What is Paleo?

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, head on over to our Resources page, as you’ll find lots of helpful links and books that can help you to formulate your own Paleo definition, as pretty much no two definitions are exactly alike. 

Quite a few of the resources we listed  have devoted their lives and careers to this way of living and spend much time focusing on the research aspect of why one might want to live this way. 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. We eat nutrient-dense foods. We eat foods our great great grandparents could grow or raise or recognize.

“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:

  • Gluten/grains
  • Legumes*
  • Dairy*
    *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.

There are hundreds if not thousands of “diets” out there–7-day this, 10-day that, etc. For us, eating this way is a lifestyle. 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 lots and lots of others who have reversed autoimmune conditions, cleared up their skin, lost weight and inches, and also just plain feel better. Our challenge to you is to find the way of eating, the way of life, that works in your lifestyle. We also encourage everyone to be mindful of what you’re eating and why, and how it came to be on your plate in the first place.