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    too much fish?

    How much is too much fish in regards to mercury, etc? I live on a pretty tight budget and am slowly trying to incorporate other sources of protein, but some/most days my meals consist of tuna and salmon. Is this too much?

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    I only eat seafood (mainly fresh fish or frozen prawns; I try to limit the canned stuff) for animal protein, so I'll be interested to hear people's opinions about this.

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    I think it's the higher up the food chain that the fish is, the more mercury it has. I *think*, not sure, so don't hold me to it. Tuna has more mercury than salmon, so if you are only eating fish then stick to salmon more. On a different note: Is meat that expensive near you? I can get pork butts, briskets, and ribs for under $2/lb at Sam's Club. Fish costs at least $6-7/lb, and that's the farmed stuff. Don't know where you are shopping, but you should definitely look around for deals.

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    Mercury is not a problem with fish, since fish already contains high levels of Selenium which "binds" with Mercury, and will eliminate it from our body.

    http://www.mercuryfacts.org/fselenium.cfm

    http://www.pelicanpackers.com/GoodForYou.html

    Of course, there are other problems associated with fish, or at least most farmed raised seafood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe B View Post
    On a different note: Is meat that expensive near you?
    Honestly, I am coming off of being a vegetarian and tofu is ridiculously cheap. I'm going to start shopping around and do some serious meal planning. Which pains me because when you're on a budget, one (me, at least) tends to shy away from recipes. Recipes = $$$ I usually buy my salmon at Sam's, but do most of my shopping at Whole Foods. My weekly groceries typically did cost me around 60-80 and that's when I was doing the 5 meals a day thing.

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    Mercury should not be a problem is most areas since according to a Finnish study made in the Baltic Sea, the most polluted sea in the world, the mercury level in the fish species were all below the safety limit set by EU. * This is good since Baltic Herring and other small fishes are generally the same price or cheaper than meat here, for example I can get herring fillet for 4€ per kg or 2,5$ per lb.

    * http://www.palvelu.fi/evi/files/55_519_301.pdf (in Finnish)

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    I think omnivorism just does cost more than vegetarianism, or more than wholefood veganism anyway - I could live on about 5/week as a vegan (beans and rice followed by rice and beans...). Two thoughts: organ meats; cheaper fish. It may be different here in the UK, but the less popular fish, like mackerel, are spectacularly cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilary View Post
    I think omnivorism just does cost more than vegetarianism, or more than wholefood veganism anyway - I could live on about 5/week as a vegan (beans and rice followed by rice and beans...). Two thoughts: organ meats; cheaper fish. It may be different here in the UK, but the less popular fish, like mackerel, are spectacularly cheap.
    I will have to look into that. Not sure I'm ready yet to step into organ meats.
    Funny thing is is that I never ate a lot of rice and beans....I've never been able to tolerate beans very well. I was pretty low carb then. I just had my oatmeal for breakfast and an Ezekiel wrap with my Sunshine burger for lunch. I was obsessed with protein and fat even then, so it's just been difficult getting rid of the tofu at night. I always had stir-fry at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbt View Post
    Honestly, I am coming off of being a vegetarian and tofu is ridiculously cheap. I'm going to start shopping around and do some serious meal planning. Which pains me because when you're on a budget, one (me, at least) tends to shy away from recipes. Recipes = $$$ I usually buy my salmon at Sam's, but do most of my shopping at Whole Foods. My weekly groceries typically did cost me around 60-80 and that's when I was doing the 5 meals a day thing.
    Well that's why everything is so expensive, you are shopping at "Whole Paycheck!" It's a rip-off, I never shop there, prices are alway higher there. An 8oz jar of almond butter is $10, whereas at Trader Joe's a 1lb jar is $5. Recipes do not mean $$, as long as you are resourceful. Ex: use leftover chicken bones to make a broth instead of buying chicken stock, and basic aromatics are cheap. Get a crockpot, it is my most used and favorite kitchen appliance, and makes tasty meals with minimal effort.

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