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Paleo in England?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 01, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Hi (again)

Just wanted to see if there were any UK/British paleo eaters? Many of the recipes I see and read are definitely aimed towards the US market and pallet.

Just interested to know if those Brits have any tips or favourite meals they'd like to share?

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on October 14, 2013
at 02:19 PM

Be careful eating veggies raw, most are more digestible when cooked, and it also deactivates some of the anti-nutrients in them. For example for CANNOT eat raw kale/ spinach due to the high oxalate acid. You CANNOT eat raw broccoli due to the goitrogens. Many other examples. Best way to eat veg is steamed.

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on October 14, 2013
at 02:15 PM

I used to live in Sheffield! Check out Beanies Wholefoods in crooksmoor, it is has really high quality food, organic veg, grass fed dairy, loads of goodies. Everything except the meat (damm hippies).

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on October 02, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Thanks for that. I've never seen any coconut oil or flour in H+B but I'll certainly ask next time.

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on October 02, 2012
at 10:41 AM

It's worth just typing 'UK' into the search box. There are a few similar threads to this and seem to be lots of people from the UK here.

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

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on October 01, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Sorry forgot to mention coconut flour. Currently using a bag of Let's Do Organic coconut flour that unhelpfully I picked up in Whole Foods in LA last month and brought home in my suitcase, which I appreciate is no help to you. LOL. However after that's done (I don't use much although it is brilliant for 'breading' fillets of fish or chicken) I found a blog that recommends sticking normal desiccated coconut in a blender in batches and milling it into flour. If that fails, I'll just buy some off 'tinternet. ;)

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

(165)

on October 01, 2012
at 10:43 PM

I get Biona brand cold-pressed organic coconut oil and organic honey from a small independent health food shop on my road (I'm super lucky!) but I do currently also have some that I picked up in Holland & Barrett called Tiana Fair Trade Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (500ml).

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on October 01, 2012
at 10:42 PM

I'm T2, so I don't take insulin or any other medication. My HbA1c is down from 10.2% 18 months ago to 4.9% now - which is better than most non-diabetics. As long as I don't eat the carbs, I'm more or less cured.

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on October 01, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Eve! I'm in Leeds! (Let's start a paleo club). I'm struggling for the specialised coconut things. Managed to find coconut oil in sainsburys the other week! My butcher doesn't know if his beef is grassfed. That's scary :)

797830fc700663056867503037f76582

on October 01, 2012
at 10:10 PM

Completely aware we spell it this way, however no one else bothers. How is the change helping your insulin?

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on October 01, 2012
at 09:34 PM

What is this Morrisons of which you speak? Is it like Waitrose but for poor people?

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on October 01, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Regarding coconut oil, flour, raw honey. Do you have a go-to shop? Holland and Barret seem to be useless for that sort of thing. I struggled to even find unsweetened coconut (use desiccated?)

797830fc700663056867503037f76582

on October 01, 2012
at 07:33 PM

'Paleoising' original recipes seems to be the way to go. As long as it doesn't convince you to cheat or stray!

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B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

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on October 01, 2012
at 09:13 PM

There are none. Simply because if you are from England you should spell it "Palaeo" rather than the Americanised "Paleo".

I've been on the VLC waggon for 18 months (since catching the diaetes), doing Paleo for the past 6 months.

I don't really have the talent (or inclination) to be cooking clever "Palaeo" meals, I just eat lots of meat and vegetables.

I'm from North London, which is good because they put up with all sorts of hippy shit around here.

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 01, 2012
at 10:42 PM

I'm T2, so I don't take insulin or any other medication. My HbA1c is down from 10.2% 18 months ago to 4.9% now - which is better than most non-diabetics. As long as I don't eat the carbs, I'm more or less cured.

797830fc700663056867503037f76582

on October 01, 2012
at 10:10 PM

Completely aware we spell it this way, however no one else bothers. How is the change helping your insulin?

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on October 14, 2013
at 02:04 PM

I got cured from graves disease ( its in remission, my tyroid levels look normal now so no need to take medicine anymore :) )and feeling much better and able to do things even though i have pots syndrome. People with pots can not stand gluten, processed foods, sugar. Pots is an autonomic nervous system problem where ur body can not tolerate a postural change, geting taquicardia and other ugly symptoms everytime u stand up. Some people cant move from bed or go out. Since going paleo i go out to exercise and go out most of the days. Paleo is the medicine to many health problems and doctors should try to prescribe this before putting people on medicine. Does anyone know any paleo restaurant in london. I live in shoreditch but would go to any area if there is one:)

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on October 14, 2013
at 02:03 PM

I got cured from graves disease ( its in remission, my tyroid levels look normal now so no need to take medicine anymore :) )and feeling much better and able to do things even though i have pots syndrome. People with pots can not stand gluten, processed foods, sugar. Pots is an autonomic nervous system problem where ur body can not tolerate a postural change, geting taquicardia and other ugly symptoms everytime u stand up. Some people cant move from bed or go out. Since going paleo i go out to exercise and go out most of the days. Paleo is the medicine to many health problems and doctors should try to prescribe this before putting people on medicine. Does anyone know any paleo restaurant in london. I live in shoreditch but would go to any area if there is one:)

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hi,

I went paleo after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called graves and an autonomic nervous system problem called pots, which worsens when eating carbs, sugar and gluten. Most of people w pots stay in bed or inside the house most of the time as a postural change causes taquicardia and many other symptoms. Guess what, after 3 months of going paleo my graves disease disappeared or its in remision as my thyroid test looked completely normal so no need to take medicine anymore and for pots, i exercise everyday and do different things everyday. (I couldnt move sometimes, not even to go to the bathroom). I tried to eat processed grain food and on the next day i pay the consequences w pots. This is way cheaper that medicine. This diet should be taken seriously for doctors to help improve peoples health. I dont eat out anymore as i find it hard to find nice food. Does anyone know any paleo restaurant in london. I live in hackney but would go to any area if there is one. I dont like the ready to eat food in whole foods.

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on October 02, 2012
at 08:20 PM

You could try the Paleouk group on facebook. The number of members is growing and a lot of the guys post food pictures and recipes.

Our go to dish is cabbage and bacon stir fry.

I've bought a few Paleo books, all of which from US authors, and have found the recipes easy enough to mofidy.

I'm no cook and like to keep it simple, protein and veg with spices and oil for cooking.

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on October 02, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I'm in Oxford but from the US. Quick answer to people wondering where ti find their specialty items: I have had great success in ethnic markets (tons in my area) and also amazon.co.uk

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on October 02, 2012
at 06:34 PM

I only just started 5 days ago. I have not found it too hard as I went off of bread a long time ago... the hard part is going to pasta as yet I do not feel tested but I will...

I started with Steak... which I cooked over wood and I had it with a selection of vegetables which I shredded and ate raw. I am going to try and cook over wood as much as I can... free cooking and it tastes amazing.

I have been eating a fair few apples, carrots and salads with tuna and eggs. For roast I had a pork chop on the bone with loads of different veg.

Today for my lunch I cooked a Sweet Potato Soup...

2 x Sweet Potato's 1 x Leek 1 x Garlic clove Vegetable stock (I boil up any veg left overs with mushrooms to make mine (always have done this before finding paleo) 1/2 tin coconut milk

Soften the chopped leeks frying in oil and butter Chuck in chopped Sweet Potato's Add the Veg stock Simmer to soft Blend it up Pour in coconut milk zest a lime crush the lime for juice

This was really nice, in fact next time I am going to make it thicker and use it as a sauce for prawns or chicken. You could even throw in come chillies.

Mainly though I am trying to not fiddle with food and just eat them as they come cooking veg sometimes but also having it raw (I like raw veg anyway cooking ruins some veg).

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on October 14, 2013
at 02:19 PM

Be careful eating veggies raw, most are more digestible when cooked, and it also deactivates some of the anti-nutrients in them. For example for CANNOT eat raw kale/ spinach due to the high oxalate acid. You CANNOT eat raw broccoli due to the goitrogens. Many other examples. Best way to eat veg is steamed.

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on October 02, 2012
at 05:05 PM

What brand is the Coconut Oil you got from Sainsburys? I'm assuming it's probably the refined Coconut oil which isn't recommended. Ideally you should get "Virgin" coconut oil (Extra Virgin is just a marketing term for the same thing).

You can buy it online from amazon.co.uk they've got good deals, or Coconoil as someone else recommended.

MarksDailyApple website has some good Paleo recipes that I've done before. And you could easily just substitute existing reciples as mentioned.

Paleo shepherds pie, paleo toad-in-the-hole etc :)

Also look down towards the bottom right of the page where the "Related" box is, lots of UK specific posts with more info.

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on October 02, 2012
at 01:19 PM

It depends where. Just like in the US. When I was in London, it was a nightmare. Same garbage as most cities in the US. However, I do think in Europe there are less barriers and more viable "quality" sources of food. Take advantage of it. In Ireland, I found it very easy to get quality meat, eggs, butter, chocolate, etc. Much easier than in the US where you really have to search it out and plan.

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on October 02, 2012
at 11:37 AM

In response to you not having luck with Holland & Barret, mine (in Chelmsford) has plenty but I try to shop when they have their penny sale or BOGO1/2price. They do unsweetened toasted coconut flakes, and unsweetened dessicated coconut which are both delicious ... Plus Tiana brand coconut oil and flour. They also stock "Nakd" bars which are pressed dates, nuts, fruits and great for a sweet snack. I have used them for honey in the past too. I was told all their honey is raw - including "rowse" brand which is pretty common in supermarkets.

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on October 02, 2012
at 12:35 PM

Thanks for that. I've never seen any coconut oil or flour in H+B but I'll certainly ask next time.

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on October 01, 2012
at 09:29 PM

Hello! This is my first post on here but I've been 'lurking' for a few days... I'm from Sheffield (UK, not the one in Alabama lol!) I've been loving the paleo thing for a month or so now - I went on it to try and combat PCOS, and so far I feel great! I wasn't even planning to lose weight but I've dropped 2 inches from my waist with no effort and I'm less hungry and less tired than I have been in years!

I have my first NHS fertility treatment booked for the 5th November - I would LOVE it if I turn up and they tell me I don't need treatment after all :) Maybe wishful thinking but its certainly motivation not to cheat for the whole of October...

I've just been eating massive piles of veg with some sort of protein (steak, liver, eggs, turkey breast - you get the idea!) I've been frying most things in Coconut oil that I got online from a company called Coconoil, and here in Sheffield we're lucky enough have a butchers called the 'Real Meat Company'that sells grass-fed and free-range meat - their bacon is amazing! It used to be a national company but the recession got to them and the only branch left is here in Sheffield...

Morrisons recently seem to have changed their fruit and veg section so that they have all sorts of interesting and wierd looking veg - if you have a Morrisons nearby its definitely worth checking out... They're often pretty cheap too :)

As for recipes, my favourite invention this week has been fried diced cabbage with little bits of bacon and chestnuts mixed in. Top it with lots of black pepper and pinch of sea-salt and chow on down! :D

797830fc700663056867503037f76582

on October 01, 2012
at 10:12 PM

Eve! I'm in Leeds! (Let's start a paleo club). I'm struggling for the specialised coconut things. Managed to find coconut oil in sainsburys the other week! My butcher doesn't know if his beef is grassfed. That's scary :)

B3173217a49b5b0116078775a17eb21d

(11488)

on October 01, 2012
at 09:34 PM

What is this Morrisons of which you speak? Is it like Waitrose but for poor people?

F405f666c78f0c1164752900c7844a45

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on October 14, 2013
at 02:15 PM

I used to live in Sheffield! Check out Beanies Wholefoods in crooksmoor, it is has really high quality food, organic veg, grass fed dairy, loads of goodies. Everything except the meat (damm hippies).

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435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

on October 01, 2012
at 08:21 PM

Another Brit here! waves I've been eating Paleo for three months now. :)

I buy grass fed meat and free range eggs from Piper's Farm butcher, fresh fish from the fishmonger on my road and organic veg generally from my local Waitrose. Also get items like organic coconut oil and coconut milk from either Waitrose or local health food store.

My favourite cheat is coconut oil mixed with Green and Black's cocoa powder and a teensy dribble of raw honey. It's beyond good.

I tend to stick to 'meat and two veg' type meals--also make a lot of curries and chillis which I serve with cauliflower "rice".

Basically I now use courgette and cauliflower wherever I would have used pasta or rice (either sliced for 'lasagna' or in ribbons for 'spaghetti' - I've also used sweet potato as 'spaghetti' too) and cauliflower blitzed in a food processor in place of rice.

Kale chips make a surprisingly good snack.

Organic chicken livers fried in lard with onions and then blended smooth into pate is gorgeous eaten as a dip on veg sicks.

Any time I need something cheat-ish I use coconut flour, coconut oil and a bit of honey / lemon zest / vanilla essence blitzed in a food processor, smooshed into cookies and baked for about 10 minutes at 170 degrees C. ;)

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

(165)

on October 01, 2012
at 10:43 PM

I get Biona brand cold-pressed organic coconut oil and organic honey from a small independent health food shop on my road (I'm super lucky!) but I do currently also have some that I picked up in Holland & Barrett called Tiana Fair Trade Organic Raw Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (500ml).

435e7133a24b3259f2282c134ddbf5a0

(165)

on October 01, 2012
at 10:48 PM

Sorry forgot to mention coconut flour. Currently using a bag of Let's Do Organic coconut flour that unhelpfully I picked up in Whole Foods in LA last month and brought home in my suitcase, which I appreciate is no help to you. LOL. However after that's done (I don't use much although it is brilliant for 'breading' fillets of fish or chicken) I found a blog that recommends sticking normal desiccated coconut in a blender in batches and milling it into flour. If that fails, I'll just buy some off 'tinternet. ;)

797830fc700663056867503037f76582

on October 01, 2012
at 08:37 PM

Regarding coconut oil, flour, raw honey. Do you have a go-to shop? Holland and Barret seem to be useless for that sort of thing. I struggled to even find unsweetened coconut (use desiccated?)

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on October 01, 2012
at 07:19 PM

I've been trying to be paleo as much as poss for about a year (I struggle when cake is in the house!) but essentially I've just drastically reduced the carb intake in my diet and found new sources of good quality meat and vegetables - I've stopped buying meat and veg from the supermarkets and use sources such as bigbarn.co.uk to find local producers and butchers that sell free range grass fed meat and locally grown organic vegetables.

I have tried some paleo recipes and even bought a paleo cookbook but find I use these now only when I fancy something different or special. Otherwise I've just adapted my cooking to use my new sources of produce rather than the old supermarket produce.

As far as the cake goes if I stick to one cheat day a week then I reckon I'm doing ok, at least better than my old diet -I've lost weight and certainly feel a lot healthier!

797830fc700663056867503037f76582

on October 01, 2012
at 07:33 PM

'Paleoising' original recipes seems to be the way to go. As long as it doesn't convince you to cheat or stray!

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