As long as you are eating meat, veggies, and a little fruit, and avoiding grains, legumes, and soy, you are 100% Primal
Okay, I am sure this has been asked before and may be answered in the book, but I just started reading it yesterday. There seems to be an emphasis on eating grass fed, free range animals. That is all well and good, but I really can't afford it. Can I just file that under the 80% rule that I am not eating that type of meat. I plan to one day when I have more money, but for the time being, unlike Uncle Sam, I can't just print money, so I gotta do what I gotta do.
If you can you do. The problem as I understand it is the ratio of Omega 6 / Omega 3 fatty acids. The way I have gotten around that is that I buy mostly Grass Fed Ground Beef at 4 bucks per pound. When I buy Feed lot beef from the store I try to get the leanest cuts they have to reduce the omega 6.
Beyond that if you can get a freezer and buy half a cow or go in with some folks and buy just a quarter of a cow then you will get it for 4 bucks a pound or less. I can get grass fed for 3.85 per pound if I spend a grand. I have the freezer all I need is the money. After that I will just make payments into my meat fund for when I run out.
Just do the best you can. You will be far far ahead of the game just eating primal.
Thanks, guys! I have been on Atkins since March 1, 2010, so the transition will not be hard. I think there is some kind of restriction on dairy with Primal, which is sad because I love cheese and I love my heavy cream in my one cup of coffee a day, but I guess I will learn more about he ins and outs as I progress through the book. So far, the book rocks! I look forward to the day I can get me some grass fed beef. I live in Texas, so it shouldn't be hard to come by when the funds are available.
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If you can't afford GF (and yeah, it's effin' expensive) you may wish to supplement with high-quality fish oil to restore Omega-3 balance in your body. Conventional meat has a much higher proportion of Omega-6 to Omega-3 (was it 6:1?), whereas grassfed is much lower (1:2? 2:1? I can never remember).
Also, when we started incorporating fish oil, we found that it really helped with aches and pains (which I read as: it radically reduced our inflammation). We're eating way more wild caught/grassfed now than before, and I hope in 6-9 months to no longer depend on fish oil for our Omega-3s.
My Primal Meanderings
Agree on the Omega-3 fish oil being a higher priority than GF beef, but high quality fish oil is expensive as well. When I switched to GF several years ago, I found a local farm from which I could by individual cuts. Still expensive but not Whole Foods expensive. This year I bought a half side at about $5/pound individually packaged.
When you include your food costs as part of "health care," a Paleo lifestyle theoretically is less expensive. You have to rationalize spending more on food, most of which is more expensive because it is corn subsidized and thus reflects actual production costs, by accepting that you will spending less on traditional health care costs - doctor visits and meds.
In one of Michael Pollan's other books, maybe Defense of Food, he talks about food versus health care costs in the US today versus say 100 years ago and some other countries, maybe France, today. Something like we used to spend 7% of income on health care and 15% on food. Today it is just the opposite.