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Real Food, Gluten Free and Paleo!

That's the Primal Cut Way.....and its back to basics....

michael oliver - kate oliver of primal cut
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Why do we eat?

We eat to receive daily nourishment and to savour the pleasures of great tasting food. Eating is pleasurable because it satisfies our hunger. The food that nourishes the most is the food that is as close to its natural form as possible: meats, eggs, seeds, nuts, root vegetables, leafy green vegetables, seafood and fruit. For the longest time in our history, these were all the foods we ate. It was a rich and varied diet and included fermented foods, home made stocks and broths, cultured creams and cheese, free-range meats and a good variety of seasonal fruit and veg grown at home, naturally. The food was nourishing and satisfying and is the diet remembered by all our grandparents and that's the food we produce and sell at Primal Cut. Simple!

Why Whole Food?

Whole-foods contain a naturally occurring and harmonious balance of "ingredients" to maximise nutrition, increase satiety and to minimise toxicity. Take apples. Each apple contains naturally occurring fruit sugars that are bundled up with plant fibre. The fibre works to decrease the rate of sugar absorption in the body and allows for a healthy, natural insulin response. It also allows us to feel full. However, if we were to isolate the fruit sugars in each apple and only consume this sugar product, we would lose all the benefits provided by the plant fibre and all the nutritional value whilst upping the sugar. This is what we do when we create fruit smoothies for example, we discard the pulp and fibre and drink the juice for a sugar hit! But this was not how nature designed our food to be eaten - there's a reason why real food is seasonal and also why naturally occurring sugar was so hard to find!

Green Apples
Whole food - it's simple!

These days we have moved so far away from the land and natural food production and passed through an industrial food revolution to the point where we have become heavily reliant on refined and ultra processed food. There are many many reasons that have contributed to this including politics, soil depletion, unsustainable farming practices, genetic modification of crops, the demands of an ever increasing world population but mostly we say the same old adage applies of corporate greed and "follow the money" as to why we have ended up in such a mess with food production. And simply put, refined food does not satisfy hunger . In fact, quite the reverse: refined ultra processed food promotes overeating because without the naturally occurring triggers that promote satiety, we can no longer tell that we are full.

Great news for the manufacturers not such good news for you and me.

That's why at Real Food Online we only make food and using whole food ingredients and no white refined sugar, ever. In its own small way, when we chose for whole foods, we are choosing to take the power back, to take ownership of our health and to use our buying power to make powerful choices for the health of our planet

Why Paleo?

Raquel Welch
Cave Girl Raquel Welch!

Paleo is short for the paleolithic diet (the caveman diet) and, for us it simply means a move back to eating the type of food that caused our ancestors to thrive: meats, eggs, seeds, nuts, root vegetables, leafy green vegetables, seafood and fruit. It is the diet of our forefathers who did not suffer from the myriad of issues that affect our health as human beings every day - we're talking cancer, type 2 diabetes, coeliac disease, allergies, autism, the list is endless - good health these days now seems the exception and not the norm - we need to stop and ask why this is happening.

We love food but were caught in an endless buying cycle of ready meals and take outs when our children were small and we were both working full time. Time seemed such a premium and we were both so tired all the time. We were miserable until we realised we could take the power back and make changes to our diet that would promote a healthier way of living. For us that was stripping out refined ultra processed foods and going back to basics. Eating the food that our bodies were designed to eat - food for humans not machines! When we stopped eating a diet full of sugar and ultra processed food and transitioned to a low-carb paleo diet not only did the weight begin to drop but we also began to experience a myriad other benefits including a huge mental clarity, more energy, more lightness, more focus and more drive. This gave us more time to do the things that we wanted to do and more energy to do them and ultimately led us to create our own food business Primal Cut to make grain-free an easy and convenient choice. Why Grain-free? Read on...

Why Gluten Free?

Here's the science-y bit! Gluten is a protein found in grass seeds such as wheat, barley and rye. While these seeds have historically been a staple food nowadays it seems that more and more people are gluten intolerant and unable to digest gluten-containing foods. Coeliac disease is perhaps the most recognisable of all the gluten intolerant conditions.

Why the rise in gluten sensitivity?

The seeds we eat are not the seeds our forefathers grew and saved each year with such care and dedication. Instead the seeds have changed and become modified through the use of genetic engineering. It is just not the same food. Other gluten intolerant conditions such as "leaky gut" are starting to be recognised by scientists for the part that gluten plays. Gluten seems to increase intestinal permeability which results in a "leaky gut". In this condition, molecules present in the gut lining cross into the blood stream triggering an immune response and inflammation. Over time this becomes chronic and extremely painful.

Chronic inflammation may manifest in a huge variety of symptoms too such as acid reflux, bloating, arthritis, asthma, hay fever, swelling, mental fog, lethargy, skin issues including eczema and acne and many many more. That's why we don't eat grains and why all our food is gluten-free. Our 100% free-range sausages, bacon and cured meats are certified gluten free by Coeliac UK too!

That's our ethos in a nut shell. There are so many ways we can start to take the power back and learn to listen to our bodies to understand what they need to thrive. We all have the power, can you feel it? Change your diet, change your life!



kate oliver - Primal Cut co-founder

Hi! I'm Kate, Co-Founder of Primal Cut, mum, wife & Primal Baker! I live with my husband and partner Michael. Ideally located in the spa town of Ilkley, on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales its where we handcraft our range of healthy, nutrient dense, free from food.

From delicious Primal Alternative keto granolas to gluten free low carb bread, from vegan wraps to healthy sausages, nitrate-free bacon & charcuterie - it's all here. The fact that gluten-free is better for all, including keto and low carb means our food offers convenient, time-saving grain free alternatives that will help keep you on track during your journey back to health!

For the full range of healthy convenience foods check out our shop

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