Primarily Paleo

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What’s on Your Paleo Plate Today?



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We have over 20 people in our gym participating in the 2014 LuRong Living Paleo Challenge. It’s exciting to see the positive choices everyone is making and certainly fun to see all the food photos being shared on our private Facebook group page. My friend Tom, who is a great cook, has been sharing particularly inspiring photos of what he is eating. Regardless of whether you are participating in a challenge or just trying to figure out what you should be eating, I hope that these photos also inspire you to try a few new combinations and provide you with an idea of what your own plate could look like.


Photo Credit: Tom Hobbs

Tom got very lean when he started following the Paleo way of eating. It turns out he just wasn’t eating enough food each day to support his high activity and metabolism. Tom describes this plate as a moderate lunch, meaning larger than what he would eat as a snack, but not quite considered a large meal. It consists of a salad of shredded zucchini, with chopped mint, apple cider vinegar and olive oil, over diced steamed sweet potato and a pile of good quality prosciutto.


Photo Credit: Tom Hobbs

I cannot wait to try out this recipe for baby back ribs. This simple dinner consists of slow oven cooked baby back ribs (wrapped tightly in foil at 250, for 4 hours, dry rubbed with turmeric, paprika, garlic powder, cumin and salt and pepper. Finished off under the broiler). Braised sprouts (simmered with onions and garlic in a bit of chicken stock). A sort of slaw of raw root vegetables and mixed with the left over zucchini mint stuff made for lunch.


Photo Credit: Tom Hobbs

Tom is aware that many people aren’t used to eating Paleo meals. When we take away the grains, legumes, and dairy often there isn’t a lot of substance on the plate to fuel the body. For smaller people who aren’t as active this might be enough food. However,  Tom said, “This looks like a decent lunch, right? In reality, it is little more than a snack. There are two cans of tuna (in salt water) which amounts to not much more than 240 calories. The greens and carrots probably add about another 100. It’s less than half the calories of the average sandwich. If you switch to just eating 3 meals a day like this from an average diet, you’re going to feel pretty terrible. Weak and hungry, and craving sugars. Treat it like a snack and eat a lot more than you think. Eat protein and fat when you’re hungry!”

Additionally, it wouldn’t take a lot of effort to make this snack more of a meal.  You can add a half (or even a whole) of an avocado, a bunch of olives, and some pine nuts to the plate and it would be much more filling.

Happy Paleo Eating!

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