The Paleo Diet.Eating the way we were meant to eat.

Dairy and the Paleo Diet

Posted in Health, Real Food by eatingpaleo on August 24, 2009

Dairy has always been a big thing in dieting. Is it good, is it bad? Low fat or low carb. What about the calcium and the lactose intolerance? I’m going to try and answer all of these questions, but.. like most things in life.. there is no straight answer.cheese

Lactose = milk sugarcarbohydrate.

75% of adult humans are lactose intolerant. Introducing lactase, this is the enzyme needed to digest lactose. This enzyme, reaches its highest level in the small intestine after birth and then begins a slow decline unless milk is consumed regularly. I guess Mother Nature knew her business. As a general rule, the longer a cheese is aged, the less lactase it will have.

Let’s talk about the fermentation process. When raw milk is left standing for a while, it turns “sour”. This is the result of fermentation, where lactic acid  bacteria ferment the lactose inside the milk into lactic acid. So, the bacteria will partly/fully digest the lactose (think about lactose intolerance), it will also partially digest casein (protein in milk, difficult to digest for some people). And last but not least, the lower PH of fermented milk makes its minerals more bioavailable. It reintroduces lactic-acid bacteria, along with their digestive enzymes, and all in all contributes to intestinal health.

These being said… When it comes to the paleo diet technically you shouldn’t eat dairy.. Animal milk is first known to have been used as human food at the beginning of animal domestication and as far as I know.. Grok didn’t raise cows next to his cave.

Now..If you really really really want to have it :), pick the one that is full fat, raw, organic, from a grass-fed cow/sheep etc, fermented, aged.

Don’t think about it too much, just keep in the the back of your head. Grok didn’t eat dairy, this means it’s not essential, you can live without it. No one will cut your throat if you eat it, just enjoy it sparingly and not for their protein content.

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Six Rules for eating wisely

Posted in Health, Real Food by eatingpaleo on August 16, 2009

After finishing The Omnivore’s Dilemma I fell in love with Michael  Pollan’s work, so..

I started looking after more of his

Fodd is fun. Enjoy :)

Food is fun. Enjoy 🙂

books and articles. Naturally, I stumbled upon his web site and found a history of all his articles published in different magazines/newspapers. One of them was called:

Six rules for eating wisely, I want to share this one with you.

  1. Don’t eat anything your great-great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. Eat food, not food products.
  2. Avoid foods containing high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It’s not just in cereals and soft drinks but also in ketchup and bologna, baked goods, soups and salad dressings.
  3. Spend more, eat less.All this “cheap food” is making us fat and sick. It’s also bad for the health of the environment. The higher the quality of the food you eat, the more nutritious it is and the less of it you’ll need to feel satisfied.
  4. Pay no heed to nutritional science or the health claims on packages.Consider that the healthiest foods in the supermarket–the fresh produce–are the ones that don’t make FDA-approved health claims.
  5. Shop at the farmers’ market.You’ll begin to eat foods in season, when they are at the peak of their nutritional value and flavor, and you’ll cook, because you won’t find anything processed or microwavable.
  6. How you eat is as important as what you eat.Americans are fixated on nutrients, good and bad, while the French and Italians focus on the whole eating experience.So, relax. Eat Food. And savor it.

This is it. Pretty easy huh ? Try to follow these rules as much as possible, and you’re already doing more than any diet would.

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Organic food from my garden

Posted in Diet, Real Food by eatingpaleo on August 9, 2009

I just returned from my home town back to The Big City – I hate it, but love it at the same time.

I was on stand-by for one week, reading and sleeping all day long. Just imagine: waking up in the morning, going into the garden filled with vegetables and just take a deep breath. It feels like you just died and gone straight to Heaven.. If there is such thing as a perfect day… how about a.. perfect week 😉

I took some pictures with my parents garden. Keep in mind that these were sprayed only with water.

Have a look:

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Organic Tomatoes

I’m not a very big fan of the word organic. What does it mean exactly? I have read Michael Pollan – The Omnivore’s Dilemma where he actually tries to give a meaning to this word. Let’s take an example: organic salami – called organic because it has (among other things) organic pork meat – called organic because the pork was fed with organic corn – called organic because it was sprayed with organic fertilizer… Get my point?

Organic Cucumbers

Organic Cucumbers

The bad part is that people don’t know this. They think that just because that chicken has a big ORGANIC stamp on top of it, it means that they brought it from the country side, living happily at a farm, eating only worms and whatever. Guess what. It’s not! Michael Pollan gives a lot of great examples with chickens, cows, porks etc.

Organic Carrot

Organic Carrot

Don’t get me wrong. I love eating “organic” – where I come from, we call it natural, but let’s face it, organic products sounds much better than natural products.

But sorry folks, this is what I call Real Food. The one that is picked by myself, from my garden.   These is the real thing, I have never seen uglier tomatoes in my life, but at the same time they are the juiciest, full of flavor. And you know what, they have a real taste, a real tomato taste, not like those cardboard things that you buy in the winter.

All in all.. this is it, my garden. Perfect just the way it is. I don’t think it can get more primal than this 😀