Tag Archives: Primal

Completely Paleo, Home Made Caesar Salad Dressing

20 Jan

Caesar salad is great.  It’s a mix of flavors – but most prominently, garlic!

However, most people are accustomed to creamy Caesar Salad dressings that come from a bottle!  The ingredients list, even for a company like Newman’s Own, is full of non-Paleo compliant ingredients:

All Natural Ingredients:
Ingredients: Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil), Water, Egg Yolks, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic*, Sugar, Spices, Anchovies, Tamarind, Natural Flavor), Salt, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Distilled Vinegar, Parmesan Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Lemon Juice Concentrate, Spices, Garlic*, Onion*, Xanthan Gum
*Dried
Contains: Egg, Milk, Anchovy

Others are turned off by fresh creamy Caesar dressings having raw eggs.

Here’s a way to get your Caesar fix, and even get some Fish Oil from a food source in the process.

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Growing Your Own Food: Putting All of the Paleolithic Principles Together

6 Jan

I’ll concede that agriculture and gardening isn’t really a part of Paleolithic life.  However, it became a major part of how I follow Paleo and the Primal Blueprint this fall.

In The Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson provides ten guidelines to living primally and achieving good health.

  1. Eat lots of animals, insects and plants.
  2. Move around a lot at a slow pace
  3. Lift heavy things
  4. Run really fast every once in a while
  5. Get lot’s of sleep
  6. Play
  7. Get some sunlight every day
  8. Avoid trauma
  9. Avoid poisonous things
  10. Use your mind

Either growing your own food has become the eleventh, or it provides a synergy of many of the ten.

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Real Flavors

6 Dec

Growing up, I didn’t eat much in the way of vegetables.  For that matter, I didn’t eat much in the way of fruit, either.

Honestly, I don’t really remember why.  I suspect it probably came down to what kills vegetables (or enjoying vegetables) for most people – flavors and textures.  I’ll also add that the decades of the 70’s and 80’s were probably peak usage times for preserved (canned or frozen) vegetables, which are a far departure from their fresh relatives.

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My Favorite Paleo and Primal Resources

28 Nov

A Twitter friend asked,

“I’m interested in trying out Paleo/Primal eating.  What are some books or websites for information?”

One of the great things about the Paleo and Primal communities is there is a huge cache of information on line for free.  It’s very much like open source software effort – everything you need to know can be accessed on line or there are people willing to help!

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Why Am I Paleo?

28 Oct

Blogger Richard Nikoley asked yesterday, “And Why are You Paleo?

For me, it’s a simple answer: it makes logical sense on many levels.

I’m not necessarily sure I completely buy into the evolutionary argument against grains and legumes.  But for me, the biggest difference is looking at the nutritional density of what I’m eating in the Paleo/Primal lifestyle versus what I ate before it.

I’m now getting a large serving of vegetables at every meal of the day.

My food largely comes from the fresh sections of the grocery store – fresh produce, fresh eggs, fresh meat with some use of frozen vegetables when it make sense and helps keeps the costs down.

My energy has gone up since engaging in the diet, and I’ve largely rid myself of the mid-afternoon sleepiness that I had in the past.

Above all, I feel good.  Isn’t that what food is supposed to do for you?