I was wondering if there are any of you who don't eat things like butter, smoked salmon, coconut milk etc. Only really things they could hunt or find in the wild. I always prefer paleo food, but I somehow don't like it 'done', like grilled chicken with pepper and all kind of herbs and sweet potatoe fries with it... The same thing goes to creams, make up, shower gels etc..for me, this wouldn't be truly be paleo. Any pther one feeling this way?
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on February 22, 2013
at 05:38 PM
I try & mimmick what i intuitively feel it would've been like, for example if i eat pork ill do so for 2-3 days as i reckon when we made a kill we would've been eating that meat for a few days and not switching between pork/beef/fish daily, also days of having no meat at all (fasting) where there would've been no successful hunting, days eating lots of meat when a hunt was successful.
I also don't use soap, just water, generally cold water. No body or face creams, just eat more fat if i feel dry, or rub lard on my skin.
Id say at the mo butter/cheese is the only non-paleo foods im eating, apart from something sweet on the weekends where i indulge, i actually dont understand how butter/cheese isn't paleo though, surely we would've been smart enough to milk cows & play around with the milk?
Im sticking to meat/fish/eggs & a few veggies, but tending towards an all meat diet, i feel a couple weeks of all meat no veg would do some good
on February 22, 2013
at 02:44 PM
"Paleo" these days is comprised of both (a seeming) minority of people that really get into the reenactment side of the hypothetical paleolithic diet, as well as those that allow research into an ancestral, paleolithic diet to inform their modern dietary choices.
So, you're right: butter is definitely not paleo, as it's almost certainly a by-product of agriculture. But, it's also a great animal-sourced dietary fat. While I claim to eat "nose to tail", I can't say that I've ever eaten raw milk out of an udder. I also can't really say that I want to do so. I'll stick to the Kerrygold, thanks!
Smoked salmon? Now, that's almost certainly a paleolithic available food. While packaged smoked salmon in stores will contain lots of weird stuff at times, drying out fish is a common practice of tribal and nomadic peoples to this day.
Coconut milk? Yeah, in the spectrum of coconut products, coconut milk is somewhat in the middle. Coconut flesh and coconut water are whole, real, "authentic" paleolithic foods, but coconut flour or dessicated coconut meat? Ehh, not so much. But blending the water and the flesh together to get milk? I think that's acceptable for most here. Definitely watch out for weird additives in the canned varieties, though!
So, sure: if you feel the urge to reenact a hypothetical paleo lifestyle, feel free to do so. Many here will support you, but you may not find many that will actually encourage you to do so.