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    Hey everyone! Been primal 6 days now! I went shopping the other day as I was intent on getting some primal food in the house. I went out and got some ground beef from the store and thinking that the fatter the better, I got the 73/27 cut of ground beef. Got home and discovered later that if you buy conventional meat, you're supposed to go lean. Oops. At the moment, I can not get grass fed meat right away. I have some disposable cash, but not much. My question is, is it alright for me to eat/finish off the meat I have until I can get some grass fed? How many times a week can I eat it without causing adverse side effects? I'm trying to eat fish every day or other day too, but I am still worried about Omega 6 and all the gross hormones in the beef. Will it harm me if I eat it just for the next month or so?

    Also I have had diarrhea since day two of going primal and feel a little groggy/sick. Just low-carb flu?

    Thanks so much!

  • #2
    I'd just eat it since you have it and make the better choice next time, now that you know. Considering what we all grew up eating, an extra month of letting a little weirdness into your meat is nothing in the long haul.

    Diarrhea? What exactly are you eating?
    Crohn's, doing SCD

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    • #3
      Thanks!

      Most days I'm eating 5 eggs, lots of veggies and fruit, 2-3 servings of nuts (still working on cutting this down), 1-2TBS olive oil, 6-8oz fish (tilapia, tuna, or salmon), and whey protein. Only changes are no grains or beans (did have quinoa twice this week), less nuts and added in olive oil and fish.

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      • #4
        Sounds like you're pretty well dialed in! Have you considered making tallow? It's my favorite fat. So heat stable, and stores for months after rendering.

        Tilapia is usually garbage, corn-fed and stanky, farm-raised sickly fish. I have not seen much wild tilapia around... For fish, I like small, oily fish that are low in pollutants and high in omega-3, fish like mackerel, sardines, etc. Wild pink salmon is also very abundant and very affordable.

        Yeah, I relied heavily on nuts at first. Now I just have a small bag of bulk nuts once a week.

        Eating the whey protein to avoid eating red meat?

        Not sure why you'd be getting the runs from that menu, maybe your olive oil is fake?
        Crohn's, doing SCD

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        • #5
          Mmm love wild salmon. I'll stock up on that more! I've been having the whey protein right after lifting heavy weights, but I think now that I have more meat, I'll cut it out. Any well to tell if it's fake?

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          • #6
            Of course go ahead and eat it. You were probably eating the same or worse until last week and you lived to tell about it

            Make the best choices you can with the budget and resources available. Cutting out industrial seed oils and soy, and foods that contain them, is going to make a far bigger impact than the meat you buy.
            Sandra
            *My obligatory intro

            There are no cheat days. There are days when you eat primal and days you don't. As soon as you label a day a cheat day, you're on a diet. Don't be on a diet. ~~ Fernaldo

            DAINTY CAN KISS MY PRIMAL BACKSIDE. ~~ Crabcakes

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            • #7
              Thank you! I actually wasn't really eating any meat before this. Maybe fish 1-2 times a week and red meat maybe once a month. I was eating tons of grains and beans though (like 6-8 servings of grains and 2-3 servings of beans a day). Maybe the cause of my sick stomach is introducing more meat and a lot more fat?

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              • #8
                You get what you pay for. Find a good source for grass-fed beef at Eatwild.com

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                • #9
                  Maybe the cause of my sick stomach is introducing more meat and a lot more fat?
                  If you're saying that you instantly surprised your system by cutting out beans and grains and added fat, then yes - you will have the runs. You can either keep the runs for a week or two, or introduce fats more gradually. I went the gradual route and spent much less time on the toilet that way. Took my body quite awhile to actually learn how to digest that much fat at once, though. I think longer than a month.
                  Crohn's, doing SCD

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                  • #10
                    Try eliminating eggs for a few days to see if your GI troubles ease up. Egg intolerance is not that uncommon.
                    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                    http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                    • #11
                      I went the abrupt route and felt great instantly.....but I have herd of these other reactions where gradual intorduction is better. And if Jammies is right and it is the eggs DO NOT give up on the yolks! Usually the issue is with the egg white protein and the yolk is were all the goodies are anyhow!

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                      • #12
                        What I do for ground beef is go to a good small butcher and explain what you want and why, they can usually get you the best meat for the buck and they don't water chill it.

                        I never buy minced meat from a big bulk/grocery store, too much chance the meat is contaminated and or poor cuts you never saw mixed in. My shop makes the meat in front of me so I know it is fresh and clean.

                        Unfortunately grass fed meat is really not available in Montreal, not enough demand and if it was it would be stupid spendy.
                        Primal since April 2012 Male 6' 3" SW 345lbs CW 240lbs GW 220lbs and when I get there I am getting a utlikilt. This one http://www.utilikilts.com/company/pr...ilts/workmans/ actually.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by runningforme View Post
                          Hey everyone! Been primal 6 days now! I went shopping the other day as I was intent on getting some primal food in the house. I went out and got some ground beef from the store and thinking that the fatter the better, I got the 73/27 cut of ground beef. Got home and discovered later that if you buy conventional meat, you're supposed to go lean. Oops. At the moment, I can not get grass fed meat right away. I have some disposable cash, but not much. My question is, is it alright for me to eat/finish off the meat I have until I can get some grass fed? How many times a week can I eat it without causing adverse side effects? I'm trying to eat fish every day or other day too, but I am still worried about Omega 6 and all the gross hormones in the beef. Will it harm me if I eat it just for the next month or so?

                          Also I have had diarrhea since day two of going primal and feel a little groggy/sick. Just low-carb flu?

                          Thanks so much!
                          Conventional meat may not be near as good as grass-fed meat, that's hardly worth arguing against. But, I think some people forget the fact that animals can detoxify too! Especially if the animal is slain at a young age, or before it begins to get sick. I doubt there would be enormous amounts of toxins in the food to truly cause health issues. I think eating any beef is better than not eating it at all. So, pick and choose your battles...Remember, our body can detoxify, too.

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