The other week a salesman was trying to sell me meat out of the back of his van. When I told him we only eat grass-fed beef because we are Paleo it started the discussion I am now quite fond of, if just for the entertaining way people's eyes bulge out.
"What's Paleo?" he asked.
"Well, we eat like a Paleolithic cave man. No grains or sugar or processed food. No dairy. No beans."
"What? No grains? No bread? How do you live without bread?"
I laughed. "Bread is only necessary if you are afraid to eat with a fork or your hands."
That's what a year and half of eating strictly Paleo had taught me. Once you take away the addiction part of bread and grains the rest is the idea of convenience. Or the need to multi-task.
"That's how sandwiches were invented. Convenience. A guy wanted to hold his meat while he played poker", pipes in my husband who knows just about everything and is always right. I looked it up. He's right. It was the Fourth Earl of Sandwich in 1762 who didn't want to stop his poker game to eat or get his cards greasy. "Give me roast-beef between two slices of bread!" he ordered. "And I raise you 100 pounds!"
Ooh, that's punny. Because "pounds" is a term for money in England and "pounds" is also what people are putting on their bodies now eating all of those Earls. I mean, sandwiches. :) But, I digress.
So..... lunch. Let's talk about that.
The Paleo breakfast can be daunting but once you get "eggs and bacon" into your head with "a side of fruit" or even "banana-egg pancakes" you are home free.
Dinner you can deal with if you have meat and potatoes, substitute the potatoes for something green or vegetable-y. That's doable.
But lunch... in America at least... has bread. Sandwiches. Hamburgers. It all comes between grain patties. What are we to do?
Bring a fork or use your fingers!
Have a salad with chicken on it. Have some chicken with a side of salad. Roll up Applegate lunch meat and eat it with your fingers. Have some hard-boiled eggs. Get out some left-over steak and cut it up with a knife and fork if you care, or just pick it up with your fingers and eat it. Yum.
I guess you can use a spoon instead of a fork if you are scooping out an avocado or eating some Paleo soup or some banana cereal. But still, no bread necessary.
In my house we are crazy. Nuts. Bonkers, I tell you. My daughters are 5 and 9 right now. I bead up one eye and squint at them. "You know that when you are out in public or at your Grandmother's house you are supposed to use utensils, right?"
"Good", I say as I put down my chicken leg and scoop up some mashed yams with my hand to eat it. "I don't feel like wiping my hands to pick up my fork." They laugh and we break out into grunts like good little cave-people.
It's a grand old time.
I like the easy Paleo stuff.