Althea Brown

Discovering the Caribbean Paleo Lifestyle

In a world where dietary preferences are constantly evolving, understanding the relationship between food and our wellbeing is crucial. Our recent podcast episode featured an enlightening conversation with Althea Brown, a Guyanese-American food blogger who has revolutionized her approach to food after discovering her gluten sensitivity. Her journey towards health and wellness, reflected in her commitment to provides valuable insights into the dynamic interplay between our dietary choices, cultural heritage, and overall health.

A significant part of Althea’s journey involved her exploration of the Paleo diet. Often misunderstood, the Paleo diet is a nutritional approach that mimics the eating habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Interestingly, Althea found that the Paleo diet echoes the principles of traditional Caribbean cuisines – focusing on whole foods, proteins, and vegetables. The beauty of this discovery lies in the way Althea managed to remix classic Guyanese recipes to suit her new lifestyle without losing the essence of her cultural heritage.

As Althea emphasized, one of the key factors in adopting a new diet is understanding how our food consumption has evolved over time. Many of us might be consuming foods that are causing us discomfort or negatively impacting our health without even realizing it. Althea’s own experience of feeling unwell after eating certain foods led her to research food allergies and adopt an elimination diet, which eventually led to the diagnosis of her gluten sensitivity. This revelation underscores the importance of being aware of what we consume and how it affects our bodies.

However, adopting a new diet is not just about changing what you eat – it involves a shift in mindset, and as Althea shared, it requires planning and an understanding of how different foods impact your health.

Food is an integral part of our cultural identities, and Althea’s exploration of Caribbean cuisine offers a fresh perspective. In her book, Caribbean Paleo, Althea shares a range of Paleo-friendly recipes that celebrate Caribbean flavors. Her commitment to creating dishes that nourish her body without compromising her cultural heritage is truly inspiring. It’s not just about what you eat, but how you eat it, how it makes you feel, and how it connects you to your roots.

In essence, this episode was not just about food; it was about self-awareness, dietary habits, and health. It was about understanding our bodies, our cultures, and the beautiful interplay between the two. Althea’s story is a testament to the power of self-awareness and the transformative potential of dietary changes. Whether you’re dealing with food allergies, trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle, or simply curious about the intersection of diet and culture, Althea Brown’s culinary journey offers valuable insights and inspiration.

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Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown is Founder & host of Carry On Friends one of the first podcasts dedicated to the Caribbean American Experience. She is leading the way for Caribbean Podcast as the founder of Breadfruit Media, the first Caribbean podcast production company; and founder of the Caribbean Podcast Directory a place to discover podcasts by people of Caribbean Heritage.