Just wonder if there is somebody else from Scandinavia here on Paleohacks. If you are from Scandinavia: How do you think it is to live paleo in Scandinavia? Do you think it is expensive? hard to find grass-fed meat? Let`s share some experiences.
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on June 11, 2011
at 06:05 PM
I am from Norway. I eat pretty strict Paleo (except for the grass fed beef and organic veggies). However, most of the Norwegian farms use grass as their main food for the cows all year round. Therefore, I am not concerned about not eating it.
Me and a friend bought 10 gallons of gold label coconut oil from tropicaltraditions.com (aprx 3600 NOK for 5 gallons, or 19 liters included shipping and VAT). Totally worth it!
I recon I spend somewhere between 3-5000 NOK (600-900 USD) each month on food. Quite pricey for my student budget, but my school grades, workouts and overall health is so much better going Paleo that I am willing to pay it.
When I'm lucky, I get some deer meat from a relative. Maybe 20kg a year. I think you should be able to buy some roadkill from "vilttilsynet" etc. The price is not much, considering you probably get the best grass fed beef available. Actually, I have some cooking in coconut milk right now!
Short story; Yes, it is expencive to eat Paleo in Norway, but you just have to find out if it is worth it for you!
on February 11, 2012
at 02:04 PM
I know this is an old thread, just wanted to add my input!
I'm in Stavanger, Norway. Wish I knew more primal folk here.
I think that my food bill has gotten cheaper since going primal. Also around the same time I cut out using all plastic due to the toxics and hormones in it- unless there is just not a plastic free option (like I can not seem to get spinach anywhere without it in a bag).
Before going primal me and my partner used ~ 7-8000 NOK on food a month. We bought junk on the weekends, but ate CW healthy. Junk being ice cream and candy - beer too ofc.
Now we are using ~ 4-6000 including beer. That is breakfast and dinner - we have lunch provided at work.
We buy all our meet from a local butcher wrapped in paper once a week (I have talked with the farmers he gets his meat from). I think his prices are much better than the normal store and it is fresher and I can get the exact amount I need. We eat ~ 250g meat per person at dinner.
We go to the farmers market to get eggs and the occasional find (now with it being winter selection is sparse, but in the spring/summer it is my main shopping place) - the farmers are more than willing to let me have stuff plastic free since it saves them packaging cost. I just take cloth bags with me - big one for carrying and small ones with drawstring for produce.
Other produce we get from a fruit and veg shop. Vinegars, and some odd ends at the Asian stores. (I have been wanting to order in Coconut Oil like @primalmovers did! because it is the one thing I wish were cheaper)
I try to stay away form the 'normal' stores for things I can get else-ware. Though we do stop in once a week to stock up on things that are needed - toilet paper, almond from the scoopy bins, coconut milk (Santa Maria's cans are BPA free), butter (haha, you know when we are not in a butter crisis :P), and any vegg I was not able to find elseware.
I think with smart shopping and dedicating a little extra time to hit up a few different stores it is cheaper. When something you use alot is on sale, stock up! Freeze it i needed. Dry meat, dry fruit ect.
on June 11, 2011
at 07:50 AM
I live Finland. Going paleo is definately upped my monthly grocery costs. I try to buy organic as much as my wallet allows me, but using frozen vegetables is pretty much every day for me.
I think most of the organic beef sold in regular grocery stores is not grass-fed.
on June 11, 2011
at 05:17 AM
I am from Scandinavia. Yes it's hard but then again there are farmers that sell items privately and in bulk. If I were you I'd try to look some up in your area.
on June 12, 2011
at 03:30 PM
Live in Norway too. It is expensive to eat here, but that goes for most foods, including crappy processed stuff that fills most supermarkets. I spend the same as Lars, between 3-5000NOK each month, the main cost being meat products. Lamb and beef is quite good here, mostly grass-fed, and you can get frozen beef from Uruguay. Butchers have occasional offal, and will get it if you ask nicely and establish a good bond.
Most Norwegians have rural roots, and getting hold of game is quite possible. Wild salmon, elk, deer, wild sheep etc. The summer berry season is amazing, and a great time to stock up the freezer Blueberries and red currants are everywhere. Some raspberries and cloud berries as well.
It??s better to buy in bulk, like anywhere, and ask about. Coconut oil and nuts for example are much cheaper at the local asian shops, than in the organic shops. They tend to charge a fortune for their products. Being totally organic, unless you are a millionaire or live totally self-sustained in the countryside, is not an option here. The costs are outrageous. That said, food quality and selection has improved considerably in the 10 years I??ve been here, but so has the abundance of crap food. It pays to be smart and aware, like anywhere I guess.
on June 11, 2011
at 06:20 PM
Martin Berkhan is from Sweden. He's not full Paleo but close and very smart http://www.leangains.com/
If your into MMA one of the best HW grapplers in the world is fighting tonight (UFC). He's from Norway http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Olav_Einemo
Here's another Scanner that holds the deadlift record. You can hear them yelling "viking!" in the background http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5M13EBl_jF0&feature=related
Off topic a bit but I am living vicariously through you. Wish I had some Scanner background... :-)
on June 11, 2011
at 02:19 PM
My ancestors are from Norway!
on August 24, 2012
at 03:12 PM
Almost all beef in Norway is grain finished, therefore it is vey hard to find meat that is truely grass fed. That's the sad truth. Few Norwegian farmers know what "grass fed" means, so if you ask them if it is, they will answer "yes", because it is true that they also feed the animals grass - besides the grain, that is. Also buying lamb at the supermarket, you have no guarantee that it is grass finished. Although the lambs have been on pastures all summer, it is quite normal to feed them some extra grain feed in the fall if they are a little small. To get true grass fed meat, you should find a farmer that agrees to produce exact what you want. Remember to tell him exactly what grass fed is. And pay him a little extra and tell about your friends that also want some grass fed meat, so he will produce even more of it next year!
on September 16, 2011
at 01:06 PM
i have ggood friends in scandinnavia and norway. So i asked tthis question. It seems to be doubled?! Forr me spendingg time outddoors iss much more sense thann spennddingg time excercisingg. Still botth has a sense. i just feel unwell with this mashines. I would like tto know who acctively try to get a lot fish and local stuff. And has connection with farmers and fisherman. and now traditional norwegian recips and dishes tthat are paleo. Maybe someonee ddo fermentet cod liver oil by himself? How to ferment raw cod liver oil? torskleveroel..??
Maybe people work at the reindeer butcchery or the deer butchery. Or other people are half into rawfoods. Probably there is divers ways to be paleo.