Paleo diet only with Chicken, Turkey, and Occusional fish ?

Answered on March 16, 2014
Created March 15, 2014 at 3:52 PM

I was previously a vegetarian for about 8 years and switched to the paleo diet about 2 years ago (so thankful for the change!). However, the majoirty of my meat intake consists of grass-fed turkey and chicken. The turkey has a considerable amount of fat as well as the chicken (whole chicken, thighs, breasts, etc.). I utterly hate the taste of grass fed beef (it's too rich for me). I've even tried mixing it in with turkey (doesn't work). Am I missing something by taking this out of my diet? Thanks for the responses!

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on March 16, 2014
at 02:00 AM

Nutritionally, chicken and turkey are nothing special. In fact, other than a little B12, they don't offer much more than plants in terms of nutrients (well, plants offer nearly everything but B12, so you could say they're pretty good). They're raised in horrendous conditions, unless you're buying $30 organic, pasture-raised chicken… who does that? Nobody… except a few Portlandia hipsters.

Fish on the other hand is the shit. Omega-3s, awesome mineral content… eat it often! Though you'll want to toss in some shellfish occasionally to round everything out. Wild caught only, and don't fret over "toxins".

The key to success is a varied diet. You can't do it with chicken alone. Poultry and fish… getting better. Toss on some beef and pork to that pile of meat, and you're set. Each offers complimentary nutrients. Beef has zinc and iron, pork has thiamine, fish has omega-3s and iodine.


on March 15, 2014
at 06:21 PM

what is the quality of the animals? Poultry btw are not grass fed they are omnivores so they need a variety of things. I wouldn't eat that much poultry personally unless they were supplemented with minimal grains and pasture raised. You should try and eat some lamb, goat, bison, deer etc. Grass fed beef is SO nutritious. I try to eat lots of grass fed beef and as little poultry as possible.

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