2

votes

Do you have diet advice for a beginner?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created November 29, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Hey everyone. I was introduced to the paleo diet by a friend of mine. I read some information on it and it seems that it works for everyone who uses it, so I decided to try it. Tomorrow is going to be my first day on the diet. Any advice? How often should I eat? What's a good breakfast to try? What do I do if none of the foods around me at the moment are forbidden?

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on December 13, 2010
at 06:15 AM

This advice is certainly not in the spirt of paleo/primal. been there, doen that with 1200 cal...

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on November 30, 2010
at 11:44 PM

If it was just the meat or cheese then yes, of course, but a lot of companies will add "flavorings" to their deli meats and you know what kind of crap that stuff usually turns out to be right? Modified food starch, soy sauce, MSG, etc. So, to be safe, I always check first and anywhere that has Boar's Head should also have the Boar's Head printed nutrition guide right there so you can see EXACTLY what you are getting.

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on November 30, 2010
at 07:36 AM

@JCB I thought all meats and cheeses were gluten free..

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on November 29, 2010
at 07:57 PM

Be careful not to be avoiding fat. Fat is vital to your health, and is a key part of this diet. I'm not sure why you suggest eating so frequently. In the beginning it can help with getting over sugar cravings, but in general it isn't necessary and may be counterproductive.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 29, 2010
at 03:50 PM

What's with all this chicken? Beef is good too! (better, in fact)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 29, 2010
at 03:49 PM

Chipotle is not a bad choice either. Skip the rice/beans/tortilla and you are good to go.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on November 29, 2010
at 01:42 PM

perhaps not at the very beginning but eventually you could start skipping breakfast. 2 meals a day is a good way to go; gives the digestive system a nice long break from digesting. If theres no foods around that are good nutrition then dont eat. Skipping meals, changing feeding times, etc are all good things to get used to. Our bodies simply do not require perfect timing ala 3squares/day, this much this per day, that much that per day, etc. We should take a more long term view of calories, macronutrients, eating in general, etc.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on November 29, 2010
at 05:38 AM

Also check these two earlier threads: http://paleohacks.com/questions/4322/where-to-start and http://paleohacks.com/questions/9324/whats-the-best-way-to-get-started-with-the-paleo-diet

  • C9ad35187e9db65132b32f22774cd20d

    asked by

    (10)
  • Views
    2.2K
  • Last Activity
    1404D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

6 Answers

5
A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 29, 2010
at 03:47 PM

Any advice?

Dr. Kurt G. Harris' 12 step list to get started is really fantastic. You can ease in slowly or go whole hog.

http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/

How often should I eat?

Eat when hungry. Stop when you are not hungry. Intermittent fasting is terrific, but I wouldn't recommend it for a newbie (maybe 3-4 months down the line). If you are used to eating 3 meals a day plus snacks, that's okay for now. Eventually, you will just be less hungry - then skip snacks or meals as you see fit.

What's a good breakfast to try?

Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse. But if you don't like them, eat leftovers (always make extra at dinnertime). Or do some fruit/nuts. I'm lacto-paleo, so I start out with coffee and heavy cream and a bite or two of cottage cheese - when I'm really hungry in the morning, I'll have a cheese omlette and bacon/sausage in addition (usually an hour or two later). But it kinda depends on what you like and have time for. The more you learn to cook (and enjoy it) the easier paleo will become.

What do I do if none of the foods around me at the moment are forbidden?

Assess the risks, take evasive action! Srsly! Lets say you are really hungry, but you're stuck at a birthday party with nothing but pizza and cake. You could scrape the topping off a slice and eat that to hold yourself for a while. Or you could just not eat (you won't die). Best case is not to let that happen. Eat prior to going to a danger zone. Take some nuts or other snacks (hard boiled eggs, maybe). And if you do eat some cake (not saying you should, but it happens) - don't worry about it - just resolve to do/plan better next time.

After being paleo for a while, you will probably feel lousy when you cheat. That, for me, is enough incentive to not cheat.

1
E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on November 29, 2010
at 02:36 PM

If you are out and needing to eat without anything "good" on hand, don't forget about the supermarket deli counter. I just go in and get some good quality sliced roast beef and cheese and roll them up together. Add a packet or two of mustard and it's even better and just as fast as the fast food joints. Don't know what they stock in your area, but Boar's Head brand meats and cheeses are all gluten free - look for something like that.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 29, 2010
at 03:49 PM

Chipotle is not a bad choice either. Skip the rice/beans/tortilla and you are good to go.

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on November 30, 2010
at 07:36 AM

@JCB I thought all meats and cheeses were gluten free..

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on November 30, 2010
at 11:44 PM

If it was just the meat or cheese then yes, of course, but a lot of companies will add "flavorings" to their deli meats and you know what kind of crap that stuff usually turns out to be right? Modified food starch, soy sauce, MSG, etc. So, to be safe, I always check first and anywhere that has Boar's Head should also have the Boar's Head printed nutrition guide right there so you can see EXACTLY what you are getting.

0
976844bb16c0ab60ca2632aa5df149f8

(317)

on November 29, 2010
at 02:34 AM

I just posted my Whole30 testimonial. Check these out for inspiration! http://whole9life.com/2010/05/testify/comment-page-1/#comment-11457

Also, paleoplan.com is a easy way to get started. Lots of great recipes. I live on omelet muffins. Preparation is key, if you don't have foods around you that are paleo, you'll grab crap. Buy a cooler...good thing you can make sure to have paleo foods around you!

0
A81081d9fcb772c226b5e86b7e417c0d

on November 29, 2010
at 01:59 AM

A good breakfast to start off with is scrambled eggs with some onion and broccoli in it. If you have some raw almonds, they are good to carry around if you get hungry and there are no good options (however eating nuts all day is a no-no). Keep things simple for bigger meals - have some grilled chicken for dinner with a nice salad, and maybe some steamed vegetables. Good luck!

0
9ee7c2a677fc45987546eb7cfdef1d85

(8)

on November 29, 2010
at 01:51 AM

I recommend eating every 3-4 hours or as you are hungry. Remember one day at a time and the cravings will subside. I found when I craved chips or salty foods I made roast broccoli and it satisfied me. Breakfast was hard for me to get my veggies so I've worked with smoothies and when I mix spinach and beets with bananas and berries it tasted wonderful. You can always have eggs or chicken for protein in the morning. Also, as for nothing being safe when you are out, you can always find plain chicken breasts and a salad, add oil and vinegar subtract any croutons or cheese and it's great! Best of luck!!!

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on November 29, 2010
at 07:57 PM

Be careful not to be avoiding fat. Fat is vital to your health, and is a key part of this diet. I'm not sure why you suggest eating so frequently. In the beginning it can help with getting over sugar cravings, but in general it isn't necessary and may be counterproductive.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on November 29, 2010
at 03:50 PM

What's with all this chicken? Beef is good too! (better, in fact)

-1
5d483c1b79af69cf1206a64a7ffe48f6

on December 13, 2010
at 05:40 AM

A lot of this is really poor advice. You should never skip meals, especially breakfast because your body will continue storing calories until you break the fast in the AM. You should eat 3 Meals a day, plus three snacks, but shouldn't eat more than 1500 calories, aim for 1200. If you exercise daily, and drink a lot of water, and herbal tea you will shred pounds very quickly

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on December 13, 2010
at 06:15 AM

This advice is certainly not in the spirt of paleo/primal. been there, doen that with 1200 cal...

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!