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Embracing Your Inner Cave Man. Paleo Diet.

Eating like your prehistoric ancestors is big news at the moment. You must have been living in a cave if you haven’t heard about it. Different versions of it exist, including the paleo diet and the primal blueprint, but the basic premise is that we should be eating the kinds of foods our loin cloth wearing ancestors enjoyed.

This isn’t to to say we have to chow down on brontosaurus steaks. More that we should be Paleo-Diet-300x224ditching processed foods and focussing on basic food groups such as meat, vegetables, fruit and nuts, with grain, legumes and dairy verboten (although more on dairy later). A barbecue lovers delight (there is no calorie counting or restrictions on quantity), this way of eating allows you to pile your plate high, although if you rely on a mocha choca whipped cream latte to get you through the day you’re going to struggle. Protein is in, carbohydrates (except those found in fruit and veg) is out. Also out is sugar and alcohol, and salt is far more restricted. Interestingly, this way of eating encourages the consumption of more fat than has hitherto been recommended, with even saturated fat back on the menu.

rhino-150x150But what’s the rationale for this radical departure from conventional nutritional wisdom? The basic idea is that our bodies are built to digest the kind of foods we ate just after we waved goodbye to our ape cousins. In the absence of Tesco we relied upon what we could kill or gather ourselves, so Dairy Milk chocolate was out but nuts, berries and meat was in. We are biologically designed to process these products effectively and have done so for over 200,000 years (whereas agriculture and the production of baddies such as grains has been going on for less than 10,000 years, which in evolutionary terms isn’t very long).

Eating in a prehistoric way is therefore believed to put much less stress on our bodies, and could address a whole range of medical complaints, from obesity and diabetes through to cardiovascular disease and disorders of the immune system. Whilst some proponents of the prehistoric way of eating avoid dairy entirely, a large number of people do include dairy into their diet due to it’s health benefits, with the proviso it needs to be unpasteurised and from organic, grass fed cows.

Gazegill Organics Rare Breed Steak HamperSo what does this mean for you? If you think the lure of unlimited steaks is difficult to resist, there’s a multitude of websites on the net that can give you more information and help you decide. If, however, you’re not quite ready to give up your spaghetti carbonara, there’s still food for thought. A huge part of this way of eating focuses on the quality of the produce you are consuming. Prehistoric man was not familiar with battery chickens and neither should you be. A factory farmed cow doesn’t cut the mustard; the emphasis is strongly on organic, happy meat, veg and dairy (if you choose to eat it). The benefits of this are clear – as well as not containing traces of pesticides, hormones and antibiotics, organic produce such as that from gazegill comes from producers who care about the product and the welfare of their animals, rather paleo-lifestyle-real-food-pyramid-300x248than focussing on the maximum profit and yield model favoured by large scale producers. So even if the closest you get to eating like your prehistoric ancestors is choosing an organic sausage (complete with bread bun and ketchup), you can be proud that somewhere, deep inside, your inner caveman is alive and well…

Thinking about raw milk? You’re not alone…

The recent announcement by the Food Standards Agency that consumers in England, Northern Ireland and Wales should be icon-didyouknowallowed to buy raw milk from vending machines in shops is in part due to the increasing demand for this natural product. But where does this demand come come from? No doubt a major part of the appeal of raw milk is in its taste – packed with a flavour that changes with the seasons and even the diet of the cow, pasteurised milk cannot compare with its raw equivalent.

Taste is only a part of the picture however. One of the biggest benefits of drinking raw milk may be for your health. We’re becoming more and more aware of the benefits of foods locally produced on a small scale rather than mass produced in a factory. We’re also embracing natural, unadulterated foods in preference to processed food (and don’t kid yourself that pasteurised milk is natural – it isn’t).

have-you-tried-raw-milk-banner-217x300But it goes even further than this. Milk is naturally a rich source of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, many of which are destroyed or rendered useless in the pasteurisation process. Raw milk is also rich in the kinds of bacteria that does you good (pasteurisation can’t tell the difference between good and bad bacteria and destroys them all regardless) – this beneficial bacteria is claimed to strengthen the immune system, helping to protect against conditions such as asthma and eczema.

And if you need any more persuading, raw milk produced by organic farms such as Gazegill is the product of happy, contented grass fed cows, whose milk won’t contain traces of the hormones, antibiotics and other medicines often found in commercially available pasteurised milk. And it’s milk that is never more than 4% fat, so it’s good for your waistline too. Not to mention the pro-biotic properties that create and maintain a healthy gut balance, great to re-kindle our healthy bacteria and a must to maintain it!

So…what are you waiting for?