Getting Started Part One

Read these sections before you crack on….

  1. Before you start
  2. Adjustment Period
  3. How to Minimise Symptoms and Cravings
  4. Planning Menus
  5. Where to shop and what to buy
  6. Looking after yourself - displacement activities, addiction theories
  7. Support

Keeping a Diet Diary

When conducting the initial inquiry during the first thirty or so days of the paleo diet, it is very useful to keep a diet diary, to note both exactly what you have consumed, and to measure or gauge any symptoms that you might experience.


In Stoneage times, natural sugars would have only been available for a few months a year during the Autumn, and it would have important in cooler climes for people to eat as much as they could to build up fat reserves for the coming winter. These days we can get sugar whenever we want, and for those of us that have central heating, winter ain’t what it used to be either.


When we talk about oils we mean fats, or lipids in general. This is a pretty large subject, and one that is mired in controversy and misinformation, which is a good reason for spending some time getting to grips with the subject - at least so that your learning reaches a point where you are satisfied that choices you make are both sensible and safe. It would be far simpler to say “right, just eat this, and not this”, but we have been told so often that fats are bad for us, and that certain brands of Margarine or Low Fat Spreads, for example, are really great for our hearts, that you probably need some persuading that much of what has been accepted wisdom in this country for so many years turns out to be dubious, misleading, and often just plain wrong.


What, exactly, is a legume?

A legume is defined as a plant in the fabeaceae family. These include beans, lentils, peas, and peanuts.



A period of eliminating all dairy products from your diet is a feature of most elimination diet programmes designed to help you identify problem foods. So the first thing to say is that the main reason we are suggesting dairy exclusion is to do with the inquiry into health issues.

Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek reduces the increase in blood sugar levels after eating without raising insulin levels, and also reduces LDL and VLDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. It is a useful adjunct to help with some side effects of reducing carbohydrate consumption in your diet.

Savoury Paleo Biscuits - like oatcakes

Thanks to Claire Milne for this simple recipe for a tasty replacement for oatcakes. They taste better too.


Make your own mayo - handy for dipping your leftovers in!

Three Salsas

A colourful and tasty trio of accompaniments to any fish or meat dish