Pete Evans shares with us his day on a plate, favourite Paleo recipes and recommended resources for those interested in exploring the Paleo way.
How long have you been Paleo for?
I’ve been Paleo for just over four years now. Although I’d always been pretty conscious about the ingredients I cook with, and thanks to the fact I was a chef, I had a good palette for different flavours, there were still a few bits and pieces that weren’t quite clicking for me. Sure, I followed the dietary guidelines – consuming lots of whole grains, fruit, veggies, meat and fish, as well as a bit of dairy and pasta. But I still I just didn’t feel like I was firing on all cylinders.
Then one day Nic came across a very well-researched book written by world-renowned American author and nutritional expert Nora Gedgaudas. Nic grew up on a farm in Christchurch, New Zealand, so has always been pretty connected to her food sources and that interest is what led her to discover Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond The Paleo Diet For Total Health and A Longer Life, written by Nora. She suggested I have a read for myself and once I began, I couldn’t stop.
So much of the information in the book resonated with me and that was when I ditched starchy carbs, refined sugar, toxic oils, dairy and legumes and began to embrace a new world of nourishing alternatives.
What would you say to those looking to transition to Paleo?
Find support networks and learn as much as you can. I find that people who join our 10-week programme at The Paleo Way are becoming tribe members for life because they get so much support from fellow members, as well as sharing ideas and new recipes. If they go off track, the social media group in particular, helps people to feel they’re not alone and can find their way back to living holistically and mindfully. I want everyone to feel supported on this journey and to understand its beauty is in its simplicity, which is what inspired me to create the program.
I also think it’s important that people understand that it’s okay to fit out. You don’t have to fit in. Be proud of what you are doing by respecting yourself enough to get as healthy as you can.
Shameless, plug but my recipe books have some healthy, yummy and easy ideas for getting into the kitchen and cooking a delicious Paleo meal for yourself or the family. With paleo-friendly recipes for butter chicken and cauliflower fried rice, through to chicken soup, you’ll learn that being Paleo doesn’t mean missing out. Here are my books:
What are your favourite Paleo resources?
For those looking to transition into a Paleo way of life I highly recommend Nora’s book because it really delves into the science behind Paleo. I also love Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions and when it comes to recipes, I really love Luke Hines clever creations. He makes a demon dessert.
What’s an average day on the plate of Pete Evans?
Breakfast: I love a good poached egg with some free-range bacon, avocado and silverbeet with a bit of fermented red cabbage kraut on the side and am pretty partial to Thai beef mince with fried eggs.
Lunch: Usually it’s leftovers from the night before because we often cook double portions. I love Shepherd’s pie leftovers for lunch.
Dinner: If I need a quick meal, I’ll reach for a couple of Cleaver’s Paleo beef sausages and accompany it with a salad or a quick stir-fry of fibrous veggies in bone broth. Or, when I have a bit more time, another favourite that’s ready fast is a quick fish curry with roasted cauliflower and okra. It’s bursting with beautiful herbs and spices, such as turmeric, cinnamon, coriander and cardamom and its full of interesting veggies.
Are these meals that you cook?
We all share the cooking at home. The kitchen is the hub of our house and food is a real celebration and a chance for us to connect and share in creating yummy, healthy dishes.
Ok, and what’s your all-time favourite, go-to recipe?
Honestly, I have so many that I can’t choose just one. At the moment, I’m loving meatballs with a tomato and bone marrow sauce because it’s the kind of simple recipe that’s key for a Paleo lifestyle. It’s about using nutritionally dense ingredients (such as beef liver and heart) in a recipe that comes from a time when food was real and simple. I also know our members at thepaleoway.com also really love the recipe for Nic’s Paleo Bread, made with almond meal and coconut flour.
For us foodies with the travel bug, where’s your favourite place on earth?
Namotu Island in Fiji. Picture-perfect waves and the freshest seafood I’ve ever eaten.
What are some of the best things you’ve eaten on your travels?
I got taken to Alaska this year while I was filming for my US network television show Moveable Feast and it was so incredible. The food was some of the freshest I’ve eaten anywhere on the planet. The salmon fillets and collars we had on the grill were incredible.
And where is on your bucket list?
We really had an incredible 24-hours filming at Tutka Bay Lodge in Homer Alaska. It was honestly the most mind-blowingly beautiful spot on earth and the experience was so awesome that I have it on my bucket list to take Nic and the girls back there as soon as we are able.
Do you follow a Paleo diet, or are you thinking about going Paleo? Share your experiences and comments below.
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