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14 Steps To Eating a Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is (as any healthful diet should be) an abrupt departure from the Standard Australian Diet (SAD).  One of the most common questions I receive is whether or not a Paleo Diet will work if you discard some of the principles and consume non-organic vegetables, conventional meat, farmed seafood, etc.  

Basically, will a few of the Paleo Diet principles be enough to notice any difference?

The answer is always the same: “Yes – but the more you do, the better it works.”  However, you’ll be healthier and stronger by making even the smallest changes.

This is the step-by-step guide to changing from a Standard Australian Diet to a Paleo Diet.

Start wherever you are and keep moving forward!

14 Steps To Eating a Paleo Diet

1. Eliminate sugar (including fruit juices, sports drinks and honey).

2. Replace the sugar calories with healthy fats from foods such as organic unsalted grass-fed butter, MCT oil or coconut oil.

3. Eliminate gluten in any shape or form.  This includes bread, cereal, and pasta.  Do not make the mistake of resorting to gluten free junk food, these “foods” are rubbish and will do more harm than good.

4. Remove grains, grain derived oils, and vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and canola.  Also remove unstable polyunsaturated oils such as walnut, flax, and peanut oil.

5. Eliminate all synthetic additives, colourings, and flavourings.  This includes aspartame, MSG, food dyes, and artificial flavourings. Basically any thing with a number in it.

6. Eat significant amounts of pastured, grass-fed meat from animals such as beef, lamb, and buffalo.  Pair this with fish, eggs, and other seafood.

7. Eliminate legumes such as peanuts, beans, and lentils.  If you must have your beans, soak over night, sprout (or ferment), and cook them.

8. Remove all processed, homogenised, and pasteurised dairy.  High fat items can be pasteurised, but they must be grass-fed.  Full fat, raw, whole dairy from grass-fed cows is okay for most people.

9. Switch to grass-fed meat and wild caught seafood.  Eat free range eggs and some pork, chicken, turkey, and duck.

10. Switch to organic fruits and vegetables.  This is more important for some plants than others as they can be heavily sprayed. 

11. Cook your food gently, if at all.  Incorporate water into your cooking whenever possible, boil at low temperatures.  Do not use a microwave or fry.

12. Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day.  Favour low fructose containing fruits like berries and lemons over watermelon and apples.

13. Add spices and other flavourings.  Favour herb based spices such as thyme and rosemary over powders. Use high quality ones, recently opened.

14. Enjoy your food.  Food should be fun and tasty.