What and Why PALEO? -AKA- Primal, Caveman, Stone Age, or Hunter-Gatherer
So why go Paleo? To start things off, here’s a little Paleolithic timeline for you. We started eating the Paleo way about 2.5 million years ago, and then we drastically changed our diets about 10,000 years ago when we began cultivating grains and legumes. That’s not much time for evolution to catch up with us, meaning our bodies are still most adept at eating the way we used to eat: meat, vegetables, fruits, and some nuts and seeds.
When I say not a lot of time, think of it like this: 10,000 years out of 2.5 million is equivalent to a little under 2 months of a 40 year old man’s life, or .4% of his life – not very much. Switching from our evolutionary diet of animal products, veggies and fruit to a diet full of grains and legumes is like that movie Super Size Me where Morgan Spurlock goes from eating his normal diet to eating only McDonald’s food for 30 days. His health plummets – he gets fat and depressed, and he develops fatty liver and sexual dysfunction.
That’s basically what’s happened on a grand scale over the last 10,000 years of humanity. We’ve replaced wholesome, clean plant matter and animal foods with a high carbohydrate, low nutrient, high toxic chemical diet and we’ve gotten sick. We’ve shrunken in size, our bones are osteoporotic, we have more cancer, obesity and diabetes, an alarming incidence of heart disease, inflammation of all kinds, skin problems and the list goes on. And on. We are sick. But our Paleolithic ancestors were not and the hunter gatherer tribes that still exist are not.
Paleo BBQ Chicken
What you need:
4 Chicken breast halves (boneless and skinless)
1 6 oz.can Tomato paste
2 tbs Apple cider vinegar
1 tbs Mustard (of choice)
1/2 tbs Honey
1 tbs Chili powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Tabasco sauce
1 tsp Black pepper
1 tbs olive oil
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 yellow onion (minced)
Juice from 1/2 orange
1. In a sauce pot, heat the olive oil over high heat. Saute the garlic and onion until onion is translucent.
2. Add the tomato paste, vinegar, mustard, honey, and orange juice to the sauce pot. Reduce heat to medium and cook for a minute or two while stirring.
3. Add chili powder, paprika, Tabasco, and black pepper. Continue to cook and stir until desired consistency.
4. Brush the barbecue sauce over chicken breasts. Grill over high heat until done. Re-brush sauce over chicken while cooking as desired.
Paleo Broccoli Pancake
Serves 2-4 Double if needed
2 medium heads of broccoli (about 2 heaping cups)
1 small white onion
1/4 c coconut flour
sprinkle of salt
1 tsp. garlic powder
duck fat or other fat for cooking (make it ovo-vegetarian by using a non-animal based fat)
1.In a food processor pulverize the broccoli and onion until they;re in very small pieces.
2.Transfer to a bowl.
in the bowl, mix together with the remaining ingredients except the duck fat. Mix until a batter is formed.
3.In a frying pan, heat the duck fat. Drop roughly 1/4 c portions onto the pan as pancakes. Let cook for about 3 – 4 minutes on low on each side, flipping very carefully.
4.You want it to get some color on the sides.
Serve with your side of choice – meat, more eggs, or fruit. It’s up to you!
5.You can also serve with a dollop of grass-fed butter if you’re feeling fancy!