The individual quest for knowledge should never be discounted, especially when it comes to health. I know that many people become disgruntled and borderline hypochondriac trying to diagnose themselves using WebMD, “health” magazine questionnaires, and the ever popular self-help section of the bookstore, however, an intelligent pursuit of scientific as well as anecdotal answers to biological concerns is a noble one.
Right now, as I finish up my culinary studies, I am well-aware that my learning and growing does not stop once I drive away from Santa Cruz. In fact, I have a lengthy list of books and topics to read and research once I have a bit more time on my hands!
As of right now, the best I can do is Robb Wolf’s The Paleo Solution. It’s a really great reminder of why I do what I do, why I cook what I cook, and why I preach it to everyone else. Reading the evidence, the scientific backing for Paleo creates a mindfulness that is shrouded when the world closes in with it’s questions, criticisms, and denials. I like to keep myself constantly in the intellectual circle of food and it’s effects on the body because without the reassurance that comes from other people’s stories and countless medical studies, I begin to lose sight of the greater importance of teaching others about their food choices. My personal experience definitely has helped me, but is that enough to change someone else’s mind. Well, the unfortunate truth is a resounding “no”. People need to be convinced. Believing is seeing, and seeing from all angles in all different lights.
Here’s my Paleo Sunday
Coffee with freshly made Cashew Coconut Cream (recipe below)
Sweet Potato Pancakes with Raw Honey and Eggs
Curry Flax Crackers with Smoked Oysters and Avocado
Sautéed Italian Chicken Sausage and Kale with Garlic
Apple, Dark Chocolate, and Salted Marcona Almonds
Cashew Coconut Cream2 c. soaked cashews 4 c. coconut water 2 dates, soaked 1 can coconut milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1. Blend cashews and coconut water, strain through nut milk bag or cheesecloth. Discard or save solids (use in paleo pancakes or crusts.) 2. Put cashew milk back in blender with other ingredients and blend until frothy!