So one thing I sorta still struggle with is cooking and buying meat. I just plain don’t like buying meat at the grocery store, it looks gross. I’m good with buying salmon and maybe some ground beef but holy smokes! the price for “grass-fed” beef is ridiculous.
I was not a perfect Vegan by any means but I did struggle with here and there meat/butter cravings. And I gave in when they were overwhelming. I went Vegan after watching Earthlings which was a great documentary. At the time I felt like animal protein was evil, health wise, for our planet, and well… for the animals!
I still struggle with the idea of mass production/farming/slaughter and like to think in my head about happy farms with animals roaming freely being treated with respect and let’s face it.. slaughter is slaughter. While I know there are farms like this that exist, its not the norm.
I can read research articles until my eyes pop out of my head about meat being good and being bad but what it really comes down to is… the health of my family. I’m really trying to dial our eating to be as healthy as possible yet money is always a huge factor.
I’ve been searching for local farms that have pastured eggs and grass fed beef at a reasonable price but haven’t nailed anything down yet. For instance, I bought grass fed ground bison at Fred Meyers for like 8 bucks.. that was only 1 meal that fed Oliver, Jake, Connor and I. Wouldn’t have worked if Hanna and Ollie were here. (Jake absolutely loved the bison, he requested that I cook that a whole lot more)
So these are the challenges I am facing: Budget and well the “yuck/slight guilt” factor.
One of my favorite blogs (Kristen Suzanne) chronicled her transition from Raw Vegan to Omnivore. Its a great read and I highly recommend it, she has tons of yummy yummy recipes. Through her site, I discovered the BulletProof Diet. This sounds very gimmicky to me but a quick browse through his website looks promising.
Here’s some information from their website:
14 Steps To Eating The Bulletproof Diet
1. Eliminate sugar (including fruit juices and sports drinks that contain HFCS, honey, and agave) .
2. Replace the sugar calories with healthy fats from the Bulletproof Diet such as grass-fed butter, ghee, and MCT or coconut oil.
3. Eliminate gluten in any shape or form. This includes bread, cereal, and pasta. Do not make the mistake of resorting to gluten free junk food, which can be almost as bad.
4. Remove grains, grain derived oils, and vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and canola. Also remove unstable polyunsaturated oils such as walnut, flax, and peanut oil.
5. Eliminate all synthetic additives, colorings, and flavorings. This includes aspartame, MSG, dyes, and artificial flavorings.
6. Eat significant amounts of pastured, grass-fed meat from big ruminant animals such as beef, lamb, and bison. Pair this with fish, eggs, and shellfish.
7. Eliminate legumes such as peanuts, beans, and lentils. If you must have your beans, soak, sprout (or ferment), and cook them.
8. Remove all processed, homogenized, and pasteurized dairy. High fat items can be pasteurized, but they should be grass-fed. Full fat, raw, whole dairy from grass-fed cows is okay for most people.
9. Switch to grass-fed meat and wild caught seafood. Eat pastured eggs and some pork, chickens, turkeys, and ducks.
10. Switch to organic fruits and vegetables. This is more important for some plants than others. See this site for details.
11. Cook your food gently, if at all. Incorporate water into your cooking whenever possible and use low temperatures. Do not use a microwave or fry.
12. Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day. Favor low fructose containing fruits like berries and lemons over watermelon and apples.
13. Add spices and other flavorings from the Bulletproof Diet. Favor herb based spices such as thyme and rosemary over powders. Use high quality ones, recently opened.
14. Enjoy your food. (I particularly like this one!)
I just borrowed this book from Amazon and will review it when done. (I super ❤ Amazon Prime)
Anyone else read this? Thoughts?