We get a lot of diehard Paleo customers in the shop as well many who are curious about the tenants of the diet. The following is a general overview of the plan. Not only is it very meat-friendly but it’s more of a guideline for eating than a traditionally restrictive “diet.” Paleo is based on the notion that for optimal health, modern humans should return to a pre-industrial era by eating real, whole, unprocessed foods that promote healthy metabolic, digestive, and immune systems.
This means avoiding grains, gluten, legumes, dairy, corn, soy and sugar. And instead, filling up on grass-fed meat like cattle, bison, goats, lamb or wild game. The Paleo Diet also includes pasture-raised chicken, eggs and pork, and wild-caught seafood. In addition, one should eat a variety of vitamin- and mineral-packed, organically grown, non-GMO fruits and vegetables.
The Paleo Diet embraces healthy fats. The right types of fat are essential in maintaining healthy arteries, brain function, healthy skin, as well as decreasing systemic inflammation. Healthy saturated fat comes from grass-fed meat, poultry, seafood, ghee, butter and coconuts. Also encouraged is monounsaturated fat from olive oil, nuts and seeds, as well as a healthy amount of Omega-3.
The Paleo plan welcomes fermented foods that work to support your digestive system with naturally occurring probiotics that boost immunity. Kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi are all great options.
This seems like a lot to remember but it's really not. Below is an excellent and handy cheat sheet from the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilipino. As you can see, following this "diet" is hardly restrictive!
Because Paleo is viewed as a template to healthy living, there is room to personalize. Many people find that chocolate, some dairy, and some alcohol fit nicely into their personal regime. However, it’s recommended one stick to the Paleo template at its most basic before adding or subtracting. You may discover food intolerances, reactions, or or allergies you didn’t know you had.
Scientists are beginning to see the benefits of this way of eating. Test subjects who adopted the Paleo Diet reported significant improvements in their general heath, body composition and energy levels. Doctors are finding that it reduces the risks of many diseases, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
Some reported benefits are:
The Organic Butcher offers wild, grass-fed game meats, free-range chicken and wild-caught seafood, plus some prepared Paleo foods for your convenience.
Try our Bison Meatballs or Green Sausage (chicken or pork) and build your meal from there!
Imagine trekking through the Himalayas, feeling as though the life-force has been sucked out of you, when a sherpa appears like a mirage and hands you a warm and rejuvenating cup of tea blended with yak butter. Butter, you say? Yes, butter.
That is exactly what happened to entrepreneur Dave Asprey. One cup of this Tibetan elixir and he felt alert and satiated for the rest of the day. Once back in the states he recreated and modified the recipe with the lowest-toxin coffee he could find and the highest-end grass-fed butter available. He added an extract of coconut oil to improve brain function and coined it Bulletproof Coffee.
The drink caught on and now many coffeehouses serve up a variation of this brew. It may be difficult to convince people to ditch cream in favor of butter, but in actuality, butter contains more vitamins — such as A, D, and K2 — and is lower in sugar.
The Organic Butcher is excited to carry the Bulletproof line of products. The coffee is rich in antioxidants, bold in flavor, and low in acid. It also won’t give you the jitters like some lesser brands.
We’ll also be carrying the supplements XCT Oil and Brain Octane Oil. XCT Oil is an immune booster that aids the body in absorbing vitamin E, calcium, and magnesium. Brain Octane Oil is said to increase brain function and eliminate the sense of fogginess especially during times of fasting. Both are derived from fatty acids found in coconut oil and can be added to your morning coffee along with butter.
If you prefer protein shakes to coffee, Bulletproof Whey Protein Powder is the perfect alternative. It contains no high-fructose corn syrup, fake sweeteners, natural or artificial flavors, or dyes. It is also antibiotic- and rBGH-free and will provide you with a fast source of nutrition when on the go.
On a personal note: I'm really happy with the whey protein. It is the cleanest tasting one I’ve tried. Until now, I've only been able to use whey protein isolate because of a milk allergy. Bulletproof is the first concentrates that I’ve been able to tolerate. (If you can only tolerate an isolate or are looking strictly for the best post workout recovery then I highly recommend AboutTime whey protein). As an avid Crossfitter, I've also noticed that a little Bulletproof collagen protein gives me more sustained energy and makes my joints feel great during and after workouts. You can also make a killer post workout smoothie with a little almond milk, Bulletproof Whey, Bulletproof cacao butter (also in stock), and XCT oil.
Stop in today and load up, you won't be disappointed! (We also carry grass-fed butter for your convenience.)
By now you’ve likely heard about the bone broth trend that’s taken NYC by storm and is spreading across the country. Bone broth is nothing new but nutrition experts and foodies have only recently begun touting it’s health benefits. But what is bone broth and why is it so good for you?
To back up for a moment, for general kitchen knowledge it’s useful to know the differences between stock and broth:
Bone broths are very high in minerals and amino acids. They are low in sodium but rich in collagen. This collagen is said to contribute to joint, skin and hair health. Bone broth has become an add on, of sorts, to the Paleo Diet in which coffee is omitted. In New York, windows and storefronts have popped up that serve broth in to-go coffee cups for your morning commute.
Whatever the health benefits may be, there is no doubt that rich, warm bone broth is delicious. If you are a Vietnamese Pho fan, this is definitely the trend for you.
Bone broth is quite easy to make at home. It takes a bit of time, but the results are well worth it. We tried the recipe from Brodo, NYC’s first take-out window devoted to the sippable broth. We used marrow bones and knucklebones only and it was insanely delicious. While it may not replace your morning cup o’ jo, it just might find a place in your daily routine.