So I was in the Sunflower market last night to buy some sockeye salmon for myself to take home and cook with some bacon and kale. The guy in front of me points at a piece and asks how much it weighs. It was 1.03 lb. He then asked for a smaller piece, saying it was just three of them eating, and that was too big. So I asked for that piece, thinking hopefully it will be big enough for just me.
So, what do you guys think is a decent serving size of meat? I put the bare minimum at 12 oz, 3/4 lb., and prefered about a pound. Any opinions, or do I just like meat a lot. In all fairness, I make half my meal veggies also, so it is usually a plate of meat and a plate of veggies.
In my Paleofied household even my skinny-mini four year old (she's 35lbs soaking wet!) can put down close to a pound of meat, chicken, fish or seafood.
Even when we used to supplement our dinner with tons of rice, pasta and other non-Paleo starches we STILL consumed at least 2 lbs for the five of us (two adults and three kids under age 10), so that's an average of 6-7oz per person (with three of those persons weighing under 60 lbs!)-- now with fewer starches to supplement the meal, we're consuming upwards of 3 or 4 lbs per meal, especially for items that my kids LOVE like rib eye steaks.
I've never found serving sizes to be anything but suggestions; just another part of the same conventional and misguided wisdom that I tend to ignore ;)
I usually eat a 4 oz portion of animal protein with two meals a day. If I want a big steak or large portion of protein for some reason I have it but generally I try to eat less. I view my protein as a side or accompaniment not the main course. I try anyway. I'm not convinced we can regularly eat unlimited protein without at least some negative consequence.
I'll echo Shari's comments. I tend to aim for 4-6 ounces of animal product per meal. Animal protein is a balanced duet with my plants. Excess animal product (protein) doesn't do much except make for inefficient and expensive pee.
Paleo for me means sustainable and natural. 2+ pounds of meat daily is neither.
How many other servings throughout the day matter, no?
That being said, for me I never really eat less than 8 ounces of whatever animal I'm eating. Mostly that's chicken breast, pork tenderloin, or fish like tilapia or flounder. 8-10 ounces per meal does me well.
All told in a day I consume about 150-180 grams of protein.
I remember reading in Dr. Atkins book (the 1972 version) something like "8oz of steak is only half a portion". I remember cheering.
(I probably didn't get that quote exactly right, but it's close. I'll go look it up if anyone really cares.)
I don't always eat a whole pound of meat, but having a 16oz steak is something I am known to do... especially because I digest meat better than anything else. 1 pound piece of meat split between three people? I'd be starving.
The other night, I was particularly ravenous and, having the evening to myself, I purchased a lamb steak and a grass-fed beef rib eye. That is all I ate for dinner and it totaled a little over a pound prior to cooking.
Most meals, though, I will eat up to half a pound of meat accompanied by leafy greens and avocado or tomatoes.
3-4 oz. we split a 5-8 oz piece of salmon or steak between two adults and a toddler. Even with a teenager now in the house I had tons of leftovers from two chicken (the only meat the ge will ear) breasts split 4 ways.