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?”


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Automatic Delivery Plans

Hi Cross Cuisines customers, followers and those interested in ordering or becoming a delivery location,

Due to the popularity of our automatic meal plans, we have been receiving many questions lately and thought it would be best to clarify our delivery schedule for everyone….

In order for us to be able to guarantee the freshness that you deserve, and since we never freeze our fresh products, the weekly plans arrive in two separate deliveries.

ON MONDAY(s) you will receive your meals for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. ON THURSDAY(s) you will receive your meals for Thursday and Friday.

Please keep your suggestions coming! We sincerely value your business!

All the best,

Teresa Garceau

Owner of Cross Cuisines


We Love This Recipe!

Paleo Grilled Peach recipe shared from the Paleo Diet Lifestyle cookbook:

Grilled peaches with Prosciutto and Basil recipe

It serves 4, as a side or snack and it is YUMMY!


  • 3 ripe peaches, halved and pitted;
  • 6-8 slices good quality prosciutto;
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar;
  • 1 tbsp honey, optional;
  • 8-10 basil leaves;
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil or clarified butter, melted;
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste;


  1. In a small saucepan over a medium-high heat, bring the vinegar to a simmer and let simmer for a few minutes. When in beings to thicken, add the honey, if using, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Once the liquid takes on the form of a thick syrup, remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  2. Fire up the grill to a medium heat. While waiting for the grill to heat up, brush some of the coconut oil or clarified butter over the open side of each peach. Place them on grill face down and allow to cook until golden brown. Cook on the other side for only a minute.

Place the peaches face up on a large flat dish. Drizzle them with the balsamic vinegar syrup and then stuff the area where the pit was with prosciutto. Top with a basil leave and serve.


Cross Cuisines

Cross Cuisines: Pete’s Beef Jerky!

In every marriage there is division of labor and mine is no exception.

Over the past 30 years, my husband Peter has been the master of our backyard grill and has had a particular passion for cooking smoked foods. So when I launched Cross Cuisines and included beef jerky on the menu, I didn’t have to look far to find the right man for the job. Pete is all about the details—he researched beef jerky on the Web and in cookbooks and talked to family and friends in search of the perfect recipe.

After a few weeks of tweaking and tinkering, he’s come up with a jerky recipe that’s big on taste and packed with protein, but low in calories and sodium. Unlike commercial jerky that can pack up to 600 mg of salt into a single serving and can be high in fat, Pete’s jerky has only trace amounts of sea salt and 70 calories per 1 oz. serving. It’s also incredibly lean because he uses grass-fed top round beef and then hand-trims off the fat before marinating it overnight and then grinding it. Once ground, Pete adds his special blend of seasonings (sorry, that’s classified information) and pounds it into a jerky gun, which cranks out tender, delicious jerky strips. From there, the strips are placed in a commercial dehydrator for seven to 10 hours.

“I knew our little home dehydrator was never going to be big enough,” Pete says. “Beef jerky is the biggest snack on the Paleo Diet so I needed something that could handle the volume.”

The dehydrator is taking up valuable counter space, but it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make. Beef jerky is the ideal Paleo snack because it’s packed with protein, is digested quickly and has a low glycemic index that keeps your blood sugar level steady.

I tell people it’s the best thing that every happened to me because it’s helped me stick to the Paleo Diet, snacking that curbs my appetite with none of the guilt.

Our jerky comes two ways: Pete’s Jerky, $5:50 for 2 ounces or our Jerky Snack Pack, $4.99 per bag featuring jerky, nuts, dried cranberries and cherries.

If you want to try some of our yummy jerky or just have any inquiries Contact us and we will be happy to help!

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