Paleo people love bacon.
If you are eating it, go for natural bacon that does not have any nitrates in it. For example, Trader Joe's bacon is nitrate-free. They have it in pre-cooked and uncooked versions. Applegate has an organic non-nitrate bacon.
Hey, Wait, It Says It Has Sugar In It?
The Paleo diet says "no sugar" but sugar is an ingredient in your bacon. I know because I have yet to find one that does not. It negligible however, since each slice has 0 grams of sugar in it. As a result bacon is "Paleo Approved".
How To Cook Bacon
Don't laugh. When I went Paleo I didn't know how to cook. Even though I was a mom with two kids. For a year I cooked bacon in a skillet. Then I learned you could cook it in the oven. Seriously!? What a time-saver!
Cooking Bacon On The Stove
Do not be afraid of the bacon. I cook mine on "4" and I use a stainless steel skillet. The key is to not let it stick. Turn it over after a few minutes. Turn it over again. Keep turning it ever once in a while until it's the darkness you like.
Cooking Bacon In The Oven
Wow, not only do you not have to stand there watching it, but my family prefers the taste of oven-cooked bacon. Here is how I do it:
Save Your Bacon Grease!
No, Bacon Does Not Cause Heart Problems
Bacon is not the cause of heart problems. Sugar is. Enjoy!
Want to try to eat Paleo but don't want to have to cook or think too much about it? If you imagine you are camping and you are going to eat in a limited way just for a little bit, you can start right now.
Here's how you do it:
Eat eggs and meat.
You can have fruit if you want, but make sure you eat some protein and some good fat. So eat your bacon or fry your eggs in coconut oil, avocado oil or bacon grease.
Life without sandwiches is easy if you use your hands.
If you can do this for a week, you will send the first part of the dealing with various things. Could be relief from no gluten in your system. Could be sugar withdrawal which hits hard about day four. Could be caffein withdrawal which is like sugar and has a peak. Your stomach might be doing crazy things. But at the end of Day 7 you will get an idea of what it's like to live inflammation and addiction free, on natural foods that put your body naturally into fat-burning, high-performance mode.
Welcome to Paleo! :)
Back in 2011 when I was only gluten-free and not Paleo yet, friends kept asking me about my miraculous health improvements. After answering dozens of questions one-by-one I wrote this article to put it all in one place. I'm re-posting this here for you.
If going Paleo seems too hard, try going gluten-free first.
The relief you feel from gluten may give you the energy, motivation, and inspiration you need to go full Paleo.
If going gluten-free intimidates you, keep reading.
Because I needed it to be easy, so I'm making it easy for you.
I thought going gluten-free would mean eating salad every day, all day... forever. Because I was really into my diet coke and M&Ms and french fries at the time (and absolutely hated vegetables) going gluten-free sounded about as fun as a root canal. Turns out you don't have to be healthy to go gluten-free, which makes it much easier to transition into it from the processed food, sugar-laden, bread-heavy, Standard American Diet.
When I look at old photos now I wince. I can see the gluten and food issues in my daughter's face so clearly now.
At the time I never noticed.
Her father is blond - so blond he was bald as a baby. My daughter is blonde. So of course she has pale skin, right? It wasn't until after we got her off gluten that I realized she wasn't pale - she was pallid. And the dark circles were not because she had pale skin, but because she was suffering from food intolerances. Dark circles are a sure sign.
Here are more photos of my daughter to show you "before" and "after" we got her off gluten. I'm so familiar with these symptoms now I can spot food issues a mile away when I look at children in person or in the pictures their parents post on Facebook.
I went to the bank today and was helped by a young woman in her 20's who had all the signs of needing to change her diet. Pallid, slightly puffy face. About 10-15 pounds overweight with a squishy middle. Limp hair. And acne. I wanted so badly to tell her to "go Paleo" but I don't preach, and I didn't. But I'm going to put this info up here in case it helps someone. In case it helps you.
Acne is not there because you're a teenager. It's not just bad luck. It's not just genetic because your parents had it. It's your diet.
Acne is caused by dairy products and sugar.
Did we do a Paleo Thanksgiving? Yes and no. We ate Paleo, but it wasn't a Thanksgiving meal.
We went out of town to my brother-in-law's. He and his amazing girlfriend and community cooked the turkey, the stuffing, the yams and all the trimmings. Even the cranberry sauce was homemade. But my kids and I didn't eat any of it. Not one bite. We brought our own food and paper plates and utensils in our cooler and snacked on sausage and cucumber with olive oil and tubs of Paleo Pumpkin Pie minus the crust among other things. (My kids love it this way, they call it Pumpkin Pudding.)
We had a blast. It was family and friends and fun in amazing California weather. We ate outdoors. We laughed until our throats hurt.
But no Thanksgiving food? Not even a wee bit?
I like the easy Paleo stuff.