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July 12, 2014 / Nicole Villeneuve

What Is the Paleo Diet?

Two glass containers filled with meal prep of chicken, mixed nuts, and assorted vegetables.

Why eat Paleo? 
Lower carbohydrate, healthy fats and protein.

What does Paleo mean to PlateJoy?
We offer strictly Paleo meals as well as some with grass fed dairy.

The thought process behind eating paleo is simple: hunter-gatherer diets from the Paleolithic era (which ended about 15,000 years ago) are thought to have resulted in really healthy populations that never saw a lot of the health issues that we face today. The idea with the paleo diet is that if we return to eating as these populations did, we might avoid those health consequences too! The dawn of agriculture drastically changed the foods that we eat (now there is loads of refined sugar and cereal grain, as well as a lot of dairy), and paleo-followers think that our DNA has not changed enough to healthily adjust to this new diet.

Hunter-gatherer populations seemed to avoid some of the really common diseases we see today, such as type-II diabetes, obesity, CVD, osteoporosis, and various autoimmune diseases. The diets that apparently avoided these health issues (i.e. what you’ll be eating lots of If you decide to go paleo!) were heavy in wild fish, grass-fed meat, fresh fruits, nuts (but not peanuts! Those are legumes!), vegetables, and roots. The things you’ll be trying to stay away from? Dairy, legumes, and refined sugar and salt, and potatoes.

[caption id="attachment_1791" align="aligncenter" width="679"] Roasted lamb loin with mint pesto and spiced carrots. Delicious healthy eating from Platejoy.[/caption]

Although it may seem daunting to try to cut out such staple parts of our diet, PlateJoy is ready to help you give it a try! We have full menus of strictly paleo dishes, with the option of adding in some grass-fed dairy if you want. Thanks to our chef, Ali, eating paleo does not mean skipping out on hearty meals either...check out the paleo almond banana pancakes, and the turkey, bacon, and guacamole sandwiches with Paleo toast! As some extra info, here are some paleo hacks to help you modify your kitchen:

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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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