There are many different thoughts about the ‘paleo diet’ concept – some people (like me) believe it’s a no-brainer, others think it’s just another ‘fad’ diet. There are also many variations and definitions floating around about the guidelines for this way of eating, but essentially how I like to approach it is simply that it’s about dodging processed and refined foods as much as you can and eating / cooking foods that are pretty close to their ‘natural’ form.Essentially what I’ll label here as ‘paleo(esque)’ are no/low-carb recipes, consisting mainly of veges, sustainable fish, organic grass-fed meats and dairy and nuts and small amounts of fruit. What you won’t find labelled ‘paleo(esque)’ are recipes containing grains, refined sugar or legumes. In most cases I will be simply making a paleo(esque) version of a traditional un-paleo recipe (e.g. swapping out refined sugar for a less refined sweetener like honey, or using almond flour instead of wheat flour).
After chatting with my long-term, highly trusted and respected Sydney Naturopath – Victoria O’Sullivan about this paleo phenomenon and its overall health merits, I’ve decided to create a new thread on my blog dedicated to paleo recipes to share with fellow health-concious folk – as many of my recipes are in-line with this as a result of Victoria’s guidance, and I find eating this way makes me feel good and be able to better control my over-all health.
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It’s taken me about 3 years of researching countless studies, papers & articles, personal experimentation and blood work to come to the conclusion that a low carbohydrate, high (saturated) fat diet is what my body likes and needs. There’s a (hell of a) lot of reputable material out there that dares to burst through the “convention” bubble. But if you’re interested in finding out more about this way of eating and the potential short and long-term health benefits, I recommend as a good start to watch a recent film – Cereal Killers. It’s making waves around the world and starting many conversations about the prospect that maybe, just maybe, conventional wisdom around nutrition needs to be turned on its head – which ultimately may mean that we will finally be able to start turning our health around, and instead of the big pharma / food companies making big bucks at the expense of our health, with a little education we can take back control.