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Do I eat too much red meat/protein?

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Created March 12, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Just wondering with some news I read about Neu5Gc, excess iron, and inflammation. I bought a side of beef(100% grass fed) and have been eating that for 90% of my meat consumption for a few months. I don't track how much meat per lb I eat in a day, but I do get a fair amount of protein here's a rundown- breakfast: 1/5th of my scramble- 12 eggs 1lb ground beef broccoli cauliflower spinach cooked in lard

Lunch- usually stew some chunk of beef w/bone few pieces of sweet potato onion carrots

dinner- steak, bacon, eggs sweet potato or salad

I also have heavy cream with my coffee. I'm just curious if this sounds healthy, I'd just assumed it was. One concern I have had is that I've always had soft stool since going 100% unprocessed(a little over a year) foods and getting most of my calories from fatty cuts of meat. I try to minimize nut consumption, and fruits to seasonal only, but some of this news has me worrying.

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:21 PM

I eat almost exclusively red meat with chicken breast every now and then.

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on March 13, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I don't, I was just curious if it seemed excessive. I like getting most of my nutrition from one animal, makes me feel like I'm having fairly minimal impact. I do make bone broths though. I make a stew with either a bone-in cut of meat or with a homemade bone broth once a week.

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on March 13, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Liver is cool, but I'd focus on bones and gelatin if I were you. Do you actually have any problems with the muscle meat? I personally do better with small amounts of it balanced with a good amount of gelatin and bone broth, but if you don't have issues I don't see why you'd change your habits.

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on March 13, 2012
at 12:43 PM

But is the majority of what you consume red meat?

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on March 13, 2012
at 12:42 PM

Yea...I would buy more but given the up front costs of a side of grass fed beef, I'm reluctant to spend more money on other meats. Plus I'd want whatever I'm eating to have been pasture raised.

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on March 13, 2012
at 12:40 PM

I do make meatloaf with liver, and try to have fish once in a while for dinner.

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on March 13, 2012
at 10:59 AM

Right! I thought you ate 12 eggs and 1 pound of beef for breakfast... Sorry! Apex Predator makes a good point though.

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on March 13, 2012
at 10:58 AM

Eating the whole animal. Organs, bones, heart, tongue included. Well you don't have to eat every bit of the animal, but just make sure to balance muscle meat with organs and/or bones.

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

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on March 13, 2012
at 02:20 AM

What do you mean by eating nose-to-tail?

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:50 PM

Just to be clear, breakfast is only like .2lbs of beef, and ~2.4 eggs with some veggies.

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Well, a majority of my stew is usually a fatty gelatin broth. Sometimes I don't use water, I use bone broth instead.

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I'm a big fan of coconut oil and gelatin.

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:31 PM

If I do the math, it might be around 1lb a day if I exclude the eggs, maybe a little more. What else could I eat to get fat/protein calories if I am trying to keep the nuts to a minimum?

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on March 12, 2012
at 10:31 PM

If you are worried about excess iron, you can donate blood. That would help others as well.

Your meat intake doesn't jump out to be as excessive.

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on March 12, 2012
at 04:26 PM

That is indeed a lot of meat. As long as you do well with it, I don't see what the problem is. It's only too much if your body says so. On the other hand, it might be wise to eat nose-to-tail to avoid excess iron and to balance the amino acids.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on March 12, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Well, a majority of my stew is usually a fatty gelatin broth. Sometimes I don't use water, I use bone broth instead.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 12, 2012
at 05:46 PM

I'm a big fan of coconut oil and gelatin.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on March 13, 2012
at 12:40 PM

I do make meatloaf with liver, and try to have fish once in a while for dinner.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on March 12, 2012
at 05:31 PM

If I do the math, it might be around 1lb a day if I exclude the eggs, maybe a little more. What else could I eat to get fat/protein calories if I am trying to keep the nuts to a minimum?

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on March 13, 2012
at 03:00 PM

I don't, I was just curious if it seemed excessive. I like getting most of my nutrition from one animal, makes me feel like I'm having fairly minimal impact. I do make bone broths though. I make a stew with either a bone-in cut of meat or with a homemade bone broth once a week.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 13, 2012
at 10:58 AM

Eating the whole animal. Organs, bones, heart, tongue included. Well you don't have to eat every bit of the animal, but just make sure to balance muscle meat with organs and/or bones.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 13, 2012
at 02:56 PM

Liver is cool, but I'd focus on bones and gelatin if I were you. Do you actually have any problems with the muscle meat? I personally do better with small amounts of it balanced with a good amount of gelatin and bone broth, but if you don't have issues I don't see why you'd change your habits.

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on March 13, 2012
at 02:20 AM

What do you mean by eating nose-to-tail?

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on March 13, 2012
at 01:56 AM

If that's a pound of meat as you say, then you're looking at roughly 90g or so of protein, which wouldn't be excessive for an active male. 1.5g/kg body weight is an upper limit I've seen for a positive nitrogen balance in men who lift weights. You might be below that target. As far as it being red meat, you'd want to periodically get your ferritin levels checked to see if you have a genetic predisposition toward increased absorption (as many of European descent do). Aside from blood loss, humans excrete most of their iron passively via skin sloughing off, so those with that affliction run into trouble in the presence of a high heme iron/low phytate diet.

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on March 13, 2012
at 03:56 AM

That seems like about the same amount of meat I eat per day (maybe even less), my Iron levels actually dropped by 41% when I switched from eating SAD to Paleo. I was giving blood every 3 months for the past 2 years so Ive got a graph showing my total Cholesterol, blood pressure and Iron level and they both improved even though Im eating waaaayyy more meat now.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on March 13, 2012
at 12:43 PM

But is the majority of what you consume red meat?

9b0a4701e373d4dd13831cfb9b13f42d

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on March 15, 2012
at 11:21 PM

I eat almost exclusively red meat with chicken breast every now and then.

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on March 12, 2012
at 09:51 PM

I've heards it's best to rotate proteins. One meal chicken, egg, fish, then some sort of red meat. My guess is that you get different amino acids/minerals/vitamins from each type of meat.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on March 13, 2012
at 12:42 PM

Yea...I would buy more but given the up front costs of a side of grass fed beef, I'm reluctant to spend more money on other meats. Plus I'd want whatever I'm eating to have been pasture raised.

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