What I wonder is: what do you really appreciate when it comes to food/food availability/traditions in your home country? Even developments. Have you been noticing a change in attitude towards fresh, local food? etc.
Me (from Germany):
I love the fact that I can smother everything in butter without being frowned upon and that I can order a ridiulous amount of meat with potatoes almost anywhere.
I appreciate all the local, mostly organic markets which are in many districts in my city.
I really love that many restaurants focus on local foods.
Many germans rather go to their trusted butcher at the corner than buying meat at the supermarket.
Organic stores are booming.
If you are ever short of pastured eggs, come here.
Tell me about the positive sides of your country when it comes to eating whole, natural foods!
There is a small pocket of people in my country who get it.
The politicians and business community dont.
Medical docs dont even know what paleo is.
Paleo in my country is an island of sense in a land of ignorance.
In Samoa where I come frOm we eat little or no processed food. Lots of fresh seafood, taro (our version of potato), our beef, chicken and pork is all free range and lots and lots of coconut! Coconut cream, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut juice all fresh :)
It's a mix in Vancouver. The local food movement is big, but so is the vegan/lowfat thing. I find it very tricky to go out for food. I've gotten ill almost every time I've tried so I don't anymore.
There are great asian markets so local produce and good quality coconut milk is in abundance and there are lots of really good albeit expensive butchers.
I think the most paleo thing about Vancouver is how outdoorsy people are. We walk everywhere because it is so beautiful here, we hike and play by the ocean. BC has the lowest obesity rates of anywhere in Canada (Canada is about on par with the US as far as obesity goes).
Though I just moved to New York, my family lives on a farm in North Carolina. Going to the farmer's market for us is sort of expected. While we don't sell anything ourselves there yet, there is a great sense in community with people growing their own produce. It's also fairly easy to get organic and free-range eggs. Because of these communities, a lot of people I know tend to be 'locavores', i.e. they eat only local foods.
At local stores, there are also plenty of meat and fish options, organic and free-range. North Carolina being on the coast means that there is both fresh ocean fish and other meat sources, like cows.
The towns around my area in NC are also very environmentally conscious, and support things like alternative medicine. There's also a lot of good parks and trails. All in all, while most people don't eat strictly paleo, I find that it's an area very amenable to many aspects of the Paleo lifestyle.
Even if you ditch the notion of "paleo", I was brought up on "meat and two veg", the full English breakfast, the "go to to work on an egg" campaign and Sunday roasts. So not too bad. :)
Alas these days, with more and more children [and parents] being unable to cook for themselves, the landscape of the UK's heal this shifting towards that of mainstream America's.
I find it tough in the UK, especially given the economy at the moment.
Where I live, the closest you can get to organic produce is the chain supermarkets, this may differ in other areas, however the selection and price is shocking, creativity in the kitchen is a must! Very time consuming!
Spending money sucks, spear please!
I can get grass-fed beef at a fraction of the cost of supermarket beef, because it's the cheap way to raise cows if you're poor. Same with local fruit & veg, though the choices there are extremely limited.
People only think it's weird that I walk around barefoot 'cause I'm white (and therefore, by definition, should be rich--too rich to be walking in the first place).
It is very easy to avoid fast food, junk food, etc. There's only 1 fast food joint in town, no vending machines, not even any food that doesn't require a 20 minute walk from my office to town.
That being said, Namibia is halfway developed and halfway undeveloped, particularly in the domain of nutrition/health which means everyone LOVES processed food. They wrap fruits & vegetables in styrofoam & plastic in the supermarkets. Nobody raises chickens or eggs to bring to market. . .
Not that much in germany.
I agree that we still have some sort of traditional food stuff and that fat is rather liked than frowned upon.
Maybe I have to see the situation in the USA to admire that some people go to their local butchers, buy a lot of organic stuff and eat at restaurants serving local food.
But what's the reality? It's still a minority who favor restaurants with local, traditional foods. Even those local foods are still mostly cereal-based.
Well, getting grass-fed in germany is hard if you live in smaller towns. You also don't find any pastured eggs nor do we have duck eggs.
While you can get high quality food the majority of people in germany is eating crap.
Off course, it is great to see local, organic food on the rise in supermarkets and restaurants but you are still a freak if you eat always healthy.
What does "healthy" for germans mean?
For the majority buying the organic version of oreos, pasta, sweets, cookies, bread and bisquits with the good old soy (meat is bad off course) equals health. As a result you see some of those "organic" people in very bad mental and physical health, defending their lifestyle until their last gulp of bionade.
No one knows about paleo, and I mean litereally no one, besides those 2k health freaks. Blank faces if you are talking about this.
As a society, we are not going into a bright future regarding our environment and health. Veganism and Vegetarianism are on the rise and dominate the public discussion about sustainability and health.
However, what is positive about germany?
Despite those millions robots there is a relativily "big"* health community online talking about the importance healthy foods (whole, organic foods, the glycemid load, omega 3/6 proportions, sustainability, etc.) It is not that big like in the english speaking world but people begin to ask questions
You can get high quality local, organic produce, meat and fish in every big city
There's a butcher selling grass-fed meat in my city (Yeah!)
Older people are still cooking traditional and delicious foods, which is not always that healthy but better than crap and I love that we have traditions
You can get exactly one brand of pastured butter in germany (kerrygold)
Most local (conventional or organic) meat is pastured anyway, simply because we have pastures in abundance (Downside: You just don't know if you buy pastured or purely grain-fed organic or conventional meat)
you can get pastured milk everywhere, unfortunately only pasteurized. But buying raw milk at a farmer is no problem
people it raw ground pork with salt, pepper and onions as a traditional food on their bread
*with big I mean "it does at least exist"
Well, it's quite mixed here, in Hungary.
Paleo doctors, nutritionist: I know 2 specifically paleo doctors here (I'm one of the patients), they follow very strict paleo principles.
Paleo restaurants: I've stumbled across paleo restaurants in Budapest (though they're really expensive), many of them has delivery service.
Grass-fed, bio meat availability: carcase meat (bio, grass-fed) is ridiculously cheap in Hortobágy, but elsewhere is rare and horribly expensive. Biomarkets in the capital usually open twice a week, but they're expensive and the supply is very poor for my taste. But to be fair, there are some well-known, trusted butcher everywhere with their own animals, where you can buy some quality stuff.
I don't know where to buy good fish.
I've found only one brand of pastured butter (Kerrygold).
Paleo literature and resources are quite rich, thanks to especially Gábor Szendi. In the capital there are regular paleo clubs and meetings, cooking competitions, I think the paleo community here is very popular and big - however, the anti-paleo propaganda is also very vociferous.
Organic stores: prices are high, and there aren't many. Although there's a new shopping community, an informal association (formed by a few enthusiastic, environmentally conscious customers) with organic, local products at good prices. There are tons of ethnic markets.
Pastured eggs: you can buy in some supermarkets or at Biomarkets.
You can buy pastured and raw milk everywhere.
Supplements market is huge.
All in all, the "paleo market" is not bad for my country's size and economic status but I'm not happy with the prices, the variety of products, and the grass-fed accessibility.