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Cavemen Kara Thornton and Travis McMaster. 

“What would you like for Christmas?” my husband asked me. I am in de-clutter mode so my first answer would have been nothing to clutter up the house, but I thought I’d ponder this question for a while. I came up with “I’d love Caveman Grocer meals for a couple of dinners each week.” 

Caveman Grocer is a local Whistler business run by Kara Thornton and Travis McMaster. They provide “Paleo” ingredients, and now ready-made Paleo meals, to the Sea to Sky community. 

Caveman Grocer is a local Whistler business run by Kara Thornton and Travis McMaster. They provide “Paleo” ingredients, and now ready-made Paleo meals, to the Sea to Sky community.

Both Thornton and McMaster love the outdoors and are fans of CrossFit. Thornton has found that her Paleo lifestyle helps her body recover from her weightlifting too.

Thornton was vegan for many years but her Paleo eating has “doubled my ability to lift weights and my body recovery is astronomically better compared to when I was vegan.”

The latter end of her vegan days saw Thornton “tired all the time, I never felt I properly recovered after exercise and I had to take supplements just to feel well.”

The Paleo diet ethos is to get the nutrition our body needs through food not a vitamin pill. Could eating poorly and hoping a multivitamin will compensate be like not taking ski lessons and wondering why you are in trouble in Whistler Bowl?

I usually bulk out one Caveman Grocer Paleo meal for two of us; add another onion, garlic, maybe even some rice. (I’m not an avid Paleo follower so we do eat rice at our house!)

The Paleo diet may seem strict for some, but the modern diet doesn’t have outstanding results in the thriving wellness department so perhaps we need alternatives?

The Paleo diet includes no grains of any kind, no dairy, no vegetable oils or soy products, and no refined sugars. According to a report by The Endocrine Society, phytoestrogens like genistein (found in soy products) can act as endocrine (hormone) disruptors.

I am a bit of a grazer; I pick the yummy bits from all the best modern diets available; I love Paleo food but I also love lightly-cooked pasta with fresh Pemberton garlic, tomatoes & basil. I enjoy a Pure Bread slice of cake too, thankful that one slice lasts me days!

I opt for balance and choosing joy as my keys to wellbeing. Only eating ‘good’ food (according to whom?) whilst feeling guilty has no appeal and creates an unhealthy mindset.

Caveman Grocer sell grass-fed meat and (my favourite) their grass-fed beef bones make inexpensive, nourishing, slow-cooker stock (bone broth) and stews. Learn to make stock with the recipe on my website.

What started as a desire to eat good food for Thornton and McMaster has grown (rather quickly) into a thriving local business. Their meals like Paleo Pad Thai or Butter Chicken are favourites with those getting weekly ready-made Paleo meals delivered to their door.

Visit www.cavemangrocer.ca to learn more about what the Paleo lifestyle entails and to order your ready-made meals, they sell out fast!

Joanna writes for www.actualorganics.com and is author of The Radiant Woman’s Handbook, available at Armchair Books.


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