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Eat Drink Repeat | The Paleo Diet

For most Paleo enthusiasts, managing meals while juggling our busy lives is key to our health and fitness. The Paleo Diet Team gives you the typical 24 hour dining experience from our family kitchen. From appetizers to dessert here’s a look at how to keep it real on a daily basis.

Eat. Drink. Repeat.

Let’s start with dinner, where the foundation of the cycle begins. Begin with an appetizer of fresh, organically grown veggies paired with wild, smoked salmon. Follow up with a Do-It-Yourself salad made with crisp, organic greens tossed with the toppings of your choice. By serving the toppings on the side, you can cover and save the leftovers in the fridge for your lunch the next day.

For the main meal, mix raw grass-fed beef or bison with rosemary, garlic and onions for barbecue ready patties.

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Slice up some organic carrots and beets, mix with salt-free veggie seasoning and stir fry on low heat with a little extra virgin olive oil.

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Finish your meal with a bowl of fresh, seasonal berries.

The Key: Prepare far more food than you and your family can possibly eat for dinner!

Cover and save in the fridge overnight.

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For breakfast the following day, pull out the leftovers, reheat the patties, add the sides, and you have yourself a quick, healthy Paleo meal to launch your day. Pack the rest for lunch and you are off to work, ready to tackle your day. It’s that simple!

Eat. Drink. Repeat. | The Paleo Diet

All the Best,

Lorrie Cordain, M.Ed., Co-Author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook

Newlyweds | The Paleo Diet

You’ve found the love of your life and have committed to spend the rest of your lives together. With all the excitement that comes with planning a special celebration to mark the day that launches you into the next stage of your life, your focus on healthy eating takes on added importance.

Ideally, as newlyweds you agree on the benefits that come from eating a diet consisting of meats, fruits and veggies and are able to design a home environment with Paleo as the central theme. Because we come from different upbringings, cultural experiences, life situations, and dietary histories, many of us find that one of the biggest challenges when first starting out together begins in the kitchen.

As we all know, physical nourishment is a basic human need that begins before we are even born and continues until the day we exit the planet. When you were a baby and young child, your parents made every decision for your food choices. As a young adult, out on your own for the first time, you began to explore your options and develop an understanding that the optimal human diet is the one we were designed to eat. Your partner has gone through similar experiences and has come to their own conclusions, which may differ significantly or slightly from your own.

Hopefully, you are finding that you agree on the concepts of healthy living by eating a Paleo Diet and can continue your commitment to following a Paleo lifestyle by following these basic guidelines:

Equip Your Kitchen

As you move in to your new home, put the majority of your efforts into designing and equipping your kitchen with the essential tools to make healthy cooking a pleasure. Check out The Paleo Diet Cookbook for a helpful list of essential items to include in your kitchen cabinets and pantry.

Stock Up on Paleo Staples

Spices, oils, and healthy condiments should be available at all times to make preparing meals simple and easy. Having to run to the store to buy an ingredient needed to make a Paleo snack or recipe can sabotage your diet. If your partner has a stockpile of non-Paleo foods available, you may be tempted to indulge for convenience sake. Stack the odds in your favor by keeping the Paleo staples on hand at all times.

To Love and To Cherish

You and your partner will face many important decisions as you begin your life together. From how you manage meal time, to who cooks, who washes the dishes, and what to eat. The list is endless. But, whatever your food choice perspective, there is no sincerer love than the love of food, as the old adage goes. Show your love by preparing and cooking delicious Paleo meals and snacks. Before you know it, both of you will be on the road to a long and healthy life together. Congratulations and may your life be filled with many blessings!

All the Best,

Lorrie Cordain, M.Ed., Co-Author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook

Breakfast | The Paleo Diet

When initially transitioning to a Paleo lifestyle, most people have numerous questions regarding what to eat for breakfast. If you’ve been eating cereal, milk, and toast every day of your life, it’s time to change your thinking and habits.

A variety of meats and seafood, vegetables, and fruits, should be on your menu as you make healthy food choices every morning. Organic free range eggs paired with fresh seasonal fruits work quite well as you begin your day with Paleo foods.

After you’ve adjusted to the menu changes, start changing up your proteins with meats and seafood! While these foods may at first sound unappetizing for the morning, you will find that you will quickly adapt and begin seeking out this great form of protein on a daily basis. Before long, you will be starting your day with eggs, meat, and fish paired with fruits and vegetables and enjoying every morsel, laughing at how you once found these foods to be unpalatable at this time of the day.

Morning routines can also be some of the busiest and most challenging times of the day for the Paleo dieter. If you work a 9-5 day and find yourself with limited time to rise and shine, shower, dress, and groom yourself, along with families to care for as well, how can you find the time to prepare breakfast for yourself and your loved ones? The most successful method we’ve found is to make planning ahead part of your new lifestyle.

For dinner, we often make twice as much food as we will consume, saving the leftovers for the next morning’s breakfast. A slice of leftover halibut or a piece of free-range chicken with a side of fresh fruit, is quick and easy. You will find that starting your day this way will leave you with even energy throughout the morning and keep you from feeling ravenous hours before your lunch hour. Of course, if you are an egg lover, there are a variety of ways to prepare eggs that are surprisingly easy and quick. But, if you really can’t get to the kitchen and are in the habit of bringing breakfast along to the office, try packing a couple of hard boiled eggs and fruit the evening before so you can grab it and go.

However you choose to start your morning, making Paleo foods a part of every morning will kickstart your day and leave you feeling full of energy and ready for whatever the day has in store for you. In a very short time, you’ll find you don’t miss the traditional breakfast foods of cereal, milk, toast, and pastries and will most likely wonder how you ever got through the work or school hours when they were a regular part of your day. We wish all of our new followers success and vitality as you start each new day with a delicious Paleo menu!

All the Best,

Lorrie Cordain, M.Ed., Co-Author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook

Chocolate Covered Walnuts | The Paleo Diet

For a special occasion, chocolate covered walnuts are the decadent Paleo Diet treat you’ve been craving!

Ingredients

Serves 3-4

  • One 3.5 oz. bar raw dark chocolate (at least 85%, 99% if possible)
  • 20 raw, sprouted walnut halves, organic if possible
  • 12 large organic fresh strawberries

Directions

1. Place chocolate in double boiler pot on top of lower pot filled with water.

2. Bring water to simmer and stir chocolate with wooden spoon until melted.

3. Remove pot with chocolate from heat.

4. Using fork, dip one berry at a time into the chocolate and place on wax paper or silpat to cool.

5. Using same method, dip one walnut half at a time then place on wax paper to cool.

6. Dust with nutmeg, cinnamon or cayenne if desired.

7. Keep in tightly sealed plastic container for up to one week

Fly the Nest | The Paleo Diet

Beginning with the day we arrive on the planet and ending when we make our final exit, our lives evolve in stages. Our first years can be characterized by a complete dependency on other human beings, without whom we could not survive. As we grow and develop from childhood through most of our teens, we are constantly discovering the world around us, making decisions about who we are and finding our unique identity in our families, communities, and the world in which we live.

During these years of adolescence we are developing food choices as well. It is inspirational to hear from teenagers who have adopted a Paleo Diet and become passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Once high school years are behind us, most of us move away from our family homes for the first time.

Along with the excitement of becoming independent, comes the many challenges of taking care of our personal needs. Nutrition choices play an important part in this process. A few tips from our team may be helpful as you begin this exciting stage of your life.

The first thing to keep in mind is you are now in total control of the food you eat. If you grew up in a household following a Standard American Diet (SAD), from this point forward, no one will be telling you to clean your plate, drink your milk, or eat your cereal.

This new found freedom is filled with possibilities and culinary adventures. As you journey out for your foraging experiences, remember that the vast majority of Paleo Diet friendly foods can be found around the inside perimeter of most grocery stores.

Start in the produce aisle, followed by the meat and seafood section. Because you’re only cooking for one, be sure to avoid buying too much. It’s better to visit your grocery store a little more frequently during the week to ensure you are getting the freshest foods. Most people starting out on their own are working with a limited financial budget and having to throw away food is like throwing away your hard earned money.

When cooking your meals consider your needs and plan ahead. If time is of concern and your days are busy, prepare extra today so that you can feast on the leftovers tomorrow. This takes some practice, but is a great approach to having prepared food ready when needed. Taking a salad for your work day lunch break prepared with last night’s salmon and some fresh greens and veggies is much better than having to swing by a local restaurant or grocery store for a pre-made version and will save you money in the long run.

The best part of being single is that when you control the food that comes into your home, you will be developing lifelong eating habits that will ensure a long and healthy life. The world awaits you. Fly the nest, you are the master of your own destiny!

All the Best,

Lorrie Cordain, M.Ed., Co-Author of The Paleo Diet Cookbook

Paleo Food Trucks | The Paleo Diet

Hi Dr. Cordain,

I have a question for you, do you know of any Paleo restaurants anywhere?

What is your opinion, based on the trends, (I assume you’d be the most up-to-date on this info), on the growth and spread of the Paleo movement, how well do you think a Paleo restaurant would function in a typical town, in the vicinity of a few Crossfit gyms?

Also considering that all people who are gluten-free, lactose intolerant, diabetic, and so forth, would also be potential customers. And that paleo foods are delicious and appeal to everyone, regardless of whether or not they are official “Paleo” eaters.

Thanks for any opinions or comments you may offer.

Angel

Dr. Cordain’s Response:

Hi Angel,

Below is a list I have compiled of restaurants and food trucks/carts which claim to be Paleo. In the U.S. food trucks which offer Paleo are cropping up all across the country and typically cater to Cross Fitters. Some restaurants actually advertise a Paleo menu like Dick’s Kitchen in Portland, OR and the Calistro California Bistro in Scottsdale, AZ.

I believe that at the very least, inclusion of Paleo friendly items in a restaurant’s menu would appeal to people following the Paleo lifestyle and even to others intrigued by the concept. Clearly, gluten free is now found in restaurants all over the U.S. Increasingly, grass produced meats as well as game meats are now on the menu in many trendy restaurants. Tasty, healthy fresh food is enjoyed by all.

5 Paleo Food Trucks

1. Cultured Caveman

2. Caveman Truck

3. Not So Fast!

4. Outside the Box

5. Caveman Cafeteria

5 Paleo Restaurants

1. Sauvage Paleo Restaurant

2. Dick’s Kitchen

3. Calistro California Bistro

4. Paleo – Primal Gastronomi

5. Paleo Café

Cordially,

Loren Cordain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Effective February 3, 2013

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