Hi. I’m the Sophisticated Caveman, otherwise known as Brian Kavanagh.

I’m a creative professional with a special place in my heart for food- especially the tasty and nutritious kind that I can cook myself.

Passion for food is in my blood. Growing up, my grandfather (a former army cook) would express his love for us by the amount of food he could manage to stuff in our bellies. My mom seemed to inherit this family culinary love language. From an early age I found myself helping out in the kitchen, learning from her and later experimenting with my own recipes.

Unfortunately my love for food also had some negative consequences on my waistline. Through the years I struggled off and on with my weight, although I never really felt I was eating that poorly. I wasn’t consuming mountains of junk food, just plenty of “healthy” whole grains and pasta. Somehow no matter how much I starved myself or exercised to exertion, I simply couldn’t loose enough weight.

In 2012 something within me clicked. I stopped counting calories and fat content and began to look at the ingredients in my food and where it was coming from. Through my research I soon discovered the Paleo/primal movement and it was a revelation. With minimal effort I started to shed pound after pound and get in the best shape of my life.

While I don’t know if going Paleo is for everyone, I do believe that its core message – eat simple, clean, real food – is universal. With this creed always in mind, I try to keep things simple but with an added “touch of class.” I’m here to share what I have learned with others as I continue my journey towards becoming the most sophisticated of cavemen.


22 thoughts on “About

  1. Wow!! Awesome site! Thanks so much for sharing a little bit of your world and a better way to view what we put into our temples 😊

  2. I continue to pass your web site on to many a loved one. Such an offering towards are well- being for ALL of us!
    So admire you and your dedication to one of the gifts in life that you were born with and the willingness
    to bring it to life.
    Grateful to be among the beneficiaries.

  3. I’m thinking about going paleo because I’ve completed two whole 30 rounds and tend to fall off the wagon and not make it lifestyle. I am currently at my highest weight I have ever been and desire to lose and make this a change. I joined a hot yoga studio and am learning to be gentle with myself. Any help or tips are greatly appreciated! I do love to cook and am loving your recipes. 🙂

    1. Congrats on completing two rounds of Whole30, that is awesome! I think that Paleo will be an easy transition since it’s very closely related. Since you love to cook, I would really try to focus on foods that you enjoy preparing and eating, rather on those that you can’t have. Definitely reach out to me if you have any specific questions about Paleo living!

  4. I just have to say this is a pretty awesome Blog! The recipes you give are incredible. Thank you for taking the time to make other people’s lives just that much more great! Someday these recipes will be worldwide 🙂 you watch!

    1. Thank you so much, Felicia! It is an awesome feeling to know that people are out there enjoying these recipes:)

  5. Thanks for all the great info you share. Love everything about your informative blog and insta posts! Would you be able to describe in layman terms the difference between paleo and whole 30. Btw, that beard is on point! Thanks, Michelle

    1. Thanks for the beard-love Michelle! Many people describe Whole30 as a “strict” form of Paleo because certain things that are technically Paleo (sweeteners, baked goods, desserts) are not approved. I like to think of Whole30 as a good “reset” tool, while Paleo is a general way of living. Hope that helps!

  6. Love your blog. Made several of your recipes and they have been a hit. As a 55 year old recent heart attack survivor I’m changing the way we eat. Looks like this is a good path maybe at half the salt. Thanks for your work.

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Ronald! I’m sorry you had that experience but so happy that you are changing your eating habits for the better. The paleo diet has so many benefits. I look forward to hearing more about what it does for you along your journey and I’m glad I could play a small part in it!

  7. Love your blog, IG & facebook 🙂 I’m on day 12 of my first round of Whole30 and am feeling pretty darn great so far! Thinking that I will transition into Paleo after my 30 days is up! Keep sharing!!!

  8. Excited to stumble on your recipes. I am on Day 17 of Whole 30 and am enjoying experimenting with some new recipes! Keep em coming!

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