I met Holly through a Paleo meetup, in which she was looking for funding through kickstarter to open London’s first paleo restaurant, well she hit her target and now we wait to see what unfolds. The idea behind Paleo is to reproduce the metabolic environment of our ancestors more than eating the exact same food products. For me I’m interested in where your food comes from and how it is grown, as it all plays a part in how our bodies grow and thrive. The paleo lifestyle seems to work for me and it seems to be catching on.

HOLLY REDMAN - Matt Redman, SPMF photography

Why do you eat a Paleo based diet?

About 2.5 years ago I found out I was coeliac and have eaten a gluten free diet ever since. Initially this rapidly improved my health but I still felt things weren’t optimal. I’d been reading a lot of Dr Tom O’Bryan’s work on cross reactivity started to experiment with removing grains and dairy from my diet. Around this time I also stumbled across the paleo diet and the approach seemed to be just what I was looking for. Initially I did a whole 30 and have been about 90-95% paleo ever since.

What has inspired you to have London’s first paleo restaurant?

I absolutely love what I do. On every one of the popup nights I did the feedback was phenomenal. I just love being able to create exciting food for people that normally struggle to eat out.

Does eating seasonally play a part in what you cook?

Definitely, in fact I plan my monthly menus entirely around what’s in season. It make makes sense both financially and biologically. The different phytochemical available in foods at different times of the year send important signal to our body about how to prepare for the change of seasons.

How do you explain to people what eating Paleo is?

I explain that Paleolithic diets mimic the types and quantities of foods  our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate: meat, seafood, nuts, seeds, eggs and plenty  of fresh fruits and veggies and that the basic premise is that this way of eating suits our genetics (which have hardly changed in the last 10,000 years) much better than the grains, dairy and processed foods that have arisen since the agricultural  revolution 
I also emphasise that although it’s impossible and impractical to entirely mimic the foods and cooking techniques from this time, by following the underlying principles you end up eating a diet that is:

  • Naturally rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants
and essential fatty acids
  • High in fibre
  • Focused around foods that release their energy
slowly and make you feel full
  • Supportive of friendly bacteria in the gut
  • Alkalising
  • Anti-inflammatory

HOLLY REDMAN - Matt Redman, SPMF photography

The paleo friendly dishes at Pure Taste aim to showcase the very best in gourmet prehistoric eating! Packed with fresh natural produce, but free from grains, dairy, refined sugar and legumes, they’re also a great option for those with other food intolerances too.

Thanks for taking the time to chat to me Holly and I’m so excited  that you hit your target and can start the process of opening London’s first Paleo restaurant. I will definitely have to keep my reader’s updated, as it will be a success and will hopefully help others try a different way of eating.

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