Episode 102: Incorporating Gray Area Foods Into A Paleo Diet With Russ Crandall

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Summary: Thanks for joining us for episode 102 of The Ancestral RDs podcast. If you want to keep up with our podcasts, subscribe in iTunes and never miss an episode! Remember, please send us your question if you'd like us to answer it on the show. Today we are thrilled to be interviewing Russ Crandall! Russ Crandall is the talented home chef behind The Domestic Man, a leading food blog in the Paleo, gluten free, and whole foods community. He’s The New York Times bestselling author of The Ancestral Table and Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites Without The Junk. Many that follow Paleo diet strictly stick to the list of approved and forbidden foods, but there are controversial gray area foods that people find they can tolerate and even thrive on. While the debate on these foods such as white rice and potatoes continues, deciding what foods meet your own needs is key to maintaining a healthy ancestral type diet long term. Today Russ Crandall talks with us about incorporating gray area foods into your Paleo diet plan. As Russ discusses his philosophy on gray area foods, he shares his personal health story and  journey finding what foods work best for him. Russ also shares how he decides what recipes he creates for his blog and gives practical, simple tips on how to take your cooking to the next level with basic whole food ingredients and techniques. Here are some of the questions we discussed with Russ: How did you end up becoming a Paleo and ancestral nutrition blogger and recipe developer? What is the significance behind the name of your blog, The Domestic Man? What is your personal philosophy on gray area foods? How did you figure out what was okay for you to reintroduce? Were there any foods you tried reintroducing that didn’t work at all for you? How does your philosophy on gray area foods affect your decisions about what kind of food you create for your blog? Do you ever get any push-back from people for using gray area ingredients? Why don’t you include dessert recipes on your blog? What do you think about a ketogenic or very low carb, high fat diet from an ancestral health context? How do you decide what kind of foods you want to make for your blog? What motivated you to create The Safe Starch Cookbook? What do you consider a safe starch? Do you have any tips for listeners who are struggling with creativity in the kitchen when they’re on a Paleo diet? Are there any simple things that you can do with basic ingredients to make it taste a little bit more gourmet? Are there any sauces like that that you like to use regularly? How do you decide what you’re going to get at the grocery store? What’s your philosophy on spice blends? Links Discussed: This episode is sponsored by Maty's Healthy Products TheDomesticMan.com TRANSCRIPT:  Laura: Hi everyone! Welcome to episode 102 of The Ancestral RDs podcast. I’m Laura Schoenfeld and with me as always is my cohost Kelsey Kinney. Kelsey: Hey guys! Laura: If you don’t know us, we’re Registered Dietitians with a passion for ancestral health, real food nutrition, and sharing evidence-based guidance that combines science with common sense. You can find me, Laura, at LauraSchoenfeldRD.com, and Kelsey at www.KelseyKinney.com. We’ve have a great guest on our show today who is going to be talking all about how to successfully and deliciously incorporate gray areas foods into an otherwise Paleo diet. We’re really glad he’s joining us and we hope you’ll enjoy this episode. Kelsey: If you’re enjoying our show, subscribe on iTunes so that you never miss an episode. While you’re there, leave us a positive review so that others can discover the show as well! And remember, we want to answer your question, so head over to TheAncestralRDs.com to submit a health-related question that we can answer or suggest a guest you’d love for us to interview on an upcoming show. Laura: Before we get into our interview,