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Lovin' The Primal Blueprint

One of the first things you’ll notice about eating Real Food is this: to make Real Food variations of the Fake Food Crap that we’ve come to love takes a lot of work.

If I want to eat bread, I need to sprout the grain, let it dry, then grind it fresh into flour. I may be able to find sprouted grain bread at the grocery store, but it’s pricey.

What if I want pancakes? Or biscuits? Or muffins? Sprouted grain baked goods are even harder to come by.

For most people, it’s easier to simply do without grains.

What? Have I lost my mind? Do without grains?

The same goes for uncultured dairy products. We know that milk is hard to digest if it’s not raw or cultured (think: kefir, yogurt, cheese, and sour cream). Most people don’t have access to raw milk. So, for them, it’s easier to simply do without it.

If you’re dedicated to eating Real Food and you avoid grains and milk, they have name for you. You’re paleolithic.

You’re primal.

I love the primal diet, particularly the variations of it promoted by bloggers Scott Kustes and Mike O’Donnell. These guys have thought through the health and fitness aspects of eating this way and turned it into a way of life.\n\nI\’m sympathetic to their thinking, but not really willing to give up on grains and dairy just yet. I do own a grain grinder, after all.  I even picked up three fresh gallons of raw milk today. For now, I enjoy the work that goes into making Real Food, and I enjoy helping others do the same.

I’m also lovin’ The Primal Blueprint, and recommend you guys take a look at how others out there are taking the Real Food revolution and turning it into a complete lifestyle.

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5 Responses to Lovin' The Primal Blueprint
  1. Mark Sisson
    January 13, 2009 | 4:31 pm

    KristenM – Thank you for the link love and your interest in the Primal Blueprint. Drop by Mark’s Daily Apple with your comments from time to time. I’d love to get your feedback on our daily posts.



  2. Christiana
    January 13, 2009 | 6:18 pm

    Hi Kristen,

    I’m really enjoying your blog!!! I find that my body really thrives on the “paleolithic diet”. I do occasionally “splurge” on some kefir, or sprouted grain bread, but for the most part I feel best just on meat and vegetables. Thank you for the links to Scott and Mike’s blogs. I just read a few posts and am really enjoying what they have to say! :)

  3. KristenM
    January 14, 2009 | 10:37 am

    Christiana — Thanks for the compliments. I’m considering going “paleo” for a while, just to give it a shot. But, like I said, I honestly think that if we sprout grains and stick to raw or fermented dairy, we’ll probably avoid their notoriously bad effects. Plus, I have access to sprouted grains AND raw dairy, so I don’t see why I should give them up. I do realize that a lot of people out there don’t have this kind of easy access, so I wanted to give a hat tip to the primal diet so that they know there are other options out there.

  4. [...] also has the added benefit of being primal.

  5. Kathleen Conway
    July 28, 2009 | 11:51 pm

    Here’s another great website to visit if you want to learn more about the primal way of life:

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