how to start paleo - advice please?

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  1. vanda

    vanda plodding away

    Hi all

    I have been reading the Primal Blueprint and really want to start eating and living healthily - but how to start?

    Do I just go for it, clean out the fridge and cupboards of any processed stuff and jump straight in or do I exclude one thing at a time and do it gradually. There are pluses and minuses for both approaches, just wondered how you did it and what you would advise.

    Thanks x
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  3. Plumfoodie

    Plumfoodie Paleo maintenance rocks!

    Welcome! :) And well done with your loss so far, that's amazing! How have you done it?

    Either approach can be successful; what do you think will work for YOU best? If you suffer with sugar or carb cravings then you may want to do it in one fell swoop as the cravings will be wicked but shorter, and if you've cleared the rubbish out of the house then there's no temptation. And if you're doing it for health reasons then obviously you'll see the benefits sooner. :) But if you think that's enough to send you to McDonalds in the middle of the night for a cherry pie 3 days in (not that that has ever happened to me in the past, nooo....) then make some gradual changes first.

    Personally I was already eating low GI/South Beach Diet when I switched to primal and so for me it wasn't such a huge leap as I'd been having smaller carb portions anyway (and don't forget that primal does not have to mean low carb, so if you need a bit more carbs for energy, as long as they're good carbs like sweet potato, then go for it! personally if I have 50g of carb per day I find it impossible, I get really irritable and have no energy). If you wanted a sort of 'halfway house' then this could be a good way to do it, move to small portions of low GI carb foods like brown rice, wholemeal pasta, quinoa - by small I mean no more than 1/2 cup cooked.

    Let us know how you get on! :)

    plum x
  4. vanda

    vanda plodding away

    Thanks for your reply, I do appreciate it :)

    Thanks again x
  5. Deezer

    Deezer Gold Member

    I just have to get rid of all the bad stuff.... But You can set a date and then start buying your 'new stock' then you dont have to shell out all in one go!!! Then on your decided day bin all the other stuff... maybe give it to a food bank!!!

    You will love it!!! X
  6. miss vlcd38

    miss vlcd38 Silver Member

    i couldnt clean my cupboards out as there are others in the house ie children and bf who dont want to lose the crap.

    but i went out and bought all my stuff anyway, since being on the diet it really helps to stop the cravings and i feel satisfied between meals which really stops me from picking.

    good luck
  7. vanda

    vanda plodding away

    Thanks for the advice :)

    Well I gave it some more thought while in bed last night, and had decided to eat what I had at home and start gradually. Started well enough today until I went out for a meal tonight, the sugary drink sent me off on one and I binged on jelly beans when I got home. So I have rethought again, I just cant have even a little bit of sugar without craving more so tomorrow I am going to empty my kitchen of all non primal friendly stuff and plan a menu for the rest of the week. As I am working afternoons tomorrow and mornings Wednesday I shall do a shop after work on Weds.

    I really want to feel more healthy and stop the cravings, any weight loss would be a bonus. Thanks again for the advice x
  8. Deezer

    Deezer Gold Member

    After the first few days you'll start to crave it less..... You can do it!!! X
  9. Donzy84

    Donzy84 Back to basics

    I started on atkins at the beginning on January and I'd had a massive carb day the day before and something just clicked and i decoded i got to get a handle on my binging and apart from the odd glass of wine at the weekend I've been 100% am now gradually coming over to primal but keeping my carbs fairly low until I get to the weight I want.

    But I can honestly say the junk in the house doesn't bother me, I don't whether it's because it's banned (as with cal counting SW ww etc u can have as long as counted) or whether my head is in the right place but I never thought I'd feel this great on a diet, usually I'm looking forward to a treat day that turns into a binge day xxx

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  10. Mis-behave

    Mis-behave Gold Member

    That's got to be good news :)

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  11. lass321

    lass321 Gold Member

    Hey Vanda, I was reading back over my diary and remember you posted on it a while back. I thought I'd check out how you are doing and my goodness you are doing really well! Very pleased for you. It will be interesting to find out how your paleo diet goes :)
  12. SlimmingKitchen

    SlimmingKitchen Gold Member

    I've always been interested and intrigued by the Paleo diet but I have no idea what it involves lol.

    All I know is that it seems to be a very successful diet so that interests me alot ;)

    I'd love to know the basics if anyone is willing to share.


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  13. Mis-behave

    Mis-behave Gold Member

    Hi google marks daily apple :)

    following primal blueprint and experimenting with the 5:2 fasting diet
  14. Donzy84

    Donzy84 Back to basics

    Yes marks daily apple is primal so u can have dairy and he uses an 80/20 approach so u aim to have 80% of diet primal site also has primal exercises. Paleo is like primal without dairy x

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  15. eatlikeaGFgirl

    eatlikeaGFgirl Full Member

    Definitely marks daily apple, I found the shopping list on his site really helpful :) I like the huge list of veggies as its easy to forget how much variety is out there and get stuck in a rut

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