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  • Frustrated... Lets eat seasonally then.

    WAY too many search results came up, so I'm starting a thread on this for me, hope you don't mind!

    Two years ago I was explaining how cavemen would eat meat in the winter and then wait until spring and summer and gorge on meat and all the fresh produce, and then winter would come and they'd just stick with meat (and rare seasonal fruit/veggies).

    Funny how I didn't think of that since being paleo on/off the past year. Is this what people mean when they say they are eating seasonally?

    If so, would this be optimal for 1.) weight loss and 2.) killing yeast (associated with alcohol that's been cut down to 1x a wk).
    Earthy Mama's Journal

    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

  • #2
    Hi - New poster here, trying to figure out how to get started eating primal/paleo (is that the same thing?). so much info on this forum. and here the seasonal eating is a new wrinkle. would love to find a post that just gets me started on what to eat starting today.


    • #3
      I believe it would be optimal for if you need to lose weight or kill yeast then it should be on the right course.

      They also call it eating locally (guess some locals could be using greenhouses thought). So the eat seasonally gig has two great results. One, is the seasonality of your eating that will naturally make you eat a different variety of foods in different seasons. The other is choosing local products that are fresher and more nutrient dense than those shipped thousands of miles from chile or some such place.


      • #4
        Originally posted by pattyloo View Post
        Hi - New poster here, trying to figure out how to get started eating primal/paleo (is that the same thing?). so much info on this forum. and here the seasonal eating is a new wrinkle. would love to find a post that just gets me started on what to eat starting today.
        Start here Definitive Guide: The Primal Blueprint | Mark's Daily Apple

        Then here: The Primal Blueprint Diagrams | Mark's Daily Apple

        But really you should buy the book. Good luck!


        • #5
          Hi - thanks, i've ordered the book online, but won't have it til next week. thanks for these links so i can get started...ok, yeah, i've read the first one already. i guess i really need to plan this out myself, using these guidelines, rather than expect a set 'here's what you eat on day 1' type of thing. i was reading someone's journal today, and they talked about counting the # of macros, calories, etc, so by the end of the day they had a certain amount. sounds a bit complicated. i think i'll just try to eat from the shopping list until i get the book and have a better understanding....and reading the 2nd link you gave me is a big help. this is what i'm looking for.
          Last edited by pattyloo; 01-05-2013, 08:15 AM.


          • #6
            Originally posted by pattyloo View Post
            Hi - New poster here, trying to figure out how to get started eating primal/paleo (is that the same thing?). so much info on this forum. and here the seasonal eating is a new wrinkle. would love to find a post that just gets me started on what to eat starting today.
            At the top of the page, right underneath Mark's picture, is a button that says, "Start Here". Start there.

            I think the part of eating seasonally that affects most people is eating vegetables and fruits when they are in season- apples and pumpkins in the fall, stone fruits in the summer, berries mostly in the early summer, etc. This means you don't bother with buying "fresh" tomatoes in the winter at all, or greens, in many places.


            • #7
              Eating seasonally in Southern California is just eating abundant veggies and fruit all the time and enjoying peaches and fresh figs for the brief time they are available in summer.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.


              • #8
                I question the idea that "cavemen" would only go for meat in the winter. I suppose it depends on whether they were traveling or holed up in a cave all winter. If they were holed up in a cave I'd expect them to have stockpiled tubers.

                My farm folk grandparents stockpiled sweet potatoes and onions for winter. They lasted perfectly on the cool floor of a cellar all winter. There's probably a reason meat and potato stew is considered winter food.

                I'd also expect to get the true benefit of eating seasonally (if you live in a place with distinct seasons) you'd need to turn your thermostat way down in winter - especially overnight, sleep with the windows open in summer and avoid air conditioning.

                All of which isn't to say you shouldn't eat seasonally. Eating local is ideal - but for reasons other than perfect health/weight loss in the modern world.


                • #9
                  I do eat seasonally, and will even more so when I get some health issues squared away (the variation from few to large amounts of carbs is still a bit too much for me right now, but my kids & hubby are doing it). I absolutely think stored produce is a part of the picture. Tubers, winter squashes, apples all keep very easily well into winter.

                  I also keep my thermostat low, eat breakfast on the deck every morning no matter the temp, eat dinner outside 9 months out of the year (even when it's 95 degrees, even when it's 55), and enjoy making use of the naturally cold bodies of water year-round. Cold adaptation rocks.
                  5'4" 39yo mother to five sweeties & married to their AMAZING DaddyGrok
                  Current Weight: 175lb__________________________________Goal: 135lb
                  Deadlift: 240lb________________________________________Back Squat: 165lb
                  Bench: 130lb__________________________________________Pre ss: 85lb
                  ***Winning a 20-year war against binge eating disorder***


                  • #10
                    I can't say that I consciously eat seasonally, but I'm noticing that I haven't really been in the mood for much fruit since the cold weather started. Also, when it comes to produce, especially with the price of organic produce, I shop deals, so I think I might be eating what's abundant at any given time of the year. Major exception is tomato, which I eat in various forms all year 'round.
                    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine


                    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.


                    • #11
                      The easiest way to eat seasonally is to buy the least expensive foods or work with a good farmers market.

                      Here in NZ, the price of food is high, but eating seasonally keeps it in check.

                      In the winter, we eat: squash (pumpkin, various other squash), leeks, cabbage, brussels sprouts (they grow here well in winter), cavolo nero (form of kale that is my favorite), kale, silverbeet/chard, onions, sweet potatoes. Citrus fruit is also in season.

                      I make a lot of warm salads and soups in winter.


                      • #12
                        also listen to your body...I find I'm not really craving salads and cool foods in these cold months---but a roasted chicken...that's a different story!
                        Check out my blog on nature and nurture!


                        • #13
                          Challenge for winter produce for me (living in NY city) is that the citrus and apple produce has been piss poor for the last two years!!! REALLY bad! But I'm trying different varieties of citrus to find one that's acceptable and I'm enjoying organic pears. Eating apples, just less of them since they aren't so succulent this year. LOVE potatoes. LOVE home made carrot ginger soup, utilizing carrots, ginger, onion, garlic, carrots and organic chicken stock. YUM! Shopping at the farmer's market takes the guess work out of local and seasonal. BEST place to go!


                          • #14
                            Just to add a wrinkle..I am type II diabetic. I have been perusing Dr. Bernstein's book and it seems most winter produce is a big no-no and summer produce tends to be fruit which I obviously eat sparingly but he says just don't. I live in Florida so seasonal is a bit different here. I am a little confused on the whole process to be honest. And my ARNP who is a functional med practitioner and supports a primal lifestyle is always telling me to eat more greens to keep up my (sucky) immune system.
                            You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                            Age 48
                            height 5'3
                            SW 215 lbs
                            CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                            LW 172 lbs
                            GW 125ish lbs


                            • #15
                              Seasonal veggies are the real score, actually.

                              In summer, we eat cucumbers, bell peppers, all kinds of herbs and lettuces, and late-season asparagus (which is delicious), and we can get broccoli/cauliflower/cabbage/silverbeet-chard/kales all year round. We do stone fruit and berries in summer.

                              onions are good year-round as well. there are so many differnt kinds of things you can do with onions, and there are different kinds of onions as well.

                              Being in florida, you'll have a much longer 'summer' growing season, and in fact, you may never have very distinct seasons. If you hit up a farmers market, the local providers can tell you what is in season year-round and what is truly seasonal.