Originally Posted by Red Cortina
Also if you are really talking about eating an ancestrally appropriate diet (which is what a paleo/primal diet is, afterall) then you will be hard pressed as an Irish person to find a more appropriate food to eat than the spud IMO.
The Paleo/Primal 'thing' is based around eating foods that our ancient ancestors ate though, not our more recent ancestors, people we can put names to in many cases.
The reasoning being that 4-5 million years of evolution has left us very well able to utilise 'basic' 'natural' Paleo/Primal type foodstuffs, whereas we've had (relatively) very little time to adapt to 'modern' foodstuffs: grains, refined sugars, etc.; foods that were developed during the recent 10,000 years since to dawn of recognisable 'agriculture'.
Potatoes have only been in Europe since about 400 years ago, which is a period that barely registers on the total time humans have been on the planet, and were domesticated in Peru only 7-10,000 years ago.
I've pretty much eliminated potatoes from my diet at this stage, and don't miss them a bit.
Parsnip (roasted!!!) and cauliflower make excellent substitutes for bulk and mouth-feel, and they taste great too.