One more time…
I want a burger.
With all the stuff.
The meat. The veggies. The mustard…
I just don’t want the bun.
“Let me repeat. It’s a burger, no cheese, lettuce, tomato, mustard…,”
“Did you want your bun toasted?”
Ugh…Yes! Like your brain. Thanks.
Before it was cool to be gluten-free, these were my conversations. That or “oh, you must be on that Atkins Diet.”
Really? I must? Did I just order a bag of Splenda and 42 Kraft single slices?
BURGER. NO BUN. PLEASE!!!
Last week you heard me talk about plain ol’ food. Real food that is. If you haven’t read that blog, go click on the pretty blue letters and read up. If you have and are curious about learning the paleo basics, then sit back, grab a hunk of meat and continue to learn the basics behind the original human diet.
The Paleolithic (paleo) Diet has come a long way. A couple million years to be exact. Early humans hunted and fished. Early humans gathered and foraged. Early humans did not drive to McDonald’s for their latest freaky creation.
Up until 10,000 years ago, the dawn of agriculture, we were eating what nature provided: Animals, seasonal fruits, vegetables, roots, nuts, seeds and we drank water. You might better know this stuff as food. Everything was organic, whole and real. Animals were healthy and lean from running around in sunshine and eating what nature intended them to eat, not what we force them to eat. We were healthy, muscular, strong, had good skin, teeth and vision. If we made it out of childhood, not eaten by a sharp toothed cat, and stayed clear of infection, we actually lived a relatively long life.
Our best understanding to date leads us to believe that for millions of years:
WE SIMPLY ATE:
The aforementioned foods were literally how human beings not only survived but thrived. So, it makes sense that the Paleo diet is not a fad but rather the way our bodies were evolutionarily designed to eat.
WARNING: THIS MAY BUM SOME OF YOU OUT.
I hate to point out the obvious (no I don’t) but this also means that for millions of years, we did NOT eat grains, beans, legumes, Pop Tarts, Cheerios, Snickers, bread, peanut butter, Twizzlers, dairy, Applebee’s, Sour Patch Kids, OR drink alcohol, coffee, soda, Snapple, smoke or chew gum.
Is it any wonder that since being introduced to these foods, across the board our health has decreased dramatically?
Am I saying because these foods were not available then that we should not consume them now?
Take them out, see how you feel. Bring them back. If they hurt you, Pop Tarts and PB&J isn’t for you. Remember the “If a caveman didn’t eat it, we shouldn’t eat it” mantra? Let’s not get too hung up on that. We are not cavemen. We have Facebook for God’s sake. Plus, I imagine that if a caveman saw a bag of Oreos laying around, he would happily kill his entire tribe as to not be interrupted mid-gorge. I think we all know I totally would.
Food was scarce. They ate what they could. It just so happens that the food available were animals and plants. From an evolutionary stand point, we just haven’t evolved to the point of being able to physically process more modern foods like dairy, grains, beans and sugars. And some foods we just shouldn’t eat ever, like McLobsters, high fructose corn syrup and gluten <—-click on that to learn the problems with gluten.
Think of it like this: When you change your dog’s food, what does the bag say? ‘Introduce slowly.’ If not, you know damn well what’s going to happen to that IKEA Yin Yang rug. In our case, there just hasn’t been enough time. As mentioned in the real food blog, we have changed our diet more in 60 years than in the past million. That’s a flick in earth’s history. It’s nothing. And while you may not be scooting with Sparky on that IKEA rug, collectively, and to some degree, we are ALL being affected by this modern westernized diet. <——- download the pdf file on this page.
coronary heart disease
o b e s i t y
type 2 diabetes
epithelial cell cancers
#IT’SNOTLOOKINGGOODPEOPLE and #WHATAREHASHTAGSANYWAY?
I could go on and on with the science, case studies, big words, more hash tagging, but why do that when I can insert a cool info graph? Reading is so much better with pictures.
We get a lot of questions from customers about Paleo — why we don’t use bread and if The Farmer’s accent is real are just conversation starters. (Anyone who says arse instead of ass has to be legit, right?). Hopefully, this gave you at least a brief (and believe me, this is brief) introduction into Paleo basics and the reasoning behind it. It’s a good place to start, especially if you’re experiencing digestive ailments, lack of energy, weight problems or full blown disease.
6 TIPS TO GET STARTED
#1. Go here. Here. And here. Learn as much as you can.
#2. Don’t over complicate it. Start with the basics. Try new things. If you get lost, go back to the basics.
#3. If you still need help transitioning into a Paleo lifestyle, there are PLENTY of recipe resources and books to help you along the way. To name a few:
Chrissy Gower’s Paleo Slowcooker book.
Sarah Fragoso’s Everyday Paleo
And one of my favorites, wait for it….wait for it……PALEO HAPPY HOUR by the fabulous Kelly Milton. If delicious happy hour drinks and small plates are your thing (and why wouldn’t they be?) , you’re going to need this book. It hasn’t hit the shelves yet, but the site Paleo Gurls Kitchen has plenty to get you started. I’m still drooling over her avocado margarita. Yep, that happened!
#4. If you’re interested in trying out the real Paleo diet, awesome! But, give yourself a chance to let it work. Don’t just stop eating bread for a week and expect to lose 40 pounds. Try it for 30 days and be true to it.
#5. Be aware of Paleo traps. There are a ton of misleading information out there claiming that “this is Paleo” and “that is Paleo.” See #1, get educated and don’t forget #2 - stick to the basics if you get lost.
#6. Ask me for help!! If you are questioning how to get on track with eating real food, Paleo or anything Jaime Jereb approved, contact me for a nutrition consult. I promise I won’t yell at you (in life or in all caps). firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you Paleo? A real food lover? We’d LOVE to hear your experiences, tips and feedback. Leave a comment below. We sure appreciate you reading!