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Epic Per-Region Paleo Resources Thread: Belgium

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 18, 2011 at 7:05 PM

This thread is for anything Paleo/Primal/Ancestral related that you know of in Belgium.

Supermarkets, farms, doctors, gyms, anything goes. Please create one answer per item group that you know of.

(Since Belgium is the only region I care about, I hope this catches on and other people will create threads for their region)

Af3541abe60041e777341c0aa82b53b1

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on August 15, 2014
at 01:34 PM

I've eaten well at Amadeus (not the ribs, I usually take the "brochette" plus a salad, no dressing). I have many restaurant reviews on my blog as well - bepaleoandthrive.blogspot.be. Most are in Liège though, but if ever you're in the area, that could help! :D

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on August 14, 2014
at 09:28 PM

I really want to go to Belgium! :)

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on July 10, 2012
at 08:04 PM

Hi Jen, Veeakker does [delivery rounds](http://www.veeakker.be/V3_1/index.php?p=verkoopp) and you can order from them or you can go to one of the shops they deliver to and buy from there. You can even order and let them deliver to a shop. I would think that around Mons there would be a system like that as well - let us know if you find it. Finally, Delhaize sells irish and scottish beef, I would think they have a higher chance of being grass-fed although maybe not grass-finished.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on July 10, 2012
at 07:57 PM

So you can get grasboter in Terrasana in Antwerpen and the bioshop in Wilrijk (where it's cheaper) - it tastes sooo goooood.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on May 28, 2012
at 09:13 PM

Organic or grassfed perhaps? Thanks for the info, first load of oysters are on their way

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on May 28, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Just from the butcher.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on May 28, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Thanks. And liver?

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on April 19, 2012
at 07:15 AM

@kobayashi OMG thank you I'll go check it out :-)

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on April 13, 2012
at 01:38 PM

In most bioshops (e.g. Het Natuurhuis in Antwerpen) you can find "grasboter". Delicious, dark yellow and creamy butter made from grass fed cows. http://www.zuiverzuivel.nl/producten/boter/grasboter-pakje-250-g.aspx

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I just throw meat from veeakker in there, random veggies that I seem to tolerate well, occasionally berries, and steam it. I then add around 4 tbsp of coconut oil to the meal because I love it, and a boatload of turmeric and cayenne pepper. It's tasty and works great. Today I made bone broth for the first time, and you can be sure it's gonna become a staple for me (I'll try to eat bone broth at every meal now).

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:56 PM

If you want wild meat, I believe the carrefour has bison, ostrich and other weird stuff that tastes bad but the source seems to be legit. As it's as expensive as grass-fed beef, I don't see why I would buy it.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I use Air Shipping now, it always takes 10 days and it's only 4-6 dollars. In the long run, it makes me win money.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on March 05, 2012
at 06:51 PM

Same experience for me, wmertens. I used to pay 20 cents for every egg, and they were fabulous eggs (gelly egg white and orange yolk, delicious taste). Too bad I don't do well with eggs :D.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on January 03, 2012
at 09:03 AM

I verified and that deer farm I know does not supplement any food during the summer (so they eat grass and leaves), and in wintertime they get additional "krachtvoer" which is various byproducts of industrial vegetable processing, like beet pulp and cooked malt (for making whiskey). All in all it didn't sound too bad. They aren't fattened for slaughter.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on January 03, 2012
at 08:59 AM

I found beautiful large dark-yellow-yolk pastured eggs at our local farmer's market. They're cheaper than supermarket eggs too!

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on December 12, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I think you are a bit to skeptical there :)

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on December 11, 2011
at 08:47 PM

We basically eat french cuisine and skip all the flour or sugar related items... A quiche is still super yummy without the crust. Breakfast is eggs, berries+yoghurt, rice flour pancackes (with bacon and shredded cheese), leftovers, pieces of cheese /dried sausage etc. Lunch for me is company restaurant where I avoid flour, omega 6 and sugar. Dinner is highly variable.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on December 11, 2011
at 08:43 PM

@Alteration, actually I don't know what the laws are around calling something "wild". I just have a hard time believing that all that deer meat in the supermarkets was shot in the wild...

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on December 11, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Good question :-) No idea... I actually know of no butter that has a "from cows fed grass only" claim. I wonder if there's enough grass in Rochefort.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 06, 2011
at 11:09 AM

@wmertens, why is it stated as 'Wild' than? And is there a communication method like private messages on this forum?

Cfa2637d1b6ec288d32379de06415792

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on December 03, 2011
at 03:07 PM

What about Rochefort Butter?

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:58 PM

@wmertens: indeed, asian shops are good resources. In Leuven they have good plantains (baking bananas) and very good shredded coconut (in different varieties). Should be only coconut, nothing added, but you never know...

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on November 30, 2011
at 08:26 AM

Yeah, most of the time. I use DHL.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:47 AM

@Pieter, shouldn't you have a website so people can find the one paleo inspired physical therapist? :-)

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:46 AM

@Alteration, I'm pretty sure that that's just farm-raised deer. I know someone who has a deerfarm in West-Flanders, I need to ask him what he feeds them. I know the deer in the park love the acorns I throw them, I doubt they get that though.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:32 AM

Did you ever have to pay customs handling fees (e.g. the 10€ TaxiPost charges) with iHerb shipments? Which shipping option do you use?

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

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on November 23, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Lidl also has some game meat available at the moment. Deer for example, €15/kg

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on November 02, 2011
at 10:12 AM

Grow your own eggs! That's what we do, easy, only need some space!

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on November 01, 2011
at 08:33 PM

Only local farmers, or you gotta do it yourself.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

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on October 18, 2011
at 07:10 PM

I'd really like to find an easy place to get good eggs. Would also-worm-fed eggs exist in the marketplace?

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B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

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on November 01, 2011
at 08:31 PM

GREAT meat to find at veeakker. They are situated in Leuven but have other places they deliver to. Service is great, the beef/lamb/fish (e.g. wild alaska salmon) couldn't be higher quality. The prices can be high but you can always supplement your diet with organic, cheaper meat. Maybe even horse meat.

You can go to the BioPlanet to find practically everything you'd need, except for grass-fed stuff and probably bones too.

If you live near Grimbergen there is the "Groentehof" that have GREAT vegetables and fruits (this store closed because the owners retired, but they still sell apples). And for supplements, I just use iHerb.

To be honest, I never go to any supermarket. Just the butcher and vegetables at the organic store.


I get oysters from crown prince on iHerb. Some supermarkets (eg. Delhaize) also carry organic fruit and Haagen-Dazs (okay not that paleo but it comes close). Oysters can also be found in the Delhaize but it's crazy expensive and you have to open the shells yourself which broke 4 of my knives :).

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on November 30, 2011
at 05:32 AM

Did you ever have to pay customs handling fees (e.g. the 10€ TaxiPost charges) with iHerb shipments? Which shipping option do you use?

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on November 30, 2011
at 08:26 AM

Yeah, most of the time. I use DHL.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 05, 2012
at 06:51 PM

I use Air Shipping now, it always takes 10 days and it's only 4-6 dollars. In the long run, it makes me win money.

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 28, 2012
at 04:47 PM

Thanks. And liver?

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on May 28, 2012
at 09:13 PM

Organic or grassfed perhaps? Thanks for the info, first load of oysters are on their way

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on May 28, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Just from the butcher.

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463e09e6e28c4f2591aaca88bf0c3cef

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on June 07, 2013
at 07:59 PM

In addition to Asian stores, I find African stores to be a great help as well! Spices, alternative flours, oils... The ones I shop at are called "Kausar Ethnic Beauty" (yes, they sell makeup and wigs as well :p)

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on July 01, 2012
at 07:41 PM

I'm trying to find some grass-fed beef in Belgium. Can someone explain veeakker to me? They deliver to the food store? Do you know if any speak english and/or are open on the weekends. I live in Mons, so by a quick glance, it seems I'll be driving a little. Thanks!

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on July 10, 2012
at 08:04 PM

Hi Jen, Veeakker does [delivery rounds](http://www.veeakker.be/V3_1/index.php?p=verkoopp) and you can order from them or you can go to one of the shops they deliver to and buy from there. You can even order and let them deliver to a shop. I would think that around Mons there would be a system like that as well - let us know if you find it. Finally, Delhaize sells irish and scottish beef, I would think they have a higher chance of being grass-fed although maybe not grass-finished.

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on May 27, 2012
at 07:18 AM

Check out www.troop-out.be for Belgian Paleo diet recipies and Caveman fitness sessions/workshops/events

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956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 06, 2011
at 12:11 PM

Can you guys please post some meal plans? Just curious what works out for you guys :)

Thanks

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on December 11, 2011
at 08:47 PM

We basically eat french cuisine and skip all the flour or sugar related items... A quiche is still super yummy without the crust. Breakfast is eggs, berries+yoghurt, rice flour pancackes (with bacon and shredded cheese), leftovers, pieces of cheese /dried sausage etc. Lunch for me is company restaurant where I avoid flour, omega 6 and sugar. Dinner is highly variable.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 05, 2012
at 06:59 PM

I just throw meat from veeakker in there, random veggies that I seem to tolerate well, occasionally berries, and steam it. I then add around 4 tbsp of coconut oil to the meal because I love it, and a boatload of turmeric and cayenne pepper. It's tasty and works great. Today I made bone broth for the first time, and you can be sure it's gonna become a staple for me (I'll try to eat bone broth at every meal now).

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A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

on November 30, 2011
at 06:01 AM

In Antwerp I found a small Euro-Asian supermarket in the Driekoningenstraat that has cheap ghee (???5/500g) and coconut oil (???3/500ml). They also have lots of exotic vegetables and very sticky rice :)

Caveats:

  • The ghee has added ethyl butyrate, presumably for flavor. This annoys me but using it as a cooking oil doesn't pass the flavor. There's also no indication of grassfedness.
  • The coconut oil is yummy but comes in a plastic bottle. In Belgium this means it's a solid :-) so you need to heat the bottle and transfer the contents to a jar.

So in general I would say, check out your local asian supermarkets.

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:58 PM

@wmertens: indeed, asian shops are good resources. In Leuven they have good plantains (baking bananas) and very good shredded coconut (in different varieties). Should be only coconut, nothing added, but you never know...

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on November 02, 2011
at 08:53 AM

This time of the year, Colruyt has nice and very reasonable priced game meat (epsicially the frozen meat is great)

Kerrygold is widely available. At Bioplanet they have Dutch grass fed butter, but more expensive. Bioplanet bacon is good.

Grass-fed/pastured meat is difficult, but as Korion said, Veeakker has nice but expensive 'natuurpunt' meat.

I haven't tried it, but 'Modderbaard' has a nice blog with lots of Dutch grass fed meats. Maybe worth trying.

I know there are some cross fit gyms around.

I don't know of any doctors at all, I only know of one physical therapist who is paleo inspired: me! ;)

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on November 23, 2011
at 01:46 PM

Lidl also has some game meat available at the moment. Deer for example, €15/kg

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on November 30, 2011
at 05:46 AM

@Alteration, I'm pretty sure that that's just farm-raised deer. I know someone who has a deerfarm in West-Flanders, I need to ask him what he feeds them. I know the deer in the park love the acorns I throw them, I doubt they get that though.

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on November 30, 2011
at 05:47 AM

@Pieter, shouldn't you have a website so people can find the one paleo inspired physical therapist? :-)

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 06, 2011
at 11:09 AM

@wmertens, why is it stated as 'Wild' than? And is there a communication method like private messages on this forum?

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on December 11, 2011
at 08:43 PM

@Alteration, actually I don't know what the laws are around calling something "wild". I just have a hard time believing that all that deer meat in the supermarkets was shot in the wild...

956bcad1d462d433a4e1e22f6e3355d5

(1191)

on December 12, 2011
at 07:19 PM

I think you are a bit to skeptical there :)

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on January 03, 2012
at 09:03 AM

I verified and that deer farm I know does not supplement any food during the summer (so they eat grass and leaves), and in wintertime they get additional "krachtvoer" which is various byproducts of industrial vegetable processing, like beet pulp and cooked malt (for making whiskey). All in all it didn't sound too bad. They aren't fattened for slaughter.

B0fe7b5a9a197cd293978150cbd9055f

(8938)

on March 05, 2012
at 06:56 PM

If you want wild meat, I believe the carrefour has bison, ostrich and other weird stuff that tastes bad but the source seems to be legit. As it's as expensive as grass-fed beef, I don't see why I would buy it.

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on October 18, 2011
at 07:29 PM

Jack O'Shea's in Brussels has grass-fed organic meat.

http://www.ourobouros.be/: Orrobouros is an organic vegetable farm in Flanders. They have stands on market day in Jette and Place Chausseur in Brussels.

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A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

on October 18, 2011
at 07:08 PM

Butter: You can get Kerrygold butter in at least Colruyt, Carrefour and Delhaize. Colruyt is cheapest if you buy per 4.

Note that Kerrygold may or may not be really good grassfed butter. The Quilt tested several batches and they had varying K2 content :-(.

Cfa2637d1b6ec288d32379de06415792

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on December 03, 2011
at 03:07 PM

What about Rochefort Butter?

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on December 11, 2011
at 08:37 PM

Good question :-) No idea... I actually know of no butter that has a "from cows fed grass only" claim. I wonder if there's enough grass in Rochefort.

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on April 13, 2012
at 01:38 PM

In most bioshops (e.g. Het Natuurhuis in Antwerpen) you can find "grasboter". Delicious, dark yellow and creamy butter made from grass fed cows. http://www.zuiverzuivel.nl/producten/boter/grasboter-pakje-250-g.aspx

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on April 19, 2012
at 07:15 AM

@kobayashi OMG thank you I'll go check it out :-)

A64ed062eb5e2c3407122fcf16c5de6b

(715)

on July 10, 2012
at 07:57 PM

So you can get grasboter in Terrasana in Antwerpen and the bioshop in Wilrijk (where it's cheaper) - it tastes sooo goooood.

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Af3541abe60041e777341c0aa82b53b1

on August 15, 2014
at 02:59 PM

Thank you for your kind words! And I just remembered, in Brussels it's called Amadeo, because there was already another restaurant called Amadeus! They have a website with all their locations though, I think it's Amadeus.com, but I'm not sure.

I don't know of any other "safe" restaurants in Brussels, but I usually find something to eat in any restaurant, I just ask them to give me a double portion of salad with a simple meat dish. Sometimes I take my own dressing :P

@choulesey

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on August 15, 2014
at 02:49 PM

Thank you @MegWhite I have been reading your blog a lot - even before we moved here - and my husband has too! It's a great blog, thank you :) The only downside is that we are in Brussels, but thank you for your advice about Amadeus. Any other advice or information from people on how to thrive as a paleo in Brussels would be gratefully received.

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Af3541abe60041e777341c0aa82b53b1

on August 15, 2014
at 01:35 PM

Just to spread the word... I have a blog about paleo living in Belgium: bepaleoandthrive.blogspot.be

I'm also in the process of translating this blog into French: paleoBelgique.blogspot.be

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on August 14, 2014
at 09:15 PM

I know this thread is old, but it's worth a try!! Does anyone know where my husband and I can eat out without breaking paleo too much. We have just moved to Brussels.

Af3541abe60041e777341c0aa82b53b1

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on August 15, 2014
at 01:34 PM

I've eaten well at Amadeus (not the ribs, I usually take the "brochette" plus a salad, no dressing). I have many restaurant reviews on my blog as well - bepaleoandthrive.blogspot.be. Most are in Liège though, but if ever you're in the area, that could help! :D

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