I just moved to Stockholm, Sweden and have been finding it really difficult to find appropriate grass fed met, restaurants that are paleo friendly and paleo friendly snacks.
Does anyone have any advice on doing this while traveling Europe in general or Sweden specially?
asked byTedB (834)
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on November 27, 2011
at 03:21 PM
Here is some info on grassfed in Sweden http://paleohacks.com/questions/9057/survey-what-is-meat-production-like-in-other-countries/9165#9165
Another option is the biodynamisk meat, which is always grass-fed, but $$$. That was my main issue in Sweden- meat is SO expensive. But if you chose conventional meat, be aware that their production systems for conventional are much better than the US. Lamb and reindeer are other great choices. You can find cheap frozen reindeer under the Polarica brand.
Fish is kind of mediocre. Most of it is imported from Asia because the Baltic is polluted.
Berries and mushrooms are the only thing that is awesome that is cheaper in Sweden than here. I really liked making Hjortron (cloudberry) or lingonberry smoothies (with the Polarica brand frozen berries). And cooking with chanterelles is pretty affordable. Good really-high-fat milk is sold under gammaldags mjolk, with a striped red label.
I never ate at restaurants much. It's not really something the locals except on special occasions. I loved Soldaten Svejk, a Czech pub, and Akkurat, a Belgian pub. You could probably paleo-ize the meals there just by not eating the bread.
on March 05, 2012
at 10:54 PM
Check out http://www.gronagardar.se/ they sell grassfed meat. 10 kg for 1450 kr (Around 145???) good shit! Paleo is the shit! /Martin ingerby
on November 27, 2011
at 02:05 PM
Welcome to Scandinavia!
I'm American, but been living in Tampere, Finland for about a year and a half now. I've only been paleo for about 2 or 3 months, but I do find it difficult to find appropriate food.
I don't know how strictly you need to eat Grass Fed, but I know that there are a lot of decent cuts of good meat that you can find. I often sacrifice grass-fed for organic. If you check your local butchers, you can also ask them for the "cheaper" cuts of meat that most Scandics don't like to eat (high fat content).
While I'm out and about, I basically explain to restaurants that I'm Celiac, or allergic to Gluten. That's really what you will want to avoid. Luckily, they don't like to add too much sugar or extra things to the food here, so by eating Gluten-Free while I'm out usually does the trick.
If you need snacks, I've found its helpful to make your own: get a dehydrator and make your own jerky, get some dates, almonds and coconut and make your own "L??r??bars"... Etc.
Hope this helps!
on November 20, 2013
at 10:11 AM
The organic meet here is usually grass fed during summer. In the winter they get "ensilage" dont know the english Word for that.
on November 20, 2013
at 09:58 AM
I'm Irish, about to move to Sweden, I'm quite nervous of how I'm gonna continue eating paleo! I'm not sure how long ago you asked this question but if you do continue travelling and make it to Ireland its not hard to get quality meat and other food stuffs here, in fact most meat is mostly grass fed, and you can tell by looking at it, deep rich red colours, and picking upthings like cows feet isn't hard either, as alot of small butchrrs shops raise their own beasts.
abit off subject but i thought I'd let you know anyways:)
on December 15, 2011
at 02:51 AM
Try to find a farmer that sells a whole cow and split with someone. That's what we did when we lived in Sweden. It may not be 100% grass fed, but many farmers let their cows out on pastures more than most Americans do so they are not completely grain fed. Also, see if you can come across some hunters. Many hunters have excess meat that they don't eat, we often got moose meat since many wives didn't like what their husbands brought home. I would advertise to see if anyone is interested in getting rid off some moose. Most Swedish houses have decent size refrigerators and freezers.