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    I know ideally we should eat all locally grown, organic produce, eggs, and grass-fed free range meats. But it's insanely expensive to eat 100% this way. Is anyone still getting good results eating regular grocery store meats and produce? I just can't afford $18.99/lb for grass-fed organic steaks. But I figure even if I eat the regular non-organic meats and produce, it's gotta be better than hot dogs and potato chips.

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    Yes. Absolutely you can get 99% of the benefit of primal with grocery store foods. Be vigilant reading labels and avoid labels with generalities (eg "spices")
    Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

    Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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    • #3
      Originally posted by peril View Post
      Yes. Absolutely you can get 99% of the benefit of primal with grocery store foods. Be vigilant reading labels and avoid labels with generalities (eg "spices")
      This. I would say eating grass fed beef is the one thing I choose not to compromise on. Oh, and eggs. I found a farm that sells them for $3/dozen. Eggs are $2+ in the store anymore, so it's worth the extra buck.
      Liberalism: ideas so good they have to be mandatory.

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      • #4
        I try my absolute best to make it a priority. I allocate extra funds for it, because it's important to me. Especially with grass fed and pastured meats; and for more than just the health properties. I know how commercial operations raise animals and understand the conditions, the processing methods, etc.

        Obviously if you can't afford it then you're going to be fine with simply cutting out the grains, sugars, and processed foods.
        this great blue world of ours seems a house of leaves, moments before the wind

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        • #5
          I will tell you. I buy both. Cost is not an issue. Availablity of certain cuts is. For conventional meets favor ruminants over chicken and pork. You will get excellent results justby cuttingpoisonous things. I don't considerconventional meat to be poison.
          Integrity is what we do when nobody's watching.

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          • #6
            Remember that millions of people have successfully lost weight and regained health without consuming organic, pastured animal products.
            You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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            • #7
              There are plenty of grass fed cuts that are sold at 4.99/lb-9.99/lb... I've become a master of the London Broil over the last two years (top round @ 6.49/lb).

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              • #8
                Do tell, deepglades
                Liberalism: ideas so good they have to be mandatory.

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                • #9
                  Plain "grocery store" steak just sucks. I won't spring for $20/lb grass-fed either but there is often something decent on sale and barring that I've come to prefer cuts like shank anyway that don't cost that much to begin with.

                  As far as green grocery it depends on cost and price as to whether I spring for organic. We're lucky to have a small chain that specializes in it (Lambert's) and a weekly wholesale leftovers market right downtown. (Haymarket) With luck I'm closing on a new house next week and one of the first major purchases is going to be a chest freezer which should help w/ the cost of meat.
                  Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by IvyBlue View Post
                    Plain "grocery store" steak just sucks. I won't spring for $20/lb grass-fed either but there is often something decent on sale and barring that I've come to prefer cuts like shank anyway that don't cost that much to begin with.
                    I find Certified Angus Beef is much better than regular beef. It costs a little more but isn't nearly as expensive as grass-fed organic, at least in my area.

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                    • #11
                      my results are 90-95% grocery store foods due to financial struggles to be able to afford grass fed and organic.. including stuff like butcher made salami, bacon with nitrates, etc...

                      long story short it can easily be done, i have felt all of the benifits, i just have more risk long term from issues regarding the meats i eat ... that being said there are some taht argue the advantage of grass fed entirely, and its tough to find a source you can 100% trust that isnt just grass finished or anything like that
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                      • #12
                        1. Yes you can do this with conventional food.
                        2. You need to exapnd your shopping horizons beyond Whole Foods, though. I have a side of local, pastured beef that cost me about $7 / lb in total. That includes the heart, tongue, it also includes filet mignon. I have 1/2 a forest-fed heritage breed pig that cost me about $4 / lb in total. She is delicious! Look for co-ops, direct sales from farms, etc. - basically just look around and see if you can get any of your food closer to the source.
                        If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                        • #13
                          I'd like to be able to buy the good grass-fed stuff, but I usually have to settle for grocery store meat. The only thing I won't compromise on is grocery store fish. All the good stuff they sell is farm grown and boasts that it has 'color added.' No thank you. Plus, their fish counter always smells fishy, and I've been told if you smell that, not to buy it. Fish is just something that seems like something you shouldn't settle for anything less than the freshest.

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                          • #14
                            I have more problems finding local organic produce than meats, so yeah, I've had success eating grocery store foods. Between my local farmer and deer season, I haven't bought commercially raised meat since September '11 or so, but i'd say 75% of the veggies I eat are not organic.

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                            • #15
                              I'm still looking for a good supply of grass fed beef, but in the meantime I watch sales and they are decent at times. So I take advantage of them. Otherwise, I get the store quality and that is one of the finer groceries in town. I don't eat WalMart meat if you know what I mean. I do try to get as much local produce as possible and organic whenever possible too. I figure this is a life long thing so I just do the best I can with what I have.

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