After two months on tour, Evans is finally back at the Australian farm he and Kiwi love Nicola (‘Nic’) Robinson purchased six months ago and is clearly stoked to be home.
“It’s really as simple as letting ourselves live our best lives,” he says. “Food is a cornerstone and necessity of life but it can be incredible medicine or the slowest form of poison, depending on what you choose. Unfortunately the pace at which the food manufacturing industry has moved globally to meet demands over the past 40 to 50 years has completely changed the nature of our ingredients.
The chef in him is hoping to show people how easy it is to discover a passion for food and experiment with ingredients that create tasty healthy dishes that nourish body and mind. And with more than 1 million Facebook followers, a team of experts and a growing body of scientific evidence pointing to the physical and mental benefits that come from following a Paleo lifestyle, there’s a whole lot of interest right now in Evans and his Paleo passion.
It’s why he has worked with US-based nutritional expert Nora Gedgaudas and trainer (and My Kitchen Rules star) Luke Hines to develop thepaleoway.com, a 10-week online programme, to help transition people into the Paleo way of life.
He was first introduced to the Paleo concept by Robinson four years ago when she gave him Gedgaudas’ book to read – Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life.
Living in a Paleo way has dramatically improved Evans’ own health. He says his energy feels infinite and, about to turn 42, he reckons he’s now fit enough to surf for at least four hours more than he used to.
That’s why Evans will continue to live and advocate passionately for Paleo always. In fact, he reckons he’s only just getting started. “In five years from now, most of the world’s top athletes will be eating in this way,” he says. It’s a bold statement.
In the restaurant game, Evans is focused on creating Paleo-inspired menus so travellers throughout Australia can enjoy healthier meals. To date he's launched a restaurant called Heirloom in Perth and opened Asana at the Capri Hotel in Brisbane.
It’s also why he continues to be a judge on My Kitchen Rules – a role he’s enjoyed for six years alongside colleague and good mate Manu Feildel.
1.Start by making small, incremental changes by choosing your foods according to how nutrient-dense they are. It’s the healthy choices you make every day that will end up having a dramatic and transformational impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
1.Fresh vegetables and low-fructose fruits, such as olives, lemons and avocados.
2.Nuts and seeds.
3.Herbs and spices.
4.A variety of good-quality oils, including coconut, macadamia, avocado and olive oil.
5.Organic, free-range and sustainable animal protein from land and sea.
1.Processed foods made from refined carbs and sugars.
4.Conventional dairy products.
5.Meat that’s inhumanely raised and may contain antibiotics or hormones.