General Advice for Getting Started?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I am brand new to paleo. As in haven't even started eating paleo. Still in the research phase and on a limited food budget so going all in requires some prep, as in stocking the house with the right kinds of ingredients. I grow tomatoes in the garden and home can my own I've been reading some of tomato topics here. I can do a lot of meals with tomatoes and hoping tomatoes are paleo acceptable and at least so far that seems up for debate.

As for the reasons I am considering paleo...my husband has been a fibromyalgia sufferer for nearly four years. I have a variety of health issues, mostly unidentified by the doctors who always just want to throw prescriptions at me without even listening to all of my symptoms. Most recently my husband is being evaluated for MS. We are not looking for a miracle cure but are at least hoping for some symptom improvement for both of us.

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:13 PM

Also zinc, which you can a lot of from red meat and oysters.

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on March 15, 2013
at 10:12 PM

Supplementing with magnesium glycinate will likely help you guys out more than anything. People with fibromyalgia have low magnesium levels. Try taking 100mg with each meal.

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on March 15, 2013
at 06:38 PM

  1. Don't beat yourself up as you learn new stuff and make the transition. You can go cold turkey or ease into it - whatever works better for you. People are different!

  2. Try new stuff as you kick the old stuff. I always thought I hated most vegetables, but as I kicked the old stuff and became okay with using fatty things as seasonings, I learned I just didn't like plain old frozen steamed brussel sprouts. I LOVE them cooked other ways, though! Also, your tastes may change as your palate becomes accustomed to real food instead of sugar and chemicals. It's a culinary adventure!

  3. Decide ahead of time what you're okay cheating with and how often. You can always revise that decision later, but it makes it easier to say no to things that you may not really want that much.

  4. Don't get too hung up on getting new recipes from Paleo blogs and stuff. Most of my recipes are from the plain old food.com and stuff sites. So long as it doesn't have ingredients like can of crap soup or have tofu as the main ingredient, you can Paleo-ify it. Most things are easy enough to make okay by just subbing out canola oil or leaving off a breadcrumb topping.

  5. Keep your budget in mind. It's a lot better to go Paleo for life starting out eating conventional meat and veggies than to go Paleo for a month eating grass-fed organic and then realize it's not sustainable for you. Eat the best quality foods you can afford, but don't stress yourself out. It really is not that important compared to just eating whole foods.

Hope this helps, and best of luck to you and your hubby! PS - tomatoes are fine for most people.


on March 15, 2013
at 09:49 PM

I would suggest you ease into it, maybe start with breakfast and go from there. Have a look at http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/ which is a pretty easy place to start. Basically you're looking to eat mostly fish/meat/eggs and lots of veg (PHD allows potatoes and white rice) and some fruit (tomatoes are fine!). Just start somewhere and then refine it over time.



on March 15, 2013
at 06:41 PM

I would highly recommend picking up a copy of The Primal Blueprint and Wheat Belly. Then, head over to www.marksdailyapple.com for all the information you need. Also, check out this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjgBLwH3Wc Just read everything you can and ask questions!

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