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Food variety while eating paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 09, 2013 at 9:37 PM

I was reading a post where someone claimed to not be getting variety since switching to a paleo diet, and I found that baffling since my own food variety has increased substantially since going paleo. I remember reading a while back that upwards of 90% of calories from vegetables (I use the term lightly here) comes from corn, wheat, soy, rice or potatoes. Thinking back to my SAD days, I would eat on average three different kinds of meat per week, maybe three kinds of true vegetables, and maybe three different kinds of fruits per week. Now, I eat on average probably 7-10 kinds of meat, 10-15 kinds of vegetables and 5-8 kinds of fruit per week. I am not talking servings, I am talking variety, so for instance, I might have beef 5 times per week and bison 2 times, but that would only be 2 kinds of meat. This is just meat, veggies and fruit, not counting variety in spices, seasonings, nuts, different parts of meat, etc.

So my question is how does your dietary variety look now compared to before paleo?

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on August 17, 2013
at 09:23 PM

My point is that you can have plenty of food variety with little nutrient variety. The latter is what's important.

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on August 11, 2013
at 03:33 AM

Agreed. I had never eaten butternut squash before going paleo, but I eat it at least once per week.

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on August 10, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Nothing wrong with frozen foods. And driving an hour to a hipster grocery? Bah. I made a field trip there once myself (I was nearby on other business), but it's not worth it.

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on August 10, 2013
at 01:16 PM

But most people that I know that still eat SAD diet just eat a variety of food made from the same crap ingredients of wheat flour, soy oil, sugar and salt.

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on August 10, 2013
at 07:11 AM

They may be confusing nutrient variety with food variety. You can eat a wide range of grains and such with are pretty much empty of good nutrients. Going paleo, eating a diet consisting of a wide range of veggies, meat and berries, has definitely increased the amount of nutrients and vitamins I'm getting. More "bang for my buck", as they say.

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on August 13, 2013
at 02:24 PM

Some people do like I did when I tried Atkins a couple of decades ago and just eat salami and cheese. It got really depressing because I really like food variety. Now that I'm more paleo and eating to be healthy (not to lose weight, although that's a great side effect), I try to eat a large variety of foods. It's actually fun eating again because my wife and I are actively trying to find new food experiences.

Since going paleo, I've added a ton of veggies I used to hate (who knew sauteeing fresh vegetables in bacon and onions made them taste good!), tried new meat varieties (I've eaten kidneys, liverwurst and kangaroo meat, which I never had before), and added kefir and new fruits that I never ate before (just in smaller quantities).

Going paleo has freed me up to experiment and fall back in love with food again. And it's really great that most of the foodie revolution restaurants out there seem to be leaning to the fresh, local meat and veggies meals. It's surprising how many great restaurants have a menu with more than 50% paleo foods on it (sometimes you have to tell them not to add the bread).

Paleo eating should be more about freedom and being more natural and enjoying your life choices. If someone is stressing out about their food, then they need to rethink their relationship with it.

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on August 11, 2013
at 01:56 AM

One of the things that increased dramatically in my diet are root vegetables and squash. Any root vegetable, including some I had never eaten, like rutabaga, and any squash. It is a lot of calories that you have to replace when you drop grains. Increased good fats and increased high-carb vegetables is the easiest way out, since you can not increase proteins all that much.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 11, 2013
at 03:33 AM

Agreed. I had never eaten butternut squash before going paleo, but I eat it at least once per week.

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on August 09, 2013
at 10:55 PM

Personally, I'm eating more vegetables. I'm currently baking spaghetti squash now. My issue is that I have to more frozen vegetables because the fresh vegetables aren't that fresh where I am. If want that, I would have to drive an hour to shop at Trader Joes or Whole Foods. Something that I realized that I have to do starting next month. But yeah, I feel like I could have more variety but it is better than where I was before.

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on August 10, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Nothing wrong with frozen foods. And driving an hour to a hipster grocery? Bah. I made a field trip there once myself (I was nearby on other business), but it's not worth it.

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on August 10, 2013
at 08:09 PM

Definitely more vegetables than before, and im cooking meat and vegetables without adding packet seasonings and making any gluten/cornflour based sauces. It is easier to cook non-paleo but I guess in a lazy way as opposed to finding paleo ways to make things and keeping it interesting. I do find the paleo diet basic to cook, but a lot of prep work goes into making the food when using more vegetables. As a Chef, there is so many shortcuts I don't use anymore. I used to make deepfried cauliflower using blanched cauliflower, then by flour, eggwash, and breadcrumbing my cauli, I would deepfry it in canola oil and it was a family favourite, now I used coconut flour, and an almond flour crumb and deepfry it in coconut oil and I would say it is even nicer to eat paleo style. Its always interesting taking a recipe that was never paleo and altering it to suit the diet.

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on August 09, 2013
at 10:24 PM

Microwaved pre packaged SAD food to real home cooked whole foods.

It's like night and day.

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