So to soften the financial blow of eating lots of local red meat, I am thinking about switching to an ovo-pesco type paleo diet. I'll eat local eggs, wild fish a few times per week, snacking on canned wild fish occasionally. The rest of my foods will be vegetables and fruit, including lots of coconut milk, coconut oil, and coconut everything else. I'll still cook my fish with kerrygold, and eat potatoes.
Anyone out there who has done this? Essentially i'm not paying for beef, pork, or chicken. I'm thinking my O3:O6 ratio should be nothing to worry about. I'll have to avoid over-eating mercury laden fish, eating them only sparingly. I'm still unsure how I should approach consuming saturated fat, protein, and carbohydrate. High fat, moderate protein, moderate carbs?
Loading sample menus into Cron-O-meter it seems eating this way should be incredibly healthy, what do you think?
asked byZachary (698)
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on October 28, 2011
at 02:54 PM
Others may disagree, but I think the benefit from grass-fed animals is less from the muscle and more from the nutrients in the organs and bones. So I think it's fine to avoid red meat because of cost.
I also think you can do quite well with seafood as a mainstay. In fact, I've just recently started to include more shellfish, as farmed shellfish (e.g., mussels or oysters) is generally safe and packs a higher micronutrient punch than most fish.
But I'd still consider trying to get some bones for broth and the occasional offal ... that shouldn't be too much of a burden on the budget!
on January 21, 2013
at 12:29 PM
Weird that eggs and wild fish are cheaper than meat where you are (or it's weird that my experience in the UK is the reverse).
Here 1kg ground beef (100% beef) is £2.92-5.00 (2630kcal, 200g protein) A dozen large eggs is £2.90 (1323kcal, 108g protein) Wild fish tends to be stupidly expensive. Even canned sardines are £5.40 1kg fish (1820kcal, 220g protein). Canned salmon is even more expensive.
Nutritionally your diet should be fine, though the eggs will be a bit protein and omega 6 heavy.
on January 21, 2013
at 12:00 PM
I follow a paleo-pescetarian diet but I don't eat eggs nor dairy. I posted a thread about it here and people gave me some really helpful advice and information: http://paleohacks.com/questions/171017/vegan-going-paleo-pescatarian-need-to-learn-basics-of-fish-meat#axzz2IbqAMZhY
Go for wild caught fish rather than farmed fish if you can. That said, some farmed fish/seafood is healthier than others. Check out Mark Sisson's article on this: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/farmed-seafood-safe-nutritious/
I seem to get excellent macronutrients on cronometer, so I don't really see the need to eat beef, pork or chicken. It seems to me that our paleolithic ancestors would have had more access to fish than to land animals, althoguh it probably depends on the region and people of certain origin will fare better on fish than others.
Denise Minger also follows an ovo-pescatarian version of paleo: http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/01/20/my-current-diet/