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Newbie getting started

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Where , spefically, does one begin? I.e. I grasp the concept but wanna know where the directions are rather than the more in depth coversations for those already living paleo. Guidance is very welcomed.

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on July 20, 2013
at 05:07 PM

You're making the same error that christian fundies do when they assume that everyone already believes in Jesus in their heart, and most of us are just choosing to deny him because we're terrible people who prefer wallowing in sin. Not everybody on the SAD knows that whole-grain pasta, protein bars, and tofu are fake "foods". Some of them are doing the best they can.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 19, 2013
at 10:35 PM

There's a stable and recognized personality difference between people who do well with moderation vs. ones who do well with absolute restrictions. I agree with everything you say here -- and for me, being willing to accept suboptimal food has been incredibly important to my physical and mental health. But I also understand how for some people, it ends up requiring much less thought and less stress to say "no, I don't eat that" than to say "well, that's not the best but maybe I could but maybe I shouldn't but maybe...."

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 19, 2013
at 09:41 PM

There's no one arbiter of what's paleo, and no stone tablet with allowed and forbidden foods. Nearly everyone agrees on 1) eliminating wheat and most other grains 2) limiting or avoiding refined seed oils, and 3) not eating soy (most people avoid other legumes too, but not everyone). Beyond that, everything is a matter of figuring out what works for you. Some people like to start with the most restrictive version possible and then consider loosening up later, while others like to start with the simplest changes and work up from there.

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on July 19, 2013
at 02:16 PM

Seconded on MDA. Good guide to get started, as it doesn't get overly complicated quickly. You can dive into the science of things later on if you're interested, but too much information too early can just leave you confused and fed up.

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on July 18, 2013
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There's no set "paleo" guide. Eat stuff off this list (organic and fully pastured where you can) and you'll be on your way http://robbwolf.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/shopping-list.pdf

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72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 19, 2013
at 05:48 AM

I recommend Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint. He lays out the basics in this post. (note: that's the only real link in this response -- anything else was inserted by our beloved spam-bot). You don't have to take every word as gospel, but it does a good job of conveying the idea that paleo isn't a detailed list of allowed and forbidden foods; it's an overall philosophy that guides your choices about nutrition and activity. There are lists of paleo and non-paleo foods, but understanding the principles will help you avoid being overly technical and restrictive.

My personal advice: Don't drastically cut calories or carbohydrates right away. Adjusting to the diet is hard enough by itself. You want to set yourself up to perceive it as eating an abundance of great foods, rather than something punitive and restrictive. Get used to it for a week or two, and then you can look at changes that support your specific goals.

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on July 19, 2013
at 02:16 PM

Seconded on MDA. Good guide to get started, as it doesn't get overly complicated quickly. You can dive into the science of things later on if you're interested, but too much information too early can just leave you confused and fed up.

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on July 19, 2013
at 03:50 AM

I went from vegan to paleo in a day. I basically ditched what I had been eating and just started following the guidelines in robb wolf's paleo solution. instead of having rice for breakfast, I had scrambled eggs. instead of potato chips and hummus in the afternoon, I had tuna salad. I started adding fruit eventually but mostly ate a ton of eggs and roast chicken in the beginning.

i was surprised how good everything tasted. the moment i had crispy chicken skin was euphoric.

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on July 19, 2013
at 10:18 PM

I think how you start depends entirely on your personality. Are you someone who jumps straight into the water, or do you test it with your toe first?

I think Kurt Harris lays it out really well to ease yourself into paleo. I also think his deal with your other addictions, and fix your sleep first are brilliant recommendations. http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

I'm gonna reach through my computer here and slap you around a little bit for a second. My apologies if that hurt a little. I think it is very important to disabuse yourself of the notion of "doing it right" before you start. Paleo can bring out you inner orthorexic as much as raw veganism can, even if you didn't know you had it in you. Make good choices when you can, and when you can't don't sweat it. Repeat after me, "I am a robust omnivore, my body is strong, and can recover from anything. Sometimes the wrong food is better than no food."

Carry on, and have fun coming up with non-food uses for that bottle of canola oil in your cupboard.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 19, 2013
at 10:35 PM

There's a stable and recognized personality difference between people who do well with moderation vs. ones who do well with absolute restrictions. I agree with everything you say here -- and for me, being willing to accept suboptimal food has been incredibly important to my physical and mental health. But I also understand how for some people, it ends up requiring much less thought and less stress to say "no, I don't eat that" than to say "well, that's not the best but maybe I could but maybe I shouldn't but maybe...."

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on July 19, 2013
at 09:26 PM

Thank you. I dont wanna overcomplicate but am fairly rigid and want to " do it right" to reap the benefits. For example, i see one place that says bacon is Ok and another that doesn 't saying too much salt. I love bacon but won't eat it if its not ok... We are gonna toss the garbage " food" and get started

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 19, 2013
at 09:41 PM

There's no one arbiter of what's paleo, and no stone tablet with allowed and forbidden foods. Nearly everyone agrees on 1) eliminating wheat and most other grains 2) limiting or avoiding refined seed oils, and 3) not eating soy (most people avoid other legumes too, but not everyone). Beyond that, everything is a matter of figuring out what works for you. Some people like to start with the most restrictive version possible and then consider loosening up later, while others like to start with the simplest changes and work up from there.

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on July 19, 2013
at 12:15 AM

Stop eating and buying crappy "food". Eat more meat and vegetables. Nothing complicated here.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 20, 2013
at 05:07 PM

You're making the same error that christian fundies do when they assume that everyone already believes in Jesus in their heart, and most of us are just choosing to deny him because we're terrible people who prefer wallowing in sin. Not everybody on the SAD knows that whole-grain pasta, protein bars, and tofu are fake "foods". Some of them are doing the best they can.

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