Congrats on making the choice to eat more healthfully. I don't know that there is one single definition of Paleo - no absolute prescription. There are a number of authors who have written about the lifestyle.
For most people it seems to work to do a little research, then decide what you think will work best for you from a diet and lifestyle perspective. Then it seems to be a matter of assessing what's working, what's not and adjusting.
The basic tenents of Paleo are balancing the three fundamental macro-nutrients (protein, fat and carbs), not eating grains, particularly wheat, no processed foods, few legumes, healthy fat composes about 50% of dietary calories, most carbs should come from veggies. Eat fruit judiciously due to the high levels of fructose.
That's about it. Some schools will say no dairy, others think dairy is acceptable. Legumes would fall into the same category. The amount of carbs people consume in any given day varies from very low (ketonic), less than 50g, to as high as 150g, although most are less than that.
Exercise, sleep and stress reduction are also generally considered to be part of the equation.
Here are some resources you can use to start your search. A little surfing on these sites and you should have enough info to get you started.
Mark Sisson - www.marksdailyapple.com/
Robb Wolfe - robbwolf.com/
Dr. Jack Kruse - jackkruse.com/
Gary Taubes - garytaubes.com/
Sisson is my personal favourite for getting started - he provides lots of free information and has a starter guide that I find very useful, but all the above are very good resources.
And finally feel free to ask questions on this forum. Lots of different perspectives and experiences to help along the path.
To your health
Edited by: EGALITAIRE at: 3/30/2012 (11:51)
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