It is no secret that eating well is a necessary component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The unfortunate part, however, is not everybody has the time each day to prepare a nutritious, well-balanced meal. The solution: A fast food restaurant solely emphasizing foods consumed in the Paleo Diet. Wait, what? The Paleolithic diet, also called hunter-gather’s or Stone Age diet, is based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era of history. It is centered on a diet consisting mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts while prohibiting the intake of grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils. Well, call me crazy, but that sounds like the exact opposite of what most fast-food chains currently offer.
One of the main goals of the Paleo Diet is the avoidance of the pro-inflammatory effects of grains, dairy, processed foods, etc. The problem is that those particular foods are inexpensive and easily accessible via fast food restaurants. This is why Thomas Rode Andersen, head chef at the Michelin-starred Kong Hans in Copenhagen, has created a unique menu for Palæo using only ingredients that comply with the Paleo Diet. Read about his inspiration and menu here. This is a novel idea and will hopefully find its way to the United States sooner rather than later. Not having enough time to eat healthy meals would be an excuse of the past!