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I want to start eating the Paleo way...

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Created April 03, 2013 at 1:41 PM

But I have no idea where to begin. I am a 60 year old woman with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Where should I start? What do most people eat for breakfast? Any suggestions would be most helpful.

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on April 03, 2013
at 04:37 PM

Tell us what you eat :)

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on April 03, 2013
at 02:21 PM

ya, i did the gung-ho version myself, but i'm a masochist

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at 02:12 PM

This is one approach. Some like to go gung-ho. It is all based on your personality and how much time you feel you need to adjust.

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C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

on April 03, 2013
at 02:33 PM

This post/answer contains some links that are best opened in a new tab.

I can't tell you where to start, but I will share with you my steps to success. I was motivated to make these changes because the doctor diagnosed me with high blood pressure and borderline pre-diabetic, so I can identify with your situation.

1) Read, read, read! (I devoured books like It Starts With Food and The Paleo Coach) *The Paleo Coach is perfect coaching for older individuals like yourself because many of the success stories are from people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. It's also perfect because it gives you a 21-Day Meal Plan for every meal. So if you want a starting place, buy or check out The Paleo Coach.

2) Start cooking! (Buy a good "paleo" cookbook that excites you and gives you easy foods to experiment with. A good suggestion is The Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook and Well Fed)

3) Change your Grocery Store habits! Shop the perimeter of the grocery store...produce, meat, etc. But skip the bakery.

4) Breakfast? Buy eggs and veggies! Here's something yummy....sauteed bell peppers, mushrooms, sweet potato, spinach topped with 2 fried eggs (seasoned with salt and cayenne pepper)

5) Do a 30-Day Challenge! My favorite is the Whole30. It is a CHALLENGE, but it's well worth it to show you that you can live without grains, sugar, legumes, etc.

I hope this helps, and we all hope to hear about your success. Just remember, it is a PROCESS and takes much longer that 30 days to change/reverse these things. However, it is possible.

My story is posted here..."Progress"

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on April 03, 2013
at 04:52 PM

I'm 66 and, thanks to 1 full year of paleo plus a 2nd year that was half paleo and half SAD, I feel way too good and have way too much energy to behave like an old lady.

That's the good news. And there is no bad news, really, although you may experience some withdrawal symptoms for a short* while depending on what you were eating before. If I were you I'd start by looking at my fridge, freezer and cupboards. What portion of your existing stores is real, whole foods without lists of ingredients, and how much is processed?

The place to start is the next time you go shopping. Walk around the outside edge of your supermarket and pick out fresh produce and meat that you like. Make sure that every single meal you eat from now on is based on those whole foods. If you still have some processed things you can't bear to give/throw away, make sure they become smaller and smaller portions of your meals.

You really won't be "on" paleo until you're not eating processed foods, but buying and eating at least some whole foods will start to build better nutrition and will give you a gradual transition.

I didn't give up coffee, but instead of Coffeemate I use heavy cream and a little dab of honey. The only oil I use is extra virgin olive oil on salads, otherwise I use butter at the table and meat fat to cook with. If you like/tolerate coconut oil it's great too.

As Paul Mirek and the others said, think and read about it then take some active steps toward better nutrition. Your body will reward you.

*short-term cravings, or even some mild digestive complaints, are experienced by some people who were eating a lot of processed foods. For binge eaters, if wheat is your addiction you may find the cravings last much longer and you'll need to experiment to figure out what food regimen will keep you most content and healthy. If you can reach a point where you've had enough of addiction and the sight of wheat-based foods makes you recoil you may find your binge cravings are gone.

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on April 03, 2013
at 01:59 PM

start by evaluating your current diet and pick one area to improve at a time. paleo isn't that challenging once you decide its the way you want to eat. don't overwhelm yourself by trying to be "perfect" right out of the gate.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on April 03, 2013
at 02:21 PM

ya, i did the gung-ho version myself, but i'm a masochist

C5c1073ffc65c5b737408d1d6cc68e86

(610)

on April 03, 2013
at 02:12 PM

This is one approach. Some like to go gung-ho. It is all based on your personality and how much time you feel you need to adjust.

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on April 03, 2013
at 05:30 PM

I would say you should start slowly and eliminate one food group that is not allowed in the paleo lifestyle at a time, otherwise your plan of action may backfire, causing you to binge and spiral out of control.

Ditch processed dairy first (instead use grass-fed & grass-finished and/or coconut products) and go from there!

Don't hesitate to ask questions on Paleo Hacks too because there are TONS of amazing people on this site who can help you out! :)

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on April 03, 2013
at 01:57 PM

See the replies for another very similar question, I guess there are more of them. And first start by checking the search option bar ;)

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