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Answered on January 13, 2014
Created January 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

hi everyone, my name's Caroline and I live in Scotland, in mid-late 20s.

I found out I have celiac disease with dairy intolerance about a year ago and have only just stumbled upon paleo.

I am always tired (so hooked on coffee), and am not looking for weight loss - I lost a lot of weight since cutting out gluten.

I'm looking for food ideas that will help keep me going, I'm a reasonably big eater as I go to the gym. Any ideas suitable for lunch boxes would be fantastic as I take lunch to work.

Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

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on January 13, 2014
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Now, if you want some great portable and lunch box foods, I'm sure plenty of others will respond, but here's some of my favorites:

-Stews, soups and salads for lunch box. Stews over soups...

-Any re-heatable meats or meat that is good cold. Opt for fatty meat where possible.

-A medium sweet potato with about an ounce of melted butter and plenty of salt and pepper just about does lunch for me some days, though I usually have something on the side.

-canned fish: salmon, tuna, sardines, etc... especially wild caught. these go great with salad or rice/nori sheets. Rice (white) is just about the only grain I still touch.

-Sauerkraut or kosher pickles make a great lunch box fillers.

-macadamia nuts, raisins, and chocolate are good snacks. They all go good together too.

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on January 13, 2014
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I'll start by outlining some of the major differences between paleo and gluten free / dairy free...

-Avoid processed seed and vegetable oils; seek out omega 3 from natural sources like salmon and grass fed beef.

-avoid most grains, not just wheat. This is highly debatable but when I went from gluten free to paleo I felt much better. I eat a lot of potatoes (both sweet and white) and a bit of rice and not a whole lot else in the way of starches.

-Avoid most processed foods, opting for whole, natural food. A good rule of thumb for plants is if you could pick it and eat it raw, then it's fine raw or cooked. There are exceptions of course. Most of us wouldn't eat a raw sweet potato but technically, you could.

-Try to get more fat into your diet. Replace most of the starch calories you used to eat with fat. The extend to which you do this is entirely personal. Most paleo eaters range from 45-75% fat calories. This is hard to wrap your head around at first but you'll feel great. And it's not just about downing olive oil and butter, though that's certainly a part of it.

-Avoid other food borne toxins by opting for more organic, locally grown foods where affordable and possible.

-Heal your gut with probiotics (fermented foods are usually preferred over pills) and good hearty stews. Learn to make bone broth in a crock pot. The taste will grow on you and it does wonders for your gut. It's possible, though improbable, that you will one day be able to handle the occasional cross exposure to gluten.

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