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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published January 1st 2014
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Eating Paleo has become the latest and perhaps greatest way of eating. If you haven't heard of Paleo basically it means eating like our ancestors and cutting out all the refined foods that are playing havoc with our health.

It promotes eating hunter gather types of foods such as meat (especially grass fed), seafood, vegetables, eggs, nuts and seeds.

Controversially it abolishes almost all refined sugar, dairy (this is where most people tend to cheat a bit), legumes and grains. Because it cancels out grains and legumes it even questions traditional vegan and vegetarian diets.

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If you want to go into the health benefits of Paleo there are two lively podcasts: The Wellness Guys (at present iTunes third highest ranked health podcast in Australia) and its offspring That Paleo Show. Both are perhaps best listened to while you are out getting the kinds of exercise they recommend.

Breakfast without grains isn't really a problem as there are all kinds of pancakes you can make with ingredients such as eggs, coconut flour and LSA. Half the fun of paleo is the inventive gourmet- style cooking.

But if you are on the forage for paleo sustenance at lunchtime and you need to eat out it is an entirely different story. A salad isn't a bad option and there are some places where you can find good ones here.

Also lots of cafes do all day breakfasts so you can freely tuck into plates of eggs, tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, omelettes with fillings and so on. But ask any Paleo person and they will tell you they are sick of having to order it without bread but still having to pay the same price.

But once you enter any food court it becomes a graveyard of dead-ends. All you can see are endless variations of grain from Subway's spongey rolls to rice stuffed sushi. And ordering a hamburger without the roll seems to defeat the purpose.

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So it was a nice surprise recently to discover that the Spudbar has some great Paleo alternatives.

You can get a delicious baked sweet potato with all kinds of Paleo friendly add-ons such as shredded cabbage, free range bacon, mushrooms, wild rocket, beef bolognaise, carrots, peas, free range chicken, baby spinach, avocado and braised pulled lamb.

Not suggesting you get all these at once but there is plenty of variety so you can go back again and again. Click here for the Spudbar menu.

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Mad Mex's naked Burritos (regular Burrito without tortilla) are also a delicious option and includes lots of salad such as lettuce, capsicum, onion and so on.

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Instead of sushi try a plate a sashimi (sliced raw fish) with a seaweed salad or a coconut curry from the Thai food stall but without the rice.

So there are a couple of alternatives. What have you found to be a good Paleo alternative when you get stuck eating out at lunchtime?

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There's the Paleo Cafe on Main Street, Morningto
- apparently very good too :-)
by lynda46 (score: 0|8) 2661 days ago
At Subway you can order any sandwich fillings as a salad - served in take away salad boxes.
by bi-lu (score: 1|24) 2662 days ago

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