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Is there a Paleo paradise?

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Created May 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

If you could live anywhere in the world where Paleo food was plentiful and inexpensive and living was cheap and life was good, where would you live?

This is not a completely theoretical question as I'm thinking of doing some extended travel in the future.

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on May 24, 2012
at 04:13 PM

That's surprising. I live in the Uk and visit NYC a fair bit. I always spend WAY more in the US on grocery than in London.

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on May 24, 2012
at 04:10 PM

@Faith. I stayed in San juan del sur, Granada! Rivas and Leon. I should mention I was vegetarian at the time so that probably made a whole lot of difference.

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Have you calculated that? I would be interested if that is an accurate figure. If so, I would like to pose that question to the other forum participants. So, if you make 30,000/yr, you would say that you spend 145-192 per week on food, just for yourself. This is for food prepared at home only. (I believe the original studies defined food eaten out as entertainment)

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:33 AM

Where did you stay MrsD?

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:32 AM

Beans and rice are staples for the Nicas for sure. Every grocery store had veggies, beef, chicken, pork, turkey and eggs though. Eggs were available in the local town and were the best I have ever had. The beach in front of our house had fishermen out fishing every day. The hard part was not having transportation while I was there. The best grocery store was 2.5 hours away from the ranch. Once I ran out of the orignal supply I bought on the way from the airport to the ranch is when it became "hard to get and limited on choices." The small store outside of the ranch was 98% junk food.

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:48 PM

I spend WAY more than 6% of my income on food since I started eating paleo. I spend probably more like 25-30% now.

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:35 PM

My goodness. All I experienced in Nica was rice and beans. You had a completely different experience.

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:34 PM

+1 Perfect response!

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:13 PM

+1 for "food was paleo in the sense that it was hard to get and you were limited on choices."

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:08 PM

That's awesome, Faith.

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on May 21, 2012
at 08:49 PM

HOnestly, and I am not trying to be a smart-aleck here, but the US has the most inexpensive food in the world (you can Google for verification). I am not just talking cheapo carb/sugar stuff, but even whole foods. not to mention, veggies and fruits of all kinds are available year round. In most places that 1st-worlders consider to be "paradise" (think beaches, swaying palms etc.), the least expensive foods are beans, rice, and tortillas (both flour and corn). We 1st-worlders are exceedingly fortunate that we are even able to pick and chose what foods we want to eat, instead of only eating what we can afford. Americans spend less than 6% of their income on average on food. The closest country to us with low expenditures is Ireland which comes in at 9%. Compared to Indonesia (beaches, swaying palms) at 45%.

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on May 21, 2012
at 11:48 PM

I spend WAY more than 6% of my income on food since I started eating paleo. I spend probably more like 25-30% now.

5cd8441bd01fc10816085bfc092477c4

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on May 22, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Have you calculated that? I would be interested if that is an accurate figure. If so, I would like to pose that question to the other forum participants. So, if you make 30,000/yr, you would say that you spend 145-192 per week on food, just for yourself. This is for food prepared at home only. (I believe the original studies defined food eaten out as entertainment)

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on May 24, 2012
at 04:13 PM

That's surprising. I live in the Uk and visit NYC a fair bit. I always spend WAY more in the US on grocery than in London.

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on May 21, 2012
at 03:34 PM

For the true Paleo experience? In the middle of a Kenyan Safari Park. without a gun..

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on May 21, 2012
at 05:34 PM

+1 Perfect response!

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:05 PM

I just got back from 38 days in Nicaragua. Getting ready to go back for another 3 1/2 months. The cost of living is cheap, life is great and food was paleo in the sense that it was hard to get and you were limited on choices. :) Meat, eggs, fresh caught fish and veggies. I stayed with a friend at Rancho Santana. http://www.ranchosantana.com/ The restaurant has it's own organic garden and serves lots of paleo friendly meals. Fresh caught lobster, fish, grassfed beef. I only ate there a couple of times b/c I like to make my own food but it was nice to have that option. There is nothing like living near the ocean and having sunshine on a daily basis IMO. I am hoping that Nica will turn into a long term home for my daughter and I. :)

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:13 PM

+1 for "food was paleo in the sense that it was hard to get and you were limited on choices."

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on May 21, 2012
at 05:35 PM

My goodness. All I experienced in Nica was rice and beans. You had a completely different experience.

685e3c967e63b4eacccf02628fd9a3ac

(1026)

on May 21, 2012
at 04:08 PM

That's awesome, Faith.

6f37e54ebb15be863244de3245d4c01f

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:33 AM

Where did you stay MrsD?

6f37e54ebb15be863244de3245d4c01f

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on May 22, 2012
at 06:32 AM

Beans and rice are staples for the Nicas for sure. Every grocery store had veggies, beef, chicken, pork, turkey and eggs though. Eggs were available in the local town and were the best I have ever had. The beach in front of our house had fishermen out fishing every day. The hard part was not having transportation while I was there. The best grocery store was 2.5 hours away from the ranch. Once I ran out of the orignal supply I bought on the way from the airport to the ranch is when it became "hard to get and limited on choices." The small store outside of the ranch was 98% junk food.

5759bd89db5f73cabe0a6e8f8e6e1cb9

(1467)

on May 24, 2012
at 04:10 PM

@Faith. I stayed in San juan del sur, Granada! Rivas and Leon. I should mention I was vegetarian at the time so that probably made a whole lot of difference.

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:04 PM

I would move to Thailand or Vanuatu.

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on May 21, 2012
at 03:55 PM

In Great Britain, but around 20,000 years ago before we killed everything worth hunting, and chopped down all the trees. Lots of wildfowl, rabbits, deer, wild boar and edible greenery as well if you know what to look for. Plus the fruits in the UK are under appreciated, lots a berries and generally lower sugar fruit.

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on May 21, 2012
at 04:23 PM

I would stay right where I am so that I can enjoy a modern lifestyle and so I can seduce the grandchildren of the people who think that I am foolish for going paleo.

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on May 24, 2012
at 04:12 PM

That's surprising. I live in the Uk and visit NYC a fair bit. I always spend WAY more in the US on grocery than in London.

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