Not Game for Game?
No problem…but you’re missing out.
Opting not to eat wild animals such as boar, elk, antelope isn’t necessarily a problem in and of itself, but if you find yourself only eating chicken breast and eggs as your sole means of protein, you may be compromising your diet.
Wild meats tend to be higher in healthy Omega 3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and richer in vitamin E than meats sourced from grain–fed (and fattened) animals raised unnaturally in pens, cages or stockyards.
Aside from the health benefits, trying out new flavors, tastes and textures is one of the parts of True Paleo living that I find the most intriguing; there’s never a reason to grow bored of eating the same thing over and over.
If you’re a little hesitant to try it, start out slowly. Buy a small portion from a local vendor at your farmer’s market and ask for preparation suggestions. Or, check out www.eatwild.com, which provides “research-based information about “eating on the wild side.” This means choosing present-day foods that approach the nutritional content of wild plants and game—our original diet.”
Even if you’ve had a bad experience in the past, it’s time to give it another try. I recall eating some venison that a neighbor brought home to us after a hunting trip and it tasted like an old sock. I was a small child then, and it was years before I tried anything ‘exotic’ again, but now, I relish the opportunity to try a new protein, veggie, fruit or cuisine, so long as I’m sure there are no unfavorable additives involved.
Being a little adventurous on the protein front often proves to be just what we need to get us out of that chicken and egg rut! Give it a whirl and see what you come up with!