So I’ve been reading up lately on something called The Paleo Diet or sometimes known as The Caveman diet. Some people believe it refers to what our ‘ancestors’ or cavemen ate during the dawn of life on earth. Whatever beliefs you have thats fine but if you look at the jist of it its simple. Eat foods that are in their most natural state. Ok, I know that grilling a chicken is no longer in its natural state but then again eating chicken raw is pretty bad for your health. No, what this means is that you consume the foods without the use of preservatives, additional sugars, nitrates, hormones, etc.. Basically if the animal is wild and the food is wild eat it! Some call it a fad or a unsustainable but if you take a look at what you can eat its pretty amazing.
You can have things like chicken, eggs, beef, pork, leafy greens, nuts, seeds, berries, etc.. are all great sources of food and energy for your body. The secret which is no secret at all is that you do not add the ‘artificial elements’ that take it out of its natural state. Adding sugar, or dairy (dairy is a big no no in Paleo) add an element that some nutritionists say is not sustainable for your body. Those ingredients are not needed and your body will thank you once it starts burning off that excess fat revealing the real you.
Paleo has also become almost synonymous with Crossfit. Many top crossfit athletes follow a strict Paleo that is used to fuel their performance The person who first introduced me was my old Crossfit trainer Laura Dowdey from Crossfit Copperfield. She swears by it and it shows. Many of her students partake in Paleo and they do find that it serves the purpose of leaning out your body and providing the energy needed to perform.
I’ll be making my first Paleo conscience meal today for lunch. The recipe below was taken from http://agymlife.com/butternut-squash-soup/
I’m hoping the flavor of the butternut squash in itself is satisfying as I really only had it doused in butter and brown sugar.
- 1 Peeled/chopped butternut squash (frozen works well)
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 2 TBSP coconut oil (or other Paleo-friendly oil)
- 1 TSP cinnamon
- 1/2 TSP nutmeg
- 1 TSP sea salt
- Saute Onion in large pot
- Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt
- Add squash to pot and pour in stock
- Boil squash until tender
- Puree soup until smooth
- Garnish options: Fresh herbs, green onions, nuts/seeds, Olive oil
The meal itself looks divine and probably tastes amazing. We’ll see tomorrow!
So in a nutshell (almonds are great for you too!) eating better is actually pretty simple. There are many exceptions to Paleo so research and see if this is something that you and your family could do. Paleo can be summed up in a single phrase; “If man made it don’t eat it”