Have you ever seen the documentary Food, Inc.?
I saw it once, years ago, and certain parts really made an impact on me.
Particularly what concerned me was the treatment of animals in the film and though a lot of controversy surrounded the movie, it really got me thinking about the way the meat I consume is raised.
Studies are constantly coming out showing that Americans eat too much meat, especially red meat, and that meat makes us more susceptible to cancers (like colon cancer), heart disease and other ailments.
What if it’s not the meat that’s the problem?
What if the problem isn’t whether it’s red meat or white meat?
What if the problem is how the meat was raised?
Animals that are raised respectfully, in line with their genetic dispositions, their ancestral diets, are more likely to be healthy and happy.
And, surprise! They make higher quality fat, too.
That fat has a much more balanced Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acid ratio. Typical American diets contain far too many Omega 6 fatty acids and contribute to many diseases of the modern world.
Think about us.
When we eat a typical American diet that’s way out of line with our ancestry, we generally become unhealthy, feel bad, and gain unnecessary abdominal fat.
Cows do the same thing.
They’re fed corn to FATTEN them up, some are fed hormones to increase their growth and production, and many are fed antibiotics to resolve the infections that inevitably exist when an animal is fed and treated outside of what is respectful and ethical for their species.
The low quality of life they lead makes it unlikely that they will recover from certain kinds of infections without those antibiotics, so they are fed them, and we consume them.
These animals are treated as commodities, products, and machines.
That extra fat they produce is similar to us.
Excess fat is not just a storage facility, it’s a living organism that secretes it’s own hormones like inflammatory cytokines which contribute to chronic inflammation and a compromised immune system.
We also sometimes package up and store fat soluble toxins in our fat cells that we aren’t able to fully process and release.
And just like us, some fat is GOOD (don’t forget you are the best judge of what is healthy for YOU).
But I’d rather consume meat from an animal that was of a healthy, balanced weight than the meat of a sick, fat one.
Some of you are lucky enough to have good-priced grass fed meat in your area.
That’s great! I’m happy for you!
Food co-ops and even grocery stores are catching on and many people find it’s easy to eat grass-fed even when shopping at the local supermarket.
But I’ve heard from many of you who struggle to find grass-fed meat that is convenient and economical.
I’ve also heard that it’s tough for you to find cuts besides ground beef.
And I’ve heard that it’s especially tough to find good chicken.
That’s why I’ve supported Butcher Box from the beginning. They sell monthly boxes of meat- beef, chicken, pork, and combo boxes and deliver them with recipes.
The cuts are random and sometimes include special premium cuts as well.
They are my favorite option for those who want good variety of grass-fed meat but lack the resources to find it locally.
In fact, right now they’re offering free burgers to all Paleo for Women readers with the purchase of your first box. You can find more info here: https://www.getbutcherbox.com/paleo-for-women-burgers-october/
Grass fed meat is not cheap.
Meat makes up the largest portion of a paleo diet budget in most cases and I know that some of you, no matter what you do, can’t afford it.
Some of you make it work by living off of ground beef and canned wild-caught salmon (this is the one I like btw).
Do the best you can for yourself and cut yourself some slack if you can’t do it all.
But if it is at all possible to find some wiggle room in that budget, I hope you will support grass fed businesses.
Grass fed meat is the only kind I’ll eat except on the rarest of occasions.
And by supporting grass fed businesses you are supporting not only the health and well being of animals, but also your own health and the health of the planet.
How do you find grass fed meat? Do you make it a priority? What are your tips for saving money on a paleo diet?