You have seen me mention grass fed meat on my blog several times over the years. I believe you can have a healthy diet that includes beef, poultry, and pork. . . grass fed meat.
I eat a lot of vegetarian meals, not just for health reasons, but because I really like the recipes I make for myself and guests. (I will be happy to send you my favorite recipes upon request)
A number of years ago, I was fortunate to find a farmer near Rochester that is a grass fed farm. He took the time to explain to me what grass fed means and why it is important. I visited the farm. Upon driving up, I saw these strange, approximately 8 ft x 8 ft, wooden boxes that were maybe 18 inches high. Inside were chickens and they were eating grass. This "box" is moved twice a day.
Some people can tell a difference in the taste of grass fed beef over grain fed. I really don't see that much difference. But I can tell you, if I eat a strip steak from "my farmer," I am comfortably full. If I eat a grain fed strip steak, I feel stuffed and bloated when I finish eating it.
Due to the medication I am on, I have to check in with my doctor every 4 months. My numbers have been great since eating meat from this farm.
If you go to www.eatwild.com, they explain better than I can, the health benefits of eating grass fed meat. I encourage you to check out this website.
My farmer is Autumn's Harvest Farm, near Romulus, NY. They are a young couple with small children running this big farm, almost entirely by themselves. I got to know them as people and have developed a tremendous respect for the work they do. When I buy a side of beef from them, I drive over and bring the meat home myself, with one huge cooler that fills my entire back seat and another medium size that goes in my trunk. Their farm and property seems so peaceful and charming, although I understand the enormous hard work that goes into what they produce.
They come to Rochester two Fridays a month which is a big convenience to me. When I order a side of beef, the cost comes out to much cheaper than buying a few packages here and there and I get to choose which cuts I want. Oh! And I must tell you what I get when I ask for soup bones! Folks, you will never see soup bones or ham hocks like this in the grocery store, I promise! They are bones COVERED in meat! I make a lot of soup in the winter months. After using the bone to make stock, I cut the meat off the bone and throw it back into the soup pot.
Bottom line, don't think you have to give up meat to be healthy!
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