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Paleo in Resource-Poor Settings

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 09, 2013 at 2:23 AM

Hello All:

I want to get your advice on staying Paleo. I am currently working as a humanitarian worker in Haiti. Unfortunately, most of the meals consist of rice and beans and maybe a few pieces of meat to flavor the meal. How do I go asking for more protein/fat in situations where most people don't have enough to eat. I do have access to a supermarket while in the city, but I often go to rural settings where things like spaghetti and mayon and ketchup are considered breakfast food, which is fine if you are working in the fields, but if you are in the office inputing data that is another story.

All, and any suggestions are welcomed.

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on January 09, 2013
at 07:39 AM

What about dehydrated meat packs like they use for soldiers? There are camping outfits that sell them. I have a "stew" one in my cupboard, dehydrated meat, potatoes and peas. The brand I have is "Mountain House". All you add is hot water. There may be more nutritious brands or meals in this brand. I didn't buy this one. It does have soybean oil and wheat gluten, both of which I cannot/will not eat.

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on January 09, 2013
at 03:03 AM

I can do that in the city. However, I often go to the rural parts and there are no "supermarkets." The organization I work for hires local women to cook for us, and unfortunately, all they know if rice and beans with very little meat.

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on January 09, 2013
at 09:15 AM

I lived in LaPointe, Haiti for 6 years, also had a local woman who shopped and cooked for us. She prepared mostly fish and meat and vegetables and rice which she bought at the local street market or from the fisherman/farmers who walked around selling their product.

I would say our dinner meals were 60 percent vegetables, 20 percent meat and 20 percent rice on average. And lots of fresh bananas, mangos, papaya and pineapple. But we lived in a farming/fishing community, so there was lots to choose from.

Breakfast and lunch were more non-paleo: fried rice or flat bread and spicy peanut butter. You've got to try the jalepeno peanut butter if you get a chance!

So, if you have a good cook and she knows what you like I think you can get paleo meals. I actually think the default food in Haiti is a sort of paleo. It's just the UN food distributions that bring all the flours and pasta and powdered milk. That's why the stuff is so cheap! Of course it is better to eat that food than starve, but if you are in the rural areas there is less UN food and more local produce in my experience, and if you are coming from the west you should have enough resources that you can afford to have your cook buy produce, eggs and meat instead of the cheaper carbs?

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on January 09, 2013
at 07:36 AM

Sounds like dried meats are going to be your friend. Stock up and good luck.

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

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on January 09, 2013
at 07:39 AM

What about dehydrated meat packs like they use for soldiers? There are camping outfits that sell them. I have a "stew" one in my cupboard, dehydrated meat, potatoes and peas. The brand I have is "Mountain House". All you add is hot water. There may be more nutritious brands or meals in this brand. I didn't buy this one. It does have soybean oil and wheat gluten, both of which I cannot/will not eat.

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on January 09, 2013
at 04:00 AM

When you are in the city, stock up on dried and tinned meats and fish, dried fruits and/or veggies, nuts, etc. Use this to supplement or replace any foods you wat to eat very little of or avoid.

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on January 09, 2013
at 02:57 AM

Can you stock up while at the super market?? Put together some rations for yourself, by batch cooking and preparing ahead of time.

C5671827e24f2648301b6b123ab3a728

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on January 09, 2013
at 03:03 AM

I can do that in the city. However, I often go to the rural parts and there are no "supermarkets." The organization I work for hires local women to cook for us, and unfortunately, all they know if rice and beans with very little meat.

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