Getting started with Paleo

Getting started with Paleo

What is paleo? To me, paleo is a change in thinking. It’s a way of living that frames how you think about your health, food in particular. The food aspect of living a paleo lifestyle is eating nutrient dense food while avoiding foods that cause harm to your body.

Eat whole foods, meat, vegetables, seafood, eggs, while avoiding sugar, caffeine, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, nuts. In a nutshell the reason for avoiding these foods is because they damage the human gut, causing permeability leading to many imbalances in the body, an unhealthy gut microbiome, and many “diseases of civilisation” and autoimmune conditions.

There is much to read and learn when you’re thinking about Paleo. Here is my list of resources for getting started with Paleo.

The Paleo Mom website

The Paleo Mom website has a great starting point that explains a lot about starting paleo – also has heaps of recipes. This site is so good because she comes at a lot of from the perspective of a scientist who has gone through the process herself. From being very sick and over weight to slimming down and getting very healthy. She’s also great at analysing the articles that come out about paleo and responding to the critics (because there are heaps).

I want to eat paleo but I don’t know where to start – this is a great first starting guide.

More great early information about paleo.

Marks Daily Apple website

Marks daily apple has masses of articles about different aspects of paleo (called the primal blueprint on this website), he has recipes and the testimonials are awesome! This is the site I’ve spent hours upon hours reading about paleo/primal blue print nutrition.

I’ve read the book called The Primal Blue Print by Mark Sisson (The marks daily apple guy) and loved it. Its a great guide for setting yourself up to live a healthy active lifestyle.

Other useful paleo websites

Chris Kresser is a functional medicine specialist who believes that we need to look for the cause of illness rather than just treating the symptoms like many health care providers do. He’s also a great one for reading and learning from, I think I’ve read most of his articles, I’m especially interested in the thyroid ones.

Rob Wolf is another one I read frequently, he has a great page about what Paleo is and his articles are also informative so head over the blog and read through his info.

I keep up to date with what these guys are saying about it, but there are tons of other blogs out there and heaps of recipe ideas all over the web.

I’ve got a paleo recipe board on Pinterest if you’re interested. I also have a gluten free recipe board.

There are heaps and heaps of recipes on google and Pinterest, I google paleo and whatever ingredient or meal idea I’m looking for and bazinga, dinner ideas aplenty!

I’m happy for you to pick my brain any time you like about any of this. It’s a huge thing to do and can seem overwhelming but it’s totally worth it!

It can take a little while to get used to eating veggies and meat for breakfast. As part of my getting started with paleo guide, I’ll post up some of the foods I eat for breakfast to give you some ideas.