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Seasonal Variations to Paleo??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 19, 2011 at 2:14 PM

The days are getting shorter, the nights longer, and the weather more cold and wet. Should there be any seasonal variations in paleo (certain foods? ratios?)? Is there anything one should have more or less of in the autumn/winter months?

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on October 19, 2011
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Ummmm...it lists Alaskan Pollock as being a local, in season food for me right now. I don't live in Alaska. I live in the South.

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on October 19, 2011
at 03:01 PM

Thanks for asking this. I was wondering the same the other day when I started to think about what would actually be available to me if I lived off the land: meat, fat, starchy roots, a few winter berries

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on October 19, 2011
at 02:50 PM

It comes down to individualized goals. But as a general rule of thumb, stick to seasonal fruits and vegetables. You're right, and there has been a lot of study (especially some outstanding talks at the AHS) about the body's natural fructose absorption around harvest and then fat storage for winter. If you stick to the seasonal produce from a local farmer's market or CSA, you should be fine. Otherwise, if you don't already have a metabolic condition, there's not going to be a huge fluctuation in healthy body composition because you're still eating bananas in the middle of winter.

All of that being said, consider the higher fat intake of the Inuits and other arctic cultures. It seems that natural body warmth and the intake of fats tend to coincide for some.

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on October 19, 2011
at 03:04 PM

I've found Sustainable Table to be a great site for seasonal eating based upon your location. Unfortunately it's only for the US, but still useful.

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on October 19, 2011
at 03:17 PM

Ummmm...it lists Alaskan Pollock as being a local, in season food for me right now. I don't live in Alaska. I live in the South.

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