Chicago's Paleo Meetup Group on Where to Eat and Why to Try the “Caveman Diet”
BY: Rachel Matuch | Oct 11, 2013
The Paleo diet believes our bodies evolved to run on certain foods (fruits and veggies, meat, nuts) and not others (dairy, grains, legumes). To find out more about the diet, the people who practice it, and the Chicago restaurant menus that exemplify it, I met up with members of Paleo Chicago at Barrington Natural Farms, about 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. Anthony Apostol is trying to tell me about the best restaurants for a Paleo meal in the city, but a goat keeps knocking my hand away from the list I’m making. It wants me to pet it. I ignore it. It starts to eat my notebook. Anthony and the rest of the Paleo Chicago meetup group have driven out to learn more about the kind of grass-fed, pasture-raised farming they extol as practitioners of the Paleo diet. On 40 acres of farmland on a sunny day, co-owner Cliff McConville is taking the group on a tour, answering questions about how he raises the free-range hens, grass-fed cattle, and pasture-raised pigs. As we tour, everyone is quick to tell me what Paleo is not:
- It’s not just eating meat all day long.
- It’s not about obsessively recreating the diet of a caveman.
- It’s not just about losing weight (though I talked to people who’d lost 30–60 pounds, which they defined as “a cool result” but not the whole point).
BY: Rachel Matuch
Guide Staff Writer
When she's not writing, Rachel pillages her local library, plays board games, and cooks (but never, ever bakes).