Start with the Paleo Diet

We recommend you start by changing the quality of your diet first. The Paleo Diet is our first recommendation.

The Paleo Diet is a whole foods elimination diet in which you REMOVE Grains (oats, rye, barley, wheat, corn, einkorn, millet, rice, sorphum, spelt, teff, triticale, kamut, etc.), Dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt), Legumes (beans, peanuts, soy), and sugar/sweeteners (sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar, honey, stevia, monk fruit, aspertame, etc.) for at least 30 days.

Additionally, you will FOCUS most of your meals on Vegetables, Fruits, Protein (eggs, fish, beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, rabbit, wild game), and good Fats (coconut, olive, avocado, tree nuts).

After an initial period of 30-90 days, you can experiment with adding some foods (grains, dairy, legumes) back into your diet to see how you feel/look/perform.

If you are trying to lose weight, watch the amount of starchy vegetables, fruit, and nuts you are consuming. Also watch the amount of “paleo” baked goods and processed foods you are eating. Just because those items are technically paleo, it doesn’t mean they are actually good for you or your waistline.

A good program to start with is Whole 30.

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Primal Blueprint
Robb Wolf
Whole 30
Food Lies Movie
Mark’s Daily Apple
Paleo Magazine
Paleo f(x) Conference
We Love Paleo Movie– available on Amazon
Permaculture-Produce your own food
Acres USA Magazine
Cornell Small Farms Program
Geoff Lawton Courses
OSU Permaculture Design Certificate
Permaculture Design Magazine
Permaculture Institute Courses
Permaculture Principles
Supplements & Snacks
(LMNT) Elemental Labs Electrolyte
Garden of Life
Heather’s Choice– backpacking food
Laird Superfood
Nordic Naturals
Primal Kitchen
Redmond Salt
Steve’s PaleoGoods
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Think of this as Paleo without the plants. This is a low carbohydrate animal-based diet. It is also an elimination diet, just like paleo. While many people experience relief from autoimmune conditions on the Paleo diet, there are some who are still reactive on Paleo. Those individuals may find relief with the carnivore diet.

With the carnivore diet you remove all plant foods (grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits). You will start with at least 30 days of just eating animal protein (meat), then you can add other foods back in to see how you look/feel/perform. If you start adding plants back to your diet, you have just gone back to paleo.

The best way to start this diet is to join MeatRx.

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Meat Rx
Carnivore Conference
HPO Podcast
Sacred Cow
Grazing Animal Production
American Grassfed Research & Education Foundation
American Solar Grazing Association
Cornell Small Farms Program
Farmstead Meatsmith
Graze Magazine
Greg Judy-Green Pastures Farm
Polyface Farm
Savory Institute
Supplements & Snacks
Ancestral Supplements
(LMNT) Elemental Labs Electrolyte
Epic Provisions
Nordic Naturals

Keto Diet

The Keto diet is one of the most well researched diets around. It is best known for its performance enhancing benefits for endurance athletes, divers, and high-altitude sports athletes. It has demonstrated health benefits for cognitive function, TBI, dementia, diabetes, cancer, and epilepsy. Recent studies have also shown some benefit for military service members.

The Keto Diet is a low carbohydrate, moderate protein, high fat diet. This diet is possible for both animal-based and plant-based nutrition plans. On Keto you will be consuming less than 50g of carbohydrates per day. The Keto Diet significantly reduces the amount of total carbohydrates you consume each day. You will not be successful with this diet if you are not willing to weigh and measure your food so you know exactly how many grams/day you consume of carbs/protein/fat. All this weighing and measuring is also important to ensure you do not consume too many calories. When eating a high fat diet, it is easy to consume too many calories. You should also invest in a ketone monitor to track if you are in nutritional ketosis.

Again, you will NOT be successful with this approach if you do not have the tools to know if you are in nutritional ketosis. We highly recommend you take the Keto Masterclass before starting this diet.

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Keto Masterclass
Keto Diet Tools
Biosense– Breath Ketone Monitor
Cronometer– nutrition tracker
Ketogains– Keto macronutrient/calorie calculator
Keto Mojo– Blood Ketone Monitor
Conferences & Media
Keto f(x) Conference
Low Carb Down Under
Metabolic Health Summit
The Ohio State Keto Conference
The Healthy Rebellion
Researchers & Organizations
Epigenix Foundation
Dominic D’Agostino
Jeff Volek & Stephen Phinney
Virta Health– diabetic management
Supplements & Snacks
Ample Ketogenic Meal Replacements
(LMNT) Elemental Labs Electrolyte
Love Good Fats
Magic Spoon
Next Mile Meals– backpacking food
Perfect Keto
Pure Encapsulations
Quest Nutrition
Real Good Foods
Rebel Creamery

Visionary Pet Foods
Dr. Kellon Nutrition Courses
Raw NRC Course
Keto Pet Calculator
Keto Powered K9
Nutritional Values
Planet Paws
Raw Fed & Nerdy
SoCal Raw Feeding
Animal Essentials
NOW Foods
Nordic Naturals
WIlderness Athlete


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