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Paleo / Primal in the UK

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Hi all,

Following a quick search, I noticed there hasn't been many "UK" based threads recently.

  • If your in the UK, where are you based and what's your experience with paleo?
  • What are some of your best tips for UK based paleo followers?
  • Where do you source your paleo foods/products?

I'm based in Leicestershire and have found some great local farm shops with good quality organic grass fed meats and locally sourced veg. Also "Waitrose" now stock virgin coconut oil, organic coconut milk and a good range of condiments - this Thai Taste green curry paste is all natural and works really well with all kinds of meat and fish. I've also noticed "Sainsburys" have an all natural almond butter.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on December 05, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Worth checking out your local WI markets too. They have great veg in season and cheap...

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on December 05, 2012
at 07:49 PM

You have just made me realise - haven't had a migraine (or in fact, a headache) since starting to eat Primal 3+ years ago. Another plus... And I do eat potatoes / white rice. I started very low carb for about 8 months and realised that it wasn't for me. Perhaps you need carbs??

Ee2c03bbe9c17e4b2e4a0f99457e279a

(120)

on December 05, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Costco are good for big jars of nuts

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:04 PM

This is sound advice, I think a few people get caught in trying to be perfectly paleo, rather than finding a good balance that works day in day out!

0b73cdbd0cb68aeeda14dafeebb2f828

on November 29, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Coconoil is far cheaper than Holland and Barrett for Coconut oil On Special offer at the moment. Down to £6 a jar for Virgin Organic CO. Even cheaper deals for bulk buy cold pressed, fermented virgin coconut oil 4.6 KG COCONOIL AFRICA £49.49 ORGANIC VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 10KG £100.00 All Free delivery

C678bf33580271beecf36ab23424c3bb

(100)

on November 29, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Paleo isn't inherently low carb, but Robb Wolf has discussed being ketogenic for migraine relief - http://robbwolf.com/2009/12/29/the-paleolithic-solution-episode-8/

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on November 29, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Remember that paleo isn't necessarily low carb, and the suffering may be related to the "carb flu" you go through when adapting to a paleo way of eating. Good article on this here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/. Also a good article on carb intake depending on your activity level; sweet potatoes, root vegetables and fruit should all be consumed: marksdailyapple.com/dial-in-your-carb-count/

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on November 29, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Jealous of the fresh fish, I'm in the middle of the country with no good source of "reasonably" priced fresh seafood..

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on November 29, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Remember that paleo isn't necessarily low carb, and the suffering you are going through may be the "carb flu" you go through when adapting to a paleo way of eating. Good article on this here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/#axzz25cvZ9H50 Also a good article on carb intake depending on your activity level; sweet potatoes, root vegetables and fruit should all be consumed: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dial-in-your-carb-count/#axzz25cvZ9H50

8899df41bca04db9d00c5e4b7eeebf91

(50)

on November 29, 2012
at 01:37 PM

This is a good comprehensive 'how to eat paleo in UK guide' http://crossfitlondonuk.com/2009/11/paleo-eating-in-london-part-1/ Also, become best friends with your butcher and local green grocer, NOT your supermarket.

Ef777978cfeb8fbdd18d75c4f6c4cb23

(1297)

on November 29, 2012
at 11:23 AM

Forgot to mention a personal favourite. 2 Gressingham duck breasts from Waitrose (with mushrooms & kale). Perfection!

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on November 29, 2012
at 11:00 AM

I can attest to the prices in "some" farm shops; I came across one locally to me that does a weekly meat box for £28, consisting of: 6 x Sausages, 6 x Slices of Back Bacon, 12 x Free Range Eggs, 1lb x Lean minced steak or minced pork, 4 x Chicken breasts, 1kg x Joint (beef or pork), 4 x Minute Topside Steaks!

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Bfddc0ab925c8ea0e0c2e87198514907

on November 29, 2012
at 02:17 PM

I live in the Isle of Man. My experience with "paleo" eating is great. I guess, in a nutshell, it fixed my health, although I was already doing it before I realised there was a community for it.

I'm not one of these extremist/fundamentalist paleo eaters. I just shop at local supermarkets etc, and I don't deny myself safe starches in moderation (I mean that - I don't eat a lot of it), I eat some dark chocolate, red wine... I'm happy with olive oil... I basically avoid gluten, refined sugar, and generally processed food. I eat fruit and dairy, which a lot of people don't.

My standard meal is a large salad, with meat and or cheese as a condiment, and a large fruit smoothie.

Organic is great, but I don't lose my mind if it isn't on the table.

I think there's a law of diminishing returns to this game. To me, it's better to listen to your body, and remove the big problems, and then allow yourself a relatively normal life.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on December 03, 2012
at 03:04 PM

This is sound advice, I think a few people get caught in trying to be perfectly paleo, rather than finding a good balance that works day in day out!

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Ee2c03bbe9c17e4b2e4a0f99457e279a

(120)

on December 05, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Hampshire / Surrey area here. Read Primal Blueprint about 3 years ago and went from "primal" to paleo this year. Mainly cutting out dairy but also reduced alcohol. I'm enjoying experimenting with different foods and seeing what works best for me.

I've been trying out a lot of different farm shops and online stores just for variety and to see what's best. Will use supermarkets for basics but prefer to buy local or from someone independent. Also a lot of butchers and stores have great cheap cuts of meat that you can't get at the supermarkets.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on December 05, 2012
at 07:50 PM

Worth checking out your local WI markets too. They have great veg in season and cheap...

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122c2150055ce20b46b304386d11cc12

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on November 29, 2012
at 09:41 PM

I am in the midlands, I have a hard time to get a good supply of almonds and hazel nuts in 300g bags or more at good price. Sainsbury and tesco is not reliable for that [and when they ahve them ,them come from the USA...], ocado does not do them...

For fresh fish, I order it online either via tesco etc. or from a fishmonger who delivers to my home http://www.thefishsociety.co.uk/

Ee2c03bbe9c17e4b2e4a0f99457e279a

(120)

on December 05, 2012
at 02:33 PM

Costco are good for big jars of nuts

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on November 29, 2012
at 01:59 PM

I'm Emma and in Stratford Upon Avon. I'm still in the initial 2 weeks of the diet. I'm enjoying it but yesterday found it really hard when i had a migraine. I suffer really badly with them and when i get one the only food I can cope with is carbs, everything else makes me feel sick. But i woke up this morning and went straight back on track. I found Persimmon fruit the other day, so yummy. I'd never tried it before but now I'm trying to widen my variety of fruit and veg as legumes and potatoes are gone so I am buying the stuff from the exotic isle at the supermarket.

I cooked a few Paleo meals for my partner over the weekend and he was surprised to find himself really enjoying them and full afterwards. He's a typical man when a diet is included in the sentence he runs for the hills!!

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on November 29, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Remember that paleo isn't necessarily low carb, and the suffering you are going through may be the "carb flu" you go through when adapting to a paleo way of eating. Good article on this here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/#axzz25cvZ9H50 Also a good article on carb intake depending on your activity level; sweet potatoes, root vegetables and fruit should all be consumed: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/dial-in-your-carb-count/#axzz25cvZ9H50

C678bf33580271beecf36ab23424c3bb

(100)

on November 29, 2012
at 03:23 PM

Paleo isn't inherently low carb, but Robb Wolf has discussed being ketogenic for migraine relief - http://robbwolf.com/2009/12/29/the-paleolithic-solution-episode-8/

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on November 29, 2012
at 02:26 PM

Remember that paleo isn't necessarily low carb, and the suffering may be related to the "carb flu" you go through when adapting to a paleo way of eating. Good article on this here: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/low-carb-flu/. Also a good article on carb intake depending on your activity level; sweet potatoes, root vegetables and fruit should all be consumed: marksdailyapple.com/dial-in-your-carb-count/

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on December 05, 2012
at 07:49 PM

You have just made me realise - haven't had a migraine (or in fact, a headache) since starting to eat Primal 3+ years ago. Another plus... And I do eat potatoes / white rice. I started very low carb for about 8 months and realised that it wasn't for me. Perhaps you need carbs??

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4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on November 29, 2012
at 12:45 PM

Sussex / Surrey borders here. Lots of local farmshops which are NOT dear if you buy seasonally - gluts of carrots, swede, turnip, parsnip, leek etc good value at present. Local organic butchers are good value too if you buy the cheaper cuts and get to know the farmer / butcher. Mine gives me lots of free beef and pork fat to make lard and dripping and free bones for soups. Also cuts like breast of lamb, shoulder of mutton, skirt, ox cheek, shin of beef etc at great prices.

And of course fish straight from the sea at Worthing which is super cheap if you buy lots to freeze.

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on November 29, 2012
at 02:24 PM

Jealous of the fresh fish, I'm in the middle of the country with no good source of "reasonably" priced fresh seafood..

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8899df41bca04db9d00c5e4b7eeebf91

(50)

on November 29, 2012
at 11:34 AM

I live in Brighton and its pretty much Paleo right on your doorstep.

But I use Abel & Cole for my food shop. All the stuff they deliver is seasonal and local. I also get local organic meats and dairy from them, as well as all the good stuff like coconut oil and almond butter.

8899df41bca04db9d00c5e4b7eeebf91

(50)

on November 29, 2012
at 01:37 PM

This is a good comprehensive 'how to eat paleo in UK guide' http://crossfitlondonuk.com/2009/11/paleo-eating-in-london-part-1/ Also, become best friends with your butcher and local green grocer, NOT your supermarket.

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Ef777978cfeb8fbdd18d75c4f6c4cb23

on November 29, 2012
at 10:22 AM

I'm based in a village not far from Stansted airport on the Herts?essex border. I also shop at Waitrose which I think is pretty good for organic stuff, if you're not on too much of a budget.

There's farm shops everywhere around here and whilst the products are generally very good quality, price can be off the scale.

You can get coconut oil at Holland & Barrets. The quality looks fine to me, but I don't eat that much of it as I'm no great fan of the taste.

In summary I think it's pretty easy to be paleo in the UK, if you are not financially challenged and you have a bit of time to cook & plan meals.

Ef777978cfeb8fbdd18d75c4f6c4cb23

(1297)

on November 29, 2012
at 11:23 AM

Forgot to mention a personal favourite. 2 Gressingham duck breasts from Waitrose (with mushrooms & kale). Perfection!

0b73cdbd0cb68aeeda14dafeebb2f828

on November 29, 2012
at 05:48 PM

Coconoil is far cheaper than Holland and Barrett for Coconut oil On Special offer at the moment. Down to £6 a jar for Virgin Organic CO. Even cheaper deals for bulk buy cold pressed, fermented virgin coconut oil 4.6 KG COCONOIL AFRICA £49.49 ORGANIC VIRGIN COCONUT OIL 10KG £100.00 All Free delivery

B84597b7853f695c90593a6dc659078a

(130)

on November 29, 2012
at 11:00 AM

I can attest to the prices in "some" farm shops; I came across one locally to me that does a weekly meat box for £28, consisting of: 6 x Sausages, 6 x Slices of Back Bacon, 12 x Free Range Eggs, 1lb x Lean minced steak or minced pork, 4 x Chicken breasts, 1kg x Joint (beef or pork), 4 x Minute Topside Steaks!

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