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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Good Catch Paleo Mouth! I'll add below. Add Fermented Foods. Kimchee, Sauerkraut, pickled/crunchy (anything), yogurt (if tolerated), water kefir, regular kefir (if tolerated), kombucha, or...just don't keep your veggies too clean (unless pickling.)

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

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on February 06, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Great post. Add fermented foods to the mix as well!

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on February 06, 2012
at 01:12 PM

And so many plants!

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:27 AM

You could just embrace the low reward food concept, boredom can be an ally in the kitchen if it keeps you from eating more than you want to.

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:48 AM

No beef/bison? No wild fatty fish? Do you know how many vegetables are in grocery stores and farmers markets? Herbs and spices help make even the same dishes have different flavors. You think eating Paleo is boring because that's how you're making it to be. Why limit veggies to green beans and asparagus? Go out and try something NEW.

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:48 AM

No beef/bison? No wild fatty fish?
Do you know how many vegetables are in grocery stores and farmers markets?
Herbs and spices help make even the same dishes have different flavors.
You think eating Paleo is boring because that's how you're making it to be. Why limit veggies to green beans and asparagus? Go out and try something NEW.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 06, 2012
at 03:47 AM

+1 RW's food matrix is very helpful.

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:34 AM

This is kind of an odd question. Go to the grocery store and you shall see variety. Do you want someone to tell you what to eat?

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:22 AM

There is variety, and plenty of it. I used to feel this way but when I found some good web sites for paleo food, I started expanding. I found this site recently:http://www.primal-palate.com/p/recipes.html they have some nice meal choices. Make some fried "rice" http://nomnompaleo.com/post/3195098303/asian-cauliflower-fried-rice Try a paleo dip with some celery and carrots for a snack. Try kale chips as a snack. Make some almond flour pancakes on the weekend. Eat some beef skewers. Cook fish- seriously! I don't know if this comment is helpful, but I hope it gives you some optimism at least.

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on February 06, 2012
at 07:42 AM

Rotate meat.

Beef. Lamb. Goat. Mutton. Bison. Chicken. Pork. Turkey. Salmon. Mackerel. Cod. Squid. Shrimp. Crawfish. Lobster. Crab. Eel. Sardines. Boar. Ostrich. Kangaroo. Bugs.

Rotate cuts.

Loin. Sirloin. Short loin. Chuck. Rib. Shank. Brisket. Tendon. Flank. Round. Belly. Liver. Kidneys. Heart. Bones. Marrow.

Rotate cooking methods

Sweat. Stir-fry. Saute. Boil. Steam. Fry. Bake. Broil. Roast. Baste. Stuff. Sous Vide. Freeze. Salt.

Rotate Veggies and fruits

Go to produce section. Close eyes. Spin in a circle. Walk in a straight line until you hit a vegetable or fruit. Pick. Eat.

Rotate Starches

Potatoes. Different colors. Sweet potatoes. Different colors. Fingerlings. Squash. Winter squash. Zucchini. Russets. Golds. Okinawans. Yams. If tolerated, rice. Soaked. Cooked properly. White is best. Wild is fun too.

Rotate Spices and Herbs

Anise. Basil. Coriander. Coriander Seeds. Cumin. Cayenne. Red Pepper. Pepper. Salt. Oregano. Paprika. Turmeric. Garam Marsala. Thyme. Rosemary. Fennel Seed. Clove. Cinnamon. Ginger. Garlic. Dill. Mint. Parsley. Cilantro. Chives. Green onion.

Rotate Fat

Tallow. Lard. Duck fat. Butter. Ghee. Olive oil. Crispy Salmon skin. Coconut oil. Coconut Cream. Avocados. Cream. Natural Animal fat.

Snacks

Nuts. Almonds. Walnuts. Pistachios. Cashews. Chestnuts. Macadamias. Hazelnuts. Pecans. Brazil. Mix n' match. Watch portions. Seeds. Pumpkin. Sesame. Sunflower. Sunflower. Mix n' match. Watch Portions. Add dried fruit if desired. Raisins. Prunes. Apricots. Pineapple. Apple. Mix n' match. Watch sugar portions.

Make your own bars. Use raw honey. Make jerky. Desiccation for the win. Dark Chocolate. Add to yogurt. Unsweetened. Raw. Full-fat, if dairy is tolerated. Add to heavy cream. Raw. Full-fat. Use coconut products for treats. Flour (coconut). Meat. Oil. Cream. It's okay to cheat once or twice a month. We are not food Nazis.

To me, the above can be easily transformed into something delicious...and the list is hardly complete. You can do it too. Just takes at most a half-hour, a little effort, and the wonderful smell to keep you going.

535fafe8afe6923870905c707c4f4454

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on February 06, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Great post. Add fermented foods to the mix as well!

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on March 11, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Good Catch Paleo Mouth! I'll add below. Add Fermented Foods. Kimchee, Sauerkraut, pickled/crunchy (anything), yogurt (if tolerated), water kefir, regular kefir (if tolerated), kombucha, or...just don't keep your veggies too clean (unless pickling.)

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:08 AM

Have you seen Robb Wolfs food/meal matrix?

http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/thePaleoSolution_FoodMatrix.pdf

Infinite ways to cook. More protein choices than you might be aware of.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 06, 2012
at 03:47 AM

+1 RW's food matrix is very helpful.

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:24 AM

Go out and get yourself a couple of good paleo cookbooks (I'd suggest Well Fed & Everyday Paleo) and ask your girlfriend if she'd like to make a nice meal with you. Go to chowstalker.com and browse for stuff that looks good. Get thee to a farmer's market and explore some more diverse veggies. Make yourself a nice omelette or frittata for breakfast. Check out either Robb Wolf's food matrix or the Whole9 seasonal produce guide.

As an example, for Valentine's day, my husband and I are making cedar planked BBQ salmon, a proscuitto mushroom tart (with nut crust), and artichokes with homemade mayo. Oh and some of those blooming tea flower things. You don't have to go with cookies to have a little romance.

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D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:56 AM

Other ideas - do you like curry of any kind? A trip to the Asian foods market might help you liven up your meals. There are a zillion kinds of curry pastes (in a can! for about a buck!) and a lot of them are "clean" foods. Indulge in some coconut milk - the really good stuff. Get some good fish sauce. Explore curries from India, Thailand, South Africa, et cetera -- there really is a spice trail to follow. A few Madhur Jaffrey cookbooks from the library and you can do a world tour, and really mix up your meals.

I also find Mexican food culture to be a great jumping off point. Make some barbacoa beef, or puerco pibil. Sounds complicated, really isn't, TASTES AWESOME.

What about trying one new veggie every week? If you're stumped as to what to do with it, maybe try roasting a bit and/or sauteeing a bit.

Do you ever deglaze a cooking pan with wine or broth? Try that, and throwing in a knob of grassfed butter at the end. Pour on your meat. Purr.

It's never too late to learn some new tricks. Check out the foodie websites for inspiration - www.food52.com, www.chowhound.com, www.epicurious.com, just for starters. Be brave! You're setting yourself up to fail with such a limited diet. You don't have to!

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193b7fb0fec8913d5ebb3b99a04d21c6

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:18 PM

As much as people frown on Paleo baking, when my husband and I started getting bored we started baking some Paleo treats. The process was fun and the results were delicious and indulgent, while still being Paleo.

A lot of other great suggestions above, too. Try some recipe out of your comfort zone, but adhere to Paleo rules. There's so much you can do with this, it's amazing.

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on February 06, 2012
at 02:27 PM

I doubt your diet before Paleo was interesting at all...

human beings are creatures of habit, I bet you ate the same shitty food over and over and over...

looks like God is sending you a sign to learn to cook some more complex meals. good luck with that. I personally am not ready for complexity and enjoy the simplistic eating I'm doing now... very few breakfasts are as good as pork chops and scrambled eggs...

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on February 06, 2012
at 12:24 PM

How can it get boring when there are so many animals to choose from?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on February 06, 2012
at 01:12 PM

And so many plants!

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2a0f1afde303eadc422d015fc22f7512

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on February 06, 2012
at 06:29 AM

The change of lifestyle has been the hardest for me too. I'm going to bars again now but only ones where I can hang out by the pool table and keep myself occupied drinking seltzer while my friends are drinking cocktails.

There are a ton of resources for food like people mentioned. Mashed cauliflower is one of my favorites and it compliments and changes any piece of meat. Spaghetti squash is another great one. Some of that with some ground beef and tomato sauce is about as easy as a meal gets. My recent fallback has been ground beef with taco seasoning (make it homemade...recipes all over the net) and top with homemade guacamole.

AWESOME books... Well Fed and Make it Paleo. buy them. Some recipes are involved but some are pretty straightforward. I'm blogging my food for motivation...stop by and check it out here http://www.facebook.com/eatingforidiots

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on April 19, 2012
at 03:16 AM

I pretty much answer a lot of questions with....fish!!

Salmon and sardines are freaking amazing. Canned sardines are very simple. Delicious over a good salad with egg and avocado with balsamic vinegar.

What about cooking up your food with a different presentation? Meatloaf with the various meats? Lettuce wraps? Stuffed vegetables, like peppers? Mushroom sandwiches?

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on February 06, 2012
at 03:01 PM

Food is fuel for your body and nothing more. Body builders would kill for the variety offered on a paleo diet.

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