I try to cook paleo at home most of the time, plus or minus a few wheels of cheese and blueberry pies and pizza crusts. That's why a lot of the recipes on Worthy Pause are marked paleo, gluten-free and Whole30-approved.
So, if you're roaming this website and you're all like, "Paleo? WTF is that?" I have a short summary of what it's all about.
What is PALEO?
The term "paleo" means different things to different people. To me, it's just making real food a priority.
- Organic, grass-fed meat and eggs
- Healthy fats (nuts, avocados, olive oil, coconut oil, coconut milk, ghee, etc.)
- Natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup, date syrup, etc.)
- Processed food with weird additives (corn starch/syrup, MSG, unpronounceable words, etc.)
- Grains (corn, whole wheat, quinoa, rice, etc.)
- Legumes (soy, peanuts, chickpeas, peas, beans, etc. — green beans and snap peas are OK because they are mostly pod)
- Bad oils (soybean oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, etc.)
What's the point?
- Eating tons of vegetables is good for everyone, no matter who you ask.
- It may eliminate a lot of potentially inflammatory foods. Many doctors and researchers now believe that inflammation is at the root of chronic conditions like heart disease, rather than cholesterol levels. 75% of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol, BTW.
- It is a low-glycemic diet, meaning your blood sugar remains steady throughout the day and your risk of insulin resistance is low. Insulin resistance is also known as metabolic syndrome and is a precursor to type II diabetes.
- It's easy on your gut, meaning the good stuff gets in during digestion and the bad stuff doesn't.
- Hormonal balance. Hormones run the show in your body, bossing all the other cells around. Legumes have estrogen mimics called phytoestrogens — and dairy is full of hormones because it's meant to nourish a baby cow and help them grow.
o there's a rundown of how a paleo lifestyle works, but keep in mind that I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, nor do I want to push some kind of nutritional agenda on you like a jerk. If you want some more science dropped on you, there's a whole Internet out there waiting for you.
- It Starts With Food. This book totally changed the way I think about food and inspired this blog in the first place. I read it and immediately cleaned out my kitchen, went to the grocery store and the rest is history.
- The Whole30. This book goes over the Whole30 in more detail, which is a strict, 30-day paleo detox that spawned this blog (because I was cooking so much over those 30 days).
- Well Fed: This book by Mel Joulwan of The Clothes Make The Girl is my all-time favorite paleo cookbook. The sequel is pretty great too.
- Nom Nom Paleo: Another phenomenal cookbook by another phenomenal blogger. Michelle Tam's Peruvian chicken is daaaamned good.