Here is a great website that is short and sweet about how to stay on top of your paleo diet. The only thing that is missing on this list, that will make your life even easier, is ordering Cross Cuisines! You can take down so many tips on this list in just one easy step, and that would be ordering your food online with us at crosscuisines.org. Especially when you are trying to eat paleo, it is incredibly important to always have food in the house so you have plenty of meals throughout the day! Instead of worrying about how much to get at the store, a simple and efficient alternative is to order your meals with us so you can maximize your CrossFit workouts and feel better on a daily basis!
Dr. Venning, South African Chiropractor and Owner of Vitality Chiropractic. He wrote an interesting piece on Why Paleo Works.
“If we’re going to ask the question and try to find out why paleo works then, let’s be sure that we know what we’re talking about.
What’s the premise?
When I speak or write about Paleo I’m talking about a frame of thought, a way of thinking about my lifestyle that encompasses how I eat, move and think. It includes the ‘Paleo Diet’ but this is not a rigid set of rules of how much carbohydrate, fat and protein I can eat. It’s a way of thinking about what I eat.
The idea starts here: any animal in it’s natural habitat, is healthier than the same animal in captivity. Think of Free Willy and it’ll illustrate my point.
Next, healthcare is a branch of biology and this is a point we seem to have forgotten. We have separated ourselves from nature to a ridiculous point.
If a plant starts wilting we ask when it was last watered.
If a dog gets sick we ask what it ate and if fish get sick we clean up their rivers and dams.
If a person gets sick we give them drugs, radiation or surgery.
If you take an animal outside of the environment it was naturally adapted to you would be able to watch how it’s health declines. No amount of drugs or surgery would reinstate a state of health, they would be able to cover the symptoms that the change created, but there is more to being well than not being ill.
The Human Zoo
As humans we have taken ourselves out of nature and domesticated ourselves and this is the single biggest cause of ill-health world wide. I live in South Africa where HIV/Aids is recognised as a massive health problem but the tide of chronic, degenerative disease that is swelling across the globe is going to dwarf the issues we are going to face in the coming years.
Paleo works because it asks what we are best adapted to and then sets out to find ways to re-create those factors. That does’t mean that we re-enact history by wearing loincloths and foregoing the useful advances science has given us. Rather it is a frame of thought that asks, “What do I genetically require for well-being?” and it uses any advances it can to answer that question.
The Vitality Concept follows these lines and asks, “What’s my potential?” and then coaches you toward finding the solutions in a way that works for you. There are no ‘one size fits all’ solutions, though there are broad concepts that apply to all of us, but you have to do it for yourself.
Paleo = Eat + Move + Think = Vitality
Why Paleo Works?
The quality of your answers depends on the quality of your questions. Paleo works because it asks a different question, “What do I genetically require for wellbeing?”
READ THE REST OF DR. VENNING POST HERE
Posted by crosscuisines on October 11, 2012
- ALL MUFFINS
- BREAKFAST FRITTATA
- CHICKEN VEGETABLE SOUP
- BURGERS WITH GRASS FED BEEF
1. Romaine Lettuce, Tomato, Red Onion
2. Sweet Potato, Cucumber & Red Pepper
- TURKEY ENTREE
- BEEF JERKY
- PETE’S JACK PACK
- BROWNIES BY DEBBIE
- GARLIC AND SWEET KALE CHIPS
- APRICOT AND APPLE JUSTAGUDBAR
You Compete, We Feed You!
See you there,
Posted by crosscuisines on October 9, 2012
Fall means pumpkin season and pumpkin carving with the kids or grandkids is always a good time. However, no matter how much carving or filling we are doing, we should not waste food! Hang on to the pumpkin seeds, as they are a source in the Paleo diet and to be a satisfying, crunchy treat! Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of protein, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3s.
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
This is vegan, gluten-free and fits perfect for the holiday season!
1 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp garlic salt
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp paprika
Dash of cayenne pepper and cinnamon
- . Clean out that pumpkin!
- . Wash the pulp from the seeds (soaking the seeds in warm water for an hour will help this process).
- . Allow the seeds to dry for 24 hours.
- . Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- . Combine all ingredients and place in 8×8 pan, coating the seeds with the seasoning mixture.
- . Bake for 45 minutes, stirring every 15-20 minutes.
This can be a great snack during your Paleo Challenge!
Posted by crosscuisines on October 4, 2012
Exotic superfoods, such as chia seeds, cacao, or goji berries, are frequently praised by the modern nutrition media. But what about the seemingly normal, healthful foods we – and our grandparents – grew up eating? Don’t they deserve a little credit? You bet they do!
You don’t need hard-to-pronounce herbs from the Amazon to add years to your life, you just need a generous dose of love, fun and plenty of antioxidants, which can be found in a number of grocery store standards.
Antioxidants play an important role in maintaining overall health by balancing unstable free radicals and slowing down the aging process. Consuming natural sources of these vital nutrients could play a key role in longevity and vitality, as they stabilize molecules that are weakened by pollution, UV damage, and even the chemical byproducts of life itself. Antioxidant-rich foods also reduce inflammation, maintain skin elasticity (less wrinkles!), and prevent degenerative diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
Here are the two common foods that can contribute to a long and healthy life:
Berries contain a high amount of antioxidants called anthocyanins, which give them their bright colors. These substances help reduce oxidative stress and degeneration, improve brain function and eye health, and even prevent DNA damage.
Berries taste great as a healthy snack, dessert, or in a smoothie!
Cruciferous vegetables contain generous amounts of various antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, and zinc among others. Best known for their role in cancer-prevention, this group includes broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. They also contribute to detoxification, hormonal balance, and bone health.
Cruciferous veggies are best eaten raw in a salad, or blanched, sautéed, or baked.
Have any ideas or additions we would love to hear from you!
CEO and Founder of Cross Cuisines
Posted by crosscuisines on September 21, 2012