How Do I Start?

What is this Paleo business anyway?
Paleo is a diet. Not diet in the “lose 10lbs in a week” sense, but more a specific framework within which we decide to eat. In the most basic possible way it can be described as eating meat, fish, veg, fruit, nuts and seeds. So no grains, white potatoes, booze, pulses, sugar or dairy. We eat a bit of dairy.

The chart below explains it better than we can (and no, we weren’t clever enough to make it).

So… how do I start?
Starting out can be a bit tricky, so hopefully this should help you get going. We’ve broken it down into a few easy steps to follow to help you through your first week. We’ve also shown you a week of everything we eat to give you more of an idea of what a Paleo diet might look like (take a look at the Random Bits and Pieces section).

Step 1: Understand your parameters. Have a look at some paleo guidelines (you can find more information about paleo here) and decide what you will and won’t eat. Then stick to it.

Step 2: Decide what you’re going to eat this week. There’s a guide we’ve written to meal planning here (and a lazy version here) if you want a bit more help, but have a browse of this site (a good place to start is our ‘speedy weekday meals’ section) and some of those we’ve recommended here to get some inspiration.

Step 3: Stock up! Work out exactly what you need for the week, make a list, then go shopping. We’ve written a guide to commonly used Paleo ingredients here, and a list of useful places to buy more specialist things here. Don’t forget to buy snacks as well as meals!

Step 4: Cook your ingredients and eat your way to Paleo happiness!

But you use X in your recipe, that’s not Paleo?!
Sadly, we’re not perfect. Sometimes we eat things that aren’t Paleo because they really make a difference to a recipe with only a small quantity, or simply because they taste awesome and we think they aren’t too bad a compromise (milk in tea is one example). We think life is too short to stress about the tiny details, so at the moment we’re looking at the big picture and not worrying about the odd splash of soy sauce. You are a grown up and able to make your own food choices, so please don’t feel you have to eat something just because we do!

If you’d like to know more, check out our Favourite Resources page and we’ll point you in the direction of some good places to start.

Good luck!

Still confused?
We can be hassled for queries using the contact form here. We’d love to hear from you with any comments, questions or suggestions for improvement. We may sometimes seem like we know what we’re talking about, but it’s all a lie and we pretty much make it up as we go along.

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One comment

  1. Paul Vandyken · · Reply

    Hey,
    I was on the hunt for Paleo materials for my blog today and found this on your website
    I really like the Paleo Diet FlowChart, it is very interesting!
    Anyway, thank you for this helful article!

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