Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe

Eating out on the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (PAI) is tough. Some would say impossible. I say a lady’s got to eat and sometimes I don’t have any food with me. So…I set out to find PAI friendly restaurants in Seattle.

I started by googling “Organic Restaurants in Seattle” and made a lunch date with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile.

We ended up at Chaco Canyon Organic Cafe, in the University District. Chaco Canyon advertises itself as “Washington’s First Certified Organic Vegetarian Café and Restaurant”. You might say this was a strange choice for a paleo girl. As I glanced through the menu, I was thinking the same thing and wondering why I didn’t do more research before deciding to make Chaco Canyon my first experiment.

Luckily, they have great smoothies and totally understand food allergies. The server helped me customized a smoothie to meet my particular diet and I added a half an avocado on the side. I had made some sweet potato fries the previous day and had them packed in my favorite paleo accessory, a Repac bag. Between the smoothie and my fries I was pleasantly satisfied.

The dining room is a warm hodgepodge of older tables and chairs. It isn’t a large space but the ceiling is high and it doesn’t feel crowded even when all the tables are full.

I can’t say that I would plan on going here all the time. Paleo and vegan are an interesting mix. However, if I need a quick meal while out and about running errands, I now have a great option. Smoothies, a PAI version of fast food!


Welcome to the inaugural post of Sunny Seattle Rose.   A little about why I am starting this site:

I had a blood test over three years ago to test for celiac disease.  It came back positive and I was sadden and excited at the same time.   Giving up bread wasn’t my idea of a good time but I was so tired of being sick, so tired of not knowing what was wrong with me, so tired of being tired.  I was thrilled that there was a reason for my sickness and convinced that I was going to get better soon.  If only placebo effect would work for me…

I have made many changes to my eating and lifestyle in those three years.  I have learned how to cook using whole foods, kicked a major Diet Coke habit, restarted chiropractic care, started acupuncture, increased my exercise, and spent hours spent researching gluten in personal products, other food allergies, and alternative care. Yet, I am still ill and no medical providers have any great answers.  So…

Where to next?

I left a wonderful, yet stressful position as the Director of Operations at a amazing medical research nonprofit to start my own business, Mindfully Organized.  With that change, I am also trying one more thing, a strict Paleo Autoimmune Protocol with daily exercise.

There is a lot of information regarding the Paleo diet and each expert has some recommendations for an Autoimmune Protocol.  But information is thin. Recipes need to be modified. Different experts have slightly different recommendations.  As I gathered information, I realized I want to share what I figure out with others.

I do not consider myself a good writer.  Good reader? Yes.  Good listener? Absolutely. Good writer? Well, we’ll just have to find out.

I am pushing the boundaries of my comfortable place in life and putting myself out there in the blogosphere, hoping that it helps at least one person save a bit of time, energy and money. All of which seem to be in short supply right now.