Paleo Diet

I have been noticing an increasing trend in the area of diets.  In particular, the Paleo Diet.  A concise definition is “Eating what our early ancestors ate”.  Meats. vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts.  Seems pretty simple, right?  Not so much when you have to cut gluten, grains and legumes our of your diet.  Again, sounds easy, right?  Think about it: no rice, bread, beans, peanuts.  So how do you transition into this lifestyle?  Carefully.  Slowly.  When I try out something new I get all gung-ho, transform my kitchen and get the family on board.  two days later BAM!  I am in overwhelm mode and end up eating junk food (insert emotional eating here).  So follow my new lead…

First, read the Paleo diet food list.  The visual reference will make your life much easier. Print it out if necessary(this is what I have to do) This website makes it easy to follow and provides you with simple recipes to get started.

Second, join a Paleo community.  Get as much support as you can.  Surrounding yourself with like minded people will give you an opportunity to ask questions, bounce ideas, and feel supported if you fall off the wagon (we all do).  Here is the facebook group for Paleo Diet Lifestyle.  Like them, follow their links and create a presence.  Most important, reach out when you are feeling lost or overwhelmed!

Now here is a very simple and highly nutritious Paleo based coleslaw:

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1 red cabbage shredded
6 carrots shredded
1 red onion very thinly sliced
3 apples very thinly sliced
(I use a food processor with the shred/slice attachment)

1 cup Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
1 cup olive oil
1/8 cup sesame oil1/4 cup sesame seeds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
mix it up, then stuff it into mason jars and refrigerate!
(makes 3-4 large mason jars – if you want smaller portions for lunches, use smaller jars!)