Category Archives: Stoneage Diet
Supermarkets would have us believe that variety is being able to walk into a store and buy any and every agricultural product you can think of day in, day out 365 days of the year.
The problem with this is…it becomes boring. Food becomes monotonous (again). The variety of food never seems to change and inspiration can easily fade. This is not the way nature intended. Food variety should be driven by the seasons. This is how we used to eat. We would fill up on produce in season, eat it and bottle in and can it and store it and eat it again to the point where we thought we would never wish to ever eat it again and then the season would turn and a new variety would ripen and the cycle would begin all over again.
In this way food becomes exciting and our meals become invigorating. Our diet is continually changing and we are feasting on foods that suit that time of year and the weather.
Like purple blackberries in autumn, fresh green asparagus and fiery watercress in spring, pumpkins, squash and fennel late summer and the sweet orangey tang of clementines at Christmas.
Last night we noticed this out the window of our back kitchen! All through the winter months it has tended itself and kept hidden only to push through in April to provide a bumper crop for the next weeks. And as we write, the cycle continues.
Shop local, keep to small-scale producers and independent food. Check out your local veg box supplier. In this way you will get back in touch with the seasonal quality of food. The way nature intended!
In May, look out for elderflowers, outdoor rhubarb, asparagus, beetroot, radishes, wild rocket and watercress to season and flavor your foods. In June the season is turning through to summer and you will find blackcurrants, cherries, gooseberries, loganberries, carrots, cucumber and turnips to add to May’s delights.
And keep it real!
What is paleo, or the caveman diet and how do you do it?
Let’s strip it back down to basics, pull up a chair and remind you.
Also known as a stone age diet, a paleolithic, evolutionary or dna diet, the pitch is simple: its about eating as our ancestors ate before the great agricultural revolution some 10,ooo years ago and thus no wheat, grains, legumes, sugar or vegetable oils, that is: no processed food!
Meals are based around meat, fish, saturated fat (from animals, avocados, nuts etc), green leafy vegetables, nuts, eggs, seeds and some low-sugar fruit mostly berries. Meals are tasty because we eat fat: fat is not the enemy, fat is our friend just as it has been across hundreds of thousands of years of ancestral health. And by fat we mean good saturated fat not man-made monstrosities like canola oil, hydrogenated fats or margarine.
Why no grains or processed food? Because these products are making us fat. Period. Why are they making us fat? Because we cannot digest them. We cannot metabolise them. Our genetic blueprint has not evolved to process this food and the consequence is severely impacting our health. Evolution is a slow process our dietary habits have revolutionised exponentially and while we have not changed genetically our diets are radically different and so is our body shape, health and general wellbeing. Can you see the link?
And it’s not just us is it. See here the headline in today’s Daily Mail and read this shocking article: in the UK, doctors are medicating babies in the womb for obesity or read this article “Junk food gives you the blues” and begin to understand the link between so called “junk food and our mental health”. Every day scientists are making new discoveries but even if you don’t understand the science and have no interest in the why, you must hanker for a solution?
Many of us get to the point where we are simply overwhelmed by our fat. And give up. Can you see it in your life? Did you give up too? We are not helped by the endless round of fad diets that tell us we can have our cake and eat it: weight watchers, slimming world, Atkins, lighter life – it’s not true. But it does keep you coming back for more when you fall off the wagon and overeat. Got you over a barrel see – no wonder we give up faced with such extraordinary odds against us, we simply don’t know any different.
What we require then is an approach, a gentle but radical approach that works: not a diet, not a manifesto: paleo works Think of paleo as a life long journey of continual renewal with you in control. That’s the difference. Cut out the junk food and you are more than half way home.
Keep it simple, keep your food real. Start changing things up, integrating good saturated fat into your diet (butter on your veg, fry meat in coconut oil, eat bacon with the fat on, enjoy tallow, dripping and lard as our forefathers did). Keep away from processed food: and always remember that the worst combination..that is the combination most likely to put your fat on is sugar and fat (think buns, pies, buttery pastry, white bread, eclairs, cakes, batter mix, cookies) always remember that and you won’t go far wrong.
So, this diet and lifestyle approach is simply based on common sense.
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