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Mom cuts off all meat fat :(

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 18, 2012 at 4:08 AM

My mom strips all of the fat off of the meat she makes for my family. She does not like the paleo diet and will not leave the fat on no matter what I tell her. I have tried cooking for myself so I can eat the fat, but I am too busy. Are there any saturated fats that I can substitute on my "naked" meat? I need it to be cheap, too.

Hopefully when my mom sees me pouring fat onto the meat she will insist on leaving the fat on. :D

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on January 19, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Interesting, and what made a 14-year-old start in on a diet that, for the most part it seems (generalizing, so sue me!), only sick people end up on?

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:46 PM

14 years old :D

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Fabulous answer! I had been mulling over this and was thinking along the same lines, but couldn't come up with anything this eloquent. Soccertanker, it sounds like your mom is cooking you whole foods meals if she is taking the time to prepare raw meat in this way. Every meal she cooks for you is a gift to help you thrive the best way she knows how, and should be met with the appropriate gratitude. I'm guessing there are many other things she'd much rather be doing with her time. She is not your servant who should be expected to cook meals to order.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Yes! This! As a mom I kind of want to say "suck it up, Princess" because when you live at home, that's how it goes. It's the same concept as parents who insist their kids be paleo.

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:29 PM

+1 for the reminder / warning about fat on conventional meat.

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on January 18, 2012
at 01:12 PM

make sure it's pastured butted and you're good to go

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on January 18, 2012
at 10:18 AM

yes, buy a block of it and tell mom you will be using it to replace the fat she cuts off. that may discourage her.

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on January 18, 2012
at 09:06 AM

Why do you say you don't have time? What would you eat if you weren't living with your mother?

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on January 18, 2012
at 05:45 AM

I am going to play devils advocate. You don't NEED extra saturated fat. Its just tasty. Not to mention there is still fat in even the most lean meat. Like others have said though. butter and coconut oil work well for sat fat.

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:30 AM

like Nance said :)

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:20 AM

Pastured butter, tallow or coconut oil would be good options. None are extremely cheap at time of purchase but they'll last quite a while for the money.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:19 PM

If it is conventionally-raised meat, then your mom is doing you a favor, without realizing it.

Fat from conventionally raised animals has hormones and antibiotics in it that you really don't want to be eating.

Get some coconut oil. You can spoon it out of the container and eat it in your room. It doesn't need to be refrigerated like lard or butter.

B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:29 PM

+1 for the reminder / warning about fat on conventional meat.

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Medium avatar

(2301)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:30 AM

yes, put butter on your meat.

1ec4e7ca085b7f8d5821529653e1e35a

(5506)

on January 18, 2012
at 01:12 PM

make sure it's pastured butted and you're good to go

Medium avatar

(2301)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:30 AM

like Nance said :)

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

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on January 18, 2012
at 07:51 PM

  1. Unless the meat is pastured ruminant, your mom is more right than wrong.

  2. "I'm too busy" means "I'm prioritizing something else above my nutrition". Maybe this is legitimate. Maybe every spare second of every day is truly being used productively on things that are more important than your nutrition (or, at the very least, unavoidable). More commonly, people who say "I'm too busy" manage to make time for TV, video games, messing around on the internet, reading for pleasure, exercising beyond their actual physical need, or any number of other things that are not actually more important. (Also, is your mom busy? Does she work outside the house? Does she do other household chores? Does she ever spend time cooking when she'd rather be doing something else?)

  3. While rebelling against parents fulfills a psychological goal in encouraging independence... everyone involved will probably be happier if you find discreet ways of adding saturated fat rather than making a big deal about slathering butter all over the meat that she carefully trimmed. Throw some coconut oil or good quality butter in your broth, coffee, smoothie, or whatever. Eat an avocado. Make a good salad dressing with appropriate oils.

Learn to cook. This is SO IMPORTANT. At some point in your life, you're probably going to be cooking for yourself, and it's probably going to be harder to learn later. A lot of people don't hit the "I have to cook for myself" point until they're trying to juggle college and a full-time job, or have a kid and no excess money for preprepared food, or until they're divorced at 50. And often these people end up falling back on bad choices because they don't think they have the time or energy for better. Learning now when you have the safety net of your mom's cooking is one of the best things you can do for your long term health.

Frying up some eggs or a thin slice of meat takes just a few minutes. For more complicated stuff, look at once a week/once a month cooking techniques. This is really easy if you're just cooking for yourself - spending a few hours (tops - it can take much less time) preparing a meal or two designed for a whole family will take care of the majority of your food for a week. Throwing stuff in a crock pot is quick and easy, as are most roast meat/veggie recipes. Seriously - my 8 year old can handle them.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 18, 2012
at 11:38 PM

Fabulous answer! I had been mulling over this and was thinking along the same lines, but couldn't come up with anything this eloquent. Soccertanker, it sounds like your mom is cooking you whole foods meals if she is taking the time to prepare raw meat in this way. Every meal she cooks for you is a gift to help you thrive the best way she knows how, and should be met with the appropriate gratitude. I'm guessing there are many other things she'd much rather be doing with her time. She is not your servant who should be expected to cook meals to order.

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on January 18, 2012
at 04:54 AM

Eat eggs. They are a great source of fat.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on January 18, 2012
at 02:24 PM

How about you trim it yourself as soon as it's purchased, then wrap it up and store it in the freezer, then when you want it you can cook it, or render it and have at it.

Hopefully you're doing this with grassfed and not CAFO, if it's CAFO, let her trim it off and get your fat from safe sources instead.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 18, 2012
at 12:32 PM

Obviously you have little control over your food preparation (which raises the question, how old are you?). Make the best of it. You do control what goes in your mouth. Nothing really wrong with lean meat, so get over that. Avoid the really bad stuff and ride it out until you're on your own.

193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

(2918)

on January 18, 2012
at 04:16 PM

Yes! This! As a mom I kind of want to say "suck it up, Princess" because when you live at home, that's how it goes. It's the same concept as parents who insist their kids be paleo.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on January 19, 2012
at 12:45 AM

Interesting, and what made a 14-year-old start in on a diet that, for the most part it seems (generalizing, so sue me!), only sick people end up on?

F4a6fc9f0b701e12cdf2ad5dadaeb2dd

(360)

on January 18, 2012
at 11:46 PM

14 years old :D

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on January 18, 2012
at 08:52 AM

Lard. It's cheap too.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on January 18, 2012
at 10:18 AM

yes, buy a block of it and tell mom you will be using it to replace the fat she cuts off. that may discourage her.

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on January 18, 2012
at 01:22 PM

Does she trim the fat before or after cooking? Ask her to compromise by trimming the fat after cooking, but letting you have at it before she trims.

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