Lately I have had to eat mostly conventional meats and fish due to work obligations and invites to parties and gatherings. I try to choose beef over chicken due to the high amounts of Omega-6 content in conventional chicken, but sometimes I don't have a choice. With everything else being avoided (grains and legumes) am I still missing a big piece of the puzzle by eating large amounts of conventional meats or should I not be concerned?
You're doing the best you can! I don't have an affordable source of grass-fed meat but I still feel the best I have in 20+ years, my skin looks remarkably better, I sleep better and I've lost about 2 dress sizes. I don't believe this is all or nothing, so if you skipped the sugar and grain enjoy your meat and continue to do the best you can.
I would be concerned simply with supporting the conventional meat industry first. Vote with every dollar! Hope that's not too political.
Secondly, I would be concerned with all the hormones and poor diet that are fed to the animals you consume. All those things are passed along to you.
i've been conventional for most of my journey and it seems to be working out ok. i do buy "organic" conventional but it's not grassfed. do what fits in your budget. when it comes to beef, there are ways around the lack of omega 3, cla, etc- my favorite hack is to hit it with some pastured butter and make sure you pop one or two fish oil pills. i don't touch farm-raised fish and if i do conventional chicken, i try to only eat the breasts so it don't get the o6 outta wack too much. honestly, i don't even mention the grassfed part to people when i pitch it to them because getting them off processed foods, excess fructose, gluten, and high o6 oils will do wonders for their health. why let the perfect be the enemy of the good?
This is more of a suggestion rather than an answer - We've had similar $$ restrictions lately - so I've been buying bison and lamb rather than grass-fed beef. The bison and lamb where I live is range fed so IMO it's similar to the grass-fed beef - only a heck of a lot cheaper - and we've been doing cheaper cuts and a lot of ground as well.
We are on a shoestring budget right now as we prepare to lose my income for 2 years but we found it to be much cheaper than buying conventional to find a local farmer who raises grass fed beef and buy directly. We met him at a farmers market and we will never buy grocery store again. However we were recently on vacation for 2 weeks eating loads of conventionally raised meats all day long. Neither of us noticed a difference in our health at all! I wouldn't worry too much.
Cows that are force fed grain have a very poor fatty acid ratio. So if you put aside the fact that factory farms are a nightmare for general human health, and the health of our planet that drove many of us to vegetarianism...well, you are still left with the fact that grass finished beef is the closest domesticated meat to what our paleolithic ancestors that we are aiming to emulate, actually ate! IMHO, it's better to eat way less meat if that's what your budget allows, and make it all the highest possible quality.
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