golden! Just make sure your food is delicious and enjoyable and butter/fat go a long way to that end.

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5 · May 13, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Thanks Ashley and Shari. I am mostly cooking meat from Trader Joe's: the burger patties are grassfed, the rest is just hormone-free, but all natural grain fed. I'm usually having the burgers with steamed veggies, so just poor the drippings on the patty and the veggies? Also, I'm taking about an eighth a cup of fish oil a day.

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13635 · May 14, 2011 at 4:19 AM

I've had two of those grills in the past, and in both cases the non-stick coating came off within a year. I never abused the surface in any way. So paleo or not, I'm against them because of that, but I don't think ingesting the coating is paleo.

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24271 · May 13, 2011 at 10:38 PM

Catherine I agree with Ashley that it depends on the type of meat you are cooking. If you are cooking grass fed beef then I think you can continue to use your grill but take the collection from the drip tray and add it back to your meat and/or veggies. That's liquid gold there. Poultry not so much even if pastured. I would toss that out. Feel free to add some CO or butter to your poultry after cooking though.

Many people respond positivity to eating more fat and one of those positive results is that they are less hungry. Try it and see how it works for you. I'm one who needs to balance fat with carbs as I am more of a "high volume" eater and fat only goes so far in keeping my hunger at bay. I am the exception to the rule though. For most people a nice meal with a lot of fat keeps them going for hours on end.

I think you should cook the food any way that makes you happy. If you like the George Forman then keep using it. This is one area I think you should just do what makes you the happiest and that is the easiest.

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24271 · May 13, 2011 at 11:12 PM

Catherine I would only use the fat from the grass fed beef and add it back to the meat or veggies. However if you find you don't like that for any reason then don't do it. I think it tastes delicious but if you don't then don't worry about it. That fat is valuable and so healthful but not something worth pushing if you don't like it. If you are steaming the veggies then I would try to add some butter to them at least. Or try roasting them in CO or olive oil. THAT is golden! Just make sure your food is delicious and enjoyable and butter/fat go a long way to that end.

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5 · May 13, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Thanks Ashley and Shari. I am mostly cooking meat from Trader Joe's: the burger patties are grassfed, the rest is just hormone-free, but all natural grain fed. I'm usually having the burgers with steamed veggies, so just poor the drippings on the patty and the veggies? Also, I'm taking about an eighth a cup of fish oil a day.

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10919 · May 13, 2011 at 10:30 PM

If you're still eating conventional meat i'd say drain it and get good fats elsewhere (grassfed butter or coconut oil on your veggies.) convntional has a omega 6s and virtually no omega 3s. If it's Grassfed and pastured meat then I'd invest in a decent cast iron pan and cook it in the oven or on the stove.

Though, personally I don't use a George Forman because I'm concerned about the toxins evaporating from the Teflon. they're endocrine disruptors.

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4359 · May 14, 2011 at 3:07 AM

Conventional grain fed beef actually does not have much, if any, more omega 6 than grass fed. It does have less omega 3s.

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230 · May 14, 2011 at 3:13 AM

i would say you dont lose any more fat than if you were grilling. I have a foreman grill, it's easy, and I use it all the time. I wouldnt worry about it. If its some meat from grass fed pastured animals, save the fat in a jar, and maybe experiment with it in other recipes later if you want.

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