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Real Paleo Hacks

by (1529) Updated August 28, 2011 at 1:55 AM Created May 17, 2011 at 9:31 AM

What have you done to make eating paleo more efficient, nourishing or tasty? Did you come up with simple and functional lifestyle changes?

  • To increase fat content of fried eggs, add dessicated coconut to the eggs. Add vanilla for taste. Use lots of lard or coconut oil for frying. Scramble it instead of making an omelet to increase surface area.
  • A larger surface area will take more oil in any meal. This would also work for adding more fat to lean meats. Cut it up into smaller pieces.
  • If a cured meat is too salty, cut it into strips and soak it for a moment in warm water.

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4073 · May 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I cook a sweet potato in the microwave and then add two raw egg yolks to the hot potato and mash. The hot potato lightly cooks the yolks for a quick nutritious meal that requires no dishes.

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810 · May 17, 2011 at 2:52 PM

  • I stopped driving to work and started taking to longest and most inclined path that time allows to get to public transportation to take me there.

  • I started freezing all of my meals and storing them in the freezer at work so I didn't have to worry about eating the right things while at work.

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1536 · May 17, 2011 at 10:24 AM

My hacks probably aren't that impressive. I don't have an oven, so I rigged a toaster oven I inherited from a departing teacher to stop timing food. I have a tiny apartment, so I make yogurt and sour cream on the stove by touch and wrap it in my bedding to incubate. I do this about once a week.
I make stock from everything with bones and use it to cook vegetables and skim off the fat to fry things. The side of my wardrobe has become my pull-up bar. I save the peels from oranges, candy them with honey and use them in marinades and brines. I try to pick up my students at least once a week (you can do that here), or walk as they cling to my legs or neck, to get in more time lifting heavy things.

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883 · May 17, 2011 at 11:14 PM

  • use coconut oil and nitrate free sausage for my eggs
  • I brush my teeth with a mix of coconut oil and baking soda.
  • use a good deal of organ meats (especially beef heart) in place of most cuts of meat.
  • managed to convert the majority of my favorite recipes over to paleo.
  • I fish often and whatever I catch is usually on the menu

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268 · May 17, 2011 at 8:29 PM

I got a bike with panniers on the back and a wicker basket on the front, and I cycle to the shops. I use the supermarket for things like loos rolls and floor cleaner and visit the little shops on my bike. Its much easier on the bike because otherwise the parking is too difficult and you end up getting it all in the supermarket.

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555 · May 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Batch cooking. Cook once, eat (almost) all week.

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629 · May 17, 2011 at 6:44 PM

I've started keeping chickens (in town) for eggs, though it'll be another 4 month or so before they're old enough to start laying.

Making regular batches of beef stock / bone broth. Great stuff.

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158 · August 28, 2011 at 1:55 AM

Basic hacks. Some were things I did pre paleo, but come in handy:

  • I've changed my shopping list to have columns: protein, fruits/veggies, dairy, grains (my fiance is not paleo, so the last two columns are for him)...it helps me conceptualize what I need, and makes it easier to write the list and shop for items.

  • EGGGSSSSSS. boiling 6 eggs at a time makes for really easy meals.

  • Roasted sweet potato slices; I do 3-4 potatoes at a time and switch up the spices. Tonight, I did salt, pepper, garlic and chili powder (mixed with melted lard, of course). they last a few days for a household of 2.

  • Tinned sardines and mackerel. Easy, cheap protein (even for the organic kind)

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