You can find burgers, fries milkshakes and other unhealthy American-style cuisine on almost every street corner– but what about trying Paleo or Paleolithic cuisine, where you eat the way early humans did? This ancient way of life has now become a popular diet.
According to Paleodiet.com, headed by Lorin Cordain, one of the world’s leading experts on Paleolithic diets and the Paleo Movement, this lifestyle is “based upon every day, modern food that mimics the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestor.”
“In the late 60s and 70s I was involved in athletics and I knew to improve my performance, nutrition mattered,” said Cordain, who was introduced to the Paleo Diet concept in the late 80s after reading Boyd Eaton’s Paleolithic Nutrition.
Cordain is now the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles and over six books about the Paleo diet, including the bestselling The Paleo Diet.
The diet consists of a high intake of protein, fiber, healthy fats, potassium and vitamins and minerals with low carbohydrate and sodium intake.
“You can call it pizza, ice cream, microwaved meals or whatever, it’s all processed food. If you notice, almost all grocery stores are set up the same way. The fresh produce is on the perimeter and in the aisles is where the packaged, junk food is found. We have to stay on the outside more often,” mentioned Cordain.
The diet excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.
For those in Indianapolis who may be new to the Paleo lifestyle, but aren’t too savvy in the kitchen, a delivery service is now available.
Artie Stevens and his wife Erica began the Paleo lifestyle after their exercise facility, CrossFit NapTown challenged attendees to live the Paleo lifestyle for one month, and they love a good challenge.
“We cleaned out our kitchen of all the junk and went grocery shopping for fresh items,” said Artie.
After coming back from their honeymoon in March 2012, Artie and Erica kicked around the idea of a Paleo food delivery service and after hearing of the success from others in different cities, Artie’s Paleo OnTheGo was born.
Meals are $13 each and can be picked up at more than 30 locations in the city. Customers pre-order their weekly meals online.
“My goal is to provide a healthy meal at a reasonable price. The truth is that while Paleo is mainly seen in the CrossFit family it would be beneficial to anyone trying to better their quality of life,” said Artie, who has more than 16 years of experience as a professional chef.
Each week the couple and other family members evaluate dishes that have been in high demand. About 60 dishes rotate and include a beef, pork, chicken and seafood option along with mixed vegetables and a sauce. One of their most popular dishes is the honey vanilla sweet potatoes.
The delivery service is starting a campaign to open a restaurant in CrossFit NapTown’s new facility located at 922 N. Capitol Ave.