My take on Paleo
Saturday, May 11, 2013
When I first read about the Paleo way of eating I was intrigued. It totally made sense to me. Eat the things that we were meant to eat, things from the earth, things our ancestors would have hunted or gathered. That seems pretty cut and dry to me. No more cookies, cakes. No more processed, pre-packaged foods. So this meant that I my past-time of weekend baking would be limited. That’s okay! I was up for the challenge.
I read quite a bit more about ideas for recipes but it seemed so simple. Take the meat, cook it. The vegetables, eat ‘em. The nuts, seeds, fruits – limit ‘em! The most simple way of cooking and eating you could possibly imagine. Then I started searching for recipes. I wanted something different, something that would hold my family’s attention. Something we would all enjoy.
This was definitely my mistake. I should have stuck to what I knew. I began my search with “easy paleo recipes”. This search turned up recipes that weren’t so simple. As I dug deeper it began calling for things like coconut flour, coconut nectar, ingredients and things I had never heard of. I began researching the ingredients and where I could get them. Hard to find AND expensive. I definitely could not include this in my diet. We can’t afford that, nor do I have the time to make this stuff. What happened to simple? I’m fairly sure our ancestors weren’t baking gluten free, coconut flour banana muffins over their campfire!?!
So here is the problem. I want to make new, different things, but when I look for new, different recipes, I come across these recipes that don’t seem paleo at all; just a twist on the standard American diet (SAD) to continue to eat crappy without eating crappy. Does that make sense??
Why change your complete way of eating, to continue to eat the way you were eating? I know some people will come back with “but it doesn’t have the toxins and additives that the normal diet would have.” Yes, but, you are still eating a banana muffin. Which, I don’t know, wasn’t invented until like 1887 or something (I’m being ridiculously sarcastic).
I think that the “idea” of the paleo diet has now been corrupted. When we get back to the basics of eating SIMPLE we will begin to thrive. Forget the expensive, hard-to-find ingredients, and just COOK something. Throw it on the grill, roast it in the oven and eat it!
I’ve corrupted my own thinking by allowing myself these paleo-ized recipes and not getting the whole concept of eating natural. This is something that I will be actively working on, and this is something I am going to continue to research to understand why we have to make everything “better”. The simplest way, is usually the best.