As was mentioned above....dont use the "no grass fed" as a reason to eat crap (i.e. sweets, sugar,grains,carbs). Standard meats are definitely preferred in the body over that junk. Is it as good as grass fed? No. Is it the best you can do considering? Yes. Grain fed meat is better for you by a long shot over non-meat crap...given the choice between the two. To be honest, I have yet to eat any grass fed meat. I just haven't found any local sources. However, I do supplement fish oil hi in Omega 3's (5000mg/day). So, my fats ratio is probably OK. If you cant find any local grass fed sources I would recommend just getting a fish oil supplement high in Omega 3 and the best sources of red meat you can find. Try for the leaner cuts since the fats have all the toxins in them.
Also, my food lion has wild caught fish. A lot of them. You can eat more fish if you find the red meat isnt up to your standards. Have you tried asking the store manager about his sources? He may be able to change some of them to bring in more of a selection for you (of course, you might have to pay for it). If i can get it at my food lion...only an hour or two west of you...he/she should be able to get it for you. I live in Angier and the food lion I shop at is in Benson, NC.
Good Luck Lt
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Welcome - fellow North Carolinian here, Wilmington native in Triangle exile. I would say, concentrate on getting the processed stuff out of your diet and getting in the habit of cooking good easy stuff per Kennelmom's links and other pointers. You can refine with grass-fed this and pastured that as you get the chance. Is there a farmers' market? We are getting into the good season for lots of variety that way, although some of that is a bit of a racket as far as my pocketbook can tell.
Here's one - Onslow County Farmer's Market
"Answer: The farmers market is open on Mondays and Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM at 4024 Richlands Highway, Jacksonville, NC 28546. The market is also open Thursdays from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM at 1112 Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28456. The market is open starting the 3rd Saturday in April until November."
I would not worry about the organic label, as others have said. Fresh and minimally processed gets you 9/10ths of the way.
Good luck! Thanks for your service.
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There is also a farm that delivers grass fed angus beef to Wilmington once a month. I haven't purchased anything yet but plan on putting in a order for 10 or 20 pounds. Their next run is on April 2.
Here is a website that helps you locate what you are looking for.
Eat Wild - North Carolina
Hey LT, Welcome & Semper Fi.
Be sure to tell your devil dogs who aren't making their Height/weight requirements about this. When I was at Courthouse Bay, alot of us gained a few pounds due to the....ahem... excessive beer. This info would have been great to help slim down.
Thanks for serving our country!
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Welcome LtDevilNuts! I've kind of hit a "menu plateau" myself, but the results trump food boredom. Keep poking around here, and elsewhere on the net for interesting recipes you might want to try out. Also eating new types of animals is fun too, organ meats as well. Good luck
I'm an Army Reservist who lost 40 lbs the Army gave me. (They had me living off-post in a hotel and eating at restaurants for a year.) The military is hard, foodwise. Every meal at the chow hall is like we just came in from a 12-mile ruck. The salad bar at most DFACs will get you mostly primal food, though I'll just use cottage cheese rather than the dressing.
Make yourself some trail mix with nuts and coconut chunks/flakes and maybe a little bit of dried fruit pieces. (Dried fruit often has a lot of sugar, so be careful.) Premade trailmix has a lot of other stuff you might not want (cheap chocolate, for example). Find a source of quality jerky. Have fruit and/or cheese on hand for snacks when you aren't in the field.
Make sure to spread the word, sir. If you can get your fat-body soldiers to lose with you it will be a net gain for the corps and a great bullet point on your OER.