I have always had a passion for food and an interest in nutrition. I have wanted to be a chef since age 5. Growing up I liked cooking shows as much as cartoons. I spent countless hours watching Yan Can Cook, Frugal Gourmet, and Iron Chef (with subtitles!)
I was persuaded by a family friend who had worked as a chef for many years, to persue a business education before a culinary one. I planned on getting an M.B.A. after I graduated with my B.S. in business administration from Ball State in 2004. Instead, I started working in a restaurant. I have been in the restaurant industry since 2003, and have worked around food service for over 20 years.
I went paleo / primal January 1 2012. I initially did this "diet" for a weight loss contest amongst friends. I had struggled with weight since adolescence. At one point near the end of my eighth grade year I weighed over 250 pounds! I went up and down on 9-12 month cycles throughout high school and college while trying several different diet plans. I read several diet books and would follow the plans successfully for 3-4 weeks, lose a decent amount of weight, and then get hungry. At the time of the contest I had eased my way back to 200lbs.
The challenge was to lose 10% of body weight and hold that for 2 weeks. With my short term successes with dieting in the past I thought I stood a good chance to win the contest. I imagined winning, gaining some bragging rights and some, if not all, of the weight back.
I wanted to try a new "diet " for this challenge. A friend that was also in the contest had mentioned Paleo to me and I knew he had lost a good amount with it before. I did a google search and found a lot of info that struck something in me. I decided I was going to give Paleo a legit 30 day shot (after a few days of gorging leading up to the start date). It went well, I won, big time. I lost 21 lbs in 11 days! I totaled over 50 lbs lost in 11 weeks, and because Paleo can be so muscle sparing it was nearly all body fat!
After the success I had with paleo, the diet quickly became a lifestyle. Something had just clicked. Most of my free time was spent learning about the science of an ancestral / alternative health lifestyle. I was amazed that I could eat a lot of flavorful filling foods and still lean out like never before. I did not have to feel hungry or count calories; all I did was pay attention to food quality. I was hooked.
I found many helpful blogs and pod-casts that broke down the inner workings of why this was a scientifically optimal way to eat. The information provided by Robb Wolf, Chris Kresser, Jimmy Moore, Paul Jaminet , Sean Croxton, Mat Lelonde, Emily Deans, Mark Sisson, T.S. Wiley, and Dave Asprey (just to name a few) really clicked with me.
I knew I would never look at the Standard American Diet (SAD) the same way. It also started paining me to serve the fare to my guests in the restaurant I worked in. I already knew it was not exactly health food, but it had finally registered how toxic it really was.
This is why I founded Caveman Truck.
Caveman Truck is a food truck focused on ancestral eating.
Do I think that the exact foods available to our ancestors are available to us? NO. But we can get a lot closer that something in a box or bag that has near indefinite shelf life. Our ancestors ate local, seasonal, and organic. Our great grand parents wouldn't recognize half of the items in the SAD shopping cart.
Paleo is often defined by what items are NOT included. These include grains, legumes, and dairy. Many people have wonderful results by eliminating theses foods for 30 days and then adding only high quality variations back if desired. All meals from the truck are gluten, soy, casein, and GMO free.
The foods offered by Caveman Truck include many spins on classic family favorites (chili/tacos/wings/burgers) with focus on local pasture raised proteins and organic produce. We use only ingredients we trust. Our goal is to provide delicious food that is also nutrient dense.