The Paleo Diet

Following the Paleo Plan

Q: What is the Paleo diet?
A: The Paleo diet mimics the types of foods every person on the planet ate prior to the Agricultural Revolution (a mere 10,000 years or 500 generations ago). These foods (meats, seafood, organ meats, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruits, plus some nuts and seeds) are full of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, fiber, beneficial fatty acids, and low-glycemic carbohydrates that promote good health. The Paleo diet doesn’t contain refined sugars and grains, dairy, trans fats, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods that often cause weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and many other health problems. For more detailed information, see the “Paleo Plan Food Guide” in the resources section.

Q: What is Paleo Plan?
A: Paleo Plan is a site dedicated to providing the most useful resources and information for people following the Paleo Diet. We offer explicit daily meal plans, great recipes, and cohesive weekly shopping lists so everything you need will be ready and in your kitchen come meal time.

Q: How many people is the plan designed for?
A: Paleo Plan is designed for two people following the plan together. The shopping list and the recipes themselves provide guidance for what two average people eat. You may want to adjust the quantities for your specific needs.

Q: What are the serving sizes?
A: In general, each meal is focused around 4-8 ounces of meat or seafood per serving. This depends slightly on the meal’s other ingredients. In some cases, there aren’t specific portion sizes (for instance, a breakfast may just advise to add ham, but not give a portion amount). In those instances, you should assume 4-6oz is average, and add up or down based on preference. We’ve tried to make that easiest for you to adjust by merely listing the number of servings you’ll be having in the shopping list so you can purchase accordingly.

Q: You listed a recipe with “Food X” and that isn’t Paleo. What’s up?
A: In our experience and research, we’ve found several differences in what people consider “Paleo.” We’ve also met lots of people who’ve decided to knowingly bend the rules for whatever reason. Sometimes, those recipes may sneak their way on here, or other times, it may just be a disagreement as to the Paleo-quality of a food item. General rule, don’t eat anything you don’t feel comfortable with. This site is only meant to help lead you, not prescribe your Paleolithic viewpoints.

Q: Will I lose weight on Paleo Plan?
A: The short answer to this question is yes, probably. That is, if you need to lose weight. The Paleo diet tends to help people get to their optimal weight, so if you need to lose fat, you’ll lose fat, and if you need to gain muscle, you’ll gain muscle (or both). For a more detailed answer, click here.

Q: Is Paleo Plan safe for diabetics?
Absolutely! Diabetes is the decreased ability of your body to use glucose, especially in the form of simple, refined sugars. So since this meal plan eliminates refined sugars and grains (the foods that most adversely affect blood sugar), it’s actually very effective for diabetics. Eating a diet rich in good fats and proteins like those we include in the Paleo Plan recipes is one of the best things you can do for your blood sugar control. If you are diabetic and you do decide to make this change in your diet, you’ll want to make sure you watch your blood glucose levels very closely, especially if you take insulin or medications for it, and consult with your doctor. A lot of people are surprised by how quickly their blood glucose levels decrease after starting this way of eating.

Following the Paleo Plan

Q: Can I cancel at any time? How do I cancel?
A: Yes, you can cancel your membership at any time by logging in and going to the My Account page. You will see a link at the bottom of the page with information on your active Subscriptions, along with the option to cancel.

Q: When will I receive my first meal plan and grocery list?
A: When you sign up, you can access My Dashboard (top right tab) with your user name and password. Within the dashboard are the meal plans and grocery lists for the past 2 weeks. Every Tuesday we’ll send you a newsletter email that includes the latest meal plans and grocery lists.

Q: What do the week numbers mean? I just started, shouldn’t it be week #1?
A: Every week throughout the year is numbered, starting with the first week in January. We use this method versus the dates because it’s easier to sort and manage the content internally. It’s also a universal system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_week_date. So, don’t expect to see Week #1 unless it’s the beginning of January.

Q: Can I access meal plans and grocery lists from previous weeks?
A: We only keep two weeks worth of downloads on the site at a time, and you can find those in your dashboard. Additionally, each week we send out a link to the current week’s downloads, those links inside of the emails will continue to work for 1 to 2 months provided you have an active membership.

Q: I really don’t like “Food X” and that’s on the menu this week, can I change it?
A: Of course. we recognize that not everyone will like every recipe we use. In those cases, we try to make it as easy as possible to swap that recipe with a different one by numbering every meal in both the Meal Plan and the Shopping Lists. It’s very easy to simply cross off the numbered items from the meal you won’t be cooking, and stick with the rest of the plan; either substituting your own items, or doubling down on others.

Q: All you’re doing is listing recipes and a shopping list. Can’t I just do that?
A: Absolutely. And we encourage you to do so. However, there are many people who *plan* on doing this, and *intend* to do this, but business and life get in the way. So, Paleo Plan is here to save time and make following the Paleo Diet easier. We think that has value, and that it’s acceptable to give that to paying members.

Q: OK, that sounds reasonable. But can I just share this with my friends so we don’t all have to pay?
A: There is no way we can prevent you from doing that. However, we do feel that Paleo Plan is a great resource, which saves everyone from 2-7 hours a month. We think our current prices are more than fair and encourage all households to have their own membership. Our membership fees allow us to provide you with world class paleo resources. Without these fees, we wouldn’t be able to continue to do this.

Q: I love the site, do you have an affiliate plan or way for me to share this with the members of my gym or clinic?
A: Yes, we do. Visit our Paleo Plan affiliate page to learn more about becoming an affiliate. Email us at info@paleoplan.com to get in touch and we’ll discuss several different options to find out what’s best for you and your gym. We also offer Pro Level Branded and Co-Branded Meal Plans for Gyms and Health Care Professionals as well as Co-Branded Professional Distribution Licenses for our Quickstart Guide and Paleo Challenge eBook.