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New to paleo and confused about some things.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2013 at 11:04 PM

So I've been considering switching to a paleo diet, but there are some things that are confusing as far as meat goes. First I have to say that currently I cannot afford grass fed meat so I'll be eating conventional lean meats like beef.

1) From what I've read, the fat in these kinds of meat are not very good and I would need to find ways to include more fat. Would this mean that when cooking I would need to use more butter/EVOO/coconut oil as well as take in more fish?

2) If conventional meat is not optimal does this mean beef tallow from conventional beef would be bad as well? What about stock made from conventional meat?

3) I've also read articles about certain cuts of meat that can be cooked in a crock pot when unable to buy grass fed meat. What are these cuts?

Basically I just want to make the most with what I have and any help is appreciated.

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on February 17, 2013
at 12:17 AM

This is exactly what I do. Switching from conventional meats to grass-fed is a tweak in comparison to the overall Paleo/Primal diet. Don't fret! To me, honestly, grass-fed vs. conventional is more a matter of the ethical treatment of animals, and just the ew-factor of eating a sick animal, than dietary benefits.

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:11 PM

The correct term to describe the fats in grain-fed beef/meat: not optimal. It's not bad, not not very good. The difference between grass-fed and grain-fed beef is tiny, you'd have to eat a large amount (think pounds) to make up a mere gram difference in omega-3s.

If you can do grass-fed, traditionally raised meats, go for it. But if you cannot for whatever reason (likely cost?), don't fret, just eat as normal. Don't supplement with other fats, that's a waste of more money.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on February 17, 2013
at 12:17 AM

This is exactly what I do. Switching from conventional meats to grass-fed is a tweak in comparison to the overall Paleo/Primal diet. Don't fret! To me, honestly, grass-fed vs. conventional is more a matter of the ethical treatment of animals, and just the ew-factor of eating a sick animal, than dietary benefits.

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on February 17, 2013
at 03:47 AM

There's a saying "don't let perfection be your enemy" blah blah blah...and it's absolutely true. Getting off junk foods, seed oils, sugars, gluten, etc. that's the important things. When you can afford grass fed, organic foods, then do it, but until then, do what you can, know you're doing your best and embrace that. You're so far ahead of the game just tweaking those few things.

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on February 18, 2013
at 12:43 AM

You may not be able to afford grass fed meat, but wait and see -- for us, cutting out processed food and doing more home cooking made a difference in the budget. Plus, there are some cuts that are pretty cheap even when grass fed, and that go a long way -- hamburger, pot roast, ground lamb and ground pork, etc. And I think it's a misconception that paleo means you have to eat tons of meat. I eat fairly small portions of meat.

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