My husband and I are starting the Paleo diet this week, but are on a tight budget. Will the diet still be as effective if I can't buy all grass-fed or pastured meat? I can afford to buy some things (cage-free eggs, mostly organic produce), but will we be worse off with this diet because we are adding a lot of unhealthy fats from less than desirable meat, or will it be enough that we are doing a strictly grain-free, legume-free, dairy-free diet for the time being? The purpose of us doing Paleo is forum husbands digestive health (he has frequent bouts of diarrhea and has difficulty gaining weight).
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As Robb Wolf said, do what you can. It's all about taking action. At least you are following the protocol; don't be like me and use excuses like "I couldn't find any grass-fed meat" to discontinue the diet. I eat grain-fed meat because it's all I could find, and I am a poor college student. But I try my best, and I have seen good results.
Avoid grains, processed foods, vegetable/grain/seed oils, trans fats, and chemical psuedofoods and you will see amazing results over the Standard American Diet. If you can afford pastured meats, and hormone free meats, all the better. Do what you can do, and you will reap nearly all of the benefits. Don't forget that exercise and sleep play important roles in overall health as well. Good luck with your journey.
You'll be completely fine..... If you're really worried about the quality of the meat, eat leaner meats (to avoid the omega-6 and other toxins) and add in better fats that you can get for a good price like coconut oil or olive oil (Avocado oil isn't much either).
I have lost 80 lbs and my intestinal issues have gone. I have eaten the highest quality meats I could afford while also cutting out all dairy, legumes, processed foods and grains.
Wal Mart in the US also sells some well priced organic chicken, just start with the best you can afford. Look into splitting on grass fed beef with friends of family.
I agree with the other posts. Eat good food. No processed food. I cannot afford grass fed as a single mom with 2 children. I prefer to spend my money on organic veggies and then purchase meat on sale. Like another post said: remember good sleep habits and good stress free living. Good luck! After 9months I've lost 30 pounds and my arthritic pain is gone :)
I understand pastured meats are expensive (sob sob) but very often pastured organ meats are cheaper than muscle meat and are very nutritious. They may take a little getting used to coming off the SAD diet, but both your body and your pocketbook will thank you