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Old 07-21-2011, 08:18 AM   #11
Michael Plank
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Re: Going to start eating meat... need some help

That's fantastic! Welcome to the wide world of meat eating. Since you're just starting out, I wouldn't really worry too much about getting any of the nice cuts of beef; ground is fine unless you find that you really love the taste of beef, in which case I'd agree with what other folks have said on here and start out with roasts and cheaper cuts for stews and fajitas. Turkey, pork, and chicken are all plenty lean and it's easy to trim fat off of them. If you have access to local farms and organic/grass fed meats, I would definitely recommend looking into bison if you can find it. And if you have any hunter friends, venison can't be beat. Both bison and venison are similar, though not identical to beef, but they're both ultra lean. And if someone tries to tell you that venison is "gamey," that's nonsense! It tastes different than beef, but I have long theorized that "gamey" is nothing more than a word people use to say "I don't like meats that didn't come from a cow, pig, or chicken."

And as for quantity, I would say a pound a day is more than enough for someone your size. If meat is your only source of protein, and you're not using protein powder or consuming dairy, you'll obviously need more than if your protein is more varied (though I still don't think you'd need more than a pound). It makes little difference to your body, but it might make a difference in your budget. Good luck!
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