I'm interested in trying out a paleo/primal diet for weight loss and anti-inflammatory reasons but I'm wondering how much I can actually incorporate into my diet given limited financial resources. How much meat do you really need to eat to be effective?
I'm semi-vegan in that I only eat animal products from a confirmed humane source (must be pasture raised, grass fed, wild caught, etc). This does limit my meat intake because I simply cannot afford the fresh high-quality meats all the time. I would note that while I have moral reasons for doing this, eating CAFO or grain-fed non-pastured meats (including any kind of farmed fish) also makes me violently ill, so it wouldn't be an option even if I didn't have these moral convictions. In general I have two servings of lean meat a month (pasture raised turkey or grass-fed buffalo usually) and a couple servings of fermented dairy per week.
Otherwise I am almost entirely gluten-free and only eat quinoa as a grain on a regular basis. I also eat beans but no other legumes, and I'm 100% soy-free. Most of my diet consists of veggies and I'm making an effort to increase leafy greens in my diet. I'm highly allergic to preservatives as well, so those have no place in my diet.
My doctor has been quite unwilling to talk about my dietary requirements, so I could use general advice on adopting a paleo diet/lifestyle. Thoughts?