New to Paleo?


"What the hell’s that?!" was the general response that I got from family and friends. Then I’d watch their eyebrows raise incredulously when I said “it’s basically like going back to a caveman diet – if it doesn’t grow or run around and can’t be killed/harvested, I try not to eat it”. I think they might have had a mental image of me running around fields in a caveman outfit and beating my chest ;-)

Seriously though, bear with me. Think back to a time when all you could eat and buy was fresh meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. That’s what our bodies were made for, not the high-carb, high-sugar, gluten-filled and highly processed food we often end up eating these days.

My interpretation of Paleo isn’t that we eat EXACTLY like our paleolithic ancestors, but we take the idea and apply it to modern life as best we can – eat real, simply prepared, nutrition-dense food that is sourced locally (where possible).

There's plenty of other pages here that look at specific aspects of the Paleo lifestyle. Below, I’ll just set out a few basics to get you started on the right track:

You should eat:

Meat (grass-fed & pastured)
Seafood (wild-caught)
Eggs
Vegetables (apart from potatoes, they are generally considered a no-no)
Fruit (in moderation)
Nuts & Seeds (in moderation)

You should avoid:

Processed food
Dairy (although you can try to introduce it after a while if you prefer a primal over paleo approach to nutrition)
Grains (yup, all of them)
Soy
Legumes – lentils, beans, peanuts
Refined sugar
Alcohol (some Paleo experts suggest a small glass of red wine every day is acceptable)

You can get a more comprehensive, printable list in our FREE Paleo transition programme download - check it out!



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