Paleo, the latest and hottest health craze at the minute, But what exactly is the ‘ Paleo Diet’? Is it right for you? And how can we incorporate Paleo into our daily life?
In today’s world we are largely desk-bound, consuming loads of processed and packaged foods, living with chronic stress, and not giving yourself enough sleep. All of this can make us unwell, overweight and depressed.
Being a new year, every body wants to make a healthy change to their lives but this change can be difficult. Lasting change is even harder, and a big lifestyle overhaul like adopting a Paleo diet can seem overwhelming. Sticking to a healthy diet in today’s world is never easy, but the first few months of transition can often be the hardest part as you try to get used to a completely new way of looking at food.
On your path to optimal health and wellness, the Paleo lifestyle draws it’s core principles from our ancestors who ate whole, unprocessed foods, moved more, slept better and stressed less. Studies have shown that getting back to simple, clean, nutrient dense wholefoods can contribute to overall health and wellness. Eating ‘Paleo” foods is a lot easier then you may think! Let’s see what simple foods are Paleo and what aren’t.
The Paleo foods include:
- Grass-Fed Organic meats
- Fish/seafood Wild Caught
- Fresh fruits and veggies
- Eggs Free Range
- Nuts and seeds Organic
- Healthy fats and oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)
The foods to AVOID on the Paleo Diet include:
- Cereal grains
- Legumes (including peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Processed foods
- Salt refined
- Refined vegetable oils
It is easy to access these nourishing wholefoods from your local farmers marketplace, Health Food store and right here at The Farm Wholefoods!
We were inspired by this Paleo Recipe It is simple, delicious and perfect for lunch and dinner!
Paleo Tomato Tart ( GF & DF)
You will need:
1 homemade or prepared gluten free pie crust
3 cups assorted heirloom tomatoes – sliced
1 small /medium eggplant, thinly sliced & salted
2 cloves of garlic
3 Tablespoons of olive oil
Himalayan salt & pepper
handful of fresh basil – Roughly chopped
Pre heat oven to 180
Line a tart pan with baking paper
Thinly slice eggplant and spread out on a paper towel, salt well on both sides, cover with another paper towel and allow to sit and drain while you prep the tomatoes
Slice the tomatoes to your desired thickness
Chop the two garlic cloves
Remove pie crust from the fridge and press into the tart pan. layer the bottom of the tart with the eggplant, then the tomatoes on top of the eggplant in any pattern that you wish.
Sprinkle the garlic over the tomatoes.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cracked pepper.
Bake in the pre heated oven for 20 minutes, reduce oven temp to 150 and continue baking for an additional 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool. Sprinkle with basil just before serving.