January 2013 Alloa | Seriously Stoneage

January 2013 Alloa

This is our first venture into Scotland, and is part of a research project and series of courses that has been running since November 2011.

The courses are part of an Action Research project designed to explore the question: How do we make it easier for people to complete a 30 day challenge of sticking rigidly to the guidelines of the Stoneage Diet? The purpose is to gather a sufficient body of collected stories from people who have successfully completed the challenge, to see what themes emerge and what are the major obstacles (as well as benefits!)

What it is

This is a 30 day experiment with the stoneage, or paleolithic diet. During the 30 days we will all adhere strictly to the stoneage diet guidelines, and meet regularly to discuss and monitor our progress.


Altogether there will be five 2-hour meetings over the course of the 30 days. In brief, each meeting will combine an opportunity to share what you are experiencing, and how you are managing (including recipe tips!), along with a more structured teaching about the nutritional theory, and health issues. There will be tasty stoneage snacks!

Over the course of the 30 days we will explore:

5 Weekly Meetings in Alloa

Thursday January 10th 2013

10.30am - 12.30pm

Introduction: The Stoneage Perspective

An evolutionary approach to health and wellness.

Outline of the course and research process.

What might happen in the first week

Introductory talk on the nature of appetite and cravings.

Thursday January 17th 2013

10.30am - 12.30pm

carbohydrates and the dance of hormones.

Some insights into what we might have experienced in the first week.

A detailed look at the health benefits of eliminating grains and other food products of civilisation.

Gluten sensitivity, phytates, lectins and other anti-nutrients.

Insulin Vs. Glucagon Vs. Cortisol

Remembering the goals:

  • Lowering base insulin
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Better health
  • Better perfomance

Thursday January 24th 2013

10.30am - 12.30pm

Fats, Oils and Inflammation

What are fats and why are they essential?

bad fats, prostaglandins, and inflammation.

Getting the right fats in your diet.

Cholesterol myths.

Thursday January 31st 2013

10.30am - 12.30pm

Appetite and Cravings

Exploring the gut/brain connection.

Gut bacteria.

Reward centres: liking and wanting; satiation and repletion.

Thursday February 7th 2013

10.30am - 12.30pm

Continuing the Inquiry

developing your knowledge.

What’s up with dairy products and legumes?

Reintroducing foods, methods of self-observation.

Developing local resources and creating a community

Doing the right kind of exercise

A List of foods on the menu this month

This is not the total list - you can probably find more things to add to it!


Chicken, duck, turkey, pigeon, venison, lamb, pork, beef


Salmon, mackerel, herring, trout, sardines, cod, haddock, prawns, pilchards


Starch: Sweet potatoes and other yams, squashes, parsnips, turnips, swedes, pumpkins

Greens: Kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, brussels sprouts

Others: Tomatoes, avocados, beetroots, celery, onions, garlic, leeks, aubergines


Apples, pears, bananas, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, berries, grapes, figs

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews

Seeds: pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, flax, hemp, psillium

The rest



Vinegar, except malt vinegar

Oils: Olive, coconut, animal fats

Herbal teas, green tea