Sort of My First Week on Paleo- what to eat/read /workout

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Created November 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Was wondering, before I go and buy tons of books, could anyone recommend a good eating plan and/or book for while I'm starting out? The chili should last me a few more days and I've got a bunch of veggies and sausages I'm freezing but would like a more solid plan. Also got some Probiotics and Fish Oil Omega 3 vitamins. For instance- I'm looking for a good post workout and/or breakfast smoothie recipe that omits protein powder for now- unless there is a good paleo powder out there...

I did the slow carb diet awhile back and made tons of chili. Now I love it without the beans..much lighter yet meatier. My concern is whether this is ok considering all the spices. There were a few canned items such as tomato, 1/2 can of pumpkin and chipotle chilis in adobo sauce, which probably isn't exactly Paleo but close. Got the recipe of Rob Wolf's site though.

Also, does anyone use any sort of app or template for a food & photo journal such as Evernote or DailyTracker for monitoring their progress?

For working out, I was doing Rushfit by Georges St. Pierre but now I'm doing Intervals on the treadmill and planning on some sort of HIIT kettlebell workouts. Can't quite afford a Crossfit gym just yet plus I'm more interested in spending my money on martial arts. Open to ideas on this.

Sorry, realize this could be at least 3 separate posts but I'm sure others starting out have similar questions.




on December 03, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Thanks! I actually made Rob's Chipotle Chili which was awesome..goes down so much better without the beans

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on November 29, 2012
at 07:01 AM

Everything you want to know is here:



I wouldn't track or log food for now if I were you. It's stressful enough changing a diet. Wait a couple months then think if you really need to track.

Don't worry so much, enjoy your food, enjoy your workout.

That meal plan I linked is a bit complicated, Paleo cooking is really simple. Learn what vegetables are in season ( http://localfoods.about.com/od/searchbyseason/Search_Seasonal_Fruits_and_Vegetables_By_Season.htm ) pick one or two that you think might taste good together, heat some fat in a pan, cook your meat, remove meat, cook vegetables, ding!, ready!

Example: "yay, chuck beef is on sale! And hey, that purple cabbage is so pretty. oh, red onion? what if I slice them up together?" then you go home and think what spice would go with that. The red juices from those 3 ingredients make me think of balsamic or red wine vinegar, maybe Worcestershire sauce and cracked pepper. I also know cabbage tastes delicious with lard or bacon grease. And what's a steak without slices of garlic? So I cook my chuck beef in the lard, cracked pepper and bits of garlic, set the beef aside when done, and cook the two vegetables in the beef juices with balsamic and Worcestershire. Aaah, a meal fit for a king.

Use your nose and you'll learn easy meal plans in your sleep that your taste-buds will love :)


on December 03, 2012
at 03:38 PM

Spices are fine, even encouraged, on Paleo. Only times they're counterindicated are if you 1) have an autoimmune condition that discourages the consumption of nightshades, or 2) if you feel a relentless need to be as historically accurate as possible.

I play around with Cron-O-Meter to track micros. I like to make sure I'm getting in enough folate and choline, and check to see if I'm habitually short on something (right now it's potassium). Haven't heard good things about the app though. Honestly, the only tracker I used as an app was Fitness Pal. It's not nearly as in-depth as Cron-O-Meter.

As for protein powder, while I really believe that one can get all the nutrients they need without protein powders and supplements, I can acknowledge that a high-quality, minimally-processed protein powder can help. My husband is one of those cases. We have a very small food budget and no room to expand it. He hasn't been getting enough calories, so protein powder keeps him from wasting away any more than he already sort of has. Capra protein is a good brand. It's processed using low temperatures and uses cultured goats milk whey. Mark Sisson does recommend eating more eggs as a protein supplement. They're cheap and nutritious and bioavailable!

As for exercise, do what you love, first and foremost. If you feel like trying something else out, Mark Sisson has a good program with his Primal Blueprint Fitness. I think it's cool that you're doing martial arts. I always wanted to do martial arts growing up!

For eating plans/books, right now I'm loving Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfillipo. I don't have many other paleo books.



on December 03, 2012
at 03:21 PM

I agree, I read the primal blueprint and the the Paleo Diet by Dr. Loren Cordain. I still have yet to read the Robb Wolf book but those 3 books are the popular ones and teach you a lot about adopting a more primal lifestyle. I don't think there is any strict plan or schedule you can get into (that only makes it more difficult). I think its more about understanding how to be more primal and trying to live your life in accordance to those methodologies.

As for meal plans, I find that gets too complicated. There are tons of great paleo sites with recipes. I just scour them, decide what I'm eating for the week then go to the supermarket on the weekends and buy food for that week. My favorite one right now is Paleo Plan. There are tons of other really good paleo food blogs with recipes. Nom Nom Paleo I believe is another.

As for paleo protein powder that you mentioned earlier. I buy Dr. Mercola's Pure Protein Powder. I would encourage you to look at that page and his site overall. He doesn't say he's necessarily "Paleo." But he's the only medical doctor I know of that actually believes in the same principles (grain free, not eating processed foods, etc). His site has a wealth of information and all supplements and products, I buy form him. I believe his protein powder is even made from grass fed animals too. But yea, I am quite of fan of him and all his principles which align very well with paleo principles.



on December 03, 2012
at 03:14 PM

I think this is a great to place start:


Quick, easy, free and to the point. If you like it, then decide if you want to read more of his or other blogs and/or purchase a book.

For working out, most agree you should lift heavy weights and do some walking. I have started reading this book and it's amazing:



on December 03, 2012
at 03:01 PM

For good Paleo lifestyle books, try The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson or The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. Tons of other interesting books out there but these will get you started. I checked out mine from public library.



on December 03, 2012
at 10:51 PM

Thanks! I actually made Rob's Chipotle Chili which was awesome..goes down so much better without the beans

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