I am on my second week of strict aip paleo to combat my stage 3 Hidradenitis Suppurativa. My first week consisted mainly of beef because I know what to look for in beef, i.e. 100% grass fed to avoid consuming the grains the cow ate.
However I am not so sure about other types of meat like pork, lamb, game, poultry and fish. What are the special considerations here? Is there even such a thing as a chicken that never eats grain?
Any help would be much appreciated. I love beef and all, but that stuff is so expensive..
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on October 07, 2014
at 02:30 PM
What does it matter if the animal eats grain? Those grains are completely broken down into the constituent sugar, fat and protein molecules that they are composed of in the digestive system of the animal that ate it and turned into meat (muscle and fat) by that animal after it is absorbed. Eating a cow that ate grains is not the same as actually eating grains, you are still eating a cow and the cells of that cow are nearly 100% identical to the cells of every other cow in terms of composition. If eating grain-fed cattle was the same as eating grain, would eating grass-fed cattle be considered eating a salad? Of course not, it just doesn't make much sense.
Don't be afraid of meats, most of them are very healthy, and the fact that the animal ate grains is irrelevant because ultimately it is transformed into flesh. Fish is exrtremely healthy and I would highly recommend it, it's what I eat the most and I think it is highly underrated these days. Lamb is superb and very tasty. I'm also a huge fan of pork, very delicious and quite rich in monounsaturated fat (lard). Chicken is ok, but not a whole lot going on there in the flavor department so I don't care too much for it (unless it's the thighs or wings, then I might), try turkey or duck instead, much tastier in my opinion.
on October 11, 2014
at 03:20 AM
Unfortunately, it seems that following a paleo diet can sometimes cost people more time and money when they first start out, not to mention flavor. Although, however discouraging this may be, it doesn't have to be that way forever! As it is with almost anything new, it might take a little while to get adjusted in certain ways, but once you finally figure out what works for you, including where or how to obtain your food, what products to get, and how to best prepare things, the diet will seem much easier and a lot more tasty ;) Luckily, there's a ton of info available today, and I would provide a link, but apparently since I'm new here and don't yet have any feedback, I'm not allowed to do so :( BUT, I do beleive that grass-fed chicken does exist and you should also search online for 'non grain fed chicken' if you haven't done so already. Hope it helps and happy eating!
on October 07, 2014
at 06:25 PM
I eat grass fed beef mainly because I think its raised in a proper environment on a farm, isn't rushed to maturation and no hormones/antibiotics are used.
on October 10, 2014
at 03:46 PM
Grass-fed beef is also healthier because it has a better ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats, so it's less inflammatory... kinda important for autoimmune issues. Cows are meant to eat green grass much more than ripened grain, grain and soy diets make them sick so then they make you sick when you eat their flesh.
To OP, in my area whole organic chickens are fairly easy to get and cheap, like $7-8. It's rare to find 'pastured' or 'free-range' chicken meat I think, but this is good enough for me. I hate the boneless skinless breasts, though, I think that's a terrible idea and you're cheating yourself of the best parts of eating chicken. I think it's much better to buy them whole than to buy breasts or legs, both because you get fuller nutrition that way, and because it's more fun to roast them whole with veggies inside. The store brand I buy usually gives you the liver and neck too. I get 2+ weeks of meals out of one, but I don't eat much meat, and I eat the liver and boil the bones for soup too. This time of year you can also get whole turkey more cheaply, and they don't allow hormones in turkey anyway. For birds, the same is true of cows that they're much healthier & more nutritious if they eat a diet like what they eat in the wild, and get sunlight & exercise. You will see 'vegetarian-fed eggs' a lot, which is partly good & partly stupid - chickens are bug-eating omnivores by nature, but if the hens are 'vegetarian-fed' they're at least not eating factory farm animal waste products. I've also found good deals on wild-caught salmon at the health food store, which is great for Omega-3 (the bright red stuff, not the pale orangey-pink). And they have hook & line caught can tuna for the pantry. The cleaner, more nontoxic, nutritious, and environmental animal products are definitely more expensive but I think it makes you appreciate them more and not throw out food. There are a lot of 'peasant' type dishes you can make that mix the meat with vegetables to make it go further, too. :)