So, I’m going to admit it right here on the internet, I’m a fad diet freak. I haven’t tried them all (that sounds like way too much hard work), but I have thought long and damn hard about each and every juice detox/cabbage soup diet/fasting scenario out there.
This time its different. (Or it will be exactly the same and in a few weeks you can all point and laugh at my foolish claims of being a changed woman).
A friend of mine at work has been talking about her Paleo lifestyle for a while, initially I thought she was nuts. How could a life with out pasta every day possibly be worth living right? Wrong! So it is with great ambition, much recipe research and the occasional argument with the boy that I have decided to play around with Paleo. I say play around because I am far too unorganized and uncreative (and a little unwilling) to commit to a full Paleo diet, but if I try to eat Paleo 70-80% of the time – well I think I will be doing pretty well.
So, “what is Paleo?” I hear you cry. Or at least I hear my mother cry it because I know the concept of no wheat, no grains and no legumes throws her into a food spin. So just for you mum….
Paleo is a healthy lifestyle that tries to emulate that of the Paleolithic era (think cavemen), efore the agriculture boom etc. It’s a great diet for people who have intolerances or suffer from upset tummies. For a more detailed breakdown on what you can and can’t eat check out Robb Wolf’s website here (paleo extraordinaire). Basically, eat unrefined, real, clean food and run like the wind from anything processed.
Get it? No, me neither really. But I recon figuring it out along the way is half the fun.
So whether you want to join me, or just laugh at my attempts, here is the start of a Paleo(ish) path with a handful of amazing cheat meals at great restaurants thrown in for good measure.