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New to Paleo and confused about starches

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 26, 2012 at 6:35 PM

So I thought Paleo was all about staying away from ALL breads, legumes, processed food, and sugars (except in small amounts of fruit)? So why is it that when I Google Paleo recipes it never fails that something with these ingredients always pops up. I have a friend that has been telling me she is a die-hard, caveman Paleo eater and into Crossfit as well, but then I learn that she eats ORGANIC bread. What the heck - I am confused/challenged enough with trying to figure out how to overcome the Paleo flu, finding foods that aren't injected with hormones AND grass-fed....and now my totally buffed caveman Paleo-eating friend is telling me I can eat bread as long as it is organic???? I am guessing she is full of grass-fed BS. Now my next challenge is trying to figure out what to do with the 3 lbs of celery I got from the coop! Anybody have suggestions?

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on April 26, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Celery can be used to marinate beef jerky.

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on April 26, 2012
at 07:55 PM

While not PLeo, I have been making long fermented bread for DH and son. I cheated yesterday and w/i hrs had a partial migraine and flushed face. I used to have daily migraines. Now I know why.

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:01 PM

Thanks CoachCanadan and Eugenia. Think I will do that....I've been fortunate enough to find myself some home grown beef down the road, over the hill, past Farmer Johnston's pig farm by about a stone's throw. All grass-fed natural furry long-horns roaming the prairie. Maybe I just figured out what to do with my celery!

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on April 26, 2012
at 06:51 PM

+1 for "grass-fed BS"

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on April 26, 2012
at 06:45 PM

Well first off, welcome!

Second off, no, organic bread is still bread, still contains anti-nutrients, and is still on the no-no list. There are gray areas in this world, and the longer you're here, the more gray areas you'll find. But anything containing gluten will most certainly not be on the "recomended" list.
As to the recipes containing bread and sugar, I don't know why you're finding these. I know that certain recipes may call for something to sweeten the dish, as a lot of desserts will need that kick. And honestly, a little here and there is not going to kill you.

All you need to do here is start making better choices. Start eating more meat and fish and eggs. Eat more veggies and some sweet potatoes. Don't eat bread, pasta, or the like. The more you do this, the more you'll find what works for you and what doesn't. This isn't a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. If you have more specific questions, post them and we're all happy to help. Now go and eat some steak! :)

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:01 PM

Thanks CoachCanadan and Eugenia. Think I will do that....I've been fortunate enough to find myself some home grown beef down the road, over the hill, past Farmer Johnston's pig farm by about a stone's throw. All grass-fed natural furry long-horns roaming the prairie. Maybe I just figured out what to do with my celery!

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:19 PM

Celery is fine as-is (fiber, hydration), or if you're doing nuts, with a little almond butter smeared inside it. Check out a book called the Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters - not all Paleo, but has lots of Paleo-friendly, simple, lovely recipes -- and many of her meat dishes start out with a triad of onion, carrot and celery. Throw the celery in a crockpot with some chicken bones and onion and let it cook on low for 24 hours - bone broth!

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on April 26, 2012
at 06:40 PM

Grains are out on Paleo, and at least unfermented legumes are also out (unpasteurized soy miso, lentils can be acceptable by some, as most lectins are eaten away by the fermenting bacteria). You CAN eat other starches, e.g. sweet potatoes, parsnips, butternut squash etc, and fruits, if you're having workouts or you're not trying to lose weight. Otherwise, low starch veggies and berries are the norm.

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:37 PM

We all have cravings. It happens.

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Like the other answers, I agree that your typical store-bought bread, even organic, is not a good idea. However, I am starting to come around on the idea that eating some properly prepared bread every once in a while is not going to kill you, as long as you don't have Celiac disease.

As for celery, I say use some to make homemade bone broth.

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on April 26, 2012
at 07:55 PM

While not PLeo, I have been making long fermented bread for DH and son. I cheated yesterday and w/i hrs had a partial migraine and flushed face. I used to have daily migraines. Now I know why.

6e37f170409bc1b100c880c57508c5fd

on April 26, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Celery can be used to marinate beef jerky.

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:20 PM

You need to use gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos but otherwise you can use this as is Sauteed Celery

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on April 26, 2012
at 07:14 PM

Organic or otherwise, bread is made from grains. Grains are not primal or paleo. They contain anti-nutrients, regardless of organic status! Your friend is incorrect.

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