Chances are, if you’re here on this site, you might have an idea as to what paleo is.
Then again, you might not.
Chances are, if you’re someone who follows a paleo-principled lifestyle, your definition might be different than ours. We don’t think there’s an absolute right definition. A caveman didn’t have a Cuisinart food processor, and you’d have to pry ours out of our cold dead hands before we’re willing to part with that. A caveman also didn’t have the processed foods we see in the market today. You can have all those that you want.
Before we tell you our definition of paleo, let’s give you some resources to help you to create your definition:
Quite a few of the resources above have a lot more letters after their names and scholarly publications to their credit and time spent learning the science, in addition to many who have devoted their lives and careers to this way of living. Read them, support them, thank them for the info they share!
Now how do we (personally) define paleo in our lives? Quite simply: we eat real food. To quote Robb Wolf, our protein sources had a soul and a face, our carbs come from things that we could pluck out of our garden and eat, and we love fat.
“But what does all that really mean?” you may ask. Most of our day-to-day eating involves:
- Protein, in the form of lean meats, poultry, seafood, and things we (or others) could hunt/catch/spear.
- Carbohydrates, in the form of vegetables and some fruit. Lots and lots of colorful, nutritious vegetables. Yes, veggies are “carbs.” So are fruits. So are bagels. We don’t eat the bagels.
- Fats, in the form of coconut oil or coconut milk, nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, clarified butter.
- All kinds of herbs and spices.
Robb Wolf and others have awesome matrices (plural of matrix, come on, when was the last time you got to say matrices?) of the specific foods in these categories, if you’re looking for inspiration.
What we don’t eat, and what you won’t see as a main ingredient or even included in our recipes:
*there are a scant few recipes that use either green beans or mention some dairy variations if that is your choice (to add dairy in your life). But typically, it is not a main ingredient.
When we choose to go off the paleo path, it’s usually a dairy/sugar choice, with the once-in-a-blue-moon choice for grains/gluten. However, we know we feel so much better when we do stick to paleo, so we do that most of the time.
Food is a lot like religion, in that it becomes very personal to people, and there are those who love nothing more than to tell you what you are doing is wrong for reasons x, y or z. For us, we know we feel good eating this way, we are healthier inside and out eating this way, and it works in our life. We know there are other “believers” for whom that is true as well. We know there are others who think this paleo thing is some fad, we’re going to decimate the world’s fish/cow/chicken supplies, and that veganism is the way to go. That’s their choice. This is ours. As the Anchorman, Ron Burgundy said (in reference to the true definition of the words San Diego), ”Agree to disagree.”