Eating Paleo takes practice and not just a little bit of dedication and self-control. It’s tough to tell yourself to keep walking as you pass the snack aisle or say “no thank you” when you’re out with friends and they want to share their piece of triple layer chocolate cake with you.
So, when you opt instead for the fresh salmon with a vegetable salad, don’t let all that dedication go unrewarded by ignoring the little things; like what you cook your salmon in or what you put on that salad.
Picking Paleo foods for the main dish and even the sides is relatively easy. Stick to the counters and outsides of the supermarket. If it comes in a box, make sure you give the ingredient list a good healthy read-through. But here’s a challenge that is a little more daunting than you may think – find a pre-packaged salad dressing or fresh mayonnaise that won’t ruin your Paleo-certified meal. I personally spent 20 minutes in the dressing isle at Whole Foods and finally threw in the towel.
So, this month at The Paleo Diet, we address a few of these extras that can really make your Paleo-lifestyle soar. Dr Cordain and Stephanie Vuolo address healthy cooking oils like olive oil, but Dr Cordain goes on to explain why olives themselves are not healthy. Lorrie Cordain offers three recipes that will quickly become staples in your kitchen – Paleo-friendly Balsamic vinaigrette, a creamy dipping sauce, and mayonnaise!
We hope you enjoy!
– The Paleo Diet Team
Why Olives are not Paleo, but Olive Oil Is
By Loren Cordain, PhD, Professor Emeritus
We’ve touted the health benefits of cooking with olive oil at low temperatures over other vegetable oils. So, it only follows that eating olives should be healthy for us as well? Unfortunately, it’s just not the case. When you buy bottled olives on the shelf or from “olive bars” at upscale supermarkets, they come loaded with something olive oil doesn’t contain: lots of salt. Dr Cordain explains the basics of olives and why all that added salt is a good reason to walk past the olive bar.
Throwback: Paleo Diet Primer: Fats and Oils
By Stephanie Vuolo
When it came to fats and oils, the choice was simple for our hunter gatherer ancestors. All dietary fats were consumed directly from the food source and were based on their geographic availability. Today, as technology engineers oils from vegetable seeds, like mustard seed, cottonseed, and rapeseed (canola) oil, not only is the yield unnatural, it is also unsafe for consumption. Stephanie guides you through the healthiest oils for cooking.
Garden Maintenance and Salad Dressings
By Lorrie Cordain
Making a “Paleo-friendly” salad chalked full of spinach, kale and fresh vegetables seems like a simple task. That is until you have to decide what to garnish it with. Even the healthy dressings at the local store aren’t what they seem. So, to help you out, this month Lorrie offers recipes for some of the basics no fridge is complete without including balsamic dressing, a veggie dip and mayonnaise.
Harvest Time at the Paleo Diet
By Lorrie Cordain
Harvest time is one of the most exciting times of the year to take advantage of local and farm-fresh foods. At The Paleo Diet and we have been harvesting our organic garden to create fresh, nutritious dishes. After tending faithfully to our plants, we are reaping the rewards and sharing them with friends and family. Many have asked for ideas and recipes for garden ingredients. This month, Lorrie is sharing her Fall Harvest recipes with you our Paleo Diet followers. Enjoy!
November at The Paleo Diet: Getting Ready for the Holidays
We’re coming up on the holidays; a time when family get together’s and company holiday parties tend to take priority over our diets. And let’s be honest, we need to have our fun. You can eat your Christmas fruit cake and survive it too. Of course, actually eating that fruit cake your Aunt made for you may also be the secret to swearing off desert for good.
Either way, in November we’ll offer some tips on staying balanced this holiday season. Nell Stephens will give some tips to our athletes who may be dialing back on the training for a bit. Jane Dizon answers some common questions about the Paleo Diet. Dr Cordain explains why a holiday favorite – cheese – still isn’t Paleo despite what some might say. And finally, Marc Bubbs offers some dietary tips for addressing diabetes.
As always, our team appreciates your support for The Paleo Diet. We look forward to and encourage your feedback on our website and Facebook!
The Paleo Diet Team