It’s called the caveman diet, primal eating and Paleo lifestyle. All of these references promptly bring me to a hunched over balding human-like form wearing a leather wrap for underwear.
Humans have come a long way from that little caveman, but the Paleo lifestyle is a way of eating which reflects a diet we followed as hunters and gatherers long ago.
Some say it’s the Adkins’s diet reinvented. Not quite. This is a more mindful approach to eating and health.
Many of my friends follow this lifestyle rigidly and they have more energy than most, their hair skin and eyes are radiant and all of them are truly happy.
What’s the skinny? Eat healthy local foods for the environment and your body. Easy.
• Fresh seafood and fish
• Grass-fed and pastured meats
• Lots of fresh vegetables
• Healthy fats, coconut oil, ghee, olive oil
• A moderate amount of fruits
• About a handful of nuts per day, preferably sprouted
Things that got to go:
• Processed Foods
• Refined Sugar
Dairy, that is an individual decision. If you feel you need it, choose raw milk and cheeses.
Is this a raw diet? No, there are some recipes, which intertwine from raw eating and the Paleo lifestyle so incorporate what you wish.
The lifestyle part of this Paleo thing is a big part in maintaining this particular diet. It’s the 21st century, stress is everywhere, we are connected to everything and everyone every second. So we are thrown into fight or flight situations more often than not. Consequently we tend to eat things like wheat, sugar fat and chocolate to ease those stressful feelings.
This diet removes those food “crutches” and forces us to deal with stress mindfully. Taking healthy breaks from cell phones, computers and the 80-hour workweek.
The Paleo lifestyle encourages playing outside, being active, enjoying sleep and eating consciously. There can’t be anything wrong with this choice.
That caveman with the tiny leather underwear may have had a few things right.
I am embarking on this Paleo lifestyle starting today. Make sure to watch progress through this blog and on myFacebook page
. If you have started it, let me know, it’s easier to make a change with support.
In the meantime, here are some great websites to visit to learn more:
Also, here’s a local resource if you are too busy to cookEvolve Paleo Chef
.Cauliflower Rice 1 small head of cauliflower 1 shallot, chopped 1/2 teaspoon garlic, chopped 2 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1 teaspoon chile powder Cracked pepper Salt
Chop the cauliflower small — rice granules small. Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Heat the butter and coconut oil in the pan. Add the shallot and garlic and sweat for 2-3 minutes. Stir in cauliflower and cook for 8-10 minutes covered. Season with Chile powder, pepper and salt.
Renee Kelly is the owner of Renee Kelly’s Harvest in Johnson County. Her passion lies in changing the food system, one plate at a time. Her inspiration is Mother nature and the many growers in the Kansas City area.