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Paleo Foods That Are "Splurge" Foods? (still healthy)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 01, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Hey There,

Just signed up for this site and am brand new to Paleo but very excited to get into it.

Sometimes I like to just eat a bunch of food. Recently it has been carrots (I can easily go through 5 lbs whole carrots per week on top of all my baby carrots I bring to work), but it seems like these are actually not "Free" foods.

What are some good foods that I can eat a plethora of without any "consequence"?

Thanks

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on February 02, 2013
at 10:28 PM

Agreed. Consuming way too much of anything, even if it is nutritious, can be hard on the digestive system. It just can't process enormous quantities of food all at once

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:40 PM

This is perfect, thanks

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:38 PM

Ha just saw the orange comments. I have never even had an orange tint so I guess 5 lbs isn't even enough. Maybe if I get really bored one day I will see how many it takes

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:20 PM

5lbs a week won't turn you orange. When I was raw vegan I had easily that many carrots per week (juiced, soups, crackers) and I never turned orange. When I was a toddler though, I turned orange because all I would eat was sweet pototo, squash and carrots apparently...

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on November 01, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Hard to know what sources are most accurate when it comes to finding the exact nutrient contents of food, but according to cronometer it's more like 30g total carbs per day. And that's not counting however many pounds of baby carrots he/she is eating in addition to the 5lb bag. I'm not an advocate of carb-phobia, just in my experience carrots have a higher carb impact than most people realize, and depending on his/her goals and other food choices, it might be a bigger impact than desired as compared to other veggies.

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on November 01, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Agreed on the bacon. I might eat bacon daily, but it's 1 piece that's rendered out in olive oil for flavor as much as anything.

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on November 01, 2012
at 09:55 PM

Sugar? In carrots? C'mon. Even at their 5+ pound a week carrot habit, that's over 100 grams of sugars weekly, 15 grams per day.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on November 01, 2012
at 07:35 PM

Wow thanks everyone! I eat a very healthy diet already but this Paleo thing sounds like my kind of deal. I'm realizing that this fat-filled diet (and yes I know the good fats) is going to keep me full and away from the need to eat often.

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on November 01, 2012
at 07:18 PM

That many carrots and you'll be orange in no time...

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on November 01, 2012
at 07:00 PM

That's 5lbs in a week

E565e11cf32b38ab1f45086c1e0205f7

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:55 PM

For me they are, hence that comment being prefaced with "I think." I could probably down a jar of pickles myself, but my point was more in comparison to fresh veggies. I could eat probably 3x as much in fresh cucumbers with less satiety.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on November 01, 2012
at 06:49 PM

are pickles Satiating? I can easily down a jar of bubbies along with my dinner.

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:33 PM

Not really an answer but just out of curiosity: don't your hands turn orange when you eat that many carrots?

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B3a6def88179da51602547b32268264d

on November 01, 2012
at 07:21 PM

I think you're less looking for filling foods to help with hunger, and more looking for snack foods to help with the desire to eat.

The good news is that primal eating can help you become more aware of your emotional relationship with food, reducing that desire to eat when not hungry, and over time subtly changing what sort of foods you crave when you have the desire to eat.

My go-to snack food is currently pickles. I opt for the bread and butter variety which are insanely sweet to my primal-calibrated palate, so between the sweet and the crunch they really satisfy what I'm looking for when the urge to graze/munch strikes me. I max out about 10 slices in and feel satisfied.

Sliced/salted avocado doesn't hit that crunch/munch spot, but can be really tasty and satisfying enough to stop me wanting to eat more food.

Jerky is a pretty low-impact snack that can hit the salty/chewy spot and also reduce the desire to keep eating.

If you're still doing dairy, my favorite "splurge" is plain/tart frozen yogurt with chopped fruit (strawberries and mango especially), shredded coconut, and sliced almonds. It's the only dessert I really still eat since going primal.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on November 02, 2012
at 09:40 PM

This is perfect, thanks

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:48 PM

I honestly believe that there aren't any foods out there that you can consume large amounts of without any consequence. Even water has negative effects once you get past a certain level.

Bfd70bb38267fcc2d762063d691fa226

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on February 02, 2013
at 10:28 PM

Agreed. Consuming way too much of anything, even if it is nutritious, can be hard on the digestive system. It just can't process enormous quantities of food all at once

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 01, 2012
at 07:23 PM

I don't disagree with any of the above responses, but here's my personal list of things I consider splurge foods. By definition when I have them I think of limited portions.

  • fruit if having more than 2 whole pieces of fruit (or more than 1 c. grapes, watermelon, etc.)
  • more than 2 or 3 pieces of bacon; I normally season my pan with a piece or 2 but having a bunch is a splurge
  • processed meat such as kielbasa, brats, etc.
  • even though I have it daily, I consider coffee a splurge item since I only like it if you add cream and honey
  • shrimp and crab, but only because they're expensive

Things that work for me when I'm "hungry" include celery, carrots, pickles and olives. I have no urge to overeat any of those. Cheese is also pretty self-limiting.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 01, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Agreed on the bacon. I might eat bacon daily, but it's 1 piece that's rendered out in olive oil for flavor as much as anything.

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E565e11cf32b38ab1f45086c1e0205f7

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:42 PM

While I understand what you're feeling in this transition, you should definitely be seeking out ways to find satiety that don't involve eating giant quantities of one food or one kind of food.

That being said, when I changed my diet, I found myself munching a lot at first trying to overcome a changing experience of satiety.

Carrots aren't so bad, but the sugars do add up when you consume a whole lot of them. You could try cucumbers, lettuce, celery for a lower impact in that regard. I think fermented veggies are great for providing satiety due to their sourness and saltiness, and those you definitely wouldn't eat on the scale of fresh veggies. Added bonus is that the probiotics they contain are great for your digestive system.

E565e11cf32b38ab1f45086c1e0205f7

(613)

on November 01, 2012
at 06:55 PM

For me they are, hence that comment being prefaced with "I think." I could probably down a jar of pickles myself, but my point was more in comparison to fresh veggies. I could eat probably 3x as much in fresh cucumbers with less satiety.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on November 01, 2012
at 09:55 PM

Sugar? In carrots? C'mon. Even at their 5+ pound a week carrot habit, that's over 100 grams of sugars weekly, 15 grams per day.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on November 01, 2012
at 06:49 PM

are pickles Satiating? I can easily down a jar of bubbies along with my dinner.

E565e11cf32b38ab1f45086c1e0205f7

(613)

on November 01, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Hard to know what sources are most accurate when it comes to finding the exact nutrient contents of food, but according to cronometer it's more like 30g total carbs per day. And that's not counting however many pounds of baby carrots he/she is eating in addition to the 5lb bag. I'm not an advocate of carb-phobia, just in my experience carrots have a higher carb impact than most people realize, and depending on his/her goals and other food choices, it might be a bigger impact than desired as compared to other veggies.

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on November 01, 2012
at 10:59 PM

Maybe just things that are relatively low in calories, and raw.. if you had to hunt for food, you'd probably find vegetables growing in bulk sometimes. Maybe baby carrots aren't ideal because they are peeled.

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on November 01, 2012
at 07:58 PM

If you just started, you will be hungry at first, while your body switches over. I have been paleo for a year and a half, and while I am sometimes hungrier than others, I usually don't want to eat that much. However, my sister and her partner just started a whole 30, and they're ravenous. I told them to eat as much as they wanted right now, just make it fat, protein, and greens. In a few weeks, it will calm down.

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on November 01, 2012
at 06:51 PM

There are some high-satiety foods that you can eat fairly safely in abundance, sometimes if only because you can't eat a ton (5 Lbs!?!?!?).

Those foods would be:

Eggs

Ground Beef

Chicken Wings/Thighs

Salad

Obviously, if you're going to go house on these every once in a while you should get the best quality you can.

C3bc92e6b5eba45dc55f43ac3c70cc25

on November 01, 2012
at 07:00 PM

That's 5lbs in a week

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