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Start with the Paleo Diet

We recommend you start by changing the quality of your diet first. The Paleo Diet is our first recommendation. When eating “Paleo” you will eat meat, veggies, nuts & seeds, and fruit. We recommend you start with the Whole 30.

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.

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.

Some individuals find relief from autoimmune issues on the paleo diet BECAUSE it is an elimination diet that removes common gut irritants and common allergens from the diet. For some, this is still not enough. They may be more successful with the Carnivore diet. This is also an elimination diet in which you remove ALL non-animal foods from the diet, and eat nose to tail. If you add plants back into the diet, you have just gone back to paleo. For those experiencing joint pain or inflammation, Sally K Norton’s page may be helpful.

Courses/Food Plans/Resources
Dr. Georgia Ede
Meat Rx– carnivore
Primal Blueprint
Robb Wolf
Sally K Norton– oxalates
Whole 30
Food Lies Movie
HPO Podcast
Mark’s Daily Apple
Paleo Magazine
Paleo f(x) Conference
Sacred Cow
The Healthy Rebellion– podcast, courses, online community
We Love Paleo Movie– available on Amazon
Supplements & Snacks
Ancestral Supplements
(LMNT) Elemental Labs Electrolyte
Garden of Life
Heather’s Choice– backpacking food
Laird Superfood
Nordic Naturals
Primal Kitchen
Redmond Salt
Steve’s PaleoGoods

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
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

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


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