Digging Into Real Food ~ Non-Hormone Meats

by Merissa on June 2, 2011

in Personal

Going hand in hand with our efforts to cut our hormone in the dairy we were eating is eating meat without hormones. To accomplish this we don't buy any meat from the grocery store. Currently, we buy grass raised beef from my parents(until we get our own cows) and we buy whole chickens from the local Hutterite colony.

In cattle and sheep, growers use growth hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. That means when you eat meat with these hormones administered you are at more of a risk to develop breast cancer or prostate cancer. Seeing as I am already at risk for breast cancer, in my case it's a very smart thing to avoid these hormones if at all possible.

Adding these hormones into meat can also wreak havic on your monthly hormone cycle. Our hormone levels should be between a certain amount and even being at the higher or the lower end of those scales can upset the hormonal balance in your system.

Growth hormones in meats also cause premature puberty in kids and an increase in ovarian cysts.(Which as I mentioned before, are completely awful) And early puberty puts girls at a higher risk for breast cancer later in life.

Not to long ago we watched the video Food Inc. (which you can get streamed free from Netflix or free with Amazon Prime) it's very informative on how chicken and beef is processed for sale.

As I mentioned in my first post about raw milk, taking hormones out of our diet from the dairy products and the meat products has made a big difference on my personal hormone levels, so I know that it's effective.

Learn more about real foods and natural living!

Do you try and avoid hormones in meat? If you buy meat from somewhere other than the grocery store, where do you get it from?

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1 Stefanie June 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

We buy our meat from a local meat shop that sells Amish raised, no hormone, grass fed meat and we can not only taste the difference in the meat itself, but I also know it is much better for my family! What’s even better, is I don’t spend but $.10 to $.20 more a pound for everything so it doesn’t put a dent in our food budget. After watching Food Inc. we were completely disgusted by everything about these ‘big’ companies and how these animals are raised. At least I know right where my meat is coming from and have an open invitation to go visit any time.


2 Melissa June 2, 2011 at 11:59 am

I used to buy ground beef from our natural food coop until recently. They hiked the price twice in the past year. It used to be $3.59/lb. then it was raised to $4.59/lb. and most recently over $5./lb. I can’t/won’t afford it anymore. I’ve gone back to paying $2.29 – $2.59 at the grocery store for now. It sounds like you and the previous commenter have better options than I do. I live in Vermont and local food costs are very high. They really encourage people to support local farmers and businesses, but they charge outrageous prices.


3 Merissa June 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Yes, that’s just too high. I’ve heard the price of beef is rising everywhere so it’s only a matter of time before it goes up again.


4 April June 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

I’m very interested in this… I’ve never thought about hormones in animals affecting our own. I have a weird condition where my body produces too much cerebro-spinal fluid which causes blinding headaches and nausea. They know estrogen is somehow tied in greatly as it gets MUCH worse around that certain time. I can’t take birth control because it has the same effect.
I’d be very interested in beef and other meats that are not cost-prohibitive in the Rapid City area, if you know of any. The local meat market I know of has hutterites, but they’re crazy expensive. Right now we usually make a monthly jaunt to Sam’s to stock up on meat.
Thanks for all you do for us Merissa!


5 Merissa June 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

April: You should check out Cutting Edge meat market. They sell non hormone beef and the price is alright. I’m not sure if the prices are the same in Rapid as they are in Piedmont so this is based off the prices in Piedmont. You can buy it from them by the quarter, half, or whole. Also, the Hudderites actually come to town every so once in a while and thats when I stock up on chickens. They are only $6 for a whole chicken. I can send you an email next time I get a message from the organizing lady if you want. ALSO, I got an email from a company yesterday that is looking to expand their sales to South Dakota and they sell chicken breasts and beef, all non hormone, for a fair price. I will definitely keep you guys updated when I find out more info from them!


6 Lana June 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Boy do I agree with you about the ovarian cysts! I don’t know of much of anything more painful! I use natural progesterone cream and it has changed my life. Dr John R Lee Jr wrote 2 books that are really eye opening about hormones–‘What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause’ and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause’. If you decide to read these try to get the most recent books as there are several editions of each. Many libraries have them. I wish I had known about natural progesterone cream when I was MUCH younger.


7 Merissa June 2, 2011 at 5:50 pm

I’ve been looking into progesterone cream, they make a special one for PMS symptoms also. But I figured I should try changing my diet firs to see if that helps too. But yes, the cysts are just awful.


8 Lana June 3, 2011 at 7:39 am

I recommend Emerita Progest cream. They have taken all of the ‘bad’ stuff out of the ingredients and it does not have a weird smell as many of them do. I get it from Vitacost.com where it is almost 50% off retail. I had no idea how much my out of balance hormones were affecting me until I started using the progesterone. It is definately worth a try.


9 Kara June 7, 2011 at 9:33 am

I have recently switched to eating only grass fed beef and I absolutely love it! I order my grass fed beef online from La Cense Beef. La Cense is an approved USDA grass fed ranch located in Montana. They have an awesome website where you can order, look up recipe, and get lots of information on grass fed beef. I use their site for everything I need related to grass fed beef.


10 Merissa June 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

Thanks for sharing that link! I’m going to check it out.


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