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    I am a single Mom on a tight budget. I am in the process of trying to find places locally near me where I can buy pastured meat, eggs, etc. However, until I can find somewhere locally and depending on the expense, until I can fit it into my budget, is it alright to eat lean cuts of meat from grocery store? Or should I just wait until I can buy the pastured meat to start PB?

    Thank you.
    Dena

    Proud Single Mom to Mackenzie

    Proud Non-Smoker since 10/29/05

    I believe that how you feel is very important to how you look - that healthy equals beautiful.
    Victoria Principal

  • #2
    Conventional meat, while not optimal, is good enough.

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    • #3
      So it's okay to eat conventional until I can find/afford the pastured meat?
      Dena

      Proud Single Mom to Mackenzie

      Proud Non-Smoker since 10/29/05

      I believe that how you feel is very important to how you look - that healthy equals beautiful.
      Victoria Principal

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      • #4
        Absolutely, go ahead and get started on changing your routines and try to stick to lower omega 6 meats like beef and lamb.

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        • #5
          Yes, go ahead by all means. Don't let perfect be the enemy of good.

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          • #6
            Yes. You may *not* find a good source of pastured meat. I'm in the boonies of the Ozarks, and unless I want to buy a calf, there's not going to be packaged meat available here at all. Do the best you can!

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            • #7
              The magic of grass-fed meat is not in the muscle but in the FAT. Get the cheapest cuts of grass-fed beef: the bone marrow, oxtail, knuckle bones, beef fat, and organs. These cuts are so cheap, for me they are about $2-$3 a lbs. Easily affordable for any budget, and some butchers will give their spare cuts away for free (beef-fat trimmings, bones, etc...). You just need to look around.

              I can only afford grass-fed steaks and roasts when I get a 1/4 of a cow order.
              Last edited by lizzychan5; 09-23-2011, 02:16 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by lizzychan5 View Post
                The magic of grass-fed meat is not in the muscle but in the FAT.
                Exactly. The reason grass fed meat is superior is because of the omega 3 ratio in the fat. There is no omega 3 content in the muscle. What you can do is buy pounds of extremely cheap, lean supermarket roasts and also cheap grass fed fat, tallow, butter, etc and just combine the two when you cook. Boom. Best of both worlds.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by colejames View Post
                  Exactly. The reason grass fed meat is superior is because of the omega 3 ratio in the fat. There is no omega 3 content in the muscle. What you can do is buy pounds of extremely cheap, lean supermarket roasts and also cheap grass fed fat, tallow, butter, etc and just combine the two when you cook. Boom. Best of both worlds.
                  Yep, precisely.

                  Caveat: If you plan on delving into offal, it will likely be better to head for the higher-quality stuff. I'm still reading into this, but from what I've seen that's the way to go if you start getting into liver and the like.
                  Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

                  For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either.
                  -- Blaise Pascal

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                  • #10
                    From what I understand, the omega-3/omega-6 profile for grass-fed beef is better than traditional grain-fed, but not significantly. I tend to eat as much of the fat of my cheap cuts of meat as I can (though I tend to avoid dark meat from chicken). I'm guessing it's not a big deal assuming I'm already avoiding pretty much all the worst omega-6 offenders, right? I mean I do take a fish oil supplement but lately I've wondered if it's actually necessary.

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                    • #11
                      Wow, everyone thank you SO much for your feedback. Not sure on the organs, tallow, bones, etc. yet. I am trying to ease into this slowly. I am coming off of being vegan and trying to get my head around eating meat again. I know I will fall into the routine again, will just take some time. But eating organs, oxtail, tallow, knuckles, etc. makes my stomach want to turn. So for now, I'll still to the cheap lean cuts, get grass fed butter (if I can find it) and go from there.

                      Good news!!! I did find a pastured farm near me that has eggs, chickens, lamb, beef, pork, and rabbit. Not sure on the rabbit yet, but the others sounds good. I got a price list and am starting to rearrange things so I will be able to afford these items. My health and the prevention of all the diseases is worth more to me than anything. I will make this work!!!!
                      Dena

                      Proud Single Mom to Mackenzie

                      Proud Non-Smoker since 10/29/05

                      I believe that how you feel is very important to how you look - that healthy equals beautiful.
                      Victoria Principal

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                      • #12
                        Like everyone said, eating regular meat is okay. The "Holier than thou" crackpots will have a problem with your decision, but most of us don't have the money to afford 100% local, organic, grassfed meats, so we do what we can! It's a lot better than eating the SAD!

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                        • #13
                          Thank you Zed!!!!! That makes me feel a lot better knowing I'm not the only one whose tight budget impedes them from buying 100% local, organic, grassfed. It is a wonderful idea, but impractical for me at this time. Over time I will eventually get there, but for now its about starting that is important.
                          Dena

                          Proud Single Mom to Mackenzie

                          Proud Non-Smoker since 10/29/05

                          I believe that how you feel is very important to how you look - that healthy equals beautiful.
                          Victoria Principal

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                          • #14
                            Making the transition to Primal is much more difficult than making the transition to "better" primal. Do what you can as soon as you can.

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