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Created December 23, 2014 at 4:50 AM

I have had several friends switch to this way of eating and say they feel better (and have lost weight - not that they needed to). What's the best way to start? I have tried several recipes and love them.

Is the easiest thing to do to go through the pantry & toss all carb-related foods?

What are some kid-friendly recipes to try to get my kiddos on board?

Any additional advice about starting out is appreciated.


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on December 23, 2014
at 01:52 PM

No tossing necessary (I personally hate watching food being thrown away) so save it for special occasions or leave it for your kids/significant other/friends/relatives/roomates/etc. Eating Paleo is really easy.

Step 1: Buy meat, any kind of meat you like, fish and shellfish, vegetables that are not too starchy (like spinach, collards, broccoli and cauliflower for example), eggs (a lot of eggs), olive oil and butter, nuts, and fruits that aren't full of sugar (tomatoes, avocados, bell peppers, lemons, cucumbers, strawberries and raspberries are all good examples).

Step 2: Cook/Prepare the foods to your liking.

Step 3: Eat it.

Don't overthink it, don't count and don't stress. Live your life and enjoy it. By the way if you like coffee, wine, tea, dark chocolate (85%+) and diet soda just have some and don't worry about it. If you want to lose weight the easy way stay low-carb, but if you like to eat carbs and don't want to give them up then be very mindful of your portions because you will gain more easily. Try not to drink and smoke too much lol.

My go to meal these days is a New York Strip Steak with eggs and a side of melted butter. Life is good.


on December 31, 2014
at 11:41 PM

The best way to start paleo is to jump in. The most important thing to remember is that it is OK to mess up. I repeat: IT IS OK TO MESS UP. You'll be chowing down on something only to realize it includes milk powder or peanuts or hidden sugar. That's OK. Your body is still loving you for making this effort. Eventually you won't have any more mistakes and you'll be glad you stuck with it.

Unlike the commenter above, I did clean out my pantry. I live alone, so I just gave a bunch of pasta and beans to the food bank. I kept an old half-used bag of basmati rice around for guests. 

One more thing to remember: carbs are paleo. Many, many people assume paleo is a very low-carb diet, but it does not have to be. Pre-historic man ate tubers, roots, fruit, and even small quantities of wild rice and other grains. I lost a bunch of weight eating fruit and potatoes regularly.

Your kids will need carbs, so be sure to have plenty of potatoes and fruit around for them. The best thing to get kids interested in real food is to involve them in preparing it. Kids seem to love vegetables when they get to help clean and trim them.

Good luck!


on December 24, 2014
at 05:50 PM

Just stop eating grains (pasta, bread, cakes, cookies, rice, oatmeal, etc) and all refined sugars. Your first couple of questions will be what to have for breakfast and what kind of starch to have with dinner.

Breakfast becomes protein-based such as eggs or leftovers.  You can also get creative with fruit, dried fruit, seeds, coconut, nut butters, etc.  Smoothies can work but generally you should try not to eat a lot of your food as smoothies.  In the first couple of weeks this might be quite an adjustment for you so eat whatever makes sense that isn't too much of a hassle.

The diet is generally lower in carbs so you won't have a big portion of starch with every meal.  The best starches are things like sweet potatoes and root vegetables, but you should often skip starches.  Some people have problems going "low carb", you can try it but be aware that it can be tricky.  This depends on your weight and fitness goals. If you're trying to lose weight you can try low carb for a while.  If you're working out a lot I wouldn't worry about them.

This can be a tricky diet for small kids since virtually all typical kid foods have gluten, sugars, grains, and are highly processed.  Which by the way is probably a widespread societal problem.  But you'll be swimming upstream with every school and social gathering trying to keep your kids 100% Paleo.  For me I try to keep their dinners pretty Paleo, breakfasts somewhat Paleo, and let them do what they want for other meals.  My kids don't seem to have any food or gluten intolerances and my plan would probably be different if they did.  As they get older I want to get them to eat more and more Paleo.

Good luck!

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