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What if I can't afford grass fed meat?

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I have a huge appetite and I can't really afford grass fed meat, plus my rent. I buy chicken mostly, rarely red meat...and the chicken I buy says that it has no added hormones and is "minimally processed". I don't like the sound of that, but if I want to buy organic or free range, I won't be able to afford other necessities. How important is this? Does non-grass-fed meat totally ruin the rest of the diet?

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723 · November 12, 2013 at 1:49 AM

I rely on canned fish, too. I can't afford to eat much beef at all

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245 · November 02, 2013 at 12:07 AM

i dont think people avoid conventional meat because the omega 6, as the omega 6 in grassfed is exactly the same, the only difference is a small bump in omega 3 as far as the omegas are concearned.

the real issue as far as i understand it, is that the CAFO cows live in pretty toxic envoirnments, ie their diet,hormones,antibiotics,general squalor; which overtime builds up and gets stored in their body. the same way toxins would store in a humans body if one was to constantly consume toxic substances or live in a toxic enviornment.

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0 · September 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

If "high carb paleo" means pigging out on potatoes and rice then it is not high carb "Paleo"! In fact RICE is definitely NOT Paleo, even Paleo 2.0. Some people have decided to add rice to ther Paleo diet after deciding for themselves that after entering the Neolithic age that humans have adapted genetically SOMEWHAT to the first grain introductees, and the may have a point. However, a diet HIGH in potatoes and rice is NOT Paleo of any sort. Fruit is also NOT recommended in high amounts on the Paleo/Primal diets. FAR too much fructose unless one is VERY active.

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24271 · November 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I agree Matt. This is the best answer IMO.

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20411 · November 20, 2012 at 8:28 PM

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10994 · November 20, 2012 at 8:01 PM

He's right, I can't afford grass fed meat either, but that doesn't stop me from eating steak by any means, I love red meat, It gives me zinc and iron and monounsaturated and saturated and creatine, I could go on all day, really. One day when you get more successful because your healthier then you can get grass-fed because then you'll be able to afford it, until then, progress.

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41452 · November 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Dismayed this got a downvote. Less meat, but higher quality is a legit answer. Meat for nutrients, starch/fats for calories.

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41452 · November 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Any scientific support that leaner cut are less harmful than fatty cuts of conventional meat? http://paleohacks.com/questions/147593/is-conventional-animal-fat-really-that-bad

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3347 · November 20, 2012 at 3:34 PM

I've never eaten grass fed meat in my life, to my knowledge. Though when I drive past the cow pastures all the cattle seem to be munching grass, I don't know what the deal is with that.

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41452 · November 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

So called "high carb paleo" is likely still lower in carbohydrate than SAD.

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11581 · November 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

While you may have a point in that it is possible to substitute some other foods in to make the dollars go farther, most of the suggestions you make are not necessarily ideal and rice (while PHD friendly) is NOT a paleo staple. Eggs are great. Potatoes and fruit are less nutrient dense than vegetables and sweet potatoes or pumpkin. In addition, high carb paleo is not good for many people, especially if overweight or diabetic or mostly sedentary.

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41452 · November 20, 2012 at 12:21 PM

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25467 · November 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Eat regular meat, it is better than a SAD! Focus on what you can do not what you cant for success.

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10994 · November 20, 2012 at 8:01 PM

He's right, I can't afford grass fed meat either, but that doesn't stop me from eating steak by any means, I love red meat, It gives me zinc and iron and monounsaturated and saturated and creatine, I could go on all day, really. One day when you get more successful because your healthier then you can get grass-fed because then you'll be able to afford it, until then, progress.

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238 · November 20, 2012 at 6:43 AM

You could just eat less meat and fill up on other cheaper paleo staples. Pototoes, eggs, rice, fruit, etc etc. There's no nessecity for a high meat diet.

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41452 · November 20, 2012 at 3:12 PM

So called "high carb paleo" is likely still lower in carbohydrate than SAD.

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11581 · November 20, 2012 at 2:44 PM

While you may have a point in that it is possible to substitute some other foods in to make the dollars go farther, most of the suggestions you make are not necessarily ideal and rice (while PHD friendly) is NOT a paleo staple. Eggs are great. Potatoes and fruit are less nutrient dense than vegetables and sweet potatoes or pumpkin. In addition, high carb paleo is not good for many people, especially if overweight or diabetic or mostly sedentary.

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24271 · November 21, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I agree Matt. This is the best answer IMO.

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41452 · November 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Dismayed this got a downvote. Less meat, but higher quality is a legit answer. Meat for nutrients, starch/fats for calories.

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0 · September 30, 2013 at 5:22 PM

If "high carb paleo" means pigging out on potatoes and rice then it is not high carb "Paleo"! In fact RICE is definitely NOT Paleo, even Paleo 2.0. Some people have decided to add rice to ther Paleo diet after deciding for themselves that after entering the Neolithic age that humans have adapted genetically SOMEWHAT to the first grain introductees, and the may have a point. However, a diet HIGH in potatoes and rice is NOT Paleo of any sort. Fruit is also NOT recommended in high amounts on the Paleo/Primal diets. FAR too much fructose unless one is VERY active.

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10 · November 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Improve the balance of omega 6 to omega 3 EFAs (one of the benefits of grass-fed beef) by supplementing with EPA and DHA (fish, cod liver or krill oils).

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17103 · November 11, 2013 at 6:36 PM

You could save up as much as you can, and once you can afford a deep freezer, purchase a split-half or an eight. I see 1/8ths go for something like $300-$350. You might be even able to get them for less if you find a farmer nearby.

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1005 · November 11, 2013 at 3:53 AM

just look for the highest quality meats you can afford, or look in clearance racks for bargains in grassfed meat. That's what I do.

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0 · November 02, 2013 at 3:04 PM

If you're on a budget you can eat Sardines which will boost your Omega 3 ratios for cheap. The only potential concern may be BPA from the cans.

Don't eat the skin when you eat the chicken to avoid some Omega 6

You can get extra fat from Ghee and Coconut Oil to further reduce meat consumption so that you can further avoid the more "toxic" meats in your diet

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273 · November 01, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Have a read of this post by Chris Kresser:

http://chriskresser.com/red-meat-it-does-a-body-good

Here is a passage from the article

The fat of ruminants comprises approximately equal parts of saturated and monounsaturated fat, with only a small amount of polyunsaturated fat. (11) The unique ruminant digestive system ensures that these proportions stay relatively constant, regardless of what the animal eats. This makes red meat a better choice than pork or poultry for those that cannot afford pasture-raised meat, because you will still be getting mostly saturated and monounsaturated fats.

Basically, regardless of what the cow eats, only a small portion of the fat content will be polyunsaturated. So, beef is pretty safe to buy in the conventionally (grain fed) state. I would however go for antibiotic and hormone free. That being said, if you can't get past the idea of the omega 6 content, regardless of how small it may be, just go for the leaner cuts of conventional beef to grill up, and use the fattier/cheaper grass fed cuts for the slow cooker.

All that being said, conventionally raised red meat seems to be better than poultry or pork.

Hope it helps!

Andy

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245 · November 02, 2013 at 12:07 AM

i dont think people avoid conventional meat because the omega 6, as the omega 6 in grassfed is exactly the same, the only difference is a small bump in omega 3 as far as the omegas are concearned.

the real issue as far as i understand it, is that the CAFO cows live in pretty toxic envoirnments, ie their diet,hormones,antibiotics,general squalor; which overtime builds up and gets stored in their body. the same way toxins would store in a humans body if one was to constantly consume toxic substances or live in a toxic enviornment.

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158 · November 01, 2013 at 2:50 PM

  • http://bit.ly/eatgrassfed (disclosure: i am the author)
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http://bit.ly/eatgrassfed

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127 · September 30, 2013 at 6:38 PM

Just make sure the red meat you do buy has NO ANTIBIOTICS/HORMONES or anythings else unnatural. Animals (including you) store toxins in their fat. That's why it's very important to get quality red meat or you will ingest the same unhealthy toxins that the cow did.

As far as chicken, the fat is high in omega 6 so you want to be careful, however, by supplementing with a quality Omega 3 you should get you the same benefits while still avoiding the unwanted toxins in the fat.

Trader Joe's has great prices on frozen chicken and FISH. I love buying frozen cod from them. I can get 2-3 single servings for $4!

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26182 · November 20, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Don't let perfection be the enemy of the good enough.

Also, I work with a group that does a cow pool. Many of the cuts the group doesn't use, especially the bigger cuts and the offal. In addition to my share of the cuts. I buy the unwanted cuts from the group at a dollar per lbs. So I get it dirt cheap, just have to do more work than if I had all Rib Eyes.

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11581 · November 20, 2012 at 2:51 PM

If you can't afford grass-fed, eat the leaner cuts of ruminants (beef, lamb, goats). A lot of the health problems associated with grain fed meats are associated with the fats. Also get protein from wild caught fish and eggs. Canned salmon is virtually always wild (farmed salmon looses texture when canned) and a fantastic bargain.

Added: Something else to consider - Can you really not afford grass fed? (no problem if the answer is yes, it is for many people) OR is it that you are spending money on other things that could be spent on grass fed meat? Are your purchases in line with your true priorities? The classic example of this is the $4 morning coffee shop beverage. That $4 will buy 2/3 of a lb of pastured local ground beef or a dozen pastured eggs at my farmers market. That's a nice chunk of high quality protein.

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41452 · November 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Any scientific support that leaner cut are less harmful than fatty cuts of conventional meat? http://paleohacks.com/questions/147593/is-conventional-animal-fat-really-that-bad

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723 · November 12, 2013 at 1:49 AM

I rely on canned fish, too. I can't afford to eat much beef at all

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189 · November 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM

i can't always afford grass fed... but i ALWAYS check the sale flyers cause sometimes you can get grass fed beef for 3.99/lb. also last minute sales on grass-fed items that you may cook right away or freeze can be found.

from my understanding if you can't afford grass fed is; buy lean cuts of meat, and if you do large roasts in the crock pot separate out the fat as a lot of the "toxins" are found in the fat.

also be thrifty in your cooking- last week Sprouts Market had organic free range turkeys on sale for .79/lb. that is so much meat, and so many bones to make broth with. i actually spend less money since eating paleo, so i often am ok to "splurge" on grass-fed items. my last option would be eat less meat, but make it quality meat, and increase my fat intake.

good luck!

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