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  • How to beat the heat and stay Primal???

    I have several problems which combine into a difficulty in eating Primal this summer.

    1) No A/C in my kitchen. I used fans to keep the air moving but my kitchen actually gets hotter than outside when I cook. So I try to suffer through cooking once a week, early in the morning, to try to make enough foods that taste good cold or microwaved to last the week. I have window units in my apartment bedroom and living room but the air doesn't circulate adequately to cool the kitchen - if I don't keep the kitchen closed off, it keeps the rest of the house from cooling enough to be comfortable.

    2) I'm running out of Primal ideas that sound good. I work in foodservice, so I am in the heat more than 1/2 the day at work, and the last thing I want is hot or heavy food either at home or at work. So most meat sounds nauseating. Fish, raw or cooked, and eggs, are the few appealing proteins to me during the summer. I'm getting really tired of hard-boiled eggs/deviled eggs, crust less quiches, and meat and/or veggie based salads. I would happily eat sushi/sashimi every day (rice doesn't bother me) but that is way too expensive.

    3) In this heat, sweet, light, carby foods are incredibly tempting and desirable. I would much rather have popsicles than steak for instance. The idea of a steak right now is just gross.

    I've not been doing well sticking to Primal eating due to these issues. So, any suggestions to these issues would be very welcome. The issues are listed in order of importance.
    Thanks!

  • #2
    Toaster oven... heats food thoroughly without heating the house.

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    • #3
      I have a NuWave oven that I love.
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      • #4
        Ice-cold showers every day to restore temperature tolerance at both ends of the spectrum.
        You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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        • #5
          I'm working today on a recipe using breakfast-style pork sausage, lots of yellow squash, cheese, egg, and sour cream. Somewhere between a crustless quiche and a yellow squash Gratin Dauphinois.
          http://deeplanguage.blogspot.com/201...casserole.html
          Last edited by Pamsc; 07-02-2012, 05:38 PM. Reason: to add link to recipe
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          • #6
            I rarely use my oven for the same reasons as you. I have no a/c at my place so I try to not cook anything in the stove that takes too long. I also eat a lot of salad and then i'll make a batch of chicken breast and throw that in to my salad. If I cook anything I try not to do it in high heat and I think this helps too.

            Yes the cold shower helps. I take 2 showers in the summer sometimes 3.

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            • #7
              I cook on the grill early mornings and store in fridge, warm up in microwave all week long.

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              • #8
                I have a NuWave oven that I love.

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                • #9
                  These cold soups are mostly Primal-friendly and very simple/basic:
                  Twelve Cold Soup Recipes - Interactive Feature - NYTimes.com
                  They don't supply any protein, but they would at least get you some vegetables.

                  Personally, I really like cold pot roast. Maybe I'm just weird. Which brings up another point: Maybe using a crockpot to cook something like a whole chicken could help keep things cooler.

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                  • #10
                    Then eat mostly fish, vegetables and juicy fruits... that's appealing primal summerfood in the heat, right? No need to force heavy meat and fat down if you don't feel like it right now. Save that for colder times or maybe to late evening if it's more chilled in the weather at that time. Listen to your body!
                    Take a walk on the wild side.

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                    • #11
                      I just got the Sushezi fromAmazon and you can make your shushi yourself for next to nothing! They are just as good as from the counter. I cook the rice in the morning (you can cook a bit and then let it sit to absorb to minimisestove time) and use crab meat or veggies or smoked salmon. Putting it all together takes an unbelievable few seconds with the gadget and comes out perfect. Bit of wasabi and pickled ginger and you are good for hte summer. Yes. I'm so in love with this thing.

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                      • #12
                        Try to find some sushi grade salmon or tuna from a local grocer, cut it into portion sizes and then freeze them individually for 72 hours to kill off the bacteria. Then just defrost them and eat. We do this all the time and it is a great source for cheap fresh sashimi whenever we want.

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                        • #13
                          I don't have A/C either . . . I also have not done too much cooking lately, but a lot of scrambled eggs and smoothies have seemed to work well. I freeze berries as soon as I buy them, and they're a nice treat! I haven't felt much like meat either (very unusual for me), but I sauteed a large portion of ground beef and divided it to eat cold a couple of days ago. Homemade mayo helps spice things up, too! Ditto on the cold showers

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                          • #14
                            When it's just too hot to eat anything else it's some good cold gazpacho for me and sashimi with wasabi. Spicy food comes from hot climates as a way to beat the heat. A nice gin and tonic helps too! Fever Tree tonic has just a little cane sugar and tastes great.

                            Tercio

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                            • #15
                              I second ice showers. Also nick a pizza box from a friend and line it with tin foil to create a solar oven. Cook your food outside. Put that bee-otch heat to work for you. There's tutorials online how to make this simple tool. Grok totally would have done it!
                              Eat cold fruit, drink ice water (or paleo lemonade-- it's not hard to make), and relax.
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