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  1. And they called it: “Paleo Diet” :D.
    The only bad thing about it that everything is so tasty that you can’t decide what to make first! This makes me crave the weekend so I have time to create some of those for the first time, as I am currently still on “raw” foods, like raw vegetables, raw cocunut, raw fruits, eggs, etc… Those recipes, including the ones in your ebook are really optimal for people like me who want delicious food that you can make quickly, but are to clumsy to come up with their own food :P.

    Why would anyone stop this diet :)?

  2. Wow … more slam dunk recipes – thank you!

    I don’t know which to try first, but I’m leaning towards the pumpkin pancakes (though i don’t know how they can beat your coconut flour gelatin pancakes) ….

    Can’t wait to try these 🙂

  3. I was wondering about the nutritional courses you took, and how long it takes to do this. I am wondering if this is a path i would like to take. I have been cleaning up some autoimmune issues for my family for a few years now. If you could give me some info that would be greatly appreciated. Love your sight, i have been following the same diet as you post here, it’s nice to see that I’m npt the only one who eats this way! Also when i can’t seem to find another way to eat a dish i can find some inspiration here. Thanks.

  4. My ancestors came from the Northern hemisphere, far from the areas where bananas, coconuts, plantains and avocados grow.
    In fact my present location would have to import all those except avocados.
    My instinct tells me there should be a way of eating “paleo” with “ancestral” foods: can you or your readers offer a comment?
    Appreciation in advance 🙂

    • Hi Valerie,

      I have also had the same concerns about living the Paleo lifestyle. Many of our ancestors did not originate from areas which grow foods such as coconuts, bananas, plantains, or avocados. If your heritage lies in the Northern Hemisphere, especially if you know the specific location, you can research which foods grew there and which animals may have been hunted prior to the advent of domestication. For instance, in the area I currently live, I am fortunate that there is a relatively high population of the Native American groups that have lived here for thousands of years. There is an oral history and much research into their culture and customs. There is an abundance of fish, fowl, and game as well as wild fruit and greens and even black walnut trees.. Additionally, there are local farms and ranches which grow heritage produce and raise grass-fed meats and pastured chickens and eggs. If I chose to live off of just what is offered locally, I could easily support my Paleo lifestyle. Instead of using coconut oil and avocado as fats, I would rely on the fats from animal sources and possibly walnuts.

      However, my ancestry lies in Northern Italy and Ireland. So, if I chose to eat ancestrally, I would research what the historical and prehistorical peoples relied on in those areas. Thankfully, Ireland is much like the area I live in now! Northern Italy has olive oil, of course, but prehistorical sustenance would have been foods in their natural state such as fish, fowl, and game. Although people link tomato products to Italian foods, tomatoes didn’t come to Europe until the mid-1500’s and were not widely eaten by the general public.

      A question I often ask myself, and need to do more research concerning, is, “Why do Paleoists use so much additional fat?” For example, I went through a giant tub of coconut oil and thought about what I used it for. I roasted and sauteed many meals with meat and vegetables using a ton of coconut oil! It is so expensive and imported. I love the flavor and the nutritional profile but, like you, would rather stick to regional foods. So, I try to render fat from animal sources and roast vegetables either with bacon fat or add them to a pot roast in the dutch oven or slow cooker. However, I do realize it is an easier transition from the Standard American Diet to Paleo if you eat more fat while eliminating grains and added processed sugars.

      All that being said, we can make allowances for imported foods with the knowledge that, while prehistorical man may not have traded for exotic foods, historical man could have. So, your ancestors may have traded salmon for oranges or chocolate or coffee (don’t quote me on this, I am just giving an example). For special occasions, I will purchase avocados or dried coconut and coconut flour. I buy imported olive oil and use it sparingly. I have a lemon tree, peach trees, and apple trees, and grow as much produce as I can. It would be very difficult for you to exclusively live your ancestors’ lifestyles in these modern times!

      In the end, you do what you feel comfortable with, what your finances can accommodate, and what your particular dietary needs require. Lauren has generously provided a wealth of information and is one of a handful of sites I frequent. I know it seems there are almost too many online resources! Once you traverse through the Paleo universe for awhile and learn what works for you, you can narrow down the sites and the information within those sites. Paleo can be as simple or as complicated as you make it!

      I found a scholarly article concerning food and drink in European prehistory you may find interesting: http://www.ffzg.unizg.hr/arheo/ska/tekstovi/food_and_drink.pdf. I hope this helps!

  5. Hey.. Um so I know we don’t know eachother or anything.. But I think I love you. ;D
    Thank you for creating your blog! You have inspired me with all of these recipes. I’m new to eating grain free, so I am glad to see that it can be fun.

    <3

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I’m an author, entrepreneur, and nutritional therapy practitioner (NTP). I began this website at 19, to share the steps that freed my life of chronic disease and medication. Now, Empowered Sustenance has reached 30 million readers with healthy recipes and holistic resources.

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