What does “paleo” mean to you?
For as many paleo eaters as there are out there, it seems there are just as many definitions of what it means to be “paleo.” Here are ours.
When we call a meal “paleo,” that means it contains no grains, legumes, dairy or processed sweeteners.
Where do you stand on white potatoes?
We’re okay with them. You won’t see us hitting up McDonald’s for an extra large fry, but if they’re good enough for Melissa Hartwig, they’re good enough for us.
What about vegetable oils (canola, grapeseed, soybean, corn, etc.)?
While we’re well aware of the nastiness of processed oils, we don’t worry about vegetable oil when we’re eating out. Why? Well, because if we did it would cut our restaurant options down to pretty much zero.
We generally avoid deep-fried foods and we’re always conscious of the amount of oil in the foods we order (salad dressings, for example), but we won’t rule a menu item out simply because it contains vegetable oil.
How do you feel about alcohol?
We stand on different sides of the fence with this one.
For Alyssa, beverages like organic wine and approved liquors (like 100% agave tequila) definitely make it onto the menu from time to time. She knows what it’s like to cut alcohol 100% out of her diet, and enjoys “paleo-approved” drinks in moderation. Grace chooses to stay away from alcohol altogether because she just feels better when she does!
When it comes to our reviews, we’ll definitely be scanning the drink menus and letting you know when we find spots with particularly “clean” beverage offerings (i.e. sugar-free, 100% agave tequila, cider, gluten-free beer, etc.).