how's this plan for eating paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 1:21 AM

doing everything paleo, except eating grain-fed meats,(not processed), and eating fruits and veggies that are NOT organic. it would still be pretty healthy, because grass fed and organic is at least twice as much, and there's no way that i can afford it now, but i'm making plans to be able to in the near future 6-12 months, by creating more financial room and getting rid of some debts, and lowering my lifestlye. ( you know, smaller house, cheaper car, etc.) This plan would still be really beneficial i assume.

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on September 19, 2012
at 01:59 AM

You will be definitely doing yourself good to eat meat and veggies, and leave grains and processed food behind, even if you can't get organic/grassfed.

You'll be taking a huge stride in your health!!

Here are some recommendations:

Check your area for local farmer's market and fresh stands. You may be able to find organic produce cheaper there. Even if it is not organic, local produce is better because it's usually fresher, and often some of the chemicals used to protect the produce for shipment and/or storage aren't used. You may also be able to find things like pastured eggs, raw milk, and sources of pastured meat.

When you do eat conventional meat, trimming the visible fat will help because the fat is where the animal stores a lot of the hormones, etc.

Also, here's an article that lists the best foods to buy organic, as well as those that are less problematic when buying conventionally. It might help you plan your shopping list :)

Hope this helps!


on September 19, 2012
at 11:16 PM

You might take a small quantity, say 1000mg, of high-quality fish oil to replace the omega-3s you are missing from forgoing the grass-fed meat. If you buy some liquid fish oil and stick it in your fridge, it should last a long time at that low dose, so price shouldn't be an issue. If it still is too expensive, than take 500mg a day. :-) Don't bother on days when you follow another reader's advise and eat sardines.



on September 19, 2012
at 03:45 AM

It's called "paleo" not "perfection". Close enough will get you miles ahead of the majority of the population. As said by the famous Robb Wolf- "Eat bacon. Eat all the bacon you want. It's better than bagels."


on September 19, 2012
at 02:04 AM

You are fine. Organic and grass fed is ideal, but not necessary. If you are eating grain fed meats do not eat the fat of the meat. The toxins are stored in the fat of grain fed animals. Eat leaner cuts or just cut the fat away. Look at the dirty dozen list http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#slide-1 and choose foods not on this list when possible or buy only these organic.

You are eating better than the majority of people, so give yourself a pat on the back and keep it up.


on September 19, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Grassfed, when bought directly from a farmer, can be found for a price comparable to conventionally raised animals (find sources of grassfed beef/pastured chicken here: www.eatwild.com)-- "cowpool" or split it with a few like minded friends to make the cost and the storage manageable.

In the meantime, look for meats/poultry/seafood raised as close to ideal as possible-- I find that the sales at Whole Foods make this very affordable (everything at WF is raised sustainably without antibiotics or hormones)

Wild caught sardines, canned salmon, mussels are cheaper than grain fed meats and likely better for you-- also look for a local source of pastured eggs. For fruits/veg look for a local farmer's market (www.eatlocal.org), co-op, CSA, etc that might be more affordable than your local grocery store.

That said, as others have already pointed out, just eliminating all of the SAD foods-- the grains, the cheap oils, chemicals and other items-- puts you WAY ahead of the game.


on September 19, 2012
at 02:00 AM

Do what you can, don't worry about the grass fed,organic etc. It's better than SAD food.

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