Wednesday, October 24

Traffic Light Labelling for Food: Why?

Traffic light labelling for food: why would the food industry agree to this?  Pressure from Government?  Altruistic concern over the rising numbers of obese people? Genuine belief this might actually help the plight of overweight citizens across the world?

Unlikely.  Key question here – what’s in it for the food industry!

We think this.  Traffic light labelling diverts people from the real issue while displaying faux genuine concern for UK citizens. A win-win situation for those in the money.

Traffic light labelling maintains the focus on processed foodstuffs while somehow making this an acceptable source of nutrition.  We think they are missing the point.  This is about real food folks!  By somehow diverting attention away from real food and legitimising processed junk food they keep the money “in-house”.

Don’t fall for it.  Keep food choices real and don’t be deflected from the cause. Keep an open mind and question everything.  What do you think?

Monday, October 22

Black Tights and Winter Boots

Is it just me or is it genuinely more difficult getting up on Monday morning now the weather is changing?  Habit perhaps but we saw the evening meal last night have a large portion of stodge included in the form of Yorkshire pudding ...easy tiger!  This morning like a bear with a bad case of the grumps, the overwhelming desire was to stay under the covers and not venture out.  Long time since we recall feeling like that.  So what’s going on?

In England as the nights draw in we switch out of British summer time and into winter hours.  We do get that extra hour in bed but we lose it at the other end of the day with the nights getting darker earlier such that we appear at work as daylight starts through and leave as it disappears making the days gloom.

So how to lift the swirls and mists of damp out of our soul? This year for once, the emphasis is on acceptance.  The weather is what it is, embrace it!  Dress warm, grab those thick winter tights and boots and enjoy the crazy colours and depth of experience.  Am still here for one and that must count for something.

Meals will also deepen.  We will focus on thick stews and roasts cooked generously with fat.  Eating slowly and deliberately and savouring the tastes, the warmth of the spices and colours of the vegetables we pack into our meals.  Can’t wait.  Love the fact we eat until we are full on this diet then sit back and sit back and sit back.  Once we let go of the social conditioning of three meals a day, life and eating in life feels so much simpler.  

What's your experience?

Tuesday, October 16

Hey Katie: Why do you Eat a Paleo Diet?

Our bodies are the same bodies we have had for hundreds of thousands of years (and boy does it feel like that sometimes) – joking aside,  our point is this: we know what fuels the body what makes it work well – that hasn’t changed.   What has changed is the world in which we live. 

Did somebody say choice?  More choice out there than any of us could possibly know what to do with.  Throw into the mix the fact that our bodies are programmed to like fat and sweet stuff (necessary for our ancestors to direct us toward the calorie dense foods to sustain us during the lean times) and on a kind of “get it while you can” type approach and well, some of us are in big trouble!

The food out there is crazy!    We grew up hardwired for lean times for times of scarcity for times when there was no food and we went hungry - that is evolution.  Now we are faced with the opposite.  A world of overabundance, a world stuffed full of every conceivable delight and it can be hard to fight against nature – remember we are hardwired for the taste of fat and sweetness to direct us to the calorie dense food that would sustain us during periods of food scarcity.  Can you see where we are going with this?

The food industry has created “food” more intensely stimulating than anything found in nature..oh the crunchy, salty, sugary deliciousness of over processed food.  This type of food hits the pleasure sensors in the brain and overwhelms us. Oh oh oh.(I’ll have what she’s having) and in the process creating a kind of food addiction which disables our ability to love and appreciate good honest FOOD.  We lose our taste for it and when that goes, we are in trouble.  Not only because we have knocked out that natural response but also because the “food” we are eating offers no nutrient content but lots and lots of calories.  So we are constantly hungry and malnourished at the same time as becoming hugely overweight.

Why then do we eat paleo.  It is quite simple to answer that question.  The paleo diet recreates the food environment our bodies evolved for.  Not in a re-enactment sense – nobody’s asking us to go out and hunt a woolly mammoth (good luck in Ilkley) or trap a rabbit (possible but time consuming) or gather fruits and berries from the hedgerow (actually that last one is good fun).  It’s much simpler than that. 

It’s so much simpler than that. 

Monday, October 15

Paleo Diet

something new
What is the paleolithic diet and how can I have this in my life? 

First of all, commit to optimal health and maximum well being. You deserve it. 

Then accept for the possibility that everything you have been taught about food and diet and weight gain and weight loss is wrong. We are not asking you to do anything other than stand back and take a look in the mirror. How is that conventional wisdom working for you? 


Draw up a list of what we can eat for long term health based on nutrient dense, fresh whole food: meat, fish, eggs green leafy veggies, nuts, seeds and fat glorious flavor some rich soul satisfyingly good saturated  fat. What a difference that is going to make to your life

We can help you with that! 

And believe us when we write that there are an infinite number of delicious meals you can make using these ingredients. We are here to show you how. Your taste buds will never be bored! We hope to inspire you in the kitchen and to show you how it is possible to feed your family well every day of the week using paleo principles as your compass and guide. It's a jungle out there when it comes to food choice. The key is to find the way out that works for all of us!  Experience tells us that dieting is not the answer.  We are done with all that nonsense.  We have to find a sustainable alternative. Paleo gives us that alternative. Try it and see

Once you see and feel the difference eating fresh nutrient dense whole foods can make to your life, you will never look back.

Wednesday, October 10

Kicking the Habit

Here's a tip (small but beautifully formed) when weight loss stalls going into Autumn. Remember to get a daily big dose of leafy greens.  Greens are nutritional powerhouses, high in magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K.  Greens help crowd out those dense carbohydrate choices and taste especially good when smothered in rich, creamy butter. Try it and see..what's different about the paleo approach to weight loss..that's simple..we take inspiration and guidance from our past and work with it to direct our future.

Wednesday, October 3

What is it...?

"What is it that would make a creature as fierce, majestic and powerful as a lion is, subject itself to the intimidation of a man, a whip and a chair?  The lion has been taught to forget what it is."

Iyanla Vanzant

Monday, October 1

My Paleo Journey, Part 2

Paul Tubbs
Paul J Tubbs, Head of Nursing, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Paleo Plan

What on earth do I eat for breakfast?!!!

This was the most difficult meal of the day initially, because I had breakfasted on bananas and cereal followed by toast for practically the whole of my life! I rediscovered eggs! I discovered blueberries! And all the other berries too – they were right outside my cave and in plentiful supply, breakfast was solved – two boiled eggs and a handful of berries, perhaps a few nuts too. There is now no cereal, of any description in the house! At weekends I indulged, having more time, and made myself a full English but without the toast, fried bread or hash brownies. This remains my breakfast routine.

Once I had cracked breakfast and given consideration to the rest of the day’s dishes, I was flying. Always, in the back of my mind, was the thought about what was available to my ancestor, and, if it wasn’t available then, I avoided it as completely as I could. I stopped eating the ubiquitous biscuits at university meetings, laid off the sandwich lunches after meetings, chose very carefully at restaurants according to Paleo principles.

Bread with Everything

I have to say my colleagues think that I am weird. But that’s because they are still wedded to the standard mantra of having to eat bread with everything, or pasta, or potato. We are socialised into what we eat, when, and why, so it’s been interesting to challenge that within myself, but equally interesting to see the reactions of those around me, both work colleagues and relatives. The general reaction is ‘I could not give up bread.’ But then they also apparently can’t give up the cake and biscuits either! What has disappointed me is that these intelligent people, many of whom carry out research themselves, (and sometimes into nutrition! ) are not willing to consider the increasing body of evidence about the falsehoods surrounding the diet we eat. For this, I largely blame the media, who peddle the sensationalist, headline grabbing stuff, rather than the truth.

Fitness and Health

I continue with the swim and gym routine, although it had to go on hold for a while when I caught a nasty chest infection from the pool during the time of the Swine Flu scare. And do a lot of walking.

Lunch Time

Lunch was easy – something left over from the night before (if I hadn’t eaten it for breakfast just to have something as a change to eggs), or a chicken breast, smoked Mackerel, a few slices of beef, raw mushrooms and a tomato or two.


Dinner is something like a beef, lamb or pork steak, salmon with bacon and black pudding with lots of vegetable but no potatoes. We don’t have a dessert during the week, but fall off the boat at weekend when I have fruit and ice cream, my great weakness!

Paleo Weekend Meals

Weekend meals follow the pattern of the week except there’s more variety but I have to adapt for my partner who is non-paleo. For instance we love meatballs and pasta. I prepare it in the usual way but with fresh raw mushrooms instead of pasta for me. The tomato sauce comes in the form of a carton of Sainsburys chopped tomatoes with Basil and Oregano heated up and poured over the meatballs, which are homemade with mince and an egg (breadcrumbs are not required at all). You may have gathered that I do all the cooking so don’t have to rely on trying to persuade anyone to cook me anything different, I do it all at source (‘scuse the pun!). Lunch on a Sunday is scrummy – Parma ham, prawns and melon with a side salad including lettuce, tomato, olives and nuts plus any other salad gear you care to mention, raspberries perhaps.


By the middle of 2009, I had lost the weight I had wanted to gradually and easily, only a stone, but that makes me 160 Lbs, same height! But I had noticed that I had more energy, my skin looked better and my bowels were more regular with improved consistency (sorry, it’s the nurse in me again!). I maintained that weight, except for a period in 2011 when I fell into a carbohydrate trap before and following Christmas, but am back to my target weight again. Christmas is surely the time of ultimate temptation and overindulgence! I don’t waver when we go on holiday I find it easy to maintain Paleo principles, especially around the buffet, because I know exactly which foods to target and which to avoid! And leave the dessert!

So here I am in 2012, aged 62 ( next week!) lean and fit and experimenting with intermittent fasting! As a caveman, there would have been days when I had failed to catch anything, and would have gone hungry, so I replicate that by fasting for the day. The experience has been fascinating – I wasn’t hungry, was more alert – all day! – and didn’t feel any loss of energy. I was surprised, as I had anticipated all of the above. I did enjoy my meal in the evening some 24 hours after I had last eaten.