The Paleo Diet, in short, is when we eat like our ancestors ate hundreds of years ago. So this diet is high in whole roasted meats and seafood, lots of vegetables, fruits in season, and a few whole grains. Everything is made from scratch using fresh ingredients, and little is wasted.
Wait… do you know what that sounds like? That sounds a whole lot like Thanksgiving dinner! Or Hanukkah or Christmas dinner too! These feasts are timeless and include slow roasted turkey, lamb, or ham, cooked with the bones in to extract the nutrients from the bones and marrow. Root vegetables like yams, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, red-skinned potatoes, and have you tried turnips, rutabagas, or beets lately? Fresh and boiled or oven roasted they are a far cry from the canned vegetables you might have had as a child. Please try them again.
And then there are the greens: The good old stand-bys of broccoli and green beans, but don’t forget the Brussel sprouts, artichokes, peas and lima beans. Honestly, fresh lima beans simmered, drained, and buttered are so good! When fresh they don’t have that mealy texture that is present in the canned or frozen varieties.
In a Paleo diet we skip most of the breads, rolls, and stuffings. Sorry, but these foods simply don’t have a high nutritional value. Alright, have a little, but keep it small.
And we can’t forget desert: pumpkin pie, apple pie, cherry, blueberry, sweet potato pie… and carrot cake! With big chunks of nuts, currants, and carrot strips baked into the goodness.
I’m trying to tell you to release the guilt of eating during the holidays and enjoy a plateful of truly healthy and nutritionally dense foods. Choose the fresh whole foods that aren’t covered in sauces.
Go ahead and have seconds.