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Paleo Newbie! (veggie help)

Commented on June 05, 2014
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I've decided to become paleo due to an insulin resistance, and migraines. I'm also concerned about my weight and I just want to generally become healthier. Now, I'm sort of picky but I'm open to trying new things. I love all fruits and meats, but the problem is vegetables. I like the usual vegetables: Broccoli, Carrots, Corn, Cauliflower; But I cringe at the look of other vegetables. I'm sure they're tasty, but I'm not sure how to prepare them so that they taste good (meaning other types of vegetables). I also want to know if there's a certain way to balance meals. Also, I've heard eating a lot of fruits is healthy, but I also heard it wasn't. Just wanted some advice! thanks :)

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show me one study where limiting fruit intake (in a otherwise healthy diet) provided any improvements? The only ones out there are fruitarians and those with fruit alergies.

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on June 02, 2014
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Agreed. Eat it if you like and it works for you. I dig it.

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some would say that, on the standard plate, we eat pasta as a vegetable too...

East-coast bias -- corn looks and feels like a grain, but tastes like fruit. you do not need to avoid it, but I would put it in the same category as rice.

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Corn is technically a grain but we eat it as a vegetable often. (Midwestern bias)

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on June 05, 2014
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Fruit has too much sugar so you'll want to keep your fruit consumption down to a minimum: try to limit it to 1-2 servings. If you eat more than that in the beginning of your paleo journey, don't stress. Just try to taper it off and experiment with veggies.

Vegetables can be delicious if prepared properly. Here are are some veggie options for you:

1. Asparagus: drizzle with almond oil, salt, pepper and add crushed garlic. Bake in oven at about 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. It'll be rich and flavorful.

2. Brussel sprouts: before you cringe, these can be delicious if you cook them to a bit of a crisp in the oven. I like to cut them in half or in quarters, put some chopped bacon and onions in the baking dish, add salt, pepper and an oil of your choice. Bake at 400-425 degrees until they're crispy - usually about 30-40 minutes.

3. Zucchini: you can make paleo spaghetti with zucchini noodles! Put them through a spiralizer,

http://www.thehealthycornerstore.com/paderno-world...

bake them in the oven with some oil and salt and bake for about 20 minutes. Delicious and healthy!

4. You can do raw veggies like carrots, broccoli and cauliflower and they'll be delicious if you dip them in majestic garlic. It comes in lots of flavors in a garlic base. It's vegan and super healthy.

5. Egg plant: this is yummy if you chop into bite size squares and sautee it in oil.

This should get you on the right path. Best of luck!!

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on June 05, 2014
at 12:51 PM

show me one study where limiting fruit intake (in a otherwise healthy diet) provided any improvements? The only ones out there are fruitarians and those with fruit alergies.

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on June 05, 2014
at 04:21 PM

or rather than buying a $30 device from her spam, you could simply buy a $10 peeler:

http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips-Julienne-Peel...

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on June 04, 2014
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Eating 'paleo' isn't a cure for weight problems and insulin resistance. If you don't like very many vegetables then just eat a few vegetables, eat what you enjoy, and what you can stick to.

Get more physical activity to help with insulin resistance and weight problems. There aren't a lot of calories in most vegetables and as such including/not including them isn't going to make or break the bank calorically speaking. Include what you can stomach and take some of my fellow paleoers' advice on how to cook the vegetables.

@cdone is right when he says most vegetables taste better after cooked in oil. Good luck!

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on June 04, 2014
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I love roasted veggies: onions, peppers, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, carrots, and more! I coat them in my fat of choice (bacon fat NOM) and roast them.

Also try to make veggies part of the meal instead of a side dish... example: stuffed mushrooms or peppers, stirfry dishes, "pasta" dishes using spaghetti squash, etc.

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on June 02, 2014
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Advice #1: Corn is a grain

Advice #2: Vegetables tastes best when you do the least to them. Either saute in some fat (butter, olive oil, coconut oil) or roast in the fat of whatever meat you are serving. If you want to get fancy: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/ingredient/vegetables/; http://www.epicurious.com/vegetable-recipes

Advice #3: Fruit is great -- but the base of your diet is vegetables, then add some fish and meat, everything else additive.

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Corn is technically a grain but we eat it as a vegetable often. (Midwestern bias)

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