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Paleo for a College student

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Created February 11, 2011 at 2:16 AM

I started Paleo last week as a means of combating Ibs and the health benefits that everyone seems to have been raving about. The only problem is I am a college student which means 1. I have a limited budget (60 dollars or so a week) to spend on food and 2. Access to good butchers and health stores is limited. I could take the odd bus every once and a while but regular travel is unfeesable so I basically have the use of a good-sized grocery store.

With this in mind What can you knowledgeable paleo elders suggest as cheap and easy paleo meals for the budding paleo enthusiast trapped in a culture of Ramen Noodles and pizza?

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on June 26, 2011
at 05:30 PM

"Halal literally means lawful (from a religious perspective) according to Islamic jurisprudence. In the case of animals, Islamic law guarantees animals certain rights such as the right to live a minimum amount of time. It is also guaranteed care, the right to offspring, and the right to a dignified death. Islamic laws also offers the concept of Tayyib which means pure and good. For example, blood meal is used as a feed ingredient for many animal feed rations. For Muslims this at least violates the Tayyib rule as well as the Jallalah ruling." http://www.norwichmeadowsfarm.com/halalmeat.htm

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on June 05, 2011
at 03:26 AM

I don't know what the "solution" the meat is injected with, which is part of the problem - it makes it "mystery meat." That's what I don't like about it, on top of the fact that decent meat should have to be injected with anything.

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on June 04, 2011
at 11:44 PM

The best price I've been able to find for Kerrygold is 3.69 for a half pound (at Sprouts and Central Market). I live in DFW.

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on June 04, 2011
at 07:55 PM

what do mean by "solution"? can you elaborate? are you talking about transglutaminase? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/meat-glue-separating-fact-from-fiction/

Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on June 04, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Kerrygold is $10 a pound where you live?! Mine is $4 a lb, and I live in Los Angeles!

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on March 28, 2011
at 02:17 PM

:D that is pretty funny

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on February 12, 2011
at 04:24 PM

lol IBS* its irritable bowel syndrom not LBS- pounds. but thank you for your help

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on February 12, 2011
at 03:39 PM

ALDI's butter tastes like slime, unfortunately.

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on February 12, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Great writeup, thanks for sharing!

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on February 11, 2011
at 11:45 AM

Often halal meat is grass fed, it's just a coincidence though.

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on February 11, 2011
at 11:24 AM

I can get creamed coconut at tthe asain store around the corner from my house. 99 cents for 1000 calories. (Kind of helps fill any gaps) It taste amazing too.

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on February 11, 2011
at 06:45 AM

My understanding (I'm neither Muslim nor Jew) from conversation and internet searching is that these standards have to do with how the animal is butchered and not how the animal was fed before butchering.

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on February 11, 2011
at 02:36 AM

I've wondered how halal meat fit into the grassfed/pastured/conventional spectrum. My Polish grocery store has Halal chickens and other stuff too.

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on February 11, 2011
at 08:46 AM

Is there a Sam's club or COSTCO near you? How about Walmart?

You can Paleo very well on fattier, often cheaper cuts of meat.

Heavy cream and a quality oil should not be too costly.

Eggs should be cheap? Offal should be cheap too.

Get together with your fellow classmates to buy in bulk at a local farmer's market.

Even though I was not doing paleo, I survived on rice, pasta, eggs and cheaper cuts of beef in my student days. Would not have been hard to make it Paleo in hindsight.

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on February 11, 2011
at 02:39 AM

Asian food stores are a great place for low cost coconut milk. If you live near an Aldi, you can get great produce (not organic, unfortunately) and especially nice frozen fish and shrimp very cheap, but stay away from their meats - they're injected with "solution" to stay cheap, although you can sometimes find exceptions. If you do dairy, they also have fantastic, upscale cheeses at very low prices, and low priced nuts. Look into a food co-op to find grass fed beef, and try to network if you want to try to go in on a large buy of grass fed beef from a local farm. Think about allocating some of a student loan check for that if you have a freezer. Also watch for sales on meats. My "BUY" threshold is $2/lb or less for pork or poultry and $3/lb or less for beef as stock up prices. And don't forget eggs! Aldi also has biodegradable packages for those - I won't buy eggs in styrofoam. Hard boiled eggs and omelettes can be your best (cheap) friends!

Also think about things you can cook ahead and eat on the go. One of my favorites that comes to mind is taco meat I season from scratch, and I eat all of the stuff I'd put in a taco without the grains or beans. Like a no-shell taco salad, basically, and it's easy to pack and take to campus. It's edible at room temp, or heat the meat in a non-plastic container. Also consider soups, curries and stews as good one pot meals, and just serve without the bread/rice. I like the Patak curry mixes you can find in jars at many grocery stores. Add meat and veggies, then skip the rice. Also easy to make in one pot/pan.

I agree that college campuses are lousy for finding healthy food to eat! It's all very typical mainstream stuff, and even the stuff that pretends to be gourmet is just dressed up cheap junk.

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on February 11, 2011
at 11:24 AM

I can get creamed coconut at tthe asain store around the corner from my house. 99 cents for 1000 calories. (Kind of helps fill any gaps) It taste amazing too.

8274ce9d4bffd8209055e1e34def04d6

(429)

on February 12, 2011
at 03:39 PM

ALDI's butter tastes like slime, unfortunately.

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on June 05, 2011
at 03:26 AM

I don't know what the "solution" the meat is injected with, which is part of the problem - it makes it "mystery meat." That's what I don't like about it, on top of the fact that decent meat should have to be injected with anything.

Bf72f771a19f3a3789f7fdf24c86daef

on June 04, 2011
at 07:55 PM

what do mean by "solution"? can you elaborate? are you talking about transglutaminase? http://www.marksdailyapple.com/meat-glue-separating-fact-from-fiction/

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on February 11, 2011
at 02:25 AM

F034ee9771c7ac0e1832fc104c116379

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on February 12, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Great writeup, thanks for sharing!

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on February 12, 2011
at 03:50 PM

When faced with a choice between potatoes and fruit, get the potatoes. They usually cost less per pound and fill you up better. You mentioned you want to lose weight, and now the consensus in the paleo community is that fruit stalls fat loss in most cases.

Ca0a23ecea4a094eb03a27fc9040dad0

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on February 12, 2011
at 04:24 PM

lol IBS* its irritable bowel syndrom not LBS- pounds. but thank you for your help

8274ce9d4bffd8209055e1e34def04d6

(429)

on March 28, 2011
at 02:17 PM

:D that is pretty funny

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A993550f2a130df8d3462c08582f08ec

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on February 11, 2011
at 10:35 PM

Optimally, you should be going for fatty cuts of grass-fed beef or lean cuts of conventional beef, and then add in good fats such as coconut oil or butter/ghee from grass-fed cows (I get Kerrygold for $10 a pound at Albertsons). This is a pretty good deal on coconut oil from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nutiva-Organic-Virgin-Coconut-15-Ounce/dp/B001EO5Q64/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297462933&sr=8-1 If you don't mind repetitive meals, I'd say go for lots of ground beef, since it's a cheap way to get your beef, with a couple fish meals a week. By the way, if you have access to a large freezer, you can get reasonably cheap beef from Slanker's farm: http://www.texasgrassfedbeef.com

His grass-fed ground beef is only $5.38 a pound! I aim for 1.5 pounds of meat a day, so a month of ground beef costs around $250, or about $62 a week). He also occasionally sells Pastureland butter for just under $9 a pound.

You can also get some cheap "weird" cuts for good prices. Tongue is cheap, but it has a texture I'm not too fond of. Heart isn't bad. I've yet to try liver, but it's next on my list of things to eat (plus beef liver is one of the richest sources of vitamins and minerals).

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on June 04, 2011
at 07:54 PM

Kerrygold is $10 a pound where you live?! Mine is $4 a lb, and I live in Los Angeles!

A993550f2a130df8d3462c08582f08ec

(589)

on June 04, 2011
at 11:44 PM

The best price I've been able to find for Kerrygold is 3.69 for a half pound (at Sprouts and Central Market). I live in DFW.

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on February 11, 2011
at 02:22 AM

I used to just buy coconut milk in bulk and braise meat in it with some curry paste. Grass-fed meat is the best, but if you can't afford it, look for natural beef or lamb, or Australian/New Zealand lamb, or halal meat.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 11, 2011
at 02:36 AM

I've wondered how halal meat fit into the grassfed/pastured/conventional spectrum. My Polish grocery store has Halal chickens and other stuff too.

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on February 11, 2011
at 06:45 AM

My understanding (I'm neither Muslim nor Jew) from conversation and internet searching is that these standards have to do with how the animal is butchered and not how the animal was fed before butchering.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on February 11, 2011
at 11:45 AM

Often halal meat is grass fed, it's just a coincidence though.

1b7ea364def02ac2257d7c8557fa200f

(50)

on June 26, 2011
at 05:30 PM

"Halal literally means lawful (from a religious perspective) according to Islamic jurisprudence. In the case of animals, Islamic law guarantees animals certain rights such as the right to live a minimum amount of time. It is also guaranteed care, the right to offspring, and the right to a dignified death. Islamic laws also offers the concept of Tayyib which means pure and good. For example, blood meal is used as a feed ingredient for many animal feed rations. For Muslims this at least violates the Tayyib rule as well as the Jallalah ruling." http://www.norwichmeadowsfarm.com/halalmeat.htm

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