BATD ON Feb 12, 2014 AT 1:15 pm

by Annie Vischer

The Paleo Diet has been taking the UK by storm in recent months. Not heard of it? Here’s a quick overview. The theory behind the diet grounds itself in thinking about what our caveman, hunter-gatherer ancestors would have eaten, encouraging us to move away from processed food our bodies are not naturally attuned to consuming. These foods include fresh meat (grass-fed and free-range), fish (sustainably farmed), seafood, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, seeds, nuts and oil varieties including the likes of olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut, and flaxseed, all of which require the least amount of process stages to be derived.

According to the Paleo Diet dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and generally processed foods where not part of our menu before the days of machinery and chemical technology. According to years worth of research by Dr. Loren Cordain, our cave man-esque predecessors were in general free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that seem prevalent in the world today, including obesity, cancer, heat related problems, acne, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes.

Of course there are a lot of factors that could contribute to the rise in such ailments, but if our diet is one of them, then the Paleo Diet argues that it is a controllable, and one that we can improve.

Pure Taste Pop-Up's prawn summer rolls with nuoc cham dipping sauce.

Pure Taste Pop-Up’s prawn summer rolls with nuoc cham dipping sauce.

The Paleo Diet does not encourage you to decrease quantities, but to simply change what exactly you are eating. For the most part this is relatively easy, with the exception of cutting out dairy products altogether…and, well, who doesn’t love the odd sausage? But with healthy sugar alternatives abounding, we have enough behind us to make a decent go of it, especially if venues like Pure Taste begin to expand and increase.

Pure Taste is the UK’s first Paleo and Gluten Free restaurant to open. Originally based in Sussex, it is a pop-up restaurant headed up by nutritional therapist and freelance chef Holly Taylor. She discovered the benefits of a gluten free diet two years ago and has since decoted her kitchen to developing and experimenting with gluten-free recipes. The venture was originally listed as a project on KickStarter and has received funding of over £32,000. And the best news? It is due to launch a London site this year. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know when and where!


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