Paleo on a serious budget, rice okay?

Answered on March 11, 2014
Created September 09, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I'm on a serious budget now but have been paleo for awhile, not for weight loss or gut trouble, just to be healthy. Incidentally I've been low carb and don't mean to be, nor do I really want to be constantly low carb, so is it okay if I begin to have a white rice maybe every other day? Or will that have some serious weight gaining effects?

Anyone that knows how to most traditionally cook rice in a paleo-safe manner, please comment how!

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on March 11, 2014
at 12:30 AM

If I was going to go off paleo, it's one of the very few foods I would eat. If you like sweet potatoes I'd stock up on those for your starches. I have found them to be super cheap, they last a really long time and there are tons of ways to use them.


on March 11, 2014
at 12:04 AM

White rice will spike your blood sugar pretty substantially, but for what it is there's a decent amount of nutrients and protein in it, and it's dirt cheap I relied on it when I was unemployed, and while it may not be paleo, it's certainly better than living off pasta. Since it doesn't sound like weight is a big concern of yours, I wouldn't worry about it. Hope things turn around for you soon.



on September 09, 2013
at 08:47 PM

Rice is a traditional food, and traditional foods are good. You do need calories, and getting them solely from fat isn't necessarily optimal. Assuming it doesn't displace nutrient-rich foods, a little rice now and then, assuming it is tolerated, is fine. I'm eating about 2 pounds of raw rice weekly now, unemployment sucks.


on September 09, 2013
at 08:22 PM

Given that rice is considered a "safe starch" because of its low toxin content, I don't see a problem with eating rice regularly, unless you are diabetic.

I would even go so far and encourage the inclusion of as many foods as possible in a paleo diet. Unless you have allergies, or another valid reason for avoiding certain foods or food groups, you should not limit your options.

What qualifies as a valid reason is obviously very subjective. If you feel better on a low-carb or ketogenic diet, you obviously need to be more restrictive, but even then there is a lot of different foods you can eat.

I wouldn't recommend plain rice, but if you combine it with some vegetables, eggs, butter, spices, some meat etc. and you don't have to be low-carb for any reason, you can go ahead and enjoy your rice.

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on September 09, 2013
at 07:46 PM

For me rice is just a filler and I can't see any reason to eat it. My only starch carbs are some coconut oil fried sweet potatoes or yams a few times a week with eggs for brunch.

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on September 09, 2013
at 07:42 PM

I'm in the same boat - Paleo for health not weight loss.

White rice in a rice cooker is pretty healthy, in moderation. I eat it almost every day but keep my portions pretty tiny. Any sort of spud/potato is even more healthy and still pretty cheap and easy to prepare. You can actually cook a small one effectively in the microwave.

Other budget paleo foods:

-broccoli and cauliflower

-butter(lots of it on everything)

-chicken thighs (try costco and freeze them in singles/doubles)

-coconut cream (like $1.50 -$2.50 a can and FILLING - put in smoothies/shakes)

-frozen berries (costco good again, but trader joes can be budget friendly)

-what am I missing? There's so much more!

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