I’m not a doctor nor a dietitian, but I took care of a diabetic parent for 30 years and it caused me to learn as much as I could about nutrition and healthy eating.
My life style is probably a lot like yours – trying to do as much as I can, for as long as I can, for as many as I can. Throughout my life I have been allergic to dairy products and eggs. I used to take stomach pills daily. I’ve struggled with illness, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and the stresses of life. Working full time and taking care of an aging loved one is stressful – ones’ own needs are neglected. I am not one to fall for fads or fancies. But I know, after three years of eating a modified Paleo diet and no longer taking stomach pills, I’ve lost 30 pounds and feel better today than I have for a decade or more. It might not work for everyone, but I am convinced it is doing me good and giving me the energy I need to do good for my job, my family, and my friends.
Google “Paleolithic Diet” and you’ll find numerous observations on an eating concept first suggested by a gastroenterologist around 1975. If human beings were originally designed as “hunters and gatherers,” and only later in our evolution became “farmers,” maybe our digestion is best designed for foods that can be hunted or gathered rather than cultivated grains processed to death? The Paleolithic Diet has been dubbed the Caveman Diet but only extremists try to recreate a Stone Age diet while most just find it sensible that people are to eat meats, poultry, wild fish, Omega 3 eggs, natural oils, fruits, nuts, tubers and all the vegetables you can. The Paleo diet tries to do an end-run around processed foods and processed grains (bread, pasta, rice, corn) whose carbohydrates digest as sugars and are stored as fat. Gluten doesn’t set well with many people’s digestion, and Paleo advocates are wary of gluten and lectins (the natural toxins within many grains).
Dr. Loren Cordain is widely considered the founder of the Paleo movement and has written extensively on the topic. Websites like “Mark’s Daily Apple” or “Everyday Paleo” provide recipes in abundance that fit the Paleo diet’s ideals.
On a daily basis, I cook organic chicken and beef, and I eat fresh seafood as often as possible. I like to grill chicken, hamburgers, seafood and vegetables. I season food with garlic and fresh herbs that I grow in my garden. I also shop at the local farmer’s market. Year round fresh vegetables are such a treat.
I make a terrific antipasto plate with grilled vegetables. My neighborhood friends and I love raw broccoli – as seen in this picture of my two-year-old friend.
I’m looking forward to this year’s Thanksgiving break from work so that I can pull together some recipes to share with you!