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Paleo Banana Cherry Cookies

Tasteful Paleo Foods and the Paleo Diet

What is the Tasteful Paleo Version of the Paleo Diet?

The controversial Paleo diet focuses on protein in the form of meat and healthy ancestral eating. Those enjoying the Paleo lifestyle eat Nuts, Fruits, Vegetables, and Meats. Grains and Legumes (beans) are avoided because they upset the Paleo stomach (some Paleos are able to eat them, but you won’t find any recipes with whole grains or legumes on this site). A common myth is that Paleos just eat meat, but fruits and vegetables must accompany it at every meal to aide in the digestion process. The Tasteful Paleo website offers a collection of modernized recipes that not only please taste buds, but also bank accounts and hungry Crossfit tummies.

I’ll be honest with you. Eating 100% Paleo, by true definition is this:

No grains.
No dairy.
No legumes.
Only grass fed meats.
Consuming meat, often organ meats, fish and things like bone marrow as often as possible.
Only lean meats – nothing fatty at all – X out your chuck roast and short ribs here.
Limited dried fruits (i.e. only in snack mixes occasionally).
No processed foods. Processed meaning a series of mechanical or chemical operations were induced on the product to modify or preserve it.
No Salt.
What’s a Peanut? Forget them. Actually, I kind of forget them here too, although no real evidence suggests they will harm us since you and I lead healthy, physically active lives, right?

So that’s tough right? Unless you have super human self control, which you might. I don’t. So for those wishing to eat “Paleo” by the book 100% of the time, I bid you adieu, my healthy hero and champion of natural living. For those ready to take Paleo into today’s world and enjoy the ease of cooking with modern ingredients, drop your skillet like it’s hot and get ready to cook.

Paleo “Goulash” – Beef & Cauliflower Casserole
Paleo Chipotle Barbacoa Tacos

So that’s tough right? Unless you have super human self control, which you might. I don’t. So for those wishing to eat “Paleo” by the book 100% of the time, I bid you adieu, my healthy hero and champion of natural living. For those ready to take Paleo into today’s world and enjoy the ease of cooking with modern ingredients, drop your skillet like it’s hot and get ready to cook.

Creamy Sriracha Sauce
Paleo Mayo

What is a Modern Version of the Paleo Diet?

The diet reflects what our Paleolithic ancestors ate – “clean” food. Paleos enjoy foods from the following catergories:

Meats, especially organ meats when possible
Fish and Seafood
Fruits and Vegetables
Nuts and Seeds
Herbs and Spices
Healthy Oils including Avocado, Coconut, Olive, Walnut, Truffle, Macadamia and Flaxseed

We can still do that with the help of some semi-processed ingredients. And by semi-processed I mean there was a process going from fruit/vegetable to can or bottle. Always try to purchase food with nothing added.

An ingredient list should look like this on a can:

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Onions, Avocado, Cilantro, Lime

Not this:

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Onions, Avocado, Cilantro, Lime, Calcium Citrate, Soy Bean Oil

Below are the ingredients added to the diet on TastefulPaleo.com, but always read labels and make sure nothing unusual is added – like Calcium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, or Citric Acid:

Tomato Paste (no citric acid – make your own or try the one that comes in a tube).
Tomato Sauce
Arrowroot Powder
Coconut Flour
Tapioca Starch
Coconut Aminos
Coconut Flakes (well respected paleos may shave their own – I am somewhat lazy and purchase them in a bag)
Pre-made Paleo Sauces (Like PaleoChef’s Amazing Sriracha Sauce)
Some Salt. It’s fine to have about 1000mg a day in order to lose weight.

These don’t upset my stomach like other “processed” foods and they contribute in a major way to easily creating healthy versions of staples I grew up eating (like Mac N’ “Cheese”, Gravy and Banana Bread).

So here we also have no grains because they didn’t exist… Our ancestors ate mostly meat from animals that do not exist anymore and fruits like melons and berries from trees and bushes (most of which do not exist anymore,). In reality no one has determined exactly what they ate, only portions of their diet with pretty good guestimates). So today we can’t eat like that because we lack time travel. Plus – would we even want to? I’m pretty sure they ate raw meat at times. We can’t be certain how long their lives were or if this Paleo diet will help us live longer lives (assuming that is what one wants to achieve from proper dieting). All we can do is listen to our bodies. I choose this diet because it helps me eat in moderation, which should be the goal of any diet.

Paleo Basil Pesto Meatballs Wrapped in Bacon
Paleo Pulled Pork In Slow Cooker With Mashed Plantains

 

How the Paleo Diet has transformed my life

At my largest recorded weight in a doctor’s office I weighed 256 pounds (and that’s just what went on record, I weighed at least 270 pounds at one point). My mental state was at it’s worst and I was unpleasant to be around. I turned away from a social life and neglected public situations whenever possible. My depression levels were at an all time high and I was so physically lazy that I slept all day and got fast food often. The depression led to more eating – way more eating – like a 3lb. bag of candy being consumed over a weekend and stretch marks stretching until they bled. Talk about a serious eating disorder and disconnection with body image.

Eventually something had to be done, thus the doctor’s office visit. Over the course of the next four months I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a vitamin D and vitamin B12 deficiency and was just a hair under being borderline diabetic with an A1C reading of 5.6. I turned to the internet and found the paleo diet was rich in vitamin D and eggs (a huge part of the Paleo diet) were a good contributor to B12 creation in the organs.  I read about all sorts of diets, but most didn’t have the meat intake allowance I was looking for; I’m practically a carnivore, after all. Someone even said the Paleo diet helped their fibromyalgia (I can confirm it does help if you have inflammation from the disease; I have little to no foot/ankle pain now, for example, even with plantar fasciitis – but hey, I also wear Brooks).

Today I weigh a healthy 170 pounds and continue to lose weight in my goal to be healthier than ever. The Paleo Diet (or rather, my version of it) helps me stay in control of portion size without thinking about it. Counting calories is simply not my jam. Eating light isn’t my jam either, but following this diet allows me to eat smaller portions and feel fuller than ever. Meat takes a while to digest so hunger stays at bay hours longer than when I ate processed foods. Typically, I could eat 1500 calories of processed foods and be hungry an hour later… What’s wrong with that picture…  What was I even eating?

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