Primal living is a lifestyle; a framework to support all aspects of life including diet, exercise, sleep, leisure time and stress management. Focusing on the way we eat, we use the term paleo and primal to construct our diet.  It gives us a base to build on, based on our own body’s feedback from food.   A well-balanced diet is as inclusive as possible.  Eat with a focus of health and well-being, not lists of do’s and do not’s.

Paleo is a dietary regime that advocates whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense foods. Ideally, seeking out sources of meats and eggs that are pasture-raised, and that grazed on their natural diet.   Where possible, choose wild-caught seafood, vegetables in abundance, and fruits, nuts and seeds in moderation. To follow a paleo diet, focus on the cornucopia of fresh, unprocessed foods available to eat, instead of the garbage lining the shelves of most supermarkets and fast food chains. Small changes can allow every aspect of your health can benefit. It is not a magic cure for all ailments, nor will all your health concerns just disappear, but eating paleo can help manage some health concerns, and will help prevent future illness and improve overall health.

At Roost, we consider paleo a framework and focus more on being primal-inspired, a starting point to make a well-rounded and balanced diet. There are no hard, fast rules or step-by step instructions, but instead guidelines to lead you down a path to better nutrition. You can adapt those guidelines to suit your health needs and lifestyle.  If eating a particular food does not agree with you, then perhaps it is best to avoid it in the diet.  But by the same token, if including some “non-paleo” ingredients like beans, legumes, good quality dairy is beneficial to your health and makes you feel good, then you may choose to include it.  There is no right or wrong, just your choice.

Guidelines for Eating Paleo:

  1. Avoid grains, including but not limited to wheat, rye, barley, spelt, rice, corn, soya, oats, kamut.
  2. Avoid dairy, including but not limited to milk, cheese, yogurt. If dairy doesn’t cause you irritation, opt for pasture-raised dairy like butter and full-fat cream in moderation.
  3. Avoid processed food. If it needs factories or scientists, don’t eat it.
  4. Avoid processed sugar. Opt for naturally sweet treats like fruit, honey and maple syrup.

If the food you are putting in your mouth doesn’t resemble natural, whole food and has to be created in a factory or a laboratory, is it really food, or a science experiment?

At Roost, we feel that your ideal diet is down to experimentation and experience.  We will provide you options that are gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free, and you can enhance these to suit your own preferences and dietary needs.