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Experiment! Can you help me reduce my meat consumption?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 04, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Just looking to try this for a few days maybe. Currently, I get most of my calories from grass fed beef. I bought a side of it, and it's easier on my wallet, and time to eat it as opposed to grabbing something else at the store. Though, I do get bacon every now and then, and I have been trying to add fish in randomly, until June when my Poultry CSA starts, it's going to be beef. Here's my typical daily intake-

Breakfast(sometimes I fast): 1/5th(That's ONE FIFTH) of a scramble- 1lb ground beef, 12 eggs, half head of cauliflower, head of broccoli, some spinach/kale

Lunch: portion of Stew- 3-4lbs assorted beef cuts, bone broth, carrots, 1 sweet potato or a few reds, large white onion. OR I might have leftover dinner, which could be a piece of steak, ground beef scrambled with veggies with potato

Dinner- Usually some cut of beef from the freezer, sometimes bacon instead, and always a veggie, usually salad. Most nights we have sweet potato with dinner(1/2 of a large one)

In a day I'm probably consuming 1-1.5 lbs of beef, but I have been fasting breakfast more often if I know I'm not running at lunch, so it's probably closer to 1lb, or less. I'm just curious if I can reduce it further, and what you might recommend I try without upping the carbs too much.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 05, 2012
at 12:46 PM

Wish the fish was cheaper, I think I'll just stick to Market Basket's fresh wild caught fish. I can usually find something less than $5/lb for fillets.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 05, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Thanks Sara! @greymouser, I get my side from Normanton Farms in Litchfield NH, I *may* be looking for some people to split it up, but by the time it's ready, I may have the freezer space for the whole thing.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 05, 2012
at 12:33 PM

I only cook with lard or coconut oil, and I butter my food...I still want more...doesn't help that I am very active, so I crave calories at night after workouts.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on April 04, 2012
at 10:50 PM

@Ryan and anyone else in the Boston area, if you want some good fish, I recommend Cape Ann Fresh Catch, a local CSF. I've tried it and another CSF and CAFC is a better deal. I get 4-6 lbs of fish per week, of mostly less-expensive types, like hake, flounder, haddock, etc. If you opt for the whole fish, you often get the heads and organs, too. It's a good deal, about $20/week.

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on April 04, 2012
at 08:35 PM

@ryan where abouts do you live? I'd love grassfed beef at 5ish/lb! I'm over in Hudson/Marlborough.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:24 PM

well, just wanted to see what kind of variety people would suggest...I was already about to up the organ meets, and fish...and days I don't eat much meat I already up the egg consumption. Just wanted to hear it from others. I also wanted to get the rest of my side of beef to last as long as possible without breaking the bank on more meat/fish/poultry.

1dcfcebc5f36408d121f124a78292d42

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Honestly, I don't see anything wrong with this routine. Are you experiencing symptoms that are causing you to question your habits?

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:09 PM

my girlfriend already thinks my egg eating is excessive, but I love em! Just wished there were more calories per egg!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 04, 2012
at 06:12 PM

If you happen to be interested iHerb.com sells boiled oysters that are quite cheap. I don't know whether you like them, but it's worth a try if you do.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 04, 2012
at 03:36 PM

I live about 50 min from Boston MA as well, I can get grass fed ground beef for $5.99/lb, but rarely is there decent fish at my local grocery store for $4.99. My side of beef was $4.70/lb hanging weight.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 04, 2012
at 03:34 PM

With my next side, I'm getting all the excess bone and suet, so I'll be able to make a lot of bone broths. I can get liver from a farm down the road, but they don't stock much else.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 04, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Interesting ... I can usually find wild caught pollock or cod for $4.99/lb (which is good, since I eat about 1lb/day); grass fed beef, even if just ground, will often be double that - steaks much more. (I live about 40min from Boston, MA for pricing reference).

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:56 PM

I can get pastured lamb at the farmers market, but I'll have to wait until June. Only issue is that it's like $8/lb for just ground lamb Unfortunately, in MA and NH it doesn't look like there are any 99 Ranch locations.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I can get pastured lamb at the farmers market, but I'll have to wait until June. Only issue is that it's like $8/lb for just ground lamb.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:53 PM

I do try and add fish, it's more expensive than the grass fed beef though. I plan on being more religious about buying it. I do mix in deer and beef liver on occasion as well.

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 04, 2012
at 01:49 PM

You definitely could use some variety in your diet, regardless of animal products going up or down. May I suggest ...

experiment!-can-you-help-me-reduce-my-meat-consumption?

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on April 04, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Interesting ... I can usually find wild caught pollock or cod for $4.99/lb (which is good, since I eat about 1lb/day); grass fed beef, even if just ground, will often be double that - steaks much more. (I live about 40min from Boston, MA for pricing reference).

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 04, 2012
at 03:36 PM

I live about 50 min from Boston MA as well, I can get grass fed ground beef for $5.99/lb, but rarely is there decent fish at my local grocery store for $4.99. My side of beef was $4.70/lb hanging weight.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 04, 2012
at 08:35 PM

@ryan where abouts do you live? I'd love grassfed beef at 5ish/lb! I'm over in Hudson/Marlborough.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 05, 2012
at 12:46 PM

Wish the fish was cheaper, I think I'll just stick to Market Basket's fresh wild caught fish. I can usually find something less than $5/lb for fillets.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 04, 2012
at 01:53 PM

I do try and add fish, it's more expensive than the grass fed beef though. I plan on being more religious about buying it. I do mix in deer and beef liver on occasion as well.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on April 04, 2012
at 10:50 PM

@Ryan and anyone else in the Boston area, if you want some good fish, I recommend Cape Ann Fresh Catch, a local CSF. I've tried it and another CSF and CAFC is a better deal. I get 4-6 lbs of fish per week, of mostly less-expensive types, like hake, flounder, haddock, etc. If you opt for the whole fish, you often get the heads and organs, too. It's a good deal, about $20/week.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 05, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Thanks Sara! @greymouser, I get my side from Normanton Farms in Litchfield NH, I *may* be looking for some people to split it up, but by the time it's ready, I may have the freezer space for the whole thing.

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on April 04, 2012
at 02:03 PM

I've done the same thing a while ago. I was eating as much beef as you are now, currently I eat maximum half a pound of muscle meat daily. I don't know if you love organ meat and shellfish, I definitely recommend those combined with gelatin. More variety, more nutritious, cheaper, and a more pronounced taste. Eggs are cool too!

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 04, 2012
at 03:34 PM

With my next side, I'm getting all the excess bone and suet, so I'll be able to make a lot of bone broths. I can get liver from a farm down the road, but they don't stock much else.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on April 04, 2012
at 06:12 PM

If you happen to be interested iHerb.com sells boiled oysters that are quite cheap. I don't know whether you like them, but it's worth a try if you do.

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1ab7ccb9520dddd0777db88e74ca0bed

on April 04, 2012
at 01:52 PM

What about lamb/goat? You should check out Asian or Middle Eastern stores in the area. 99 Ranch has lamb shanks for pretty cheap that taste good and make awesome broth.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 04, 2012
at 01:55 PM

I can get pastured lamb at the farmers market, but I'll have to wait until June. Only issue is that it's like $8/lb for just ground lamb.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 04, 2012
at 01:56 PM

I can get pastured lamb at the farmers market, but I'll have to wait until June. Only issue is that it's like $8/lb for just ground lamb Unfortunately, in MA and NH it doesn't look like there are any 99 Ranch locations.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 04, 2012
at 10:01 PM

Eat more FAT.

Cook with more Lard, coconut oil and butter. Plenty of calories and should help with satiation.

(And of course, add more fish, organ meats & gelatin to your diet, too!)

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

(231)

on April 05, 2012
at 12:33 PM

I only cook with lard or coconut oil, and I butter my food...I still want more...doesn't help that I am very active, so I crave calories at night after workouts.

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on April 04, 2012
at 02:00 PM

Eat more eggs (yes, more than the dozen already? lol) and potatoes, than you already do. If money is an issue, that will be your most cost effective and diet effective way to keep your calories/nutrition stable.

B61f6513a155cd874b42efdad55312f6

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on April 04, 2012
at 07:09 PM

my girlfriend already thinks my egg eating is excessive, but I love em! Just wished there were more calories per egg!

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