Seriously Stoneage

January 2012 - City Farm Cafe

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This is the second of a series of courses that started in 2011 and will run throughout 2012.

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 at St Werburgh's City Farm Cafe

January 12th 2012

7.00 - 9.00pm

1. The Stoneage Perspective

What is known about the stoneage diet, and modern interpretations.

Aims of diet:

Weightloss, Better health, Better performance

What might happen:

Physical, mental and emotional responses, and what you can do to help alleviate side-effects and cravings.

Practical advice on what to eat and when.

Some menu ideas, shopping list, snacks.

A guide to the inquiry:

keeping a journal / diary. Techniques for self-observation.

January 19th 2012

7.00 - 9.00pm

2. What is happening to me?

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

The nature of appetite and cravings

Detox reactions

the Gut/Brain axis

January 26th 2012

7.00 - 9.00pm

3. Carbohydrates and the Dance of Hormones

A more detailed look at the health implications of cutting out 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

February 2nd 2012

7.00 - 9.00pm

4. The Right Foods

Fats and Oils:

Lipids in the food chain - getting the right balance

Fats and inflammation.

The question of dairy.

“permissable” grains – and the issue of carb craving.

February 9th 2012

7.00 - 9.00pm

5. Interim Assessment. Carrying on.

Continuing the enquiry:

Testing foods and the reintroduction phase

Hidden allergies.

Developing your knowledge

Developing local resources and creating a community

Doing the right kind of exercise

My 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, onins, 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, clarified butter (ghee)

Herbal teas, green tea