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Any Boston Paleo Folks on here? Let's share some tips!

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 25, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Where do you get your grassfed beef and other farm fresh meats?

Do you belong to Crossfit Boston, Crossfit Fenway or neither?

Any doctors in the area who understand the Paleo diet and it's special set of needs?

Any restaurants outside of the great Brazilian in the area that you would recommend?

And generally what tips people have in general about living well eating paleo in the Boston/Cambridge/Brighton area.

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on January 28, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I really liked the service: the produce was good. The only thing I was unhappy about is that the Dogma box (for locally sourced veggies) didn't allow No-List options. Their normal boxes do, which is awesome. I found them really flexible in that regard, and made ample use of it. But I would have liked to restrict certain veggies as well as have them source locally. That is one of the reasons I liked Stone Soup CSA so much: they have a swap bin, so if you don't eat corn, you can swap it out for something else. I'm hoping Red Fire Farm has a similar setup.

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on January 28, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Real Pickles are sooooo expensive. I go with Sunja's Kimchi if I want fermented veggies.

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on January 28, 2012
at 09:39 PM

I just signed up for Boston Organics. I'm pumped for my first box next week.

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on July 23, 2011
at 02:57 AM

I looooove Eastleigh Fran's milk. So delicious. I wish it wasn't so far from me in providence. I miss living in Framingham.

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on May 01, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Good idea. The call of barbecue is drawing near...

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on February 15, 2011
at 01:54 AM

The Crossfit choice kind of depends on whether you prefer to work out on your own or with people. Established Crossfits are usually great communities to find like minded people, if that's your thing. If the coaches are good, you shouldn't have issues with injuries, they will adjust things to your level. I say check them both out and see what you think! Remember you are the customer and don't let them intimidate you!

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on February 13, 2011
at 10:34 PM

Leangains.com has an interesting look at weightlifting and fat loss. 16hr fasting every day for men, 14hr for women. Mark Sisson, mentioned above does fasting. For his age he looks great.

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on February 13, 2011
at 08:16 PM

Sometimes I think that crossfit is overhyped (gasp!). It's a great motivating tool, and addresses several components of fitness. But you could also do a quick mix of bodyweight exercises, natural movements, dumbbells, and a bit of stretching. I actually really like Mark Sisson's WOW workouts. They're quick, intense, and cover all major muscle groups. Couple that with some stretching to counteract sitting (hams, calves, psoas, shoulders/pecs), and that might be an option.

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on January 26, 2011
at 04:45 AM

Naphtali I agree with you that's my gym!

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Gmfarm.com. Great CSA

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:34 AM

There is a doctor at Tufts Medical Center who was interviewed by Jimmy Moore, and who conducted a low-carb trial. Apparently, he was the doctor in The Biggest Loser. He focuses on diabetes though, so that probably wouldn't work for a non-diabetic looking for a primary care doc.

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:33 AM

http://www.tendercropfarms.com/

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:27 AM

Tendercrop Farms in Newburyport.

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on January 25, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Nice thanks! I've joined the facebook group and will do a bit more investigation into the meetup.com one.

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on January 25, 2011
at 06:23 PM

i'm on the south shore... going to hit up Crossfit Torque (FOXBORO)when my schedule opens up.

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on January 25, 2011
at 09:46 PM

I live in Boston, and get my meat from Whole Foods and my eggs from Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds.

My favorite "paleo" restaurant is Chipotle, and their meat/guac/sour cream side make-your-own-bowl for $4.50.

I second the meetup group mentioned elsewhere. I've only been once, but plan on going more in the future. Boston Common would be a nice place to have a paleo picnic when it gets warm!

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on January 25, 2011
at 06:43 PM

I moved to north Boston last spring! I'm too new to have much to recommend, but Legal Seafoods is a good restaurant with several branches. Ask for the gluten-free menu - it's pretty paleo/real foods and you don't have to worry about floury sauces. It's generally $20-25 for a dinner plate, and maybe 15 for a decent-sized lunch.

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on January 25, 2011
at 06:41 PM

Nice thanks! I've joined the facebook group and will do a bit more investigation into the meetup.com one.

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on February 14, 2011
at 04:55 PM

This has become a pretty good paleo-city. There are three Crossfit affiliates (Crossfit Southie just opened) within city limits and several on both North and South Shores & Metro West. I went to CF Boston for a while, you will not find a better coaching staff than them. They are moving to a larger, nicer location in the North Station area very soon. Of course if you are motivated and have a gym where you can squat, press, deadlift and do pull-ups, you don't necessarily need CF. By the way, Crossfit is scaled, so no worries about injuries. It's also expensive enough that it serves as a great motivator to not skip workouts! Grass fed meat is available at Whole Foods, but not all locations have the same thing. I get mine at Symphony and one of the few in Cambridge (can't remember which), but the Bedford one does not seem to have it. However, Bedford has grass-fed cream and I can't find it anywhere else, so what I'm saying is....shop around. All WF have pasture butter. Just Dairy is a local buying club where you can get raw whole milk and other dairy products, ground meat and pastured eggs, etc. delivered to local drop off points. Google it. Also, Stop and Shop have two grass fed items. Australian lamb and Irish Kerrygold butter. Type in grass-fed on Yelp or Chowhound, some good ideas come up. A few links: http://bostonlocalvores.org/blog http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/465729

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on February 13, 2011
at 06:38 PM

I get my grass fed beef from Whole Foods and from Miller's Organic Farm - an Amish-owned farm in PA (through a buyers' club).

I'd love to find a doctor who gets the Paleo way of life. I started eating this way to drop weight and heal my sorely damaged gut.

I wish there was a better/easier resource for pastured chickens -- I know about Pete & Jen's Backyard Birds...anyone know of another source? I'm in Watertown but will travel!

I'm thinking of joining a CrossFit gym - there are two within 5 miles from my house. I'm concerned about injuries, though...I'm a mid-40's desk jockey who's sorely out of shape!

Bcc4479de4f16939076e0a00e2db1261

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on February 13, 2011
at 10:34 PM

Leangains.com has an interesting look at weightlifting and fat loss. 16hr fasting every day for men, 14hr for women. Mark Sisson, mentioned above does fasting. For his age he looks great.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on February 13, 2011
at 08:16 PM

Sometimes I think that crossfit is overhyped (gasp!). It's a great motivating tool, and addresses several components of fitness. But you could also do a quick mix of bodyweight exercises, natural movements, dumbbells, and a bit of stretching. I actually really like Mark Sisson's WOW workouts. They're quick, intense, and cover all major muscle groups. Couple that with some stretching to counteract sitting (hams, calves, psoas, shoulders/pecs), and that might be an option.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 15, 2011
at 01:54 AM

The Crossfit choice kind of depends on whether you prefer to work out on your own or with people. Established Crossfits are usually great communities to find like minded people, if that's your thing. If the coaches are good, you shouldn't have issues with injuries, they will adjust things to your level. I say check them both out and see what you think! Remember you are the customer and don't let them intimidate you!

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:26 AM

I'm a member of Boston Weightlifting, a USAW registered olympic lifting club. Working my way towards being fully paleo, not quite there yet.

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:20 AM

I belong to Northshore CrossFit. Now located in Danvers. There is also CrossFit Cape Ann in Gloucester. Tendercrop Farm is a great local place for GF beef. I have a page on facebook called Paleo 100. We share ideas and help motivate. Please check it out.

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:37 AM

Gmfarm.com. Great CSA

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on January 26, 2011
at 01:33 AM

http://www.tendercropfarms.com/

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on January 25, 2011
at 09:11 PM

You can buy grass-fed beef and some lamb cuts at Whole Foods. Stillman's is great if you can get into the CSA, but you can also get their products at occasional 'Meet Meat' events in Cambridge.

http://www.enlocale.com/wp002/meat-meets/

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on January 25, 2011
at 06:08 PM

I live in DC now but got my start in Boston. For the record- the people at Crossfit Boston are amazing.

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on January 26, 2011
at 04:45 AM

Naphtali I agree with you that's my gym!

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on January 28, 2012
at 06:40 PM

I live in Boston and have been eating paleo since April last year. In the summer, I get grassfed beef, pasteur chicken, eggs, pork, stock bones from John Crow Farm's stand at various summer farmer's market around town. They also have CSA, but the amount of their CSA meat would be too much for me. During winter months, I mostly opt for fishes/shell fish/seafoods. I occasionally get grassfed/pasteur meat from Wholefoods (but I often notice that the meat is not very fresh). Savenor's has some grassfed beef and wild games which I occasionally enjoy, but their produces are quite pricey.

By the way, any thoughts on where to get grassfed/pastuer organ meats in Boston?

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on July 22, 2011
at 04:48 PM

Three paleo places for lunch

Boloco - Niman ranch, grass-fed beef

b.good - mixture of grass-fed and grain-fed beef in their burgers, fresh veggies, delicious

Chipotle - humanely raised meats, delicious

Clover Food is also paleo/primal but no meat :-(

Please add more paleo lunch places, I'm always open to great food ideas!

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on January 25, 2011
at 08:06 PM

I go to Crossfit Fenway now and absolutely love it. They are having paleo food sent to them. They are really supportive and encouraging, and most people there are paleo. I am just starting out (Day 8), and everyone has offered a lot of help and advice.

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on January 25, 2011
at 07:54 PM

im about 30 miles north of boston on cape ann. there are several farms up here for meat and veggies, and we have north shore crossfit in topsfield and in beverly though i dont go (yet). i lived in boston my whole life until six years ago, but i think six years is a long time to be away and dont know many specific resources in the city. if you need anything in essex county though, im your girl!

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on January 25, 2011
at 06:21 PM

I live in Boston and get my grass-fed meat from Stillman's Turkey Farm, a local meat CSA, and Whole Foods.

I haven't been in a long time but Crossfit Fenway is outstanding.

Definitely get involved in the Paleo Club (linked on this page).

Additionally: realpickles.com has an excellent selection of fermented vegetables and Eastleigh farms in Framingham has excellent raw milk products for those who are inclined.

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on July 23, 2011
at 02:57 AM

I looooove Eastleigh Fran's milk. So delicious. I wish it wasn't so far from me in providence. I miss living in Framingham.

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on January 28, 2012
at 09:44 PM

Real Pickles are sooooo expensive. I go with Sunja's Kimchi if I want fermented veggies.

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on July 27, 2012
at 04:19 PM

In terms of lunches, I go to Boloco, Chipotle, Boston Kebab House and Freshii. They are all organic and grass fed. Freshii actually has/had a Paelo salad for awhile. Boloco and Chipotle are my go to as you can create your own Paleo bowls. I'd give Boloco the upper hand because if you create an online account you'll earn rewards towards free meals. Breakfast is a double order of eggs and bacon ($4.50) and lunch is a huge bowl full of three meats and all sorts of veggies. There are various farmers markets. I have yet to hit the one in Copley but I've heard only good things.

I'm going to be honest but I haven't done the whole grass fed meat thing. I know I should and I may get burned at the stake. I only do it when I want a killer piece of beef and then I'll go to Whole Foods. Otherwise, I do the standard Shaws/Stop & Shop for my day to day meals.

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on July 27, 2012
at 06:39 AM

check out the Spanish tapas restaurant Toro...AMAZING

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on July 27, 2012
at 04:41 AM

Glenn S. Rothfeld, MD FAAMA has been an integrative doctor for 35 years, very well known and respected. He is paleo. He has offices in Arlington and Plymouth. www.rothfeldcenter.com. He's great.

Bosley

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on May 30, 2012
at 11:05 PM

Hey guys--

I highly recommend Savenor's market-- there's one in Cambrdige/Somerville (right on the border East of Harvard on Kirkland), and another one at the Charles MGH stop. All local, grassfed animals-- I get cuts of beef and ground beef for FOUR DOLLARS A POUND.

I love this store so much.

I get all my produce from Haymarket. Not organic, but the cheapest produce in the world with some of the most delightful and colorful vendors.

:)

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on January 28, 2012
at 08:55 PM

I've tried meat CSAs with both Stillman's and John Crow, and like John Crow better (better value, better taste). I get my tallow and organ meats from the "junk bin" at the CSA pickup, and when they don't have enough, I get it at Whole Foods (which doesn't always have grass-fed organs/bones/fat). I also have a fish CSA, Cape Cod Fish Share, that's going to start next week.

I get my veggies from Boston Organics or a veggie CSA (I've tried Stone Soup when I lived in Cambridge and loved it) and I just signed up for Red Fire Farm for this summer. I pick up additional items I need from JP City Supply and Feed which sources locally, from Whole Foods, or from Allandale Farm.

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on January 28, 2012
at 09:52 PM

I really liked the service: the produce was good. The only thing I was unhappy about is that the Dogma box (for locally sourced veggies) didn't allow No-List options. Their normal boxes do, which is awesome. I found them really flexible in that regard, and made ample use of it. But I would have liked to restrict certain veggies as well as have them source locally. That is one of the reasons I liked Stone Soup CSA so much: they have a swap bin, so if you don't eat corn, you can swap it out for something else. I'm hoping Red Fire Farm has a similar setup.

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on January 28, 2012
at 09:39 PM

I just signed up for Boston Organics. I'm pumped for my first box next week.

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on July 22, 2011
at 07:48 PM

I'm moving to Boston in a month or so... oh my goodness, I am not ready. Still trying to find a job. Hah!

Thanks to all those who posted so far, this will be really useful.

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on May 01, 2011
at 07:38 PM

I'm moving to Hudson area for an internship at Cressey Performance this summer. never lived on the east coast before.

Let's get together for some paleo feasts and adventures!

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on May 01, 2011
at 08:26 PM

Good idea. The call of barbecue is drawing near...

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on March 13, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the great ideas and links!

How about the gathering side of things? Any Bston area (public transport accessible) activities or groups involved with land management, stewardship, community nutrition, other Paleo-related, but not hunting/strength conditioning?

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on February 15, 2011
at 01:48 AM

Dave Petrovick's Caledonia Farm has amazing beef. Best. Rib-eye. EVAR. Burnshirt Farm has awesome pork and sells through the former. They're at the Waltham farmer's market in season and deliver to the Waltham FM space in winter once a month and also in Worcester. Get on the mailing list to be apprised of delivery days and place orders. Careful if you order flank, you'll get an enormous freakin' roast of it. Delish, but I can't eat that much meat in a week and it takes forever to thaw. Both drop sites are a hike for me but totally worth it.

Pete and Jen's Backyard Birds are good if you need something NOW but it's a schlep and expensive. I get pastured "Vital Farms" eggs from Whole Fuds in Andover. They used to sell extravagantly-colored Maine farm eggs but I haven't seen them in awhile. Too bad, never saw yolks that were almost red before. They generally have grass-fed beef but oh so expensive. I get all my meat from Dave now after ordering from US Wellness, whose meat is too lean for my taste.

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on May 01, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Www.paleocomfortcuisine.com

Delivers paleo food to local crossfit gyms.

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