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New to Paleo, Where to begin?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 01, 2013 at 3:38 PM

I am new to this. I dont know anyone who has previously or currently lives a paleo lifestyle, so theres not much advice around here. I have read the book (primal blueprint) and understand the basic ideas behind the concept, but am kind of afraid to start. I have a few meal ideas, but am afraid I will get off track due to lack of variety, feelings of sickness, etc. Any one of any words of advice? Thanks!

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on June 02, 2013
at 05:13 AM

Thanks! The way you put it makes it easier to think I can manage. Many days I eat an egg for breakfast, salads for lunch and a big hunk of meat for dinner. Im a bit worried about blood sugars, as I have previously had to be medicated for diabetes, but since have lost a little weight and been living a more active lifestyle, so now Im worried I will be dropping too low. I appreciate your advice!

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on June 01, 2013
at 06:20 PM

I second the advice for "Practical Paleo." It's full of 30-day meal plans for various paleo approaches. I also concur with the recommendation to visit the MDA site as a means of online support.

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on June 01, 2013
at 04:37 PM

Read more books and blogs. There are zillions. Mark's Daily Apple is a great site. Practical Paleo is a great book. And keep visiting this site - lots of great info, especially if you use the 'search' field at the top right.

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on June 01, 2013
at 06:20 PM

I second the advice for "Practical Paleo." It's full of 30-day meal plans for various paleo approaches. I also concur with the recommendation to visit the MDA site as a means of online support.

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on June 01, 2013
at 06:36 PM

I like Robb Wolf's approach:

Ever had scrambled eggs and fruit for breakfast? Ever had a chicken salad with olive oil and balsamic for lunch? Ever had salmon and broccoli w/ butter for dinner?

Then you've eaten paleo. Just continue to skip the pasta, bread and junk food. There's nothing to be scared of. Note that it's easy to eat too little, so eat a bit extra of those meals, e.g. four eggs, huge salad, nice chunk of salmon. Only restrict calories later, once you've learned paleo, and then only if you need to and only a tiny bit. There's no reason to ever feel sick, except maybe for a few days if you're also transitioning to low carb (and you'd cure that by eating a sweet potato or two with the above -- there's no reason not to, since paleo needn't be low carb). As for lack of variety, that'll be a problem for the first month, but over time you'll develop a repertoire and find you have too many great choices. But at first, you may be hunting down recipes or other ideas on the internet.

It's exciting and rewarding. Have fun!

7cc906f01e7bb745dda5e8f43c1640e9

on June 02, 2013
at 05:13 AM

Thanks! The way you put it makes it easier to think I can manage. Many days I eat an egg for breakfast, salads for lunch and a big hunk of meat for dinner. Im a bit worried about blood sugars, as I have previously had to be medicated for diabetes, but since have lost a little weight and been living a more active lifestyle, so now Im worried I will be dropping too low. I appreciate your advice!

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on June 25, 2013
at 11:47 AM

Just jump in. It's totally worth it! Its easier to eliminate grains/dairy, rather than trying to moderate. Plus, there are great alternatives (almond milk, coconut milk, etc.). I started a month ago and already feel better - inside and out.

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on June 02, 2013
at 03:07 AM

It sounds like you have a fear of failure and perhaps feeling a bit overwhelmed. Just start by removing one offender from your diet at a time: Take a food that you regularly eat, like bread, and simply stop buying it. You'll quickly find alternatives to fill the void. After a few weeks, each new food choice will become a habit.

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on June 01, 2013
at 10:43 PM

My wife and I are also just starting off and we are not 100% there yet but working on it. We have cut out all dairy and for the most part processed foods. We already had paleo lunches with spinach with chicken or pork and olive oil infused with garlic.

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on June 01, 2013
at 06:21 PM

I'll just add a note about making sure you get enough of the electrolytic minerals.

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on June 01, 2013
at 04:11 PM

  1. Start now!!!
  2. Eat real food
  3. Do the best you can each day.
  4. Don't stress over the details.

My first "Paleo" meal was sloppy joe on french fries instead of on their own bun. A total fail by my standards today, but it was the first step on my journey.

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on June 25, 2013
at 11:04 AM

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