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Need inexpensive protein/ fat since I had to cut out eggs and dairy

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 07, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I'm feeling very bored and frustrated. I had to cut out eggs and dairy due to allergy. Now all I can eat is meat and veggies. Nuts give me stomach cramps. Is there some kind of inexpensive protein source that I'm forgetting? I'm losing weight well and I feel better so I really don't want to go higher carb. Do canned fish have BPA? I really try to minimize my BPA intake especially since I'm nursing an infant. Are there any brands that don't use a lot of plastic lining in the cans?

Ideas? I can't afford to eat grassfed beef and wild fish 3 times a day but I really need nutrient dense food so I can properly nourish my infant.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on June 09, 2011
at 07:13 AM

My bad ben. What I meant was "LOL @ at the person who downvoted you AKA grass fed puritst (IMO)".

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on June 08, 2011
at 10:27 PM

Admittedly, I don't know much about BPA, but from what I can tell, BPA is perhaps a concern when dealing with canned food items. I personally eat the packets of salmon (i.e. not canned) but don't know if there is a BPA issue there.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:09 PM

I would love to do canned fish. I was just looking for BPA free brands. :-)

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on June 08, 2011
at 01:08 PM

I'm VLC. I have 70 pounds to lose and it's the only thing that keeps me from bingeing. I was bulimic/vegan in high school and a binge eater as an adult. Adding starches just screws me all up and makes me eat too much. I might be able to do starches in the future but for now, I'm still in my first 4 months of Paleo and it's not something that works for me.

02736efa3fda31740e8890eed0cb663d

(1813)

on June 08, 2011
at 11:08 AM

Ashley, why no starch?

Fe198e0c02edd407cdf8c83c0fceaea1

(753)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Sardines. Never liked them growing up picky, they r da best. No, Kipper Snacks are da best! waitl you try those

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:45 AM

Ashley, you have to try the Wild Turbot Fillet from Trader Joe's. Pre-seasoned, completely paleo, wild and $2-3 for a nice big chunk Its friggin' amazing.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:48 AM

yes. Like I've said a few times. I eat grassfed almost every day. I just can't afford to have it 3 times a day and I'm not fasting because I'm breastfeeding.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:47 AM

I do eat grassfed beef for dinner. I just needed something for breakfast and lunch. I'm VLC. Chill on the zealotry, please. I'm allergic to eggs and I'm not eating starches. Did you even read my post???

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:28 AM

no canned fish, no bpa, no factory produced nothing. its not worth it. drink osmosis water, no tap water, get a shower filter, do the best you can and dont poison yourself just because its easier.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:26 AM

more tips: if you have a car, travel to a farm, if not, get everything delivered. bones are cheap and make stew & gelatin. cook white rice in the broth/gelatin. non-starch vegetables end up being more expensive calorie-wise than animal sources. potatoes, tapioca, yams, yucca, white rice. muscle meat, organ meat (hearts, liver, kidneys), bones. pastured egg yolks if you can afford them and are not allergic. any other money left over go to community acupuncture and herbalism. no more self-defeatism. this is stuff i wish someone told my mother.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:22 AM

not if you're sick, leaky gut, etc. grain fed is grain-meat imo.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 08, 2011
at 01:20 AM

yes you can afford grassfed meat. maybe not the wild fish, but definitely the grass fed meat. here i will tell you how i do it, a 31 yr old no college education part time restaurant server with lots of illness. 1)i bought a 7 ft chest freezer for 300$. it couldve been cheaper or free on craigslist but i wanted the energy star. 2) i found out the prices of meat and organs both locally and online. 3) i bought in bulk and paid about 5-6$ a pound. 4) after a while, i dont even need to eat but a pound a day, sometimes more, sometimes less.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on June 07, 2011
at 06:57 PM

My favorite snack is sardines + avocado. :)

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on June 07, 2011
at 06:35 PM

You could buy some CAFO beef heart, (low in fat so not bad omega balance) and buy from separate farmer grassfed beef (or highquality pork backfat, will taste better and propably better texture but not as optimal for nutrition as grassfed beef) fat trimmings, and grind that together with beef heart,

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 07, 2011
at 05:00 PM

wild shrimp isn't exactly inexpensive, though, and most farmed shrimp is from nasty farms in Asia.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 07, 2011
at 05:00 PM

If i'm looking to eat the fat of a piece of meat I'll do my best to make it all grassfed. But usually I'm more interested in the protein-containing meaty part, and for that I don't see a huge enough difference to buy grassfed.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:58 PM

yeah, I haven't had luck finding inexpensive local meat, but I buy it anyway. I just needed something to supplement. I used to pad out my VLC diet with the cheese and eggs because having grassfed meat all day was too expensive. I'll definitely try Trader Joes. I have one close by. I didn't know their canned fish was BPA free.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Yeah, I started buying some CAFO because I really can't afford grassfed ALL day. I try to at least get the kind without hormones or antibiotics. I'm kinda sick of meat, meat, and more meat, though.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:54 PM

You could also check Craigslist, if you haven't already, for clean meat sources in your area. I've found lamb, turkey, chicken, etc. from small local farms at pretty fair prices.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:51 PM

That's a great idea!

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:09 PM

that sounds delicious

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:03 PM

LOL @ downvoting grass fed purist.

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8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

on June 07, 2011
at 04:00 PM

How about bone broth, perhaps not for a huge protein hit, but certainly for nutritious hydration? Like if you were to roast a chicken, hang on to the carcass and boil it for a nice stock.

Also, liver or other organ meats?

Are you near a Trader Joe's? According to them, their canned seafood (tuna, salmon, herring, sardines, etc.), chicken, turkey & beef do NOT contain BPA in the lining.

8d454fc50d6d58643d6f8b0d1e7ea8ea

(2830)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:54 PM

You could also check Craigslist, if you haven't already, for clean meat sources in your area. I've found lamb, turkey, chicken, etc. from small local farms at pretty fair prices.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:58 PM

yeah, I haven't had luck finding inexpensive local meat, but I buy it anyway. I just needed something to supplement. I used to pad out my VLC diet with the cheese and eggs because having grassfed meat all day was too expensive. I'll definitely try Trader Joes. I have one close by. I didn't know their canned fish was BPA free.

Fe198e0c02edd407cdf8c83c0fceaea1

(753)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:55 AM

Sardines. Never liked them growing up picky, they r da best. No, Kipper Snacks are da best! waitl you try those

91219405abedbfd400ce00dea242a00f

(1044)

on June 08, 2011
at 02:45 AM

Ashley, you have to try the Wild Turbot Fillet from Trader Joe's. Pre-seasoned, completely paleo, wild and $2-3 for a nice big chunk Its friggin' amazing.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 07, 2011
at 03:45 PM

Cheap cuts of CAFO beef. That's what I eat. Bottom round, chuck: usually around 1.49 to 3.99 per pound. Cook them low and slow. Delicious, cheap, and after cooking when you refrigerate over night, the next day it's even tastier.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:48 AM

yes. Like I've said a few times. I eat grassfed almost every day. I just can't afford to have it 3 times a day and I'm not fasting because I'm breastfeeding.

44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on June 07, 2011
at 06:35 PM

You could buy some CAFO beef heart, (low in fat so not bad omega balance) and buy from separate farmer grassfed beef (or highquality pork backfat, will taste better and propably better texture but not as optimal for nutrition as grassfed beef) fat trimmings, and grind that together with beef heart,

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:03 PM

LOL @ downvoting grass fed purist.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:55 PM

Yeah, I started buying some CAFO because I really can't afford grassfed ALL day. I try to at least get the kind without hormones or antibiotics. I'm kinda sick of meat, meat, and more meat, though.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 07, 2011
at 05:00 PM

If i'm looking to eat the fat of a piece of meat I'll do my best to make it all grassfed. But usually I'm more interested in the protein-containing meaty part, and for that I don't see a huge enough difference to buy grassfed.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on June 09, 2011
at 07:13 AM

My bad ben. What I meant was "LOL @ at the person who downvoted you AKA grass fed puritst (IMO)".

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 07, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Well it isn't a solution by itself but consider some gelatin made with coconut water. It is nice from the fridge this time of year, super high in protein, and a different texture.

776bb678d88f7194b0fa0e5146df14f0

(1069)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:09 PM

that sounds delicious

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 07, 2011
at 04:51 PM

That's a great idea!

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on June 07, 2011
at 10:40 PM

I have beens super excited about pork rinds lately. They are not organic but on a plus are dirt cheap at any local grocery store. I serving I just ate was 1/8 package at 9g protein, 5g fat, and 0carb. They were of course not fried in any scary oils. Just pork skin and salt. YUM!

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1f8384be58052b6b96f476e475abdc74

(2231)

on June 07, 2011
at 05:13 PM

crock pot and the big cheap on sale roast of the week, thats how i roll!

also, many discount stores if you search them will have good quality tuna/salmon/sardines if you search them on a restock day :)

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on June 07, 2011
at 04:06 PM

canned sardines in either water or olive oil - I guess the mustard ones are okay but I think they're gross. Avoid the soybean oil ones, of course. The olive oil packed sardines are a little more spendy (maybe $2 vs. $.99). Sardines are great because they are small, young fish and don't have as much toxin load as larger, older fish do. Be sure to eat them whole - skin, organs and if you're lucky, heads. You can probably find them frozen whole as well now that I think about it. Some may consider it "bait" I consider it dinner.

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D42879f1b49ff45ed74a387e1e21fe43

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on June 07, 2011
at 03:44 PM

Good source of fats would be Avocados, protein would be fish. Think you can find BPA free canned tuna/salmon now too.

Thought this was a good article on MDA: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/grocery-store-seafood-what-to-eat-and-what-to-avoid/

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on June 07, 2011
at 06:57 PM

My favorite snack is sardines + avocado. :)

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 07, 2011
at 08:37 PM

I'm about to experiment with making beef tallow from suet. At the gourmet butcher shop the suet cost $2 a pound - and that had already been ground and frozen. Other shops might give you the unground slabs of fat for free...

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1b81384cf6519d1fd092c293b050cd1f

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on June 07, 2011
at 05:44 PM

i try to buy grass fed when possible too, but looking at the larger picture, lots of CAFO meat is still better than lots of cheap grains. Look for the meats about to expire, or "reduced for quick sale". Just make sure to cook or freezed quickly. Also, if you like chicken, I buy 10 lb bags of frozen chicken quarters for about $6.it's what I feed my dog since she is on a raw diet and it is about the cheapest meat I can find anywhere, but they taste great on the grill with a little seasoning or you could stew them and get tasty meat and broth.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:22 AM

not if you're sick, leaky gut, etc. grain fed is grain-meat imo.

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64433a05384cd9717c1aa6bf7e98b661

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on June 07, 2011
at 04:05 PM

sardines/mackerel - there are a few brands that are BPA free (I think vital choice and whole planet)

cheap protein and cheap omega 3s ;)

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9f933fedd259b97a5369c3ee5dae3151

on June 07, 2011
at 03:28 PM

A couple off the top of my head -

  • Maybe roast a whole chicken, then portion it out
  • Stew meats and slow-cook cuts are generally cheaper because they're tougher

Try find a butcher you can develop a relationship with. I think they'd be more inclined to act like PEOPLE (listen to your problem, help you choose, maybe give you discounts) as opposed to big-chain supermarkets, where policy is god.

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072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on June 08, 2011
at 02:35 AM

I understand you are keeping it all fairly strict and "by the book," so to speak. However, this will certainly limit your options and leave you eating a lot of meat (which you claim to be tired of). I would encourage you to try a couple of things you might consider off limits and see how you respond (not eggs or dairy), especially when it comes to your protein choices. Maybe the canned fish or grocery store chicken are better options for you than you are giving the credit?

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on June 08, 2011
at 10:27 PM

Admittedly, I don't know much about BPA, but from what I can tell, BPA is perhaps a concern when dealing with canned food items. I personally eat the packets of salmon (i.e. not canned) but don't know if there is a BPA issue there.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 08, 2011
at 01:09 PM

I would love to do canned fish. I was just looking for BPA free brands. :-)

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9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

on June 07, 2011
at 07:04 PM

I've been aiming to save money on work lunches while also attempting to get more meat into me that isn't chicken or pork.

I've been buying cheap chuck-eye or round steaks from the store (about 3-4 oz each, 3 steaks for $5-6) and cook them in my microwave steamer with some frozen broccoli or cauliflower.

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5d0283f9cf2480374a0b7df56b7f3d9b

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on June 07, 2011
at 03:42 PM

Shrimp!!

I eat shrimp at least twice a week and I look forward to those meals so much.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on June 07, 2011
at 05:00 PM

wild shrimp isn't exactly inexpensive, though, and most farmed shrimp is from nasty farms in Asia.

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