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Eggplant “ricotta” stack from Nom Nom Paleo. Photo by Henry Fong

I gave an enthusiastic blurb to Michelle Tam’s book Nom Nom Paleo because I was so captivated by its exuberant spirit. Having met her at the IACP conference in Chicago on Monday, I’m delighted to find she has every bit the same spirit conveyed by her excellent book and lovely blog.

While I’m anti-diet anything, I’m intrigued by the sense Paleo diets seems to make, at least intuitively, given the health issues created by Americans’ reliance on sugar-laden processed food. I’ve always promoted a sensible approach to eating that includes all foods, and I’ll never give up pasta or good bread, but I do think that I could adapt some influences of the Paleo diet, which eschews heavily processed foods, refined grains, and sugar, in order to keep my tubbo within acceptable range. So I asked if she’d be willing to do a post on Paleo for me, talking about its tenets and why she feels so strongly about them. Happily, she agreed. Thanks, Michelle!–M.R.


By Michelle Tam

In my personal life, I rarely tell anyone that I eat Paleo unless they ask. This might seem odd coming from someone whose blog, cookbook, and iPad app are all devoted to Paleo recipes, but I’m well aware that dietary choices—like politics and religion—can be a radioactive topic in polite company. Besides, I don’t ever want to be known as the crazy lady who won’t shut up about how she eats. Trust me: you won’t find me tucking Paleo pamphlets under your windshield wipers.

But when I meet someone who’s genuinely curious about this way of eating, I’m more than happy to yammer about Paleo until the (grass-fed) cows come home. Here’s what I tell them:

The popular misconception is that Paleo eaters won’t consume anything that wasn’t available to cavemen. (And contrary to popular belief, Paleo eaters aren’t carnivores; in fact, since going Paleo, it’s my vegetable consumption that’s increased dramatically.) Some critics have also pointed out that prehistoric humans actually ate a varied diet that included … well, anything they could get their hands on, including some grains—so this whole Paleo thing must be bunk. But here’s the thing to keep in mind: The caveman is just a mascot. Paleo isn’t about precisely replicating cavemen diets; it’s a framework for improving health through real food.

The Paleo approach is predicated on the idea that for optimal health, we should eat more like our hunter-gatherer ancestors did before the global spread of modern industrialized agriculture and cheap Frankenfoods. These foods have fed millions, but they’ve also ushered in an age of modern diseases like autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and rampant obesity. Over the past 200,000 years, humans have biologically adapted best to whole foods—plants, meat, seafood—all of them packed with the nutrients our bodies evolved to thrive on. By getting back to eating these real, naturally occurring ingredients, we can improve our health and rediscover the pleasures of cooking and eating.


Currently, there’s a debate even within Paleo circles about what foods are “approved” or not, which explains why there isn’t just one definitive, monolithic, one-size-fits-all “Paleo diet.” Some Paleo eaters choose to go super-low-carb, while others of us are happy to munch on a baked potato or a bowl of white rice every now and then. There are Paleo eaters who can’t imagine life without dairy, and more orthodox folks who refuse to touch even a pat of butter with a ten-foot pole. The Paleo tent is big enough to fit a host of different approaches, but the core tenets of ancestral eating remain the same:

  1. Prioritize whole, unprocessed, nutrient-rich, nourishing foods. Eat vegetables, grass-fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood, and some fruit, nuts, and seeds.
  2. Avoid foods that are likely to be more harmful than healthful. Especially when regularly consumed, certain foods can trigger inflammation, cause digestive problems, or derail our natural metabolic processes, including many grains, improperly cooked legumes, sugar, and highly-processed seed and vegetable oils.

Once a baseline of health is established, we can reintroduce some of these foods (like dairy, white potatoes and rice—not processed junk foods) to see where each of us sits on the spectrum of food intolerance.

Transitioning to a Paleo lifestyle can seem like a daunting task, but remember: it’s not about deprivation. Since “going Paleo,” I haven’t had to obsess about counting calories, balancing macronutrients, or starving myself. Paleo isn’t specifically intended to be a low-carb or weight-loss diet, but by eliminating processed foods, added sugar, and grains, and by consuming deliciously nourishing foods like vegetables, meat, and healthy fats, I can eat until I’m full and still improve my body composition and overall health.

But in the end, the most important thing to me is that Paleo cooking can be fun and flavorful, which is why I’ve devoted the past few years to teaching others about making this lifestyle change one that’s both sustainable and pleasing to the palate. For me, it all goes back to sharing wonderful meals with family and friends.

After all, if it’s not delicious, why bother?

Michelle Tam is the award-winning food blogger and working mom behind Nom Nom Paleo. In partnership with her husband, Henry Fong, Michelle developed the Nom Nom Paleo iPad app and is the author of Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans.

When she’s not cooking or writing, Michelle can be found working graveyard shifts as a hospital pharmacist, chasing her two young sons around the house, or passed out cold. She lives in Palo Alto, California.


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36 Wonderful responses to “A Consideration of Paleo”

  • Laura

    I love that you asked Michelle to post about this subject, as I have been curious about paleo and have been exploring her terrific blog and book since January. As you say, she is exuberant and actually knows and cares about food, and her take on paleo is much more sensible and non-dogmatic than most. I, too, am anti-diet, so I like that Michelle seems to view paleo not as a diet in the weight loss sense of the word, but as an ongoing lifestyle. I could not “do” paleo long term, as I love pasta too much, but since the start of the year, I have been doing what I can to limit heavily processed foods, and Michelle’s recipes have been a great help. Thank you!

  • Tags

    Diets are raw material. It’s up to the individual to mine, refine, and dine accordingly.

  • Winnie

    Improving health via consumption of “real” food is not a concept that is “owned” by Paleo. That said, Michelle sounds like a lovely person and I have heard great things about this book.

    • Mantonat

      No, the paleo movement doesn’t claim to own the idea of eating “real” food, it just questions the conventional wisdom of what “real” food is and relies on recent scientific studies to look at how certain foods affect our metabolic processes. A skinless, boneless chicken breast is real food, and by conventional standards it’s the perfect meat protein source. But for a paleo practitioner, that chicken breast is a source of protein and little else. Better to eat the rest of the chicken, including the liver, gizzards, combs, feet, etc., and then make a delicious stock from what’s left.
      Traditional advocates of real foods still tell us egg yolks are poison and beef fat will kill you. Paleo advocates look at the healthy aspects of these foods, especially when they are sourced from healthy animals living and eating in a natural way.
      Of course, I totally agree with Michelle Tam about the amount of vegetables I’m eating since adopting a somewhat paleo diet. I’ve always done most of my own cooking and had gotten away from processed foods and chain restaurants years ago, but the main things I’ve done away with are bagels or muffins for breakfast, sandwiches or flour tortilla wraps for lunch, giant bowls of pasta for dinner.

      • Tony G

        Awesome! Nailed it! The stuff we toss is the same as what obligate carnivores eat first. The offal. Try some pastured chicken and grass fed beef liver. Good, and good for you

    • Mike

      Normally quotes are used to delimit words that were actually said.

      But don’t miss the forest for the trees: she enumerated the tenets of the diet in a nice, short list for you.

  • Andrea

    As someone married for over 30 years to a man with type 1 diabetes, I can attest that eating more animal fats and much less grains has had a very positive impact on not only my health, but his. He was already quite healthy compared to most people for having avoided sugar all his adult life, but reducing grains has been a real eye opener. I have already bought NomNom Paleo iPad app and love it! Thanks Michael for continuing to be open minded and concerned for your readers, I will always be your fan!

  • shyam limbu

    I bought ur CHARCUTERIE BOOK from Dubai mall its very nice but when I read the sausage making process there is rules 70% lean meat 30% fat and another page of same book master ratio sausage making is written 450gm meat 350gm fat I could not understand is it 30% fat or not pls reply me/// thanks

    • ruhlman

      30% is just a general rule. i’ll be the other recipe you refer to has ice or water or liquid in it. 30% means of the total weight of ingredients

  • Openyuris

    It should be worth mentioning that the strict paleo diet was rated as the worst diet in existence by multiple sources on just about every level from being able to provide adequate nutrition to being able to actually sustain it under normal circumstances which is hugely important for anyone looking for a diet/lifestyle change.

    I’ve lived by “eat real food” and haven’t counted a carb for about a decade but couldn’t imagine being able to sustain 50% of what paleo suggests.

    • Jeanmarie

      The ratings of diets that appear in the press from time to time aren’t necessarily worth anything. Yes, some have rated the paleo diet poorly, but that merely reflects their adherence to the conventional wisdom of the USDA and other poor sources of nutrition information. Read up on it for yourself by reading Michelle’s book or blog, or Robb Wolf’s, or Mark Sisson’s, or any of the many excellent paleo books and blogs out there, try it for yourself and see what works for you. If you are perfectly satisfied with your state of health, you may not be motivated to make any changes. If you’re not, why not give it a try?

    • Rob

      Ah yes, the recent US News diet rankings and its panel of ‘experts…’ Let’s see…

      “‘Does it have cardiovascular benefits? While some studies have linked Paleo diets with reducing blood pressure, bad “LDL” cholesterol, and triglycerides (a fatty substance that can raise heart disease risk), they have been few, small, and short. And all that fat would worry most experts.’

      Translation: Although actual studies on the Paleo diet in live human subjects result in improved risk factors for heart disease, including lower blood pressure, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides, “all that fat” worries our expert panel. We’ve got a hunch that those results are invalid and do not reflect reality. Because reasons. Just trust us.

      …Randomized controlled trials have legitimately shown that Paleo diets can directly cause the improvements in traditional cardiovascular disease markers. You can argue that they were too small to draw overarching conclusions about the population at large, and that would be fair, absolutely, but the studies show causation, not just association.

      ‘Will you lose weight? No way to tell…’

      In reality: Randomized controlled trials of the Paleo diet have shown it works for weight loss. And when compared to the Mediterranean diet, the Paleo diet has been shown to be more satiating per calorie. More recently, the same thing happened when they compared a Paleo diet to a standard diabetes diet in type 2 diabetics. Being able to eat fewer calories – spontaneously – without getting any hungrier is pretty much the defining characteristic of a successful weight loss diet. Paleo is also pretty good at helping you lose fat where it matters most. A recent study showed that postmenopausal women eating Paleo lost liver and waist fat, improving their waist-to-hip ratio and lowering their ApoB (a good approximation for LDL particle number) among other improvements.

      ‘Are there health risks? Possibly… you’re at risk of missing out on a lot of nutrients.’

      Translation: By embracing eggs, beef, wild salmon, chicken, lamb, pork, kale, chard, romaine lettuce, spinach, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, broccoli, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, oranges, sardines, organ meats, shellfish, fennel, onions, garlic, asparagus, seaweed, butternut squash, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, strawberries, cantaloupe, almonds, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecans, walnuts, and tuna, you’re at risk of missing out on a lot of nutrients. All those foods might taste nice and look pretty on a plate, but they are incredibly nutrient-sparse.”

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      • Julie

        I found Michelle through Whole30. Experts (who probably are still following the food pyramid) can say what they like, but after doing Whole 30 four times in the last year, I can tell you that this 50-year-old female body loves a whole food, no grain/sugar/alcohol/legume/dairy way of eating. And I eat so many more veggies when I’m W30ing than when I’m not. I get restorative sleep and my energy levels are up, and yes, I do drop weight. But it’s the feeling of being healthy that keeps my coming back.

        I do backslide, to use the Southern vernacular, in between, but many of the good habits “stick”…and having resources like Nom Nom Paleo makes that even more likely to happen.

        Throw in a little support from Dr. Perlmutter in the form of his book Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers (which, like Wheat Belly, promotes a similar way of eating and includes some really scary stats about the likelihood of getting Alzheimer’s once you have diabetes), and it’ll be hard to convince me that eating whole, real foods (some of which I’ll be growing for myself this year) is not the way to go!

        With that said, I DO miss bread (pasta, not so much). Oh, well. It really is worth the trade off.

    • Melissa McEwen

      I write about restaurants. I eat a lot of all kinds of things when I am at an event I’m writing about. But I have some minor digestive issues and I can only tolerate so many grains and complex carbohydrates. At home I mainly eat meat, fruits, vegetables, and seafood– basically, paleo. It’s not very hard at all.

      However, while I’m not going to eat bread as a staple food, I’m not going to give it up entirely. It doesn’t seem necessary for controlling my symptoms, but everyone is different.

    • Mantonat

      You’re right; a strict paleo diet is not sustainable or practical when you consider it as a diet, the way those studies define diet. The idea of never being able to eat a certain kind of food again in my life, or the idea of restricting the kind of food I eat until I lose X number of pounds is depressing. Most people who do things that way are ultimately unsuccessful, according to most statistics about dieting. But I find it pretty easy to avoid the foods that make me feel bad if I eat them on a regular basis. If I have a sandwich and a Coke for lunch and can’t keep my eyes open for the rest of the afternoon, then maybe it’s the sandwich. So instead I have salmon salad with homemade olive-oil mayo on a bed of fresh greens with some water or tea, and it tastes great and I have the energy to power through the afternoon and most likely even take 15 minutes at some point to walk around the block. So then I start doing the same thing in the morning. Instead of toast with jam, I’ll have plain full-fat yogurt with a handful of nuts and blueberries. Or I’ll have a couple of soft-boiled eggs over kimchi. Good, filling, and most of all, satisfying food. If I eat that way most of the time, I’m not going to sweat it if I’m out for coffee and the cafe just got in a load of fresh croissants – I’ll just have one. Last night I made Ruhlman’s one-hour roast chicken with brussels sprouts cooked in beef tallow I rendered myself. I even made some pan gravy using a tablespoon of gluten-free flour blend (rice flour and tapioca starch). Maybe the flour isn’t 100% paleo, but it’s only one tablespoon divided into at least four servings of sauce. So really it’s just about learning to shop and cook a little differently, enjoying the variety of foods that are actually healthy and tasty (man I love a good avocado) and not getting all panicky when someone offers you a beer or a cookie. And that’s just the food aspect of it.

  • Noblepower

    It’s so strange the amount of pushback on the concept of the Paleo diet. Ever since I adopted the paleo way of eating, I’ve lost weight and had a host of minor health issues disappear – everything from migraines to canker sores have just vanished. I was eating primarily real food, but with grains and avoiding fats, so it’s not like I was coming from a diet of pizza bites and cola. I’ve been eating this way for a couple of years straight now, I’m surprised when people say that it’s not a sustainable way of eating under normal circumstances because after the first couple of weeks, it’s been very easy to adhere to.

    • Chris R

      The pushback, at least from types like me, is that the original concept of paleo was, in large part based on really bad science. If you go back to what Cordrain originally said was that we simply shouldn’t eat any foods since the domestication of grain. So no grains, pulses, or legumes. No new world foods (potatoes, pumpkin, tomato, chiles, etc). No sugar of any sort. It was a blanket indictment of almost the entire human diet for the past 10,000 years without providing any real scientific evidence. There was the *assumption* that humans had evolved to eat certain foods types and because we evolved to eat them they must be better for us. That bit of circular reasoning really drove a lot of people crazy. It simply has no scientific evidence to support it. Humans can evolve quite rapidly after all. The ability to digest dairy after weaning only came about in the last 7,000 years or so. We’ve seen specific changes to our jaw, dentition, and cranium that are the result of eating cooked foods. Same with our digestive processes – definitely geared away from raw and/or fiber dense foods. Then we’d get angry because there were so many loopholes in the diet. Apples were fine – even though they were clearly domesticated in the past 6,000 years. Nuts were no problem even though some of them (like pecans and macadamia nuts) had only been domesticated in the past century or so. Then there was the assertion that our paleolithic ancestors ate in this specific way. Of course, that assumes that all paleolithic people lived in the same environment with the same level of access to the same basket of foods. etc. etc. etc.

      We reacted the the *really* bad science being used to lend authority to the diet. The diet, in and of itself, is fine. I have no complaints with it whatsoever. My problem was, and is, the bad science that was tacked onto what is essentially an updated Atkins in order to justify it.

      Paleo works because it is calorically restrictive with a higher cost of digestion. It works because people finally pay attention to what they are eating. Almost *any* diet that requires the same level of mindfulness and caloric restriction would provide similar benefits. It’s not magic. It’s not more in tune with our evolutionary legacy. It’s not the ‘right’ way to eat. It’s just a diet that has, at this point, been significantly modified from it’s original form in order to make it more accessible.

      • James Richman

        When I first did Adkins about 10 years ago, this was the standard put-down — “you’re just eating fewer calories!” The whole point of Adkins and Paleo is the quality and nature of the calories you eat. I’m not a scientist, but I am a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard and I do believe I’m capable of evaluating evidence and judging what works well for myself. I really disagree with the idea that any diet that had a similar calorie count and food awareness would produce the same results. Read the exhaustive posts on Slanker’s grass-fed meat blog. Check out Dr. Mary Newport and Dr. Terry Walls. There are some really interesting things here, starting with the Omega 6/Omega 3 ratio in our diet, which seems to matter a great deal, and which would by itself knock a huge hole in the argument that it doesn’t matter what kinds of calories you eat. What you eat matters a great deal beyond what calories there are in what you eat!

      • Anakei

        If you read Michelle’s post she states that the cave man is just a mascot. I get really tired of people getting hung up about eating “like a cave man” because of course you are right – the foods available now, even natural ones like the apple , are a lot different to what was available then, and different populations ate different foods. However the basic relationship with all the populations is that they ate unprocessed food (apart from cooking), they ate the variety of fresh vegetables and fruits, seeds and nuts, and meats available in their environment, and ate little sugar, and few grains if any.The fine print that many proponents of primal/paleo like to impose such as no nightshades is another level that people can choose to accept or not. . To say that the success of the paleo/primal diet is due caloric restriction is plainly wrong, as most people are probably eating far more calories than a typical weighwatchers dieter and with far better results. There is no need to restrict calories unless weight loss is the only reason you are following this diet. Many use this diet for health reasons and find weight loss is an unexpected and welcome side effect.
        As for the bad science, this diet was first developed by scientists ( Dr Loren Cordain et al ) and the bad science seems to arise from a chain of chinese whispers where something is distorted from the original proposal. I saw an article on TV about the ‘caveman diet’ and the nutritionist who was called in to comment stated that the “large amounts of red meat’ are harmful. There was no mention of other types of protein, leaving the watcher with the impression that the only thing you eat on the ‘caveman’ diet is steak!
        Finally, if I am asked I say I “just eat real food” and that is the key to life.

  • Beth@WeightMaven

    Folks who don’t want to do strict paleo shouldn’t (I don’t). But foodies should definitely check out Michelle’s stuff … there’s just something about the way she presents her food and recipes that is engaging. And I think everyone who wants to do a cooking app for the iPad should check hers out as an example of how to do it well. It’s an amazing app!

    • Chris R

      I would, but I loathe the use of the idiotic baby talk word ‘nom’. It’s just one of those things that sets my teeth on edge. I’m probably missing out on some decent recipes but seriously, I can’t stand that non-word.

  • KimNB

    Some good comments on Paleo and diets. You don’t have to buy into to a particular diet to enjoy a good dish from its recipe collection. Tasty food is tasty food.

  • Deborah Dal Fovo

    Thank you both for the lovely guest post. As an Italian who loves pasta and risotto, I don’t think the paleo diet is for me, but as a chef & cooking teacher I appreciate Michelle’s work immensely. She explains the paleo concept without overwhelming so that preparing and eating good food is what it should be – a pleasure.

  • Pete

    I totally believe in this diet! It may be the latest and most popular diet, some might even call it a “fad”. But I think it represents the greatest progression of knowledge about nutrition, behaviour, and the human body.

    I have lost 40 pounds on this diet in only 3 months. I have followed the diet probably 90% of the time, with only occasional dalliances such as when attending a dinner party or a public event where food is served.

    I have had almost no refined sugar whatsoever. 99% of the sugar I have consumed comes from natural sources such as fruits and vegetables.

    I have had almost no dairy whatsoever. I do still have a tiny amount of milk in the tea and coffee I consume daily, but this too has been cur back on. Why do we, as a species, need to drink the milk of another animal when so much research has said it is unnecessary or even harmful? Cow’s milk is for baby cows. Not even adult cows consume cow’s milk! There has even been research that shows that milk might activate some processes in the body which lead to cancer!

    And of course, in addition to no sugar or dairy I consume no grains or wheat. And with passing weeks I miss these things less and less. But despite taking all these things out I eat magnificent Paleo dishes every day – and I never starve myself!

    I feel better, sleep better, and have much more energy on this very easy to follow diet.

    • Chris R

      Why do we consume dairy? Because the specific mutation that led to the ability to digest lactose after being weaned provided a significant survival advantage to the people carrying this mutation. That’s why it spread rapidly through much of the european population in less than 7,000 years (and amongst the Massai as well). Not everyone can handle dairy and in some people it may cause some serious issues. However, in answer to your question – we do it because it helped portions of our population to survive. We don’t *need* to consume dairy any more but if you have any northern european ancestry the reason why you are here is because your ancestors survived on dairy.

  • Jennifer

    I think paleo is a good idea, generally, but I’m not giving up legumes unless you can prove to me that they are seriously detrimental to me specifically. I love my beans! Also, here’s an interesting fact I researched by looking at morbidity and mortality data from 1900, after I read Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions, (which isn’t paleo, but shares some of the ideas). The reason heart disease and cancer were not killing us 100 years ago was that heart disease and cancer are diseases of the old. In the early part of the 1900′s American’s were lucky if they made it into their late 40′s because antibiotics had not yet been invented. The three leading causes of death in 1900 in the US? Pneumonia & Influenza, Tuberculosis, and Diarrhea. Diarrhea! Heart disease was still forth, even in 1900. Assuming my immediate ancestors ate a whole lot less processed foods in 1900, I think the jury is still out on this one.

  • Shane

    First of all.. Thanks for referencing my blog post! I really appreciate it.

    Secondly, I just wanted to say that was a great explanation of the Paleo diet by Michelle Tam. Specifically, the part about the Paleo diet being resistant to complete and absolute definition.

    Everybody is different… it’s truly impossible to have to an exacting set of instructions on what should, and shouldn’t be eaten that would apply and affect everyone the same way.

    That’s why the Paleo diet is exactly as Michelle outlined.. a prioritization of dietary guidelines. Understandably, this is frustrating for many.. It can be confusing and over-whelming to many. That’s the down side.. The upside is once the slight learning curve is overcome then you are rewarded with much more choice and freedom in your daily dietary decisions.

    Which means you will have a greater chance to actually stick to the “diet”.

  • derek

    Can someone explain the difference between properly and improperly cooked legumes? I was under the impression that paleo diets were anti-legume, period, which I always found to be their oddest feature. How does cooking technique influence beans? What techniques are bad/good? Thanks.

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  • E. Nassar

    Heh, who knew…I guess I am somewhat Paleo too. I eat plenty of natural foods, my meat is from a local farmer, lots of vegetables and proteins, I never snack on junk and pretty much cook every meal from scratch.

  • Lynne

    I think one of the problems people have in discussing the Paleo diet is in the use of the word “diet”. We have gone from definition #1, below, to only thinking of it as definition #2. When US News was rating diets (a totally bogus, so-called study) they were definitely only thinking of the word in terms of the 2nd definition. I mean, really… Jenny Craig, with its plastic food that I am all too familiar with, was rated very high. Kinda gives some perspective on where the ‘judges’ were coming from.

    the kinds of food that a person, animal, or community habitually eats.

    a special course of food to which one restricts oneself, either to lose weight or for medical reasons.
    “I’m going on a diet”

  • Jeff Young

    Michael, I love your website and I love Le Creuset. My wife and I started eating Paleo (modified) January 1, 2013 when our daughter announce her CrossFit gym was doing a 30 day Paleo Challenge. We have been eating this way for over a year, we have each lost about 20 pounds and we still eat what we want when we go out, which is not that often because cooking and eating at home is usually better. I roast a chicken almost every week; totally paleo with the rustic sauce in your technique videos. Thanks for everything you do.

  • Kevyn Allard

    Hi there,
    I really enjoyed this blog post (paleo) and value your general philosophy about cooking (technique based). I have advanced degrees in physiology and nutrition — and I’m a recipe tester — right now — I’m working with Sunset Magazine — testing and sometimes devloping the recipes before they are published. In any case, I was interested to read about Michelle Tam — especially since she’s from my neck of the woods — and appreciate the Paleo approach — eating whole – unprocessed food – but had a question: Why does she group white rice and “white” potatoes in the same category? That was confusing. One is highly processed and one comes right out of the earth! How can “white” potatoes be forbidden in that particular philosophy. Just curious!
    Kevyn Allard
    Menlo Park, CA
    P.S. my website is but this site wouldn’t accept it for some reason…

  • Annie

    Great discussion! I follow Michelle’s blog and just bought her cookbook! Love the way she cooks, as a full time worker (Nurse), Mom and busy 50 something – her recipes are pretty easy and delicious! I’m just an advocate for any foods that we are preparing ourselves from ingredients we can select and trust. I also intermittently fast – love how I feel doing this and find I really enjoy cooking and eating “real” food on my non- fast days! Makes you more aware of what you’re eating. Eating to thrive!


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