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How should I get my vegetables?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 15, 2013 at 11:09 PM

If I may simplify the Paleo diet as "Eat plenty of meats and veggies," I see where the meats come from but not where to get a large volume of vegetables. Paleo as it doesn't speak of "fruits and veggies" in that order; we are to limit sweet intake and not make fruit a heavy staple of our diet.

Which leaves me to ask where I should be looking for vegetable intake; I've been advised to avoid acidic foods, so that takes out tomatoes. Regular potatoes are, as I understand, starch no-no's. Also "legumes" (the term confused me because in French the term is a generic term meaning vegetables); beans are also classified as either "don't eat" or "limit it like fruit."

And this is to paint a picture: a lot of things not to eat, which leaves some things via elimination (leafy things like spinach, kale and romaine), but isn't clear on what vegetables I should be consuming as bulk staples.

So what are the foods I should be consuming as bulk staple vegetables?

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on February 23, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Question for Dragonfly: I'm wondering what my meals would look like if I let animals digest my veg for me. Do you really just eat a plate of meat with nothing else? What's a typical day look like for you?

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:50 PM

does fruit have enough micronutrients?

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:50 PM

does fruit wnough micronutrients?

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on February 16, 2013
at 10:50 AM

That got me...and made me laugh!

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on February 16, 2013
at 02:01 AM

Personally, I say potatoes are a yes-yes.

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:58 AM

I didn't realize those we're untenable characteristics of paleo foods. I'll inform nuts, potatoes, and coconut that they're out of the club.

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:33 AM

theres nothing wrong with acidic food

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:18 AM

Or you could just do this ;) http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2012/03/fruit-and-vegetables.html

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:23 PM

lol .

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:35 PM

Here's a few: spinach, kale, chard, collards, all lettuces (romaine is great as a wrap/bun substitute), snow peas, snap peas, bok choy, green beans, red/green/yellow/orange peppers, yams, sweet potatoes, all squashes (butternut, spaghetti, acorn etc), carrots, beets, rutabaga, turnips, parsnips, plantains, yucca, taro, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant.... that should get you started. I tend to eat one green veg and one starchy veg with every meal.

Oh also some that I can't eat because they are FODMAPS and therefore gassy for me: cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, fennel, leeks, artichokes, asparagus, brussel sprouts, onions...

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

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on February 16, 2013
at 10:50 AM

That got me...and made me laugh!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:18 AM

Or you could just do this ;) http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/2012/03/fruit-and-vegetables.html

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on February 23, 2013
at 06:01 PM

Question for Dragonfly: I'm wondering what my meals would look like if I let animals digest my veg for me. Do you really just eat a plate of meat with nothing else? What's a typical day look like for you?

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:26 AM

A fun way to introduce yourself to the variety in the vegetable world is to buy a CSA box. Community Supported Agriculture is like having a subscription to a local farm... you pay in advance and pick up a weekly box, sometimes right at the farm, sometimes at an urban drop-point or farmer's market.

Many farmers who offer this call themselves "small o organic." They practice organic agriculture but don't spend the money required to be certified. They are usually happy to answer questions, to have you visit the farm, and many often offer eggs or chicken as well as produce.

The thins about a CSA box is you don't (usually) get to pick and choose. You get what is fresh that week. It might be chard, kale, spring onions, and baby carrots. Or collard greens and a big butternut squash. Or a salad mix with edible flowers. When you are new to it, you will be hopping to find recipes for all this unusual food. Fortunately, Google is your friend!

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:17 PM

you should be getting your vegetables through fruit

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:23 PM

lol .

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:50 PM

does fruit wnough micronutrients?

2e6e673ce3eb647407d260d4d57a731b

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on February 16, 2013
at 12:50 PM

does fruit have enough micronutrients?

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Renee: Peas, snap peas and green beans have lectins, phytates and a high glycemic index and hence are not paleo!

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on February 16, 2013
at 01:58 AM

I didn't realize those we're untenable characteristics of paleo foods. I'll inform nuts, potatoes, and coconut that they're out of the club.

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on February 15, 2013
at 11:47 PM

Find the veggies you like and your favorite way to prepare them (steamed, fried, raw, whatever!). My favorites are cauliflower, parsnips, sweet potatoes. One of my staple vegetables I buy every week is carrots since they are versatile and easy on the go snack.

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