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    So I'm in the process of going primal and I have a bit of a problem- I'm currently a pescetarian, meaning I don't eat beef, pork, chicken or any other farm animal but I do eat seafood, eggs, milk and cheese, I also drink protein shakes to supplement protein I miss out on from the meats I don't eat. I'm having a hard time deciding as to whether or not I should start eating meat again. Do you guys have any advice? Do you think I can maintain a healthy primal diet without having to start eating barnyard meats again?

  • #2
    I think you should ditch the shakes and eat at least beef. It's the healthiest, and contains the least amount of PUFA's. That plus fish equals an ideal omega balance while getting enough protein. I myself don't eat chicken or pork very often for that reason.
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    • #3
      Dont get bullied into eating the things you dont want. I dont eat beef or pork, & I am doing fine. Lost 35 lbs in 10 weeks , & dont have to respond to all the threads about bacon. I eat a ton of poultry, seafood , eggs, & nuts. Dont think it cant be done your way.
      "Don't dream it, be it"

      -Dr. Frank-N-Furter

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      • #4
        what about lamb? venison? buffalo? etc?
        Starting Weight : 338lbs 6/11/2010
        Current Weight: 266lbs
        High-school Weight: 235lbs
        Goal: ????

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        • #5
          The important question is why are you a pescetarian?
          You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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          • #6
            No I dont eat lamb venison or any meats other than seafood. I gave up meat a while back for health reasons, and to be honest felt alot better. I guess I'm worried about getting enough calories without eating any type of grains, that coupled with not eating meat

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            • #7
              Originally posted by EReardo1 View Post
              No I dont eat lamb venison or any meats other than seafood. I gave up meat a while back for health reasons, and to be honest felt alot better. I guess I'm worried about getting enough calories without eating any type of grains, that coupled with not eating meat
              As long as you are getting adequate protein (~1g/lb lean mass), make up the calories with fats (to satiety).

              Personally, my body loves lamb, beef, etc, but has issues with chicken. So, I eat very little chicken.
              Started PB late 2008, lost 50 lbs by late 2009. Have been plateaued, but that thing may just be biting the dust: more on that later.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Primalchild View Post
                The important question is why are you a pescetarian?
                Exactly
                “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” -Oscar Wilde
                "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." -George Bernard Shaw
                "The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass." -Martin Mull

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by EReardo1 View Post
                  No I dont eat lamb venison or any meats other than seafood. I gave up meat a while back for health reasons, and to be honest felt alot better. I guess I'm worried about getting enough calories without eating any type of grains, that coupled with not eating meat
                  Depending on where your people group is from, I'd suspect you'd do well on grass-fed ruminant. I don't do as well with pork or chicken (pastured of both are better) as I do with beef, and don't do as well with CAFO beef as grass-fed beef and bison.

                  Many health issues that CW informs us are from "red meat" actually aren't. I'd suggest doing what works for now, and adding in grass-fed ruminant in the future if you have a desire to eat it. Personal experimentation is the strongest informant for dietary and lifestyle change.

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                  • #10
                    I see no reason why someone cannot be primal and pescatarian. I'm tempted to eat like that for awhile when the freezer full of beef/lamb/bison is done. The more I read about omega 3s, plus the more I see results with my inflammatory issues, the more seafood I want to eat. Where I live, I have a great source for clean fish and other seafood, but no decent source for clean meat. :shrug:

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                    • #11
                      lol @ Primalchild!

                      Less subtley...

                      If you are drinking whey you are killing cows. Whey comes from cheese. Cheese is made of milk. Milk come from cows. Specifically cows that just had a calf. Half the baby cows are male...... Veal anyone?
                      Don't be a paleotard...

                      http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...oxidation.html

                      http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...torage-qa.html

                      http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/fat...rn-fat-qa.html

                      http://www.bodyrecomposition.com/nut...-you-need.html

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                      • #12
                        Oh, I didn't mean for my question to sound derisive, like, "Why the hell would you major in Interpretive Dance?!" Fears of meat being unhealthy/unethical are one thing but actual physical ailments from eating meat are another. But then I don't think it's so farfetched for there to be some serious psychosomatic effects born in compassionate people from reading vegan propaganda.
                        You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                        • #13
                          You probably felt better because your omega balance improved dramatically. Just stick to beef, veal, buffalo, etc.
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                          • #14
                            If you don't want to eat non-seafood meat because you're afraid it's bad for you, I'm sure people here would be happy to discuss it with you. If you have a moral objection to it, consider eating only meat from animals that have had relatively free, happy, healthy lives (grass-fed/pastured animals and game). If you simply find it aesthetically objectionable, don't sweat it.

                            There's not much in even red meat that quality grass-fed butter and shellfish don't have more of.
                            Give me liberty. Exploration of other options will be vigorously discouraged.

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                            • #15
                              I more so avoid meat because of the negative effects I felt it having on my body, even organic,(or to avoid any "but what is organic REALLY?!?!?" responses, grass-fed hormone-free cows). Maybe now that I don't eat grains it will be different, still hesitant to try. Thanks everyone for the advice

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