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Do you eat the same foods all year long?

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Created March 27, 2012 at 4:27 PM

I was just curious if the hackers here find that they eat the same foods and ratio of foods day in and day out all year (as a lot of blogs seem to show) or if they follow a more seasonal way of eating.

I try and eat different ratios of protein, carbs, fats according to nature, but was curious to see what the rest of you do and whether this works for you or has created a rut?

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on April 03, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Don't read this the wrong way but I don't care or need a retraction from you, Do what you want, its your path. I know Sisson Wolf and Cordain has spoken on this issue and it does not take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out that early man could only eat in that season so if you buy into the concept, seasonal is an essential part of it. But you practice what you want, Im not here to disparage anyone for what they do- so ... I'm done.

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on April 02, 2012
at 02:42 PM

It is awesome that you hunt, gather and eat seasonally. You feel that eating seasonally is essential. But I have never read or heard any of the top gurus of paleo state that seasonal eating is required (except Dr. Kruse) to be "paleo". Stating that you feel it's important or makes a huge difference to you is one thing. Saying that it is "the only way to be Paleo" is quite another. If you show me where Wolf, Cordain, Sisson, Harris, Jaminet or DeVaney have stated that eating seasonally is required (or even strongly recommended) - I will offer a full retraction.

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on March 29, 2012
at 04:10 PM

I guess WE didn't, and yes I hunt and gather all my food and it is mostly seasonal. I preserve what I grow in the summer and I'm feel that Paelo is dead on here because it is just a feel good, please tell me Im Paleo web site now. Life has structure, too bad it wS a great concept.

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on March 29, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Not all paleo cavemen lived in N. Europe with seasonal food shortages. And I thought we all agreed to stop with the re-enactment aspect and just eat real food that makes you feel good. So, if I eat blueberries in January, I'm not paleo? I have no problem with people who WANT to do this - I just don't think it needs to be stated as a REQUIREMENT. And by the way, I have a damn supermarket, thank you very much. Are you hunting/gathering all your food?

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on March 27, 2012
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Our Paleo cavemen did NOT have a dam supermarket so if any guidelines apply which it seems be be less and less, seasonal is what Paleo is, so summer when three is food, you eat, in the winter you eat less, has nothing to do with not having an AC. So if Paleo has no science or guidelines, eat what ever shit you want and back it up with some crap story.

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on March 27, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Man, I am the total opposite. I am hardly hungry in the summer, heat kills my appetite. I just drink water all day, no matter how much mountain climbing or bike riding, and eat a salad for all three meals. Winter, on the other hand, spend the whole day freezing, get home exhausted from shivering, and want a big, marrow-y stew.

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on March 27, 2012
at 06:19 PM

I don't buy into that at all. There is no "only way" or "one true paleo". Seriously, when are we going to give up all this religious dogmatic paleo crap and start relying on real verifiable science? Sorry to pick on you, PJ - since it does seem to be the prevailing view here, but I get all riled up over stuff like this and other woo crap promoted on PH. Maybe I'm just an asshat... (and maybe I'm wrong on the seasonal thing - but is there any real science to support it beyond the paleo just-so story?)

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0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

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on March 27, 2012
at 04:53 PM

No, seasonal is the only way to be Paleo. So I eat less in the winter than summer. Seasonal is a big key to health via Paleo.

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on March 27, 2012
at 09:27 PM

Our Paleo cavemen did NOT have a dam supermarket so if any guidelines apply which it seems be be less and less, seasonal is what Paleo is, so summer when three is food, you eat, in the winter you eat less, has nothing to do with not having an AC. So if Paleo has no science or guidelines, eat what ever shit you want and back it up with some crap story.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on March 27, 2012
at 07:16 PM

Man, I am the total opposite. I am hardly hungry in the summer, heat kills my appetite. I just drink water all day, no matter how much mountain climbing or bike riding, and eat a salad for all three meals. Winter, on the other hand, spend the whole day freezing, get home exhausted from shivering, and want a big, marrow-y stew.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on March 27, 2012
at 06:19 PM

I don't buy into that at all. There is no "only way" or "one true paleo". Seriously, when are we going to give up all this religious dogmatic paleo crap and start relying on real verifiable science? Sorry to pick on you, PJ - since it does seem to be the prevailing view here, but I get all riled up over stuff like this and other woo crap promoted on PH. Maybe I'm just an asshat... (and maybe I'm wrong on the seasonal thing - but is there any real science to support it beyond the paleo just-so story?)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on March 29, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Not all paleo cavemen lived in N. Europe with seasonal food shortages. And I thought we all agreed to stop with the re-enactment aspect and just eat real food that makes you feel good. So, if I eat blueberries in January, I'm not paleo? I have no problem with people who WANT to do this - I just don't think it needs to be stated as a REQUIREMENT. And by the way, I have a damn supermarket, thank you very much. Are you hunting/gathering all your food?

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on March 29, 2012
at 04:10 PM

I guess WE didn't, and yes I hunt and gather all my food and it is mostly seasonal. I preserve what I grow in the summer and I'm feel that Paelo is dead on here because it is just a feel good, please tell me Im Paleo web site now. Life has structure, too bad it wS a great concept.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on April 02, 2012
at 02:42 PM

It is awesome that you hunt, gather and eat seasonally. You feel that eating seasonally is essential. But I have never read or heard any of the top gurus of paleo state that seasonal eating is required (except Dr. Kruse) to be "paleo". Stating that you feel it's important or makes a huge difference to you is one thing. Saying that it is "the only way to be Paleo" is quite another. If you show me where Wolf, Cordain, Sisson, Harris, Jaminet or DeVaney have stated that eating seasonally is required (or even strongly recommended) - I will offer a full retraction.

0fb8b3d6dcfb279b0f7e050d2d22510f

(4645)

on April 03, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Don't read this the wrong way but I don't care or need a retraction from you, Do what you want, its your path. I know Sisson Wolf and Cordain has spoken on this issue and it does not take a Sherlock Holmes to figure out that early man could only eat in that season so if you buy into the concept, seasonal is an essential part of it. But you practice what you want, Im not here to disparage anyone for what they do- so ... I'm done.

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:10 PM

I have never eaten the same things year round and this year I expect more distinct seasonal variations than ever because I'm emphasizing whole foods.

Here in southern Nevada the climate is very hot, so my food choices will simulate a more temperate location. I will emphasize raw greens, vegetables and fruit to a greater extent during the growth season and my meat rotation will be "lighter" with more fish/shellfish. I don't expect to make bone broth as often and, when I do, I'll put the slow-cooker outside and, for the first time, may experiment with eating my broth in "jello" form.

Next fall, I plan to eat more starch, nuts and fattier meats along with fall fruits such as apples and pears. Next winter I'm going to ban non-starchy stuff, etc.

There is a caveat--if at any point I find I'm not enjoying the "strictly seasonal" approach I'll cheerfully throw it out the window and adjust as needed for satiation and high energy.

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:39 PM

eat the same foods and ratio of foods day in and day out all year

These two things are quite different. I very similar macronutrient ratios, but I don't eat the exact same foods or the same amount of calories between winter and summer.

In winter I'll cook up my eggs with squash and onions and kale; in summer, I'll use asparagus, spinach, and peppers from the garden instead. In winter I'll have an orange for a treat, and in summer it's berries and cherries. I generally eat more in the summer, but it's more lower-calorie vegetables primarily, fewer nuts, fewer potatoes, fewer hearty roasts with root veggies, etc. More smoked and grilled meats, fresh fish, lots of garden produce. But overall ratios of protein:fat:carbs doesn't change too terribly much.

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:22 PM

I eat seasonally by necessity (blah blah blah, our year-round CSA--I feel like I mention it every other answer I give). Anyway, I eat more raw veggies, eggs, etc., in the summer and more starch in the fall and winter. I find that my body craves those things--especially starch and meat in the winter. I also find that if I stick to that stuff, I tend to gorge myself on tomatoes in the late summer and then not want to see another one until next tomato season, so my cravings tend to go with the seasons.

That said, I will get small quantities of in-season tropical/subtropical produce year-round despite living just outside Washington DC. Because mangoes and citrus are delicious.

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on March 27, 2012
at 05:05 PM

Nope. I eat very, very seasonally. Even my macronutrient profile changes through the seasons. Just like my activity choices, etc., change with the seasons, so does what I put into my body to fuel it -- the only consistency, for me, is that I choose to eat things that I truly, truly enjoy... I leave everything else up to body signals and environment.

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