I am a 32 year old female in my first week of Paleo. I am determined to get it right for at least 30 days and see how I like it. My biggest question is just how important is it to eat only grass fed beef? What about pork and poultry? Eggs? I don't mind seeking out and paying extra for these things, but I work long shifts as a bartender and would like to be able to order food at work in a pinch. They use great local farm meats there, but I have no idea if they are specifically grass fed. I'd love to be able to order a bunless plain burger (I do know it's 80/20 lean Angus Beef) with my dry salad.
Also, I visited a farmers market recently and got some great grass fed butter. I've noticed others on the diet that use this to cook with and I was hoping it could be my one exception to cutting out all dairy.
I would really appreciate any advice, thanks!
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on April 17, 2012
at 01:03 AM
This question has been tackled time and again by just about every paleo writer out there, and there still isn't really a definitive answer. Grass-fed is definitely better if you can afford it, but non-grass-fed beef isn't the worst thing in the world. One thing to avoid is fattier cuts of non-grass-fed beef, as many of the toxins and other unsavory things fed to the cows are stored in fat and passed on to you. If you're eating grass-fed most of the time, the occasional non burger won't hurt you. I don't have the money or source for grass-fed at the moment, and I haven't noticed any major problems.
As far as butter is concerned, it depends on your exact goal. If you want to do a full 30 days of strict paleo, I'd leave it out. One of the benefits of the 30 days is cleaning your body of gluten, lactose, and all the other things that many people are sensitive to, so if you want to determine your sensitivities, I'd omit it. On the other hand, very few people react negatively to butter, and if you know that dairy doesn't bother your system, you can probably get away with it.
on April 17, 2012
at 01:00 AM
Congrats on trying a new way of life, my husband and I did a 30 day challenge and never looked back. Here is the thing about grass-fed, free range, organic, ect, it is important to choose the better quality sources of meat when available, but do not stress yourself out if you cannot neurotically eat only the best quality, sometimes you just have to do the best you can, I am sure you will still get results provided you still try your hardest. Another tip, when you go to a resturaunt or order food somewhere tell them that you have a severe gluten allergy and it is very important that no bread touch your food, this way they will be careful not to mess it up and throw croutons in your salad or something. Good luck!