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Beginner who bought the wrong meat. Advice and tips welcome

Commented on February 19, 2014
Created January 27, 2014 at 5:39 PM

So I just finished my first week of paleo and I made the mistake of buying Italian sausage with nonfat Milk and and whey in it. I'm using it for dinner in a couple nights and I'm curious to think if you guys think I'll be okay using it or should I go back out and get the good stuff. I can always give the food to a friend. I just don't know if it's something I'm fine getting away with once/ save my money or if it actually is a concern for someone on their second week of paleo.

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on February 19, 2014
at 03:24 AM

I agree with Laura. Not like it is a donut. Great that you are being so observant.

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on January 28, 2014
at 01:48 AM

totally agree re: ruminants. The way to do it is to get bones with marrow, liver, short ribs, oxtail, soup bones, heart, from a grass fed butcher. They will cost $2/lb, at least around here.

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on January 27, 2014
at 11:01 PM

I second this. Processed and packaged foods are quite important to remove from the diet. They often have toxins which are introduced during processing, or added as ingredients. At the very least, I suspect inferior salt, likely with caking agents, in the sausage.

I would personally opt for less, higher-quality, fresh meat over buying things like sausage, unless the sausage had very few, high quality ingredients and was made from quality (grass-fed or otherwise fed its natural, wild diet) meat.

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:56 PM

Perhaps you could find a meatshare or cowshare for grass-fed beef? Grass-fed beef liver is also very cheap, and a quarter pound per week (can be spread out throughout the week if that's too much at once) can go a long ways. Offal from grass-fed beef is also often fairly cheap and rich in micronutrients. Shellfish - clams and mussels - are often quite cheap as well.

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:56 PM

Regarding meat:

Ruminants (animals that graze - beef, lamb, goat, bison) are preferable to most other animals as a main source of meat because of more similar protein structure and better fat composition. Seafood - generally rich in many micronutrients, though often more expensive - is also preferable. Avian animals are also often not fed a wild diet (purely foraging) and fed GMO grains, soy, and corn, though organic might be very slightly better.

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:04 PM

They put non-fat milk and whey in sausage these days? Is it like a cheese-stuffed sausage or something? Because if it is a cheese stuffed sausage, you definitely shouldn't throw it away (not paleo but definitely very delicious and you paid for it anyways). Just don't make the mistake again and you'll be fine.

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:06 PM

I'd eat it and just be careful when shopping next time

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on February 19, 2014
at 03:24 AM

I agree with Laura. Not like it is a donut. Great that you are being so observant.

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on February 04, 2014
at 10:05 PM

Eat the meat! Don't do it too often with salty processed stuff.

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on January 28, 2014
at 01:26 AM

Eat it. Lots of sausages have gluten and other junk in them too so be careful and buy whole foods/meats when you can. I admit I enjoy some sausage or salami once in a while but I make sure they are gluten free/dairy free/hormone free etc.

But also I don't stress about achieving some paleo perfection. I was on vacation this weekend and yesterday I ate some chili colorado with grain fed beef I'm sure and some refried beans with cheese. That stuff doesn't make up part of my regular diet but the other options in the small mountain town I was in were mostly sandwiches, pizza and pasta so it was the lesser of evils

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:41 PM

I have to be frugile on money as i am an college. I buy alot of low grade organic chicken and veggies but beef is tricky....I already know of some somewhat less expensive beef that makes the cut

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:56 PM

Regarding meat:

Ruminants (animals that graze - beef, lamb, goat, bison) are preferable to most other animals as a main source of meat because of more similar protein structure and better fat composition. Seafood - generally rich in many micronutrients, though often more expensive - is also preferable. Avian animals are also often not fed a wild diet (purely foraging) and fed GMO grains, soy, and corn, though organic might be very slightly better.

Cce653018976b0b26924c59aa94e5579

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:56 PM

Perhaps you could find a meatshare or cowshare for grass-fed beef? Grass-fed beef liver is also very cheap, and a quarter pound per week (can be spread out throughout the week if that's too much at once) can go a long ways. Offal from grass-fed beef is also often fairly cheap and rich in micronutrients. Shellfish - clams and mussels - are often quite cheap as well.

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:30 PM

Eat them and stop buying packaged foods if you can.

Cce653018976b0b26924c59aa94e5579

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on January 27, 2014
at 11:01 PM

I second this. Processed and packaged foods are quite important to remove from the diet. They often have toxins which are introduced during processing, or added as ingredients. At the very least, I suspect inferior salt, likely with caking agents, in the sausage.

I would personally opt for less, higher-quality, fresh meat over buying things like sausage, unless the sausage had very few, high quality ingredients and was made from quality (grass-fed or otherwise fed its natural, wild diet) meat.

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on January 27, 2014
at 10:11 PM

Bcmac, you might want to try eatwild.com to find the best sources of grass-fed, pasture raised meats in your area.

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on January 27, 2014
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It's fine.

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