First Look: The Organic Cave, the Paleo Diet-Based Bakery

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Tara Mahadevan
The Organic Cave owners Nichole and Angel DiGiuseppi (left) and a stack of the shop's popular cake-in-a-jar dessert (right).
Gluten-free and paleo bakeries have finally reached "flyover country." The Organic Cave (3323-1 Domain Street, St. Charles; 636-541-7321), located in St. Charles County, is a gluten-, grain-, GMO-, soy- and dairy/casein-free bakery that uses no processed sugars. Even without these items, the bakery is still able to craft a variety of delicious treats for its customers, with a menu featuring muffins, cookies, cakes and biscuits.

Owners and wives Nichole and Angel DiGiuseppi opened the Organic Cave just last month, on December 2. Nestled between farms and the cute condominium complex New Town, the Organic Cave is most certainly a destination bakery. The duo's endeavors into specialty baking are primarily health-based.

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Tara Mahadevan
A peek at where the baking magic happens at the Organic Cave.

After a friendly visit to their doctor, the two found out that some of their health issues would decrease if they stopped eating processed foods. They tried the "30-Day Paleo Challenge," cutting out all foods that weren't available to cavemen during the Paleolithic age.

"I ate your standard American low-fat, high-carb diet," Nichole says. "I ate sugar all the time -- I was a total sugar addict, still am. The doctor told me to cut out all the processed sugar, and I thought there was no way I could do it. So we tried it and it worked; we felt great. I had migraines that bothered me all the time, and those cleared up. I had thyroid issues that I've always had, but noticed that my weight was stabilizing. Angel has dealt with asthma all her life -- her asthma definitely acts up if she eats wheat."

Nichole and Angel started experimenting with ingredients at home, substituting almond and coconut flour for rice flour. They began using eggs, bananas, apples and soy- and dairy-free chocolate chips, and sweetening with raw honey or Stevia instead of processed sugars. They traded vegetable and canola oil for coconut oil. Once they perfected their art, they fed their treats to family and friends, soon moving on to the farmer's market in Lake St. Louis.

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The Organic Cave

3323 Domain St., St. Charles, MO

Category: Restaurant


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rmatthewward
rmatthewward

Look, a low-carb, low-sugar diet is a great idea. But it has nothing to do with cave men. You come up with a real, testable scientific explanation for the diet, I'll take it seriously. You tell me that it's all about what cave men ate, you deserve to be mocked for your lack of critical thinking. .

happymama58
happymama58

Love the info about the paleo way of eating. However, New Town is nowhere near a "cute condominium complex", as stand-alone homes far outnumber condos and apartments. While it may seem picky to point this out, those who live in New Town would appreciate our community being represented accurately. More importantly, incorrect information on such a basic piece of information causes a reader to question the credibility of other information in the piece, and that's unfortunate (but entirely reasonable). 

rmatthewward
rmatthewward

Little known fact: paleolithic-era cavemen ate lots of "soy- and dairy-free chocolate chips". 

ITProDude
ITProDude

@rmatthewward Most paleo dieters are not so hardcore that they even think about the "caveman" aspect of it. That is just what popularized the diet, and the easiest way to explain it to non-paleo types. We aren't eating exactly what cavemen ate; we are using them as a baseline for the ideal human diet. We eat things that make "caveman" sense such as natural fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, etc. Processed foods are forbidden. The science behind it involves an extremely low-carb, high-protein and high-fat diet consisting of unprocessed foods.

Carbs are converted to sugar - which is converted to stored fat. If you starve your body of carbs, your body goes into a state of ketosis and begins burning fat for energy (instead of carbs/sugar). Processed carbs (e.g. grain) were introduced into the human diet recently, and it coincides with heart disease, obesity, etc. As our national diet becomes more full of processed foods, cancer, heart disease, and obesity are becoming epidemics. The science makes sense. You will find it quite common that followers of the paleo diet tend to reduce bodyweight/bodyfat, reduce cholesterol levels, and lower blood pressure. I've even known people to be cured of chronic migraines (my wife is one of them) and all but cure their asthma. As I said before, I lowered my blood pressure and cholesterol - and I've dropped 20 pounds.

As I said, do some research of your own. Don't expect a short article on RFT to educate you in the ways of paleo. I urge you to keep an open mind, because I love to see people convert to paleo. If you value your health, it's worth a shot.

ITProDude
ITProDude

@happymama58 You are arguing semantics. It has no relevance to the point of the article. Your feelings appear to be hurt because you have delusions of grandeur about your cult-like community of cracker-box houses in the middle of a flood plain.

ITProDude
ITProDude

@rmatthewward If you were to read the entire article or do some research, you'd find that certain things are acceptable in the diet which were not available to cavemen due to the body's ability to process them (and the fact that they are natural). Chocolate without additives such as soy lecithin, sugar, and dairy is acceptable. Stevia and raw honey are also acceptable. There are many examples; I urge you to do some research before mocking the diet/lifestyle. I've been paleo for about 4 months... I'm down 20 pounds, have lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and have quite a bit more energy throughout the day.

rmatthewward
rmatthewward

@ITProDude Look, I'm a biologist, and I'm acquainted with Paleo and I know more about it than you think I do. But what it comes down to is that the diet works for people because they're cutting carbs. The rest of the changes don't matter, and advocating them is what makes it clear that the diet has no rational basis. 

I try not to make a habit of arguing with people on the internet. I'm glad this diet has worked for you and made you healthier. I just don't think you should be under any illusions about the reasons for it. 

laurasohn
laurasohn

@rmatthewward cutting the carbs definitely helps to lose weight, but also eating the foods are bodies are designed to eat help our body to run properly and more efficiently. It seems like common sense to me.

KuriousKat
KuriousKat

@rmatthewward Can you be more specific about the parts of the paleo diet that don't matter?

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