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Tips for a paleo Norway?

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Created November 05, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Hi all,

After a recent cortisol raising and dark chocolate consumption inducing notice of redundancy, I've been lucky enough to land a job in the new year which requires a temporary relocation to Norway...

I know they're big on seafood and the more gamier meats - but any tips on a paleo lifestyle out there would be much appreciated.

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on November 05, 2011
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Lutefisk and torsk I like, but gjetost isn't my favorite. Norway does have some good mild cheeses and fermented milk products you don't see in the USA.

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on November 05, 2011
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Oh reindeer hot pot! Dark stew with potatoes and lingonberries on the side. More of a Finnish meal.

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Hi. I'm from Norway.

There is a couple of threads about it already, here is one of them:

http://paleohacks.com/questions/43748/is-there-anybody-else-from-scandinavia-here#axzz1cqCEvS4B

Norway is nice. Where will you be living? If you live in the west/north the nature and scenery is spectacular. You should be able to get some raw milk (if you do dairy) if you could find a farmer.

Most meats in stores are pretty much grass fed (except for the pork meats), so I don't worry about grass fed beef. I don't think there is any hormones in the meat as well.

In the autumn, most stores have specials on leg of lamb. This lamb meat is probably the best you'll ever eat. At least I find it to be superior to the "luxury" hormone free organic meat they sell in america. It is pretty much "wild", because the lamb spend their whole life in the mountains eating lots of good stuff! It is also very easy to cook, just put the whole leg in your oven for 4-6 hours at 90-100 degrees. It will be so tender you'd be able to eat it with a spoon if you like.

Otherwise: veggies are expensive. Organic veggies far more expensive, but if you find a local farmed, they might sell you in bulk for a fraction of the cost.

My two kroner, Lars

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on November 05, 2011
at 09:21 AM

If funds are available, eating well in Norway is a joy. As you said, fabulous quality seafood, reindeer, elk but at a premium. Expect to pay minimum of ???20/kg for fresh fish or ???30-50/kg frozen game. As it's a short growing season, most fruit and veg is imported, but if you don't mind frozen veg, it's good. 10 years ago, avocados and coconut oil were only found on episodes of MagnumPI, but now a lot of 'foreign food' shops sell good herbs, spices, oils etc. Most of the mainstream supermarkets sell 90% processed crap, but I guess that's the same anywhere. 2 or 3 magnates control the commercial food industry here, so it's all transfats and HFCS. Farmers have a hard time despite high subsidies, and meat and dairy are pricey, and increasingly pellet raised. Lamb is very good. So all things said, you get what you pay for. I survive on fish largely, with the odd outlay in seasonal game to fill freezer.

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on November 05, 2011
at 02:42 PM

Minke whale. Enjoy it while you can. And see if you can stomach lutefisk.

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on November 05, 2011
at 03:28 PM

Lutefisk and torsk I like, but gjetost isn't my favorite. Norway does have some good mild cheeses and fermented milk products you don't see in the USA.

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on November 05, 2011
at 12:25 PM

Pickled herring is GORGEOUS. Boyfriend brought some back for me on a business trip. Serious amount of vitamin D in it too, can easily get 1,000's of IU's from herring which is nature's richest food source.

Gravadlax (smoked salmon is good too). Reindeer is lovely also.

It is painfully expensive for a lot of things though so I hope they are paying you well!

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on November 05, 2011
at 03:23 PM

Oh reindeer hot pot! Dark stew with potatoes and lingonberries on the side. More of a Finnish meal.

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