In this episode, Stacy and Sarah are joined by Russ, The Domestic Man, to chat about his recent release of The Ancestral Table. Russ also shares a bit on his experience that brought him to Paleo, and what he discovered about a healthy balance of carbs through self experimentation.
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The Paleo View (TPV), Episode 78
- 0:00 – Introduction
- 0:47 – News & Views
- Welcome back to The Paleo View, Russ Crandall!
- Russ is also known as The Domestic Man and just released his first cookbook, The Ancestral Table
- Stacy notes that Russ has a flair for recreating traditional recipes, with special emphasis on international flavors
- A bit more on Russ
- At the age of 24 Russ had a stroke and lost all motor function on his left side – he had to redevelop the ability to use those muscles again
- A year later he was diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that causes inflammation of the arteries
- He did five years of heavy immune suppressant therapy, and also had open heart surgery to try to address some of the issues from his autoimmune condition
- Within a week of reading The Paleo Solution and adopting a Paleo diet, Russ felt wonderful, almost back to normal, and since then he has been able to drop all but one of his medications
- He has done a lot of self experimentation over the years to identify what works best for him, which is a traditional Paleo diet with rice, potatoes, and the occasional serving of dairy
- He tends to have carbs once a day, about 1/2 a pound, which keeps his energy levels balanced
- Sarah shared a bit on how carb intake impacted her autoimmune condition and what she found through her research regarding the inclusion of starchy carbohydrates
- Stacy has also had great success with increasing her carbohydrate intake; specifically in the evenings starch helps her cortisol levels
- Stacy regulated her blood sugar through activity and found a way to eat carbohydrates to support her system properly
- The Ancestral Table is a Paleo plus rice cookbook, very similar to a perfect health template, and in the back a substitution guide is included to help you navigate how to substitute rice, white potatoes, dairy, etc.
- Sarah was surprised by how easy it was to adapt the recipes in the cookbook to an autoimmune protocol
- Stacy notes that if you liked Beyond Bacon you will love The Ancestral Table since both focus on traditions surrounding whole foods
- Sarah feels that Russ’s cooking is the international Julia Child, beyond the specialization in french cooking
- Stacy has also been surprised to find how carbohydrates have helped her manage her sugar cravings
- For Russ a healthy diet isn’t one centered on healthy food alone, it is about sustainability – he hits all those reward centers with the foods that he eats so that he doesn’t feel deprived
- Sarah notes how stabilizing blood sugar throughout the day minimizes sugar cravings, and the role that carbs play on hormone regulation and thyroid function
- It makes sense to Sarah that having a good balance of starchy carbs is helpful to hormone regulation since they are a slower burning fuel source than fruit or a Paleo treat
- Russ’s favorite dish from the book to serve to guests is the Salt-Crusted Fish, which is so dead simple and fun to eat in a group
- Stacy’s boys love the write up that comes with each recipe that shares information on the source and influence
- Russ’s degree was in history, so his interest in history was added to the cookbook to make it more personal about why a recipe struck a cord with him
- You can find sweet potato noodles on Amazon, you may also find them at Korean markets
- Sarah, Stacy and Russ will be hitting the road together for some book signings – stay tuned for more details!
- 1:00:16 – Outro