My father raised black angus beef. As a child growing up, there was never a day that we, our family, every went without beef. We always had steaks on the grill, that was the year that squeeze butter came out!!! He dumped it on those steaks. They were delicious. We also ate lots of hamburgers and roast beef. As I got older, I realized that i could not digest the beef as well as when I was younger. So I stopped eating beef, and replaced it with chicken and fish. My body responded to this with some weight loss.
I don’t really miss eating beef, but last year I had my regular doctors visit, and found out that I was low in Iron. So my PCP asked me if I ate Grass fed Beef. I replied, ‘no”. She said that I should think about eating a portion of it every other week. Here are the reasons why:
1- One reason is that it is a good source of Heme Iron. This is a source of Iron that is more easily absorbed into the body.
2- Taking vitamin C with and or eating food with Iron help Iron to be absorbed.
3- It enhances oxygen and distributes it properly throughout the system.
4- It also keeps our immune system healthy.
5- And it gives us energy!
You should by and season a Cast Iron skillet. The flavor profile of grass fed beef is delicious. Believe it or not, this is a great way to incorporate iron into the food that your are cooking, but don’t use it all of the time, be careful, it could result in Iron toxicity.
Other sources of Iron are: Spinach, Turmeric, (delicious spice), Swiss Chard, Basil, Kale, Shrimp, Broccoli, Shiitake Mushrooms. and Cinnamon.
When buying Grass fed Beef, always check the sell by date. Also check the source of where the meat was processed. This important because Grass fed Beef only lasts for one about 2-3 days, steaks last a little longer before cooking. Don’t select Grass fed Beef that is brown. It should be bright red, brown or yellow looking beef has been exposed to oxygen and is spoiled or has yellow colored fat added. Select Organic Grass fed Beef whenever possible. I now eat a small portion once a month! My Iron levels are normal now, and I supplement through the other sources, (mentioned above) for a good balance of my iron intake.
….remember to make a memory every day, and don’t apologize for who you are…..Rebecca