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Offline Rini

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How do you get variety in your diet?
« on: February 03, 2017, 01:48:18 AM »
How do you get variety in your diet?  Do you stick to one method of cooking, like frying or baking, or do you do some of everything?  Do you have some basic staples, and if so, how often do you try to eat something completely different?  For the first week or two, I was really loving Paleo, but we're reaching our limit of interesting foods we know how to cook.  We often fry up veggies and hamburger, Or bake meat and sweet potatoes (with veggies of course), or make veggie soup, and a few other things.  Are there any other mainstays that people eat frequently that would be worth the effort to learn how to make?  Do variety of spices help?  I'm stuck on salt, pepper, and garlic.  I don't really know how to use other spices, or where to start. :/

Offline Eric

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Re: How do you get variety in your diet?
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2017, 04:04:45 PM »
If you look at the main cuisines in the world, you'll find Paleo ingredients at the heart of many of them, particularly their treatment of meat and vegetables in Asian/Chinese/Vietnamese/American BBQ/Creole/etc.  At a Chinese restaurant the same 3 ingredients may be combined with varying spices/sauces into 50 different meals.

I guess I'm saying seek out inspiration from these types of cuisines as you see fit to avoid getting stuck in a rut...

Offline Warren Dew

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Re: How do you get variety in your diet?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2017, 04:34:07 PM »
I mostly fry everything, but only because I'm pressed for time; if I had more time, I'd make more stews.

As a result, I don't have a lot of variation.  Hamburger, bacon and eggs, steak when I'm splurging, omelettes with some variation in filling, salmon once every week or two, some greens.

Then again, I seem to remember an account of a westerner spending a winter with the Inuit a century or so ago, and they basically had fish stew all winter with no variation.
« Last Edit: February 16, 2017, 12:11:48 AM by Warren Dew »

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Re: How do you get variety in your diet?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2017, 06:49:01 PM »
The best thing to do is to divorce yourself from the notion that you need constant variety. Paleo is way easier if you just accept this. If you keep chasing after variety in your diet, you will get on a treadmill that is hard to get off of. It will probably lead to little indiscretions here and there, until you are no longer following paleo. If you are okay with "kinda' paleo", then go for it. But if you are trying to follow a orthodox version, variety is the enemy.