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Keira Oakley
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I am not doing the paleo thing, but have completely eliminated all sort of grains... it was not that easy... in scandinavia where I live, bread is a staple, people are totally addicted to it. In asia where I have travelled a lot, rice of course. but also lots of legumes... Yeah, the bloating I constantly experienced as a vegan is now gone... never again... I also have stopped eating legumes and seeds... I might have some nuts very rarely, but in very small quantities, and not raw. raw nuts are very hard to digest, and full of anti nutrients.
 
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Keira Oakley wrote:I am not doing the paleo thing, but have completely eliminated all sort of grains... it was not that easy... in scandinavia where I live, bread is a staple, people are totally addicted to it.


Huh! There is one Scandinavian country, Sweden I think, were 25% of the population is low carb!!!
 
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Just wondering out loud here...just curious.

If you're not 'doing the paleo thing', which I assume is construed as eating lots of meat, and you're not eating grains, legumes, or nuts...
What are you eating exactly?

You didn't rule out root crops or vegetables, so perhaps you're still eating them. Milk and milk-based products?

Thanks for the clarification.
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What I eat? Lots of fruits, a bit of greens +veg, quite a lot of tubers (mostly potatoes) and also pumpkins + squash. Stuff I might maybe eat, rarely: beans and nuts, not raw.. For fat: sometimes avocados or some coconut butter... I do NOT eat: seeds, grains, dairy, eggs, meat, at all... very occasionally fish... sometimes shellfish, mussels... and... insects ... I did the fruitarian thing for 6 month, some yrs ago... so yeah, fruits are really still a big part of my diet, and also depending if I am in a cooler climate or not: more cooked food when cold of course... I don't do the low carb thing. The amount of animal products I use is quite minimal, but is still important for me. I have learned a lot from my fruitarian experience, and have become more sensitive to what I *think* is more healing/nutritious for me: the smaller the animal, the better for me: I can eat it whole (more nutritious I think than only muscles), more taste, more variety and and interesting texture.... I can't eat meat anymore from big animals, find it disgusting (sorry, I am not judging anyone here). But then I have my weak points: I might have chocolate a couple of times a week, dairy free of course, or some store-bought fried cassava/potato crisps... And btw, I avoid garlic and onion (I am NOT a hare krishna lol), as it increases body odour... I became more sensitive to smells after the fruitarian thing, and my armpits smell ok if I don't eat these... But I still do crave/miss nice, dark bread, that I think is the hardest for me to overcome... And if I've had a drink, I might crave eggs and other fatty/heavy food... lol... That's when it would have been nice to have some fatty grubs, but here in the north people are not into that... In Mexico they have agave/maguey grubs, said to be nice and fat... same for escamoles, (ant eggs)...
 
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That's a really fascinating diet. It kind of works out all the kinks I've been thinking about when it comes to food, and it seems well-developed and complex, as opposed to reading a book and following whatever diet therein. And it's based on observation and it's not dogmatic.

Good permaculture design there.
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Thanks... ^ Interesting comparison btw It's also about being flexible, eating only imported tropical fruits in the cold north will decrease my body heat which is not what i want... (That was actually the main issue with being mostly raw/fruitarian in cold places for me, I was freezing all the time. And adding animal products will warm me up!). The opposite is also true when staying in the tropics or hot deserts: too much cooked, meat, salty and heavy/oily food will make me sweat and not stand the heat in the same way as if I would eat more fruits or salads... I've done mistakes in the past, following blindly a certain type of "diet"...
Btw, the thing that blocks me up even more than grains, are raw nuts, especially if they got the skin on... Some years ago I tried the the raw vegan thing, thinking, "this is the best way to eat ", but it only lasted a week and I quit! I was so bloated of all these raw nuts that they mix in everything...
I still love nuts, but the skins of almonds for instance are really bad for you, they are actually mildly toxic. Better to roast them, (or maybe blanch them to remove their skin). Look at hazelnuts: raw with skin, I think they are really not very nice, but roasted without skin, and mixed in sweet dishes or sallads, they are great... Nuts can be great as a "condiment", mixed with other foods (but not in the enormous proportions as in the raw vegan movement), and not eaten on their own.
 
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