This Is Where I Buy My Meat–And Where You Should, Too

9 thoughts on “This Is Where I Buy My Meat–And Where You Should, Too”

  1. Your wife’s body, if she’s anything like most typical Americans, already has a fantastic store of weird chemicals in her fat tissues and blood stream from the chemical soup she/we live in. I know it’s nice and “affirming” (to our desire for control) to think that the small changes you’re making while babe is in utero are going to improve his lot, but from a practical standpoint? Unless she’s stopped drinking heavily, hitting the crack pipe, or something else “extreme,” the effects are likely negligible. There’s still going to be molecules from airplane and/or rocket fuel in her breast milk, and there’s really not much to do about it. Try not to “sweat the small stuff” or before you know it you won’t be letting your babe wear any cotton that wasn’t grown organically, touch anything plastic whatsoever ’til he’s at least four, and goodness knows what other ridiculous and unfortunate behaviors. You don’t want to be one of *those* sets of parents… do you?

    1. Obviously, as a parent, I cannot control everything about the environment my child grows up in, but I can control the food he eats and the food we put in our bodies. Making the move to grass-fed was a decision we made–and one I felt very strongly about–once we found out Jaime was pregnant and I realized I wasn’t just living for myself anymore. (We’ve since retired the crack pipes and poured out all the 151, too.) The health benefits of grass-fed shouldn’t be trivialized, and I would suggest doing your research before suggesting that most Americans have “a fantastic store of weird chemicals” when in the case of the omega fatty acids, we certainly do not. (And why would this “store of weird chemicals” be a reason for us not to eat healthier and avoid food that’s more damaging to the environment?) Here’s a taste from one article I read:

      “The latest research shows that the most promising health effects of essential fatty acids are achieved through a proper balance between omega-3s and omega-6s. The ratio to shoot for, experts say, is roughly 4 parts omega-3s to 1 part omega-6s.

      ‘The typical American diet has a ratio of around 20 to 1 — 20 omega-6’s to 1 omega-3 — and that spells trouble,’ says Sandon, an assistant professor of nutrition at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. While reducing your intake of omega-6s can help, getting more omega-3s from food is an even better way to go.”
      -from here

      Guess where you can find an abundance of omega-3s? Grass-fed beef… fish and olive oil, too. The “weird chemicals” won’t cut it.

      For us, it’s a perfectly practical way of life, though one that’s a little bit more expensive and thus has made us cut corners elsewhere, like in the amount of meat we actually consume, which is obviously a good thing, too, because, at least in my case, I was eating way too much.

      As for the whole “trying not to sweat the small stuff,” don’t get all slippery slope on me. I don’t think intentionally avoiding meat laced with hormones and potentially E. coli, among many other nasty things, makes us “those” parents. “Those” parents can be anyone–the people who won’t let their kids touch plastic or the people who let their kids run wild at the grocery store without disciplining them. I’d like to think we are right in the middle–lax enough to let our kid explore the world while attentive enough to be sure he doesn’t choke on anything.

  2. I second Brian’s ratios comment. I switched to grass-fed when I tried the paleo diet, and then the primal diet, a year and a half ago. Rain Shadow wasn’t open then, or had just opened, but I remember being stoked when I heard about it. I bought my grass-fed beef at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s–when I made that discovery, I was incredibly stoked, because it’s really affordable. I agree that when Jaime cooks up meat from Rain Shadow, it’s the best thing ever, but TJ’s stuff is decent too, and within my budget. Since trying paleo a year and a half ago, I have mostly gone back to conventional eating, but I have grown to prefer the taste of grass-fed, and it’s always my pick at the grocery store. I recommend TJ’s section for cheaper meats–it’s definitely not nearly as good as Rain Shadow, not even close, but they have some grass fed.

  3. Sigh. It’s a bit trying and disappointing that you opt talk down to (at least) this passing reader in suggesting I don’t know what I’m talking about right out of the gate. My goodness, we’d just begun a dialogue after all, and those thoughts were simply an opening gambit. What’s become clear from your fervent proselytizing type of response is that you’ve got the gleam in your eye of the newly converted… (it could be to anything really. New converts are all alike in their fervor and inability to hear, really hear, other perspectives, data and logic, and the like.)

    So great. You feel you are getting a significantly better source of Omega-3 fats. Bravo. Guess that might as well be the end of it. Consider this person no longer interested in pursuing this vein of discussion any further with you. Obviously discussion is useless. If only the magnificently gleaming, tasty-as-all-fuck Omega-3s y’all are now getting were only thing being stored in your bodies from your (post?)-industrialized existences. Just like the Orcas that swim the Puget Sound and beyond, human bodies are watery bags of protein, sure, but in this day and age? Also toxic dumps. Cling to what you can to help you feel otherwise, I guess. Cheers to that.

    1. Terry, it’s not that you don’t know what you’re talking about–it’s that I have no clue what it is you’re trying to say. This is a post about the benefits of eating grass-fed beef, something you haven’t responded to at all in your comments, which, from my end, are presumptuous recommendations about parenting and obsessive rephrasings of how we’re all full of chemicals and toxins ( a point I’m not refuting).

      If at some point you cited a fact or used logic in any of your posts, that would make it easy for us to have a discussion about any topics related to health, but your only effort in that regard was to use the slippery slope argument, which is a logical fallacy.

      If you re-read my post, you’ll see that omegas aren’t the only plus of eating grass-fed beef and that since I made the switch, I’ve lost about 25 lbs. Beyond my own health, grass-fed beef is better for the environment and better for the animals. Sure, we’re all full of toxins and our world is on an ozone-killing crash course towards oblivion in the long-term, but why not make an effort to reduce the toxins in our bodies and try to be healthier? That’s the premise of almost every piece I write on this blog regarding my own struggles with weight loss, health, etc.

      I’m happy to continue a dialogue about health. It’s what I love most about blogging on these different topics, but it would be helpful if you made some sense.

  4. TJ’s selection is not super good, and it’s all pre-packaged, of course, but it’s easy to walk up and grab a pound of grass-fed beef for pretty cheap. So, there’s Whole Foods, of course, and they have lots of stuff, and also organic birds, bison (conventional and sometimes also gf, which isn’t cheap but is super good)–everything at the WF counters is very clearly labeled, which is why it is really my favorite meat counter. (But I haven’t had the true Rain Shadow experience! I’ve only tagged along.) (Speaking of labeling, WHAT TO EAT by Marion Nestle helped me understand what the hell was up with all the different things the meat counter tags were telling me.)

    The Red Apple in Madison Park has a small selection, but it’s usually there, which is nice, considering the fact that it’s a small shop. PCC. Bob’s in Columbia City is supposed to be good, but I haven’t been. I bet Bill the Butcher has some, and it’s super close to me, but I haven’t been, since the Stranger published those articles about the suspicious labeling of organics–I don’t really know what to think.

    A lot of places in Seattle have grass-fed now, but, having seen the Rain Shadow counter a couple times and experienced its wonder several more, I’m going to have to agree with Brian–it’s the destination.

    1. I didn’t mention Whole Foods because I don’t enjoy shopping there. They do have a wide variety of grass-fed and hormone free meats though, so if you can afford the prices there (More expensive than Rain Shadow in my experience), then buy their meat. I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve eaten from the WF meat counter.

      I LOVE Bob’s, but they don’t always have grass-fed, I don’t think. They do have some of the best hot dogs I’ve ever eaten though.

      Haven’t checked out Bill the Butcher after The Stranger piece a few months back. Anyone out there been to Bill’s?

      I’m SO jealous that the Apple by you has grass-fed. The Beacon Hill one doesn’t, but they recently started selling hormone-free, etc. chicken, which we’ve been buying there lately.

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