Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Get to Know Your Steak

In an effort to maintain my "girlish" figure, I have embarked on a diet of sorts. Less of a diet, more of a lifestyle change. I've always been a regular exerciser but in the past year and a half I have been losing the battle of the bulge. Getting my ass kicked actually. Drastic times call for drastic measures folks. For going on three weeks I have been sugar, caffeine, dairy, and grain free. It's been hard. The first five days or so were hell. And just an hour an ago, I narrowly escaped the clutches of buttery, salted soft pretzel. But every day, it gets a little easier and I can already tell a difference in how I feel and how my pants fit.

So what do I eat? Vegetables. Lots of them. Fruit. Lots of those too. Nuts. Just a few. And meat. Lots of lean, pastured meat. Since upping my intake of animal proteins, I have been extra conscious about the kinds of meat I'm eating. Amidst all the "pink slime" controversy and now "tuna scrape," I want to know more about my meat's pre-plate life than ever before.

I've written here before about the advantages of  knowing your food, and my family's connection to the grass fed beef in my freezer. The advantages of grass fed beef and and other pastured animals are numerous but people usually associate grass fed with budget busting. This can be avoided by purchasing a whole animal but the thought of a whole cow(or even a quarter!) in your freezer can be intimidating. Well, be intimidated no more! Here's a neato infographic, courtesy of Frugal Dad, to help you be a more educated beef buyer. The more you know about your food, the better!

Beef Infographic
Source: FrugalDad



  1. Is that a permanent change? You are brave. I did a cleanse awhile back where I cut out gluten, meat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine. I had planned to do 3 weeks, but ended up doing about 1.5. It was too much to cute out while nursing a babe, and I was dying for some bread.
    But, more power to you. I would like to shift my diet away from all of those bad things while still being able to indulge occasionally. I just don't have very good will power!

    1. I'm not sure yet. I know I'll be eating like this for at least 12 weeks. But now that I've seen how much different I look and feel without all that stuff, I highly doubt I'll go back to what I used to eat. Will I never have a brownie again? Probably not. But they are starting to lose their sparkle!

  2. I've been serving my family more beef ever since reading about how much healthier grass fed beef is for you. Now I'm researching grass fed steak. Thanks for the information regarding beef. It's very helpful. I will never go back to grain or corn fed beef.

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  4. really interesting stuff - i very rarely eat beef and it's always grass fed...the taste is just better...when it comes to meat in general, it's better to buy a little of the good stuff instead of a lot of the bad stuff...no body 'needs' to eat meat, it's a lifestyle choice, and good diets say that 3/4 of your plate should be veggies etc, with meat as the side, instead of vice versa..this has really helped me in my thought process - or as i call it, 'meat as dessert' :)

  5. Eliminating gluten alone is great because it stops you from eating a lot of garbage foods. Once you change your diet dramatically long enough. You get use to it and it becomes part of your everyday life. I can't ever think of eating any other way then I do now. If I did eat unhealthy I'd feel awful. Not just because of the guilt but also because of the damage unhealthy foods do to you.