Cooking Good Tasting Primal And Paleo Foods For Weight Loss
Cooking primal foods and paleo foods focuses on replicating as much as possible the diet of our caveman ancestors. The paleo diet and primal diet include mostly foods that are like the foods hunters and gatherers ate before the agricultural revolution took place all around the world 10,000 years ago. This means that grains and legumes (beans, peas, and lentils), the mainstays of agriculture, are avoided. Paleo and primal diets also avoid processed foods that have entered the food chain since the industrial food revolution beginning in the early part of the 1900s.
At the heart of the paleo diet and primal diet are high quality meats and fresh vegetables. Grass fed beef and grass fed chicken, especially organic, are consumed instead of beef and chicken raised on large industrial farms that eat mostly grain and never move about freely. It is thought that the quality of the meat in a grass fed animal that is allowed to move about naturally and graze on natural foods is similar to the wild meats hunted and consumed by the caveman, at least as similar as we can get without hunting ourselves. Likewise, wild caught fish that eat a natural diet are selected over farmed raised fish that are fed an unnatural diet including corn and soy. Venison, elk, emu, buffalo, rabbit, lamb, kangaroo, geese, turkey, pheasant, quail, and ostrich are popular choices too if raised free range and on a natural diet. Seafood such as shrimp, crab, lobsters, oysters, clams, mussels, scallops, and crayfish are also included.
Vegetables that are nutritionally similar to those that could be collected from the wild before the advent of agriculture are chosen, i.e. those vegetables where the nutrition hasn’t fundamentally changed due to agriculture. For example, the following vegetables are all considered paleo and primal: dark green leafy vegetables, salad greens, onions, green onions, garlic, squash, zucchini, carrots, parsly, cilantro, celery, tomato, eggplant, artichokes, sea vegetables, and asparagus. Nuts, seeds, avocados, berries, and all other fruits are also included in these diets. Herbs such as mint, oregano, thyme, rosemary, basal, sage, and lavender are used extensively.
Early versions of the paleo diet excluded dairy products because it was thought that milk was not consumed before livestock were kept in association with agricultural societies. However, most paleo diets now include unpasteurized raw milk that has not been homogenized and fermented raw milk such as cheese and yogurt made from raw milk. Early versions of the paleo diet also discouraged the use of saturated fats like real butter and coconut oil. There has been a complete turnaround on this issue for most people who practice the paleo diet. Saturated fats, such as unrefined coconut oil, are now considered a healthy food. It is certainly true that cave men ate as much saturated fat as they could. Because of these changes in the paleo diet, there is really no significant differences between the paleo diet and the primal diet.
It is important to note that the above criteria are just general core guidelines. There are lots of variations on the paleo and primal diets. For example, some people on a paleo diet will eat rice as long as it is not over-processed but they will not processed wheat products like pasta or bread. Likewise, some paleo dieters will eat quinoa while others will not. It often comes down to a decision on whether or not to eat gluten which is considered by many to be one of the primary causes of what some people call the diseases of civilization. Some paleo dieters will even add small quantities of beans into their diet.
Going primal or paleo doesn’t mean you have to compromise on taste in any way. In fact, many people who have made the switch to a pre-agricultural cave man diet say they enjoy their food much more. For example, grass fed beef tastes much better than cattle fed corn and soy and never allowed to walk around. Many people comment on how commercial chicken has lost the flavor they remember from when they were kids. However, this flavor is re-discovered in free range grass fed chickens. You’ll also discover that using lots of fresh vegetables in your cooking will give you better tasting food than any processed foods you could buy!
We hope you enjoy the great tasting primal and paleo foods we provide recipes for on this site. As you and your family experience the flavor of paleo foods, you’ll find you no longer crave the processed foods that our modern civilization has grown so accustomed to that we don’t even notice the flavor is gone! You’ll also notice your family’s health will begin to improve while they’ll feel more satiated than ever before.