Monday, August 13, 2012

Feed Your Inner Caveman - Well Fed Cookbook Giveaway! - CLOSED

We're always interested in hearing about how people eat - favorite foods, fetishes, and guilty pleasures.  We heard about the Paleo diet a few years ago (Ms Duquesne pontificated on the Monkey Hot and the meaty trend), and now we've come to learn that more and more people are on the Paleo scene.


 

We were recently introduced to the cookbook Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat by Melissa Joulwan, which follows the rules of the caveman, or cavewoman.  Shes an original Texas Roller Girl, Cross Fit aficionado, part time yogi, all meat lover.

Miss Joulwan

If you're wanting to go Paleo full boar or not, Well Fed is a charming cookbook with lots of delicious recipes for the caveman in all of us.  We sat down with her for a little Q&A about her new cookbook:



Gastronomista: Why Paleo?

Melissa Joulwan:  It should be obvious: big hunks of meat and leopard-print loincloths!

Leopard Print Lion-Cloths, Duh.

I joke because I love. There are a handful of reasons I believe paleo is the best way for just about everyone to eat. Paleo eliminates grains, dairy, legumes, junky seed oils, and added sugar, all of which means our bodies enjoy much more stable insulin responses and reduced inflammation. We’re used to seeing, say, a scratch get puffy and red, but we don’t usually think about the inside of our bodies experiencing that kind of inflammation. That’s exactly what happens when we eat foods that contain anti-nutrients or spike our blood sugar.

The paleo diet focuses on lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, animal protein, and naturally-occurring fats — all in reasonable proportions. Once you get used to it, it feels like a natural, sane way to eat. And that sanity is a gift for anyone who’s had weight issues or been an emotional eater. By breaking the cycle of sugar spikes — and in their evil little hearts, grains are really just sugar — I learned how to “just eat” for the first time in life. It’s enormously liberating.

G: Why and When did you decide to go Paleo? In your opinion, what is the difference?

MJ:  Honestly, I started eating paleo for the girliest, most cliché reason: I wanted to lose 15 pounds and my traditionally “healthy” diet wasn’t doing it. I’d already given up grains on my own, but then I started working with Melissa Hartwig (founder of Whole9) on my nutrition, and she suggested I fully commit to paleo by giving up dairy and legumes, too. There was never such a hissy fit as the one I threw when I was asked to stop eating blueberries and milk for breakfast. But she challenged me to try it for a week to see how I felt. In just two days, I had no bloating and my sleep quality improved. I was sold.


Paleo Motivation


That was three years ago, and I’ve eaten 90% paleo ever since — minus two 3-week trips to Prague during which I consumed a metric ton of schnitzel and dumplings. But the kickass thing about paleo is that when I returned home from the debauchery, I immediately started eating clean again and within four days, I felt like myself again.

Thanks to a thyroidectomy, I don’t have a thyroid gland which presents all kinds of challenges because the thyroid controls metabolism and is really affected by inflammation. Eating paleo helps me manage my thyroid issues, including my energy, mood, and sleep.

G: What's the difference between the Atkins diet and Paleo?


MJ: As I understand it, Atkins is mostly about restricting carbohydrates, so it includes junk like artificial sweeteners, seed and vegetable oils, and low-carb grains and flours, as well as the processed foods made from them. Eating paleo means eating real food in as natural a state as possible: meat, vegetables, fruits, fats. There are very few paleo “products” because processing is not kind to nutrients. The “no processed foods” thing is also one of the biggest differentiators between paleo and gluten-free eating plans, too. Paleo eschews (yay, eschews!) grains not just because of the gluten, but also because of the anti-nutrients found in grains. Gluten-free cakes, breads, cookies, and other treats, especially the kind found in a supermarket, are not really healthy choices. If it’s made in a factory, you probably don’t want to eat it.

G: One thing that I like about the book is that you emphasize eating real food - what are some of your go-to cooking ingredients?


MJ:  I always say that I like peasant food... there are a few kinda fancy restaurants I like to go to once in a while, but mostly like to eat international food that’s like what you would get if you went to a normal person’s house for dinner in, say, Morocco or Turkey or Prague or Korea. So my favorite ingredients are simple, high-quality things — grass-fed ground beef, pastured eggs, organic collard greens, cabbage, spaghetti squash — jazzed up with sexy spices and slinky fats. One of my favorite things to eat is spaghetti squash,  cabbage, and ground beef sautéed with coconut oil and a spice blend called Tsardust Memories. It’s sweet, spicy, earthy... totally comforting. Having said that, I’m also madly in love with truffle salt. (Eat it on a fried egg and feel your eyes roll back in your head.) And homemade mayo. I plop it on everything in a way that’s pretty indulgent.

Cocoa Cauliflower

G: You mention Middle Eastern Cooking in your book - what recipes in Well Fed are based on this cookbook? What is your favorite recipe from this classic?

MJ:  The Middle Eastern recipes in Well Fed are either recipes I learned from my dad or ones I concocted myself, but I was able to do that because I’ve read Middle Eastern Cooking from cover to cover so many times. There are two recipes on my blog that are adapted from that book: fancy spiced olives (which I make every Christmas, without fail) and a grain-free Chicken Bastila, which is a savory-sweet Moroccan pie made with chicken and almonds. I’d made the original — with phyllo dough and powdered sugar — a few times and just got a bee in my bonnet one day to make a grain-free version. It came out great, and I actually got a Tweet from a restaurant manager in San Francisco who said he liked my paleo version more than the original.

G: What are your favorite recipes from Well Fed?


MJ: I have a soft spot in my heart for the Bora Bora Fireballs because I dreamt them one night. How dorky is that?! I woke up thinking about meatballs made with pineapple and rolled in coconut, and I was convinced I must have read about them somewhere online or in one of my old- school Tiki cookbooks. I spent all kinds of time doing Google searches and looking through my cookbooks, but didn’t find a recipe. I really did make it up in a dream. Nerd!

My other favorites are the ones that were big challenges to adapt, like Char Siu and the Paleo Pad Thai. Asian food tastes so good because it combines sweetness with spice and heat. It was fun to experiment and figure out how to recreate the experience of those dishes — that “takeout” feeling — without the eleventy million kinds of sugar found in both.

And Chocolate Chili. Because it’s chili. And it’s chocolate.

Chocolate Chili

G:  We've always considered Spaghetti Squash to be a magic vegetable - a squash that's spaghetti, what?!? What is the most surprising transformation recipe?

MJ:  Cauliflower might be my favorite sneaky-deaky vegetable. You can turn it into rice, use it as a substitute for cracked wheat (in tabbouleh or kibbeh), mash it like creamy mashed potatoes, and roast it — and all of those versions taste amazing.

The other surprise was jicama. White potatoes are nutritionally worthless, so they get the thumbs-down from most paleo practitioners. But jicama is a pretty good substitute. Well Fed includes recipes for home fries and “potato” salad made with jicama, and they’re some of my most popular recipes. The texture of jicama isn’t quite as starchy, but especially in the salad, the other ingredients — bacon, hard-boiled eggs, homemade mayo — dress it up so much, you can’t even tell it’s not potato. Go, yam bean! (And for astute readers who know jicama is in the legume family, it’s paleo approved because the jicama itself is the root of the plant and doesn’t include the anti-nutrients of the seed, like beans do.)

Jicama Salad
 
G: Going Paleo must take a lot of discipline, how often do you cheat? What's your favorite cheat food?


MJ:  When I’m living regular life, I cheat about once a week, but I call it “having a treat” because I don’t like to feel like I’m doing something wrong. My most frequent indulgences are popcorn (at the movies with butter), corn tortilla chips and salsa, or ice cream from this new shop in Austin called Lick that uses all local, organic ingredients to make flavors like Caramel Salt Lick and Strawberry Basil. I should also confess that a few times a year, I go totally off the rails.  At Christmas, I eat Russian Teacake cookies until I look like a snake that ate a goat, and we really like Barley Swine in Austin. When we eat there, I eat everything they serve me and drink Prosecco with abandon.

G: Most Memorable Meal you've ever had

MJ:  When I was about 8 years old, Pennsylvania was hit my a blizzard, so my dad picked us up early from school and took us to his restaurant/motel so we could all stay the night. The next morning, we got up and made doughnuts in the restaurant kitchen, then made snowmen in the parking lot.

As a grownup: a picnic on the grass at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. We ate this meringue (along with cheese and wine) and I swear, I have never tasted anything like it. It’s a chocolate cloud on the tongue.

G: Guilty Pleasure

MJ:  Kid Rock, an undying devotion to Nacho Cheese Doritos, sticking Q-tips in my ears

G: Breakfast in Bed

MJ: Chicken Nanking (from the House of Nanking in San Francisco), ordered to go the night before, after eating dinner there and realizing that more Chicken Nanking for breakfast would totally rule. (My husband Dave and I did this once when we were dating, and it was the best thing ever.)

G:  Pick your Poison

MJ: A shot of Becherovka, preferably in a gypsy bar in the Czech Republic. Jim Beam, neat, at a loud punk rock show. Ice cold Prosecco, but only if I’m dressed up and wearing winged eyeliner.

G:  Last Meal

Sharing an extra-large pizza with pepperoni and extra cheese with my husband, in our pajamas, while watching Pretty in Pink, sighing over magic that can happen at a high school dance, followed by awesome making out.





: : : THE GIVEAWAY : : :


Eat Like A Caveman
Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat
Signed by the Author



: : HOW TO ENTER : : :


1. Leave a comment on the post answering: your inspiration for going Paleo (loincloths, spears, etc).

2. Tweet #WellFedGiveaway @xxGastronomista

3. *Extra entry* “follow” Gastronomista and/or “like” us on Facebook.

The contest closes in one week (12 pm EST). Winner will be selected on Monday, August 20th, and will be emailed that day.



Good luck, and many thanks to Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat author, Melissa Joulwan!


xxG

101 comments:

  1. i'm not sure if i would go full on paleo, but i like looking at cookbooks
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  2. liked you on fb
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  3. Just liked you on facebook!

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  4. My inspiration for going Paleo stems from - 1, loincloths are sexy, and 2, I feel significantly less bloated when I don't eat carbs.

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  5. My inspiration for going Paleo was initially superficial - I had a wedding dress I wanted to look GOOOOD in. I felt amazing, no more bloating, no more headaches or tummy aches, and I did in fact look good in that dress. Bonus!

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  6. I'm doing the Whole30 and going Paleo b/c I want to undo my sugar addiction and hopefully erase some of my mystery illnesses/aches & pains.

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  7. I'm paleo so I could rediscover the flatish/concavish space right above each hip bone.  

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  8. Following you on twitter - extra entry!

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  9. my inspiration was after reading Melissa's blog, and then having it take me to the Whole30 and learning about how Dallas conquered his tendonitis issues by changing his diet - I have been dealing with similar issues that have waylaid my attempts to get more physically fit - and then reading about all the other issues that could be related to my diet - fatigue, bloat, foggy-head, stiffness in joints - and just making the connection - duh, of course we are what we eat and what else would we be?  Plus, as an anthropologist is struck a chord of sensibility in me.

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  10. Real men eat Paleo.  I am not sure about lincloths, but I know how good i feel eating clean!  

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  11. Real men eat Paleo.  I am not sure about lincloths, but I know how good i feel eating clean!  

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  12. My inspiration for Paleo started last year after round 2 of Weight Watchers that just didn't work. I started a 30 day Paleo challenge and fell in love! Unfortunately, I fell of the paleo-bus a few months ago and need some new inspiration. I love the reasoning for the dino-diet (as my friends affectionately call it)- I just need to find my way again. And I just liked you on FB!

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  13. I went Paleo because prior to I was not sleeping well, bloating, and not happy. Going paleo has gotten rid of my bloat. Secondly going paleo has fixed my insomnia, I can finally sleep through the night!. I am so much happier and my skin is amazing! 

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  14. For me Paleo is an extension of the Blood Type Diet and Geno type Diet, it's more fun now that more people are eating this way and I can say I eat Paleo and at least one other person the general vicinity will know what I mean. OK and leopard print leggings, that too.

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  15. my inspiration for going Paleo??  it was actually my mom...type 2 diabetic with kidney failure, and all sorts of other nasty side effects from diabetes.  She was in the hospital a couple of times and thought we were going to lose her.  It was then I decided I had to take control of my health or I would end up the same way.  In doing a LOT of research, I found Paleo and haven't looked back.  

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  16. OH...I also like on FB

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  17. I've been paleo for 5 days trying to solve my IBS! I definitely need some recipes!
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  18. I was inspired by the Whole 30 boards. I've heard amazing things about Melissa's cookbook

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  19. I'm a 53 year young woman who decided to try paleo because I wanted to loose 10 lbs 6 mos ago.  I have since lost 23 lbs, my complexion improved so much I usually only use eye makeup and my joints are happily lubricated now, they don't pop and crack every time I use the stairs.  This has been the best decision I have ever made!!!

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  20. Crossfit recommends it, but paleo hasn't received that great of ratings compare to other nutritional programs, so I decided to try it to see for myself. I love the way I feel do far and It makes me wonder why it is ranked so low when it changes so many people's lives.

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  21. My inspiration is Kathleen Shannon of And Kathleen, and my skin is so bad, I need internal help with it! Also, my dad just was diagnosed with diabetes, so I want to get healthy with him! 

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  22. My inspiration for going Paleo was for my overall health, but specifically to get stronger and gain control over what I was fueling my body with. I'd love to win this cookbook to aid me on my Paleo journey!

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  23. I went Paleo on the suggestion of my arthritis doc. He suggested that I read Primal Blueprint and then I found the usual Paleo channels- it has eliminated my pain. I recently started the first Paleo/Primal Meetup group here in Indianapolis and am determined to help others be healthy and pain free!

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  24. I went paleo to regain my health and wellbeing. My inspiration is Melissa, as she is having trouble since having her thyroid removed, she keeps pushing and informing her readers with her ever present humor. <3 her.

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  25. I decided to go Paleo after I saw a freind of mine who had just had a baby and looked GREAT - she told me about "It starts with Food." and it was uphill from there! Loving it, loving how I am feeling and how my close are looking a little bit better!! Day 12 on whole30!!

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  26. I tweeted it! @lovelyonthego:twitter 

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  27. Victoria van der LaanAugust 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    I'm exactly one week in on a paleo diet (Whole 30) after years of trying (and often failing) to eat well but still feeling horrible and unhealthy.  My inspiration to finally break my bad eating habits and get healthy: my 9-year-old daughter, who just got her brown belt in karate.  Not only am I striving to keep up with her but I know I owe it to her to teach her a better way to eat that will help her stay strong and healthy.  We're in this together!

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  28. I followed you on twitter :) @lovelyonthego:disqus 

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  29. I friended you on FB! Olivia Howell :)

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  30. Started Paleo because of Crossfit----eating Paleo because I want to meet my grandkids!

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  31. I went paleo to lose weight, clear up my skin and heal my gut.  And that has been accomplished!  Thanks for a chance at this awesome book!

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  32. Well, I'm not Paleo, but it does sound intriguing.  I am currently reading ISWF and would LOVE to have Well Fed on board too!  Great interview!!

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  33. I became paleo to become more aware of how my body responds to certain foods and to improve my athletic performance.

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  34. I followed and tweeted the message on twitter @matix_k

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  35. Oh and I followed you on facebook

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  36. I'm working my way into full paleo to avoid so many of the ailments that afflicted my parents and grandparents that I now see we're likely related to what they ate.

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  37. I followed and tweeted the message

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  38. I recently changed to a Paleo diet after having some severe arthritis and overall aches and pains, not to mention the weight gain. My inspiration has been many women that I follow on FB with Melissa Joulwan being one of them. 

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  39.  Also tweeted, following on you twitter now and facebook. Glad to add you to my paleo peeps I follow on FB.

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  40. i became inspired to try going paleo by Melissa Joulwan- her blog is so entertaining.  trying paleo to take eating clean a step further and see what it does for me!  

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  41. I was inspired by a friend of mine ... now am doing my first Whole 30 and next is converting the family!

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  42. Thank you for great sharing on paleo diet. I was browsing for recipes when I found about paleo recipe. Then I'm interested to explore more about paleo diet.  I have family history with diabetes and high blood pressure. So I want to keep healthy and paleo diet seems can help me doing that.

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  43. My inspiration for going Paleo was my stomach never quite feeling right.  After going Paleo a few months ago, I realized that always feeling sick didn't have to be "normal." I'm so glad I made the switch and am always looking for new recipes! 

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  44. My inspiration for going paleo is my health. I have PCOS and have heard the paleo way can help!

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  45. My motivation is my IBS... wish it was something cooler like leopard loin cloths, though. Ha!

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  46. I have been experimenting with Paleo since I have now developed (or worsened) adult-0nset food allergies (dairy, gluten, soy, sugar, nuts). I am searching for my first Paleo cookbook to cook from: Yours looks like  it'll do perfectly! :D

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  47. Started running in February, and after losing 15 lbs, decided to start doing something about my mood swings. Researched the heck out of the paleo diet, and your blog has inspired me to actually start the darn thing. Lost 5 more lbs, but more importantly, my mood has improved exponentially! Can't wait to read the cookbook!

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  48. Honestly, because I want to look and feel good naked. Plain and simple. Eating clean helps me feel so good about myself!

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    1. I also have an auto-immune and eating Paleo helps keep it at bay. When I'm eating cleanly, I sleep better, am less moody, have fewer headaches, more energy, and generally feel better. I see the benefits in CrossFit too - more energy throughout the WODs and not a huge crash after.

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    2. I also just really, REALLY want a personally signed copy of Well Fed because Melicious is one of my idols!

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  49. I went paleo because I want to live to be 100 atleast! Old age takes a commitment to cherishing my body now and for the days to come by nourishing it with the foods it was intended to have. What a feat to grow to be 100. I think now of all the extra time I will have to spend with my loved ones and maybe even get to be a part of a great grandchilds life. With the right foods, exercise and the right attitude this is the future I'm choosing. Jade @ spencer.jade@ymail.com

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  50. Inspiration for going Paleo ? I'm just dipping my toe in so far, but my inspiration is my sister - whose psoriasis was totally cleared after being Paleo for six weeks! I'm hoping to lose a few, have clearer skin, but most importantly - feel in control of my food and nourishing myself in a way that doesn't involve microwave meals!

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  51. All of the amazing transformations are my motivation-hoping I can reap some of those benefits too!  Specifically, lose some body fat and get rid of joint pain!

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  52. I went paleo to be healthy

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  53. I have begun to eat paleo after a Whole 30 and LOVING the results.  HUGE improvements within a week.

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  54. I would love this book to spread my horizons.  I've been eating a lot of the same things and don't want to give up.  Inspiration needed!

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  55. I am just starting the Paleo diet...told my hubby if he would go hunting and spear
    a mastadon or sabre tooth tiger that I would cook it over a fire...My biggest problem was trying to start the damn fire with the two sticks he brought me...Fire is new to our tribe but I really am tired of raw meat. Process food will not be on my menu.

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  56. My Husband and I are doing a Whole 30, to see if it really is the shake up we need, so we are paleo plusing it up!

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  57.  Tweeted @hopalong15

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  58.  Following on twitter and liked on FB

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  59. Paleo to me means a Pretty Awesome Life Enhanced by Organic eating... (Organic in the scientific sense -: related to, or derived from, living matter.)

    I've been Paleo for almost 1 year and it has changed everything about my health. EVERYTHING.

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  60. I first tried paleo in 2010, doing a Whole30 against my wife's wishes.  I'd read a lot, and I wanted to drop unhealthy weight, feel better, get stronger, everything.  It did amazing things.  In June 2011, I finally convinced my wife to try it, so we took our 3 kids and did a Whole30 as a family, and it was amazing.  Our middle child, normally very moody, hormonal, possibly with blood-sugar issues, completely leveled out.  Since then, we've been a paleo family, though we do allow for "treats" from time to time.  Right now, I'm in Afghanistan with the US Army, and it's a struggle, because I can't control what food is available; all I can do is make smart choices.  There have been stretches when I've gotten into bad habits, usually when we've got lots of casualties, but I'm now 1/2 through another Whole30 and loving it!  I can't wait to get home and enjoy my wife's cooking.

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  61. Paleo has changed the way I eat and feel- all for the good!

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  62. My hope in going Paleo was that my migraines would be improved, and hopefully my cholesterol.  I've been migraine-free for 14 months, my blood panels resulted in an amazing high-five from my (Paleo-supportive) Doctor, I've lost 80+ pounds and I was finally at a good place to start Crossfit in March (previously I'd been really good at knitting and getting OUT of exercise...)  I'm not quite loin-cloth material just yet...but lets talk in another year....

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  63. My hope in going Paleo was that my migraines would be improved, and hopefully my cholesterol.  I've been migraine-free for 14 months, my blood panels resulted in an amazing high-five from my (Paleo-supportive) Doctor, I've lost 80+ pounds and I was finally at a good place to start Crossfit in March (previously I'd been really good at knitting and getting OUT of exercise...)  I'm not quite loin-cloth material just yet...but lets talk in another year....     (@ohpeasplease:twitter)  

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  64. MJ is a HUGE inspiration.  I have been paleo for the past 4 weeks and have noticed a significant energy and general clean feeling from eating clean.  I feel lighter, and I feel I can lifter heavier at CF and do more with my life in a day, while still being able to fall asleep like a baby at night.  That being said, my lovely boyfriend is a huge crossfitter, and in my efforts to make us a clean eating couple, I have been making SUPER delicious recipes to entice him to the clean side of the house.  Needless to say, it has been working!  With the help of MJ's blog and many many others...I am looking to expand my cooking and baking from outside blogs and into books and I am super stoked about Well Fed.

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  65. my inspiration for going Paleo was to get stronger and more fit.  I recently started doing CrossFit and I am amazed at how strong some of these women are.  That is what I want for myself - to be a strong, fit she-beast!

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  66. I went Paleo for the dumbest reason: to lose weight for my wedding. My now-husband found the diet online in late 2010 and we started Feb 2011, with much kicking and screaming and meltdowns on my sweet-toothed part. I still have the sweet tooth, but I love having clearer skin, more strength (muscles! I have muscles now!) and a happy digestive tract even more. I lost some weight (he of course lost 3x as much) but I can't imagine ever going back to pasta, sandwiches and processed food all the time anymore. It just makes sense. 

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  67. Also, I'm following Gastronomista on Twitter! 

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  68. I just bought this book and it's AWESOME.  

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  69. weird that after all this love for paleo her last meal is pizza. 

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  70. Sadly, loincloths are not my inspiration - it's my crap thyroid. Still, I like the loincloth a lot. Maybe I'll grab one...

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  71. I found a paleo recipe on pinterest, I followed the link & it was like following a trail of bread crumbs. Every site I found intrigued me even more. I've always tried to  eat as healthy as possible and paleo made so much sense. For me it has been a life saver. I've struggled with an eating disorder since I was 12, this is the first "diet" that I've been able to eat and not feel guilty about what I'm eating. It's been so nourishing and healing to my body, mind, and soul. I don't look at it as a "diet", but lifestyle. A lifestyle that has changed my whole relationship with food and my body image.  

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  72. my inspiration is how much better I feel, how much better I sleep, and how much calmer I am when I eat a clean paleo diet than what I was doing before (which was pretty average american)!

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  73. I went Paleo because despite being on a "healthy low-fat diet," I was always fat, tired and depressed. After turning into a cavemomma, my weight is down, my energy is up and I am much happier. And so is my family!

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  74. I follow Gastonomista on FB. Thanks for the chance at this book. You are awesome!

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  75. Ooh, count me in!  My inspiration for going paleo is just enjoying life more.  I got tired of feeling tired.  I went paleo about two years ago, and noticed right away that I felt HAPPIER and was able to be more present and just enjoy life more. No turning back!!

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  76. Also, I "liked" gastronomista on facebook.

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  77. My inspiration for going Paleo are my two little boys. I want them to love healthy foods and grow up eating REAL food that as early as two generations ago WE were eating. My mom raised me on 'kid' friendly marketed foods instead of whole foods, she was raised on. I wanted to get back to the basics, and it's been an amazing journey. Our family celebrates one year of paleo this coming September.  My energy levels are high, no mom mood swings, and a heck of a lot less- kid tantrums!

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  78. I hope by going Paleo that I can look good in a leopard print bathing suit!  Oh, and get rid of a myriad of niggling health issues.  I've mostly given up dairy anyway since I am seriously lactose intolerant, but giving up oatmeal will be hard.  And I hate you, italics.

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  79.  Sorry about your thyroid! It's NO fun. Hang in there!

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  80. What a great interview!  I went Paleo 2 months ago when I began CrossFit, and haven't looked back. My body is transforming before my eyes into something I've never been able to achieve with any other lifestyle. Yes, I chose the word "lifestyle" and not "diet"!!  While I credit the workouts to an extent, I believe the lifestyle is key! As a newbie to both Paleo and CrossFit I'm starved (literally, ha) for recipes that make eating well easy AND interesting.  Sites such as theclothesmakethegirl and PaleOMG have been my go-to, so I'm pumped for a new source of recipes! Thank you, Melissa and Gastronomista!

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  81. My motivation was/is to feel better and be healthier. I love it!

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  82. I was just feeling plain tiered and  crappy and was looking for a diet plan to help me lose some wieght and feel better. After hearing about Paleo here and there, some online friends were doing it with great results and that piqued my curiosity.  I just started researching websites and blogs for more info at the end of June and by mid July I was in with a few modifications (goat yogurt, cheese, and beer). I decided to go whole hog and do the Whole30 starting Aug 1st after waking up with a bad hangover from too much wine and poor food choices from a party on July29th. I have been keeping it up and feel great and have lost about 5 pounds total. I'm hoping to wear my new loincloth AKA bathing suit with confidence come mid September for a trip to Hawai.

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  83. I am (mostly) paleo for long-term health. I want to be a very active old lady!

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  84. Inspiration? I was turning 40 in just over a year and felt 50. If I'm going to rock my 40's then it was time to start living now. My heartburn was so bad I ate a bottle of Tums a week. Started researching HB, found Paleo and Mel and lost 40 pounds and haven't had heartburn in 18 months. I'm truly fab and 40 now.

    I've bought 3 copies of Well Fed - I keep giving them away. Finally I got the Kindle version, so I can have it on my iPhone. It 's the best cookbook on my shelf. I wish I could narrow down a favorite recipe, but every time I try a new one, it's my favorite. Currently Spinach Muffins. I made these for a camping trip and everyone loved them. Perfect cave girl food in a primal setting.

    Oh and Darrel Hannah in Clan of the Cave Bear! Seriously that's a cave girl.

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  85. I'd never heard of Paleo until today. Guess I'm stuck in a cave. I like eating healthy and if this is healthy then I'd be willing to give it a go and explore a little with the recipes in this book. I do love cookbooks. Cooking and reading from them as well.

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  86. My motivation for going Paleo is that I want to lose weight and regain my health.

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  87. I tweeted about the giveaway and I'm following Gastronomista on Twitter!

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  88. I started eating Paleo in Oct. 2011 at the urging of a friend who was afraid to try it on her own. I thought I'd just do a week or two with her to get her started, then go back to my old habits. I was shocked by how much I loved eating Paleo, how much better I felt almost immediately, and I've stuck with it ever since. In the last 10 months, I've not only cleared up some health issues but I've rediscovered a love of cooking and trying new foods. So many people fear being limited by the list of "Paleo-approved" foods, but for me it's been beyond freeing. Can't imagine eating any other way now :)

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  89. My inspiration for going paleo was bacon. All day everyday, baby.

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  90. I had read Loren Cordain's book years before and the whole thing just made sense to me. It took another 3-4 years of "marinating" because one of my favorite things was always really good chewy bakery bread, but one day out of the blue I just went cold turkey and all-in. And then 3 months later when we hit one of the worst pollen spring seasons ever in Florida I realized that I didn't have my seasonal allergies - at all! No Sudafed! Haven't looked back since.

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  91. For us, it was a family choice. My son had severe food allergies, I had terrible cramps, and my husband wanted to gain more lean muscle. We did a huge purge and have been paleo for over two years with remarkable results! Bonus, I even talked a few of my friends into going paleo and now I'm teaching classes about real food and nutrition.

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  92. I was inspired to go paleo by the good-sense science of it all

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  93. Thank you to everyone who entered the Well Fed Giveaway!!! Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to Melissa Joulwan! It is clear to me that all of her fans really admire and look up to her, and I urge all of you to go buy her book. It's really fantastic.

    Thanks again, and happy eating.

    xx emma

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  94. I've just heard about this whole paleo thing and this post was a big eye-opener! I am very intrigued and love the whole natural foods approach, though being the carb-whore that I am it seems unfathomable to give up grains. Heartening to hear about all about the positive effects though!

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  95. Officially addicted to the cocoa cauliflower!!!! xxEE

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