If you’ve been near an internet-connected device in the past week, you’ve noticed a big welcome back to white potatoes from the folks at Whole9, including them in their Whole30 protocol. Heather and I have read (and gifted) their NY Times best-seller It Starts With Food as well as done Whole30 challenges on several occasions. Definitely check out their resources if you haven’t come across them yet.
That being said, when push comes to shove, we’ve been more lenient with certain starches in our lives than some other things—if one food option has dairy and the other a starch (potato or white rice), we’ll almost always go with the starch. Both of us have family back in Wisconsin, so avoiding cheese isn’t our favorite thing, but the fact of the matter is that it makes us (with the rare exception of the occasional raw cheese) feel worse rather than better. That hasn’t been the case with potatoes, so we’re excited to see them gain more attention and come back into the fold for those of us advocating a real food diet.
Several people have mentioned their rationale behind allowing potatoes in their diet (e.g. The Domestic Man, Primal Palate, Nom Nom Paleo, Mat Lalonde, Paul Jaminet, Mark Sisson, among others), so I won’t beat a dead horse here and hope you won’t call the uber-strict paleo police on us. At the end of the day, we’re advocates for eating with a health-focused perspective, and starches aren’t antithetical to health for all people. When dialing in on the right diet for you, listen to your body, performance, and overall well-being and make adjustments as necessary. Beyond eating real food, I don’t believe there’s only one diet that is healthy for everyone. Ok, on to the stuff you want to see… Continue reading →
One of the main rebuttals for going on a gluten free or a paleo diet is how difficult it is to get by without noodles and pasta. We appreciate that those foods have been a staple and mainstay in a lot of households, and losing them is a bit jarring. Although we’re slightly behind the curve here with the “spiralizer” kitchen gadget, now that we have one, we can’t get enough of it! This cucumber salad was our first adventure, and there are plenty more to come. Continue reading →
I have to admit, the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays, hands down. It’s mainly because of the fireworks, but I also love the warm weather, grilling, and spending time with friends. We’ve been scratching our heads a little bit, as we didn’t know what to do for our food this year—furthermore, we’re not sure if we are having family over, how many people, etc.
Still, I procrastinated getting things done here by putting together this: a list of helpful hints for those who don’t have the same fervor for the grill and for the 4th of July (or simply need advice on grilling) as well as a collection of drinks, starters, main dishes, and desserts. We hope you have a fun and safe 4th!
We often make a lot of large meals in bulk in order to get through the week with minimal cooking during the week—especially pulled pork, chili, and salmon. When it comes to snacks, we haven’t done much in terms of specific meals; instead, if we’re feeling peckish, we generally just have small portions of the other larger meals. Continue reading →
This past weekend we were lucky to get together with a few of the local paleo food bloggers in the greater DC area. A long, long time ago (or at least it feels that way), we went to a get-together at Matt and Stacy’s house—otherwise known as the Paleo Parents—and happened to socialize and hang out on the couch with Russ and family over at The Domestic Man. All of that was over two years ago, and we’ve had countless fun get togethers and encounters since then. Adding to the fun, we got to meet Jennifer and family of Predominantly Paleo. It’s great to have so many like-minded families in the area, and hope to have more time hanging out in the future.