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What are the best Paleo foods to be eating during the winter?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 14, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I live in Canada so a lot of the Paleo food I'm adapted to isn't available at this time of year (or at least shouldn't be). I'm trying to eat more seasonal and I know our Paleo ancestors didn't really have a winter to survive through, but what would be the best fuel source to switch to? Is the best thing just meats and squash?

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on October 18, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I noticed that a lot of the meats sold at organic grocers (since that is the only place to get them, minus the local grassfed butcher) come from the Quebec side. In fact, tons of great produce come from that side, I think I'll go take a look. Thanks!

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on October 14, 2012
at 02:23 AM

We do have a local farmer's market but it's closed down in the winter, there is almost nothing grown locally from what I can tell. Which makes it extremely difficult. I have looked into ethnicity based diets, but my linage is from 4 separate places, so I guess I should start experimenting with each. Thanks!

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on October 14, 2012
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One option, is to base it on your ethnicity and what those cultures thrived on as a start. The other option, which I prefer, it just to eat what is locally available in the area. This will give you the freshest and most sustainable source of calories you can buy. Do you have any farmers markets in your area? CSA's, co-ops? What are the offering?

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on October 14, 2012
at 01:18 AM

Look at the history of the latitude. What do the native tribes of Canada eat in the winter? Sea based meats would be my advice. (Weston Price said that seal oil had the highest concentration of vitamin A than any other substance that he had tested.)

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on October 14, 2012
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Canada is a very large and geographically diverse country so the range of foods would have been various. For most of us, the same issue of seasonal eating would apply to colder European countries...and much of what is 'local'in Canada is grown in greenhouses all year round. Like peppers and tomatoes. I try to avoid those... sugary nightshades.

Eating seal meat is not an option for most Canadians, neither is living in Igloos. ;) But if local game is available, what a treat, and lucky you if you hunt or know someone who does.

Squash, yams, potatoes, onions, beets and other veggies can be stored for long periods, months even if done right 'cold cellar' style. Cabbage (and/or other vegetable) sauerkraut. Sprout things in your kitchen-- soak seeds and let them grow for a couple of days. Windowsill herbs.

What I just love about living in Montreal is how many so-called 'weird' meats, organs, and soup bones are sold at the local grocery stores. I'm making my bone broth with fresh local goat and lamb, and veal marrow bones for very cheap, it's great. Never saw that in most stores in other Canadian cities I've lived.

I lived in Ottawa for awhile too, I recall some grocers being much better on the Quebec side of the river.

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on October 18, 2012
at 09:47 PM

I noticed that a lot of the meats sold at organic grocers (since that is the only place to get them, minus the local grassfed butcher) come from the Quebec side. In fact, tons of great produce come from that side, I think I'll go take a look. Thanks!

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on December 27, 2012
at 03:17 PM

If you're in Ottawa; there's the ottawa organic farmer's market in a parking lot at 1644 Bank Street, Ottawa
It's open every saturday 10 am to 2pm. (Except on holidays)

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on October 14, 2012
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I would go meats and and root vegetables if I were doing the seasonal bit (personally I'm gonna do keto for a couple months, but thats me). Squash is more of a fall food....whoops fall food for where I live ;).

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:51 AM

there's still lots to eat, despite being in Canada. Sweet potatoes, Squash, onions, lots of greens, beets, carrots, apples, pears; basically any root veggies. There are areas of Canada that grow things not normally seen in this far north. Look it up. There are places on Vancouver Island that grow citrus.

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on October 14, 2012
at 05:18 AM

anything doused in Sriracha Sauce, with a side of Sriracha for dipping.

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on October 14, 2012
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Some leads on local organic produce here:

http://bytownmom.com/about/csa-services-in-ottawa/

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on October 14, 2012
at 03:30 AM

I crave carbs in the winter. Yams, sweet potatos and yucca.

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