It most definitely is allowed, and if you listen to some folks, it sounds like it is required to you get IV drip of the stuff!
Also: cookbooks are so 20th century. A bajillion and one food blogs (a good number of them paleo) have more than enough recipes to go around. www.Chowstalker.com is a great recipe aggregator for paleo stuff.
okay i'll be serious, yeah coconut is great! absolutetely allowed! just make sure it's only coconut (and maybe some water). nothing squirly like added guar gum or soy lecithin. i don't know where you live but try to track down a brand called 'ayam'. it's full fat version is 82% coconut kernel extract and 18% water...nothing added.
easiest recipe that taste awesome: pork mince, can coconut milk, cinnamon, red onion. cook and eat :)
Yes. Yes it is. Try to find one without a lot of weird ingredients if you can.
Everybody has a different idea of what "paleo" means, so there is plenty of confusion. You have to go beyond the "this isn't allowed" to the "why" behind it. The "why" may or may not apply to you.
Some of us do dairy. Some of us do white rice and potatoes. Others say those things aren't paleo - which is technically true - but you need to decide if certain foods are a problem for you or perhaps you do better including them.
Everyday Paleo and Paleo Comfort Foods are a couple of decent cookbooks. Mark Sisson's Primal Cookbook might be worth a look. And there are tons of recipes for free online and here at PH. A lot of "normal" recipes can be tweaked to be paleo with a little imagination.
Yes, you'll find coconut milk is used widely. One note of caution, there's numerous 'coconut drinks' that don't contain much coconut. There's questions here already about different brands etc. or you can always make your own if you can find coconuts!
I'm surprised this hasn't come up yet: choose a product without guar gum or sulfites if you can. The guar gum disagrees with a lot of people (think diarrhea) and is a thickening agent. Arroy-d has a product available in cans and cartons, easily found at T&t grocery stores that contains only coconut milk and water.
I was looking at coconut milk to add to a curry at the weekend, with a recipe I have seen for Cauliflower rice....Im trying to stick to Paleo 100% I am a week in and I have found that initially this was suppose to be a diet, but Im starting to realise I actually am loving this as a general way of life, this suits me so much, and now Ive actually stripped the diary, sugar and carbs out of my diet, boy am I really feeling much better for it.
You will no doubt see me stummbling around asking questions as I go, so really appreciate all you comments and advice!!!
Just don't go COCONUT CRAZY like I did and gain during your whole30! I went through a couple jars of coconut butter and was pouring coconut milk on fruit and nuts w/coconut flakes. I don't know if it was the quality of what I was consuming (as some posters pointed out) or that my body just doesn't agree with those things on a daily basis, but I now only use coconut oil (I cut the fruit too and I have come back to preWhole30). I certainly love it though and use the oil liberally. Occasional use in recipes is probably fine, I would just keep an eye on how your body reacts.
any an all.. Please don't anyone become so anal about "any" diet that you question "everything".
Paleo is meant to be a healthy -not afraid of real food (meat and fat)- diet and avoid things that are not so good for us..most notably altered foods and grains.
what on earth do you think will happen?? -anyone..if you eat "one" food not listed on "someones" version of Paleo.
These are human people who have their own opinions.. a big part of Paleo is "think for yourself" and don't be a sheep to government( or any diet guru) P)
keep the sugar..in all forms..low is the basic message. (although some recommend fruit -personally I do not) sugar is sugar.
Cononut milk is HIGHLY inflammatory for your digestive tract, even more than most non-paleo foods. So I'm not sure what to think of this. I try to avoid it for the same reason I avoid grains. But I'm not confident on the issue at all.