So, I was walking home from CrossFit tonight and decided to stop by Zupan’s market for some meats, eggs and other staples that we are running low on. If you’re not familiar with Zupan’s, it’s a lot like Whole Foods. It’s mostly local, mostly sustainable and mostly overpriced. Kendra and I understand that eating healthy costs more, so that’s to be expected.
Anyway, I hit up the meat counter because I wanted to get some beef and fowl for the rest of the week. I started talking to the guy at the meat counter about grass-fed beef and how I was looking for a reliable source for the stuff. He assured me that the beef they sold was grass-fed and pasture raised. However, upon talking to him a little more about Paleo, he disclosed to me that the beef is indeed those things except it’s “fattened up” with corn and soy during the last month of its life.
Here’s a picture of a cow I took on Sauvie Island. Check this guy out, chillin’ like a bad ass, eating grass because that’s what he likes to eat… That’s what he’s designed to eat.
A cow’s natural diet is grass, and that’s what they are being fed, so that the meat can be marketed as grass-fed and pastured. However, a month before slaughter it’s fed a bunch of shitty corn and soy that wreaks havoc on the cow’s digestive system and no doubt, effects the quality of the meat on your plate. As of right now, I’m unaware of any large scale suppliers of non GMO soy. Monsanto pretty much has a monopoly on the soy biz. So, if you’re eating “pasture raised” and “grass-fed” because you want to avoid the ills of GMO food, I’ve got some bad news for you.
Monsanto’s product is still making its way to your plate.
The guy at the meat counter at Zupan’s had a pretty aloof attitude about it. “It doesn’t really make that much difference, dude.” He said to me. Maybe not to most people, but I’m trying to stay away from that shit.
If you’re in Portland, there are a few places I’ve recently found that offer 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef:
Chop Butchery & Charcuterie
Flying Fish Company
If you’re not in Portland and this matters to you, just do some searching for a local butcher that deals in 100% grass-fed beef.
Tonight’s WOD was fun, I like workouts like these because they don’t just kick my ass physically. Stuff like this becomes a mental challenge to me. By the time I get half way through my 3rd round I start fighting with myself. It’s awesome to learn that I have the willpower to finish something difficult when I start it. This aspect of CrossFit has given me the most benefit, I think.
Until next time,