Caveman Diet or Simply Well Fed (podcast + contest)Oct 25th, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: Featured Articles, podcast, the show
THE CONTEST HAS ENDED
Paleo eating is often referred to as the Caveman Diet; paleo includes lean, healthy animal protein, and excludes grains, legumes, sugar, soy and dairy — foods to which our primitive hunter/gatherer ancestors would not have had access.
Is paleo the way for everyone to eat?
That’s a personal choice each individual must make for themselves. And it is one that Melissa Joulwan made for herself about three years ago.
“I’ve done a lot of experimentation. I will say that of the ways I’ve eaten in my life, this one feels the most natural. I’ve spent 30 years dieting; I went to Weight Watchers® camp when I was 14 because I was obese,” she tells me as we sit chatting at the dining room table in her south Austin, Texas home. “So, I have a long history of learning how to deprive myself and feeling terrible, and then learning how to indulge and feeling terrible,” she laughs. “So, this is the first time in my life that I feel peaceful about the way that I eat. It feels natural.”
From her experimentation with paleo came the book Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.
Yet, Melissa agrees that each individual has a plan that works for them. After all, when you look at people who follow a raw vegan eating plan and they appear healthy and happy, as do those who follow a paleo lifestyle.
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“One of the things I like about paleo is that it’s a framework,” she tells me, “And the framework is you eat real food: animal protein, fruits and vegetables, naturally occurring fats. So, not canola oils and other seed oils that are really highly processed. And, you limit added sugars. I don’t know who could argue with that.”
She says paleo is about balancing proteins, carbohydrates and fats – but all real, unprocessed food.
The standard American diet is comprised of slightly more than fifty percent highly refined and processed foods, so we could just as easily call it the industrial diet, where following the path to the plate involves untold twists, turns and hazards. If you’re intrigued by the thought of exploring the Paleo way of eating, Melissa Joulwan’s cookbook, Well Fed, may be considered a direct route to reaching your dietary destination that’s efficient, but never dull.
In the book she encourages something she calls a “weekly cook up” that allows cooks freedom in the kitchen when mealtime rolls around. During cook ups, you spend one day a week (for Melissa and her husband David Humphreys, it is Sunday) cooking large quantities of food in advance, but not meals — ingredients: grilled chicken and browned, seasoned hamburger, and partially steamed vegetables, for example. Foods that taste pretty good on their own, “but have no particular flavor profile attached to them.”
Then during the week you create what Melissa calls “hot plates” where you take these ingredients you have on hand, decide the cuisine you crave that day: Mexican, Italian, Asian or Middle Eastern, and using spice blends that she’s outlined in the book, turn those ingredients into a dish that’s simple, delicious and satisfying.
Let’s see a caveman try that.
WIN A COPY OF WELL FED: PALEO RECIPES FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE TO EAT BY MELISSA JOULWAN
To be eligible to have your name included in the random drawing for one of the books, you follow the rules below.
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