Warning: this post contains images of raw animal bones that might offend some. The purpose of this post is to inform people about all aspects of bone broth; it isn’t intended to offend people.
The highly revered, much spoken about liquid gold that is so celebrated in the paleo and primal world. Sooner or later on your paleo journey, you’ll find yourself comfortable and secure with the lifestyle and dietary changes you’ve made, and ready for the next step. You’ll find yourself ready (and willing) to take on the task of making your own bone broth. This was how I felt.
I knew that bone broth was good for you and could be incredibly useful in both one’s cooking arsenal and gut health, and so I took the leap and started making my own bone broth about nine months into paleo. Only, it wasn’t such a big and complicated step as I had expected and had built up in my head: it was actually incredibly simple. All I needed was the right equipment (which I had), and the right ingredients (which were easily bought, even in my neck of rural Scotland). Something that seemed so intricate and complicated, like something out of the kitchen of a Parisian, 5-star restaurant, was actually very easy and practical to make. So easy, it can literally be thrown together in 10 minutes.
Eating primal is a big change. It forces you to change everything you ever thought you knew about food and healthy eating. It goes against the grain (no pun intended) when it comes to mainstream health. It seems impossible when you first start and fills you with doubt, confusion, apprehension. Most of all, it’s not commonly done, especially here in Scotland, so you will most likely be all on your primal lonesome. And that’s pretty tough to deal with.
But, regardless, people all over the world, in different situations, different incomes, different lives, make it work. Every day. Primal isn’t just for Americans or Australians, they’re just ahead of the game. Primal isn’t just for those with lots of time, or lots of money. It’s for anyone that wants to do it, anyone that wants to be on a journey to thriving over surviving. To do it well, you need to have a few things in common. You need to possess what I think are The Five Keys to Primal Success.
Coconut Friends is a monthly series I’ve started to showcase people’s journeys and success using a variation of primal eating. Primal eating affects us all in different ways, and the reasons we start doing it varies as well.
This month’s Coconut Friend is my real-life good friend Alicia. Maybe you’ll remember that her and her boyfriend André (now fiancé) visited Pat and I this past April? Alicia and I met while we were both at the University of Alberta, through my roommate at the time. We’ve skied all over the Rockies together, bonded over being teachers and Sex in the City among other things, and traveled to Europe together in 2008. Alicia is one of my closest friends, lives in my favourite city in the world, and was the one who first put the paleo bug in my ear. She also taught me how to make her delicious banana pancakes!
Our ski days in the Rockies
Spring of 2013 was a time not only for seasonal changes, but for life changes as well. I had signed a contract to teach in a bilingual school and move from Edmonton, the city I had lived in my whole life, to one of the most exciting capitals in the world: Berlin, Germany.
Leading up to my life change, I had been dealing with a lot of fatigue and intestinal and stomach issues, and would often complain of having a food baby after I ate a meal. I thought that I ate healthy: oatmeal with fruit for breakfast, soup, salads, leftovers for lunch. Dinners would vary as I would often eat the same thing for a few days straight, and was cooking for one. I would eat salads as well with some sort of meat (sometimes, not because of being a vegetarian but because it seemed like a lot of work). Quinoa replaced rice as a side and I would also add veggies to it and eat it as a cold salad. Meat, cheese, olives and bread were also a nice weekend treat with wine. I didn’t eat too much junk food but when I did, pretzels were my choice because they were lower in fat than chips and it made me feel good about my salty snack. Despite eating veggies, and eating ‘healthy’, I still had weird stomach problems.