Paleo Principles

If you’re completely new to the Paleo diet, this is the place for you. The Paleo way of eating is becoming more and more widespread, so you may have heard about it at work, in the gym (especially if you’re a CrossFit type), or at a party where your friend was telling you how he lost all that weight. But while it may be a new diet, it’s actually quite (well, extremely) old, hence its name.

The Paleolithic era was from about 2.5 million years ago until about 10,000 years ago when we humans started intensively cultivating crops and raising animals for food. At the end of the Paleolithic era, people started to transition from eating the animals they hunted and the plants they gathered to eating the grains from their crops and the meat and milk from their domesticated animals.

Since then, heart disease, obesity, diabetes type 2, cancer and other inflammatory diseases have crept in to our societies, whereas modern hunter gatherer societies (who are believed to eat similarly to our Paleolithic ancestors) show almost no signs of any of those maladies.

Since food is so integral to our health, we can assume that the hunter-gatherer way of eating had a lot to do with their impeccable health, and in the last 100 years, there has been a lot of research to substantiate that idea. The Paleo way of eating takes us back to our roots, and you’re hearing so much about it because it makes people feel better: they lose weight, gain muscle, have more energy, have less inflammation of all kinds, their skin looks better and they feel younger. Digestive problems often disappear, seasonal allergies and asthma may abate, and people regularly go off their diabetes medications, including insulin.

The great thing about it is that this way of eating is not a crash diet – you’re not going to feel hungry if you do it right, so it’s sustainable – 2.5 million years sustainable.

So if you’re new to Paleo Plan or the whole Paleo thing, you’re probably wondering where to begin finding solid, reliable info. Here’s a list of the pages we’ve written that we think are most helpful in answering your questions.

Paleo Blog Posts to Get You Started

Paleo Plan Food Guide

How to Follow The Paleo Plan Meal Plan

How to Modify the Meal Plan to Fit Your Needs

Paleo for The Active Person

How Much Food Should You Eat?

The Dreaded Detox

The Importance of Cheating

Paleo Plan Weekly Nutrition Breakdown

Will I Lose Weight on Paleo Plan?

Why No Grains and Legumes: Lectins

Why No Grains and Legumes (and Nuts?): Phytic Acid

Stop Eating Dairy (At Least For A While)

The Calcium Conundrum

Getting Enough Nutrients In Your Paleo Diet?

Supplements – Do You Need Them?

Saturated Fat Truths

The Cruel Calling of Coffee

Confused About The Paleo “Rules”

Why Paleo?


  1. Tania

    OMG! after reading and checking out your website, I got inspired to do my own “paleo” smoothie. :) It was delish I wanted to share the recipe.

    1 cup coconut milk
    1 banana
    1/2 frozen berries (from Costco) blueberry,raspberry,blackberry Organic
    5 ice cubes

    Blend and enjoy! yield 1 large glass of deliciousness. ;)

  2. Veronica

    Hi there! Day 2 of paleo down! I feel bloated and have a nasty taste in my mouth! Other than that I have not had any cravings. I am savcing my cheat date for Thanksgiving. I have decided to not start a work out regime (sp) for about two weeks into the Paleo. I think I would become discouraged if I am unable to work out because I am to lethargic. I do have one question though, I have PCOS and I was told that completely restricting all carbs was a bad idea. Do you have any advice?

    • Neely

      Veronica – Great job so far! Keep it up. I think restricting all carbs is a bad idea for anyone unless you’re purposefully trying to get into ketosis, in which case you need to monitor your fat and protein intake. I think you should just eat lots of veggies, some fruits, some starchy veggies (maybe lots of them depending on how much you’re working out), and plenty of meat and fats. You’ll still lose weight because that’s still low carb compared to a normal diet. Good luck to you!

  3. Karen

    Is the 21 day cleanse a good idea if a person is nursing/breast feeding a baby. My daughter is 9 mos. old & eating some foods, but would a cleanse not be a good idea during this time?

    • Neely Quinn

      Karen – If you’re just starting Paleo, I’d suggest doing the Quickstart Guide instead. The cleanse is very restrictive and is meant for people who’ve been doing Paleo for a while and they’re not getting the results they want because of food sensitivities to foods on the normal Paleo diet. I’d hate to see you breast feeding and struggling with a super restrictive diet at the same time. Also, no matter what diet you’re doing, make sure you get enough carbs and calories to feed you and your baby.

  4. Doug S

    We have been eating Paleo for about a month now. My wife is very committed, but I am not 100% yet. The other day, after having some turkey and melon for breakfast, I had a couple of pieces of toast that my father-in-law wasn’t going to eat. 15 minutes later I was hungry! that moment made me realize that once your body starts getting used to Paleo, it will tell you when you are off track. In time I can see that cheats won’t be very appealing. Now I’m more committed than ever to embrace this new way of eating.

  5. Carolien

    Dear Neely, i have been eating Paleo for 4 days and so far its has been really easy for me. I already was eating ‘somewhat’ healthy (absolutely no sugar, only spelt/sourdough and other wholefoods) for years.
    Since i started Paleo i am really..gassy. Im doing everything correctly, but since day one i have this horrible gas.
    I hope you have some tips and answers cause i dont want to stop the Paleo Diet, but if this is not going away i have to..

  6. Linda B

    Hi there!
    I am trying all sorts of recipes on the Paleo plan, however, I have not found a substitute for making turkey salad or chicken salad. I know that mayonnaise is a no-no, but how do I make the salad without it? Any suggestions? I really am getting used to this diet plan. My doctor encouraged me to try it and so far so good. I have made a few recipes and have been very impressed. Anyway, thank you for any help you can give me!

    Linda B.

    • Neely

      Linda – I use olive oil mayo that you can buy in health stores.

  7. Anita

    I searched the website for condiments and found one for “How to make mayonnaise in 20 seconds”. The ingredients are:1 egg, 2 tsp. Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, pinch of salt and about 6 1/2 oz. of olive oil. I bought an emersion stick blender (and it was on sale) and made my first cup last night. It was great. I put everything in the supplied vessel and put the blender down in the ingredients and kept it there until it came together. I did add Mrs. Dash and salt and pepper to taste and made tuna salad (albacore) and wrapped in lettuce. It was really good.

  8. Paick

    I have Secondary Progress Multiple Scelorosis, can barley move left arm, the rest of my body is dead. Hoping this diet will help reverse this symptoms. To sit up without help would be my first goal, getting into a wheelchair next, standing, walking with walker, cane… Wish me luck!

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