An Introduction to Paleo

I feel somewhat… embarrassed… telling people how to eat and what to shop for, how to cook, etc. I hate feeling like I’m telling adults how to live their lives. That said, for those who are serious about trying to eat paleo I can tell you about my experiences and what I’ve learned. I know some of you are idiots, which probably cannot be helped.  For the rest of you: please, please, please, take this for what it is.

It should be noted that I am not part of a pre-agriculture reenactment club or anything like it. I’m just a guy trying to be stronger and fitter, to live longer and better while I’m here, and those are the things around which my advice is based. This is not a religion. What I’m saying is about how to tune your diet to make it the best it can be for your health, and has little to do with being more like a hunter-gatherer. If that was what someone wanted to do, my advice would be to learn to fish with spears and to get used to being dirty. Oh, yeah, and stop reading this: it was made on a computer and you’re probably reading it on a computer.

With all that out of the way… I recommend that people go whole hog, full paleo for AT LEAST 30 days, strictly, to start. This is an area in which I’m not going to be particularly forgiving: if you do not follow the recommendations, I’m not going to answer for your results. If you’re looking for someone to hold your hand through each ‘which is worse?’ choice… I’m sorry, but I have a day job. I would love to be helping people full time instead, but there are time constraints and I need my sleep.

Full Paleo goes as follows:

The Dos:

  • Meat and/or eggs and/ or fish in every meal
  • Veggies in every meal (I do not here mean corn or potatoes, we’ll cover them later)
  • Oil/Cooking fat from Coconut, Avocado, Olive, Meat/Eggs/Fish only (don’t worry about adding oil to things that don’t need it)

The Don’ts:

  • Grains and grain-like things in all forms, including rice
  • Legumes, especially soy
  • Dairy
  • White Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Anything with sugar, non-calorie sugar or any man-processed sweetener of any kind
  • Oils made from anything not listed above (what part of corn do you people think they are getting oil from, exactly?)
  • Drinks that have calories (including fruit juice, veggie juice, sweetened teas/soda etc)
  • Alcohol (there is no ultimately ‘good’ way to drink. I will write about how to drink and what to drink sometime in the future, but to put it simply no beer, to minimize damage try to stick to distilled alcohols with lemon or lime)

The Grey Area:

  • Fruit and Nuts (not a lot of either for anyone, not at all if you’re trying to lose weight)
  • Sweet Potatoes/Yams/Purple Potatoes etc (highly recommended if you’re involved in high-volume training e.g. daily running or CrossFit and ESPECIALLY after training, to be avoided if you do not train/ you’re trying to lose weight)

Supplements to do, if you can:

  • fish oil/ omega 3 (epa and dha) supplements (as you’re starting, and then gradually taking less and less as your fatty-acid balance improves; the brand “DHC” here in Japan makes the best omega 3 supplement in terms of amount of omega 3 per yen)
  • Vitamin D (for those who don’t go outside enough)
  • BCAAs, especially Leucine, for those involved in strength-training, have produced good results.   THANK YOU JOHNNIE.


EVERYTHING you eat should be considered a meal. That means two things: 1) every time you eat your food choices ought to keep these rules in mind. 2) don’t just eat to eat. Eat because you’re hungry and have time to have a meal, not because you’re bored and need something to do with your hands.

 Yoroshu ni,

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