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August 27, 2014 / Nicole Villeneuve

Read the Blog, Eat the Meals: PaleOMG

You read their recipes. You drool over their photos. Now eat their food! We're excited to be partnering with several of our favorite food blogs, delivering you some of their most popular meals through PlateJoy.

When we started reading Juli Bauer's blog PaleOMG, we didn't immediately think "Paleo." We just thought "delicious." Her recipes make Paleo eating simple, healthy and super satisfying—even for those who aren't following a strict Paleo diet. Now her second cookbook, The Paleo Kitchen, is on shelves, and you can check out a few recipes from the book on PlateJoy.

Try these meals and get $10 off your order.

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PaleOMG_authorWhat's your healthy eating philosophy?

I believe that people should eat the food that makes them feel the best. That being said, we don't always know what foods make us feel good because we are constantly eating those foods and don't understand how our body should feel. So I think people should try Paleo to help remove some of the foods that we are use to in our society, such as packaged snacks and meals, then get an understanding for how they feel when removing these foods. Usually people feel amazing and when they try to eat those packaged and processed foods, they feel terrible. Food should help you thrive and feel fantastic, not slow and lethargic. The healthier you eat, the better you feel, the better your life is.

How did you start cooking?

When I began doing CrossFit about 4 years ago, I really wanted to compete in CrossFit and make it to Regionals. So I began researching how to train and eating a certain way was at the top of the list. I never really understood why eating a certain way was so important until I began researching the Paleo diets and how certain foods, such as grains, messed with our bodies and how they functioned. So I SLOWLY began removing different foods from my diet: first I removed a slice of bread from my sandwich, then I cut out crackers, then I removed cereal, then oats, and so on. It took me over 9 months to become strict Paleo. But once I removed all these foods, I figured out that I had to begin making my own food since it wasn't coming in a box and being put straight in to the microwave.

I then began searching all over the internet for blog with Paleo recipes that actually looked edible and doable. The more I made these recipes, the more I started to figure out that home cooked food actually tasted better. In no time at all, I was making up my own recipes and sharing the recipes with friends on PaleOMG.

Tell us the story behind PaleOMG. How did it start and where has it gone since then?

When I started working at a CrossFit gym, the owner asked me to start the nutrition blog for the website. Once I began, I fell in love and wanted to keep sharing my stories and recipes with people even after I left that gym. So I started my first blog, had a friend help me build the logo and the color scheme and before I knew it, I had a few hundred people reading my blog on a regular basis. After months of blogging, I had a man contact me about building the website I have today. Before I knew it, more people were finding my blog through Google and other websites and my readers grew from 2,000 a day to 50,000+ readers a day. Now I have written two cookbooks and try to share at least 3 recipes per week on my blog.

The Paleo Kitchen Cvr Hi-Res (1)How do you treat yourself?

I treat myself in many ways and however often I want. What I've figured out with Paleo is that the more I restrict myself from something, the more I want it. So if I crave frozen yogurt, I'm going to get it. If I crave cookies and ice cream, I'm going to make it. But since I've eaten Paleo for so long, I know what I can't have. I can't have a box of Oreos and I can't have a whole cake. What I do know is how to make alternatives that help with that craving and keep me away from the foods that make me feel awful inside.

You just got home and want to make yourself something quick and comforting. What do you go for?

It depends on the season, but if I am want something hearty, I will roast some sweet potatoes in the oven along with some chicken thighs and cook some kind of green like brussels sprouts. It's comforting and satisfying and it doesn't take much effort since the oven is doing all the work.

What meals are currently available on PlateJoy?

Check out a small selection on meals from The Paleo Kitchen: Shrimp scampi with squash noodles, Ginger apple pear smoothie, Spinach and artichoke stuffed portobello mushrooms, Pan-seared rosemary sage pork chops with apples and pears, and Herb cauliflower mash with seared sea scallops.

Nicole Villeneuve

Nicole Villeneuve is a certified Diabetes Prevention Lifestyle Coach. A graduate of Yale University, she previously worked in book publishing, with a focus on cookbooks and health, and ran the food blog Paper and Salt. Her writing has been featured in Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review, and The Daily Beast. Nicole lives in San Francisco and loves cooking, reading, exploring new restaurants, and running by the ocean. You can (very occasionally) find her on Twitter.

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