There’s no denying the Ancestral Health community has exploded over the past 5 years. I see this in my own personal life, in that 5 of our friends have adapted some form of Paleo lifestyle, and in the explosion of Paleo blogs, cookbooks, food products, restaurants etc. It’s certainly much easier than it was 5 years ago to find like-minded people to share recipes, tips, hacks, and anecdotes with, and there’s no doubt the internet has played a hugely vital part of this. The term ‘fad’ diet is obviously bandied about quite regularly in the mainstream media, including the NHS Choices website, and for some, it will be a fad (no carbs before Marbs), and a short term fix for a quick loss of weight. However, for those of us who are in it for the long-haul, are well aware of the benefits of ancestral health, and have fully embraced all elements of a Paleo lifestyle, it is a way of life for us, and ‘fad’ never comes into it. While the internet is fantastic at bringing us together online (Twitter’s #paleohour for example), sometimes it’s much better to discuss this in person. In the UK, outside of London, this is quite hard to find (we certainly haven’t found anything), so we decided to start our own! Meetup.com, for those who are unfamiliar, allows you to search for groups suited to your hobbies, interests etc in the area you live in. Our first Paleo Meetup is this Sunday, 28th June, at Little Amsterdam in Banbury (see my blog post about their grain-free pancakes!) Everyone is welcome, and there are more details here. We have also planned a second Meetup on Sunday 26th July at Paleo Restaurant in Leamington Spa. If you’re in the area, we would love you to come. There is definitely scope in the future for branching further afield should enough people require it, so if you’re interested, please come along!
As is probably inevitable with most new blogs, I have decided to expand my focus. Due to the broad nature of the ‘Grain-Free Grazing’ umbrella, my blog entries/recommendations will include not only restaurants, cafes and eating establishments, but also anywhere/thing I experience that the title ‘Grain Free Grazing’ lends itself too. My ‘Where to Buy’ and ‘My Favourite Staples’ pages already go further than reviews of places to eat, but recent experiences and upcoming events have led me to want to write more extensively on certain subjects. I feel this is important for the future/development/expansion of knowledge of the Paleo movement, and while I am realistic that this blog by no means reaches as far as I would like, I want to provide my followers with as much information as possible with regard to where to find good quality meats and vegetables, while at the same time meeting up with like-minded, non-judgemental folk who we can all learn something from. I hope you like it!