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Paleo Elimination Diet Day One

by Fred Hahn on February 28, 2011


In my last post on going totally paleo to see if my osteoarthritis (as well as my wife’s issues) could be resolved, I neglected to mention that we are both starting today. We are coming of mid-winter school break and chose to start after the kiddie festivities ended.

So far today I’ve had:

Black coffee
Can of mackerel in olive oil (~24 gms protein)

2 grilled chicken breasts with the skin with olive oil (~60 gms protein)
Really small salad of lettuce and cabbage
Half a yam with olive oil
Can of seltzer

Dinner (will most likely be):
2 small grass fed rib eye steaks (~80 gms protein)
Several ounces of beef or chicken livers (if Linda feels up to cooking it) garlic, onions, olive oil (~20-30 gms protein)
Salad of leafy things, apple cider vinegar and olive oil dressing (grain vinegars contain gluten)

Clementine orange or a piece of some really dark chocolate

Plenty of fats, plenty of protein, all good carbs and ZERO gluten or harmful lectins.

No wine or spirits like tequilla for now. Even though these drinks are gluten free, alcohol itself, sadly enough, is a gut irritant. Bo-hoo.

The one question I have that has not been answered yet by any of the experts I have consulted is, if after a month or so of sticking to this way of eating to the letter, when I do reintroduce a food like eggs, how will I know the food is an irritant if my gut is healed? Do I keep eating it until I re-damage my gut to know that it is a food I should avoid?

I also read that, instead of avoiding these foods for a long time, you should instead avoid them for only 7-10 days then reintroduce and see if you have adverse reactions. I suppose this is enough time to “calm down” your body yet not fully heal the gut so that when you reintroduce a food or drink, you’ll know that the substance is a no-no.

All thoughts are welcomed!

I've been involved in exercise ever since I became a member of The Charles Atlas Club when I was 10 years old. In 1998, I founded and established Serious Strength on the Upper West Side of NYC. My clients include kids, seniors (and everyone in between), top CEOs, celebrities, bestselling authors, journalists and TV personalities.
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March 16, 2011 at 9:33 AM


Jeanie Graham Campbell February 28, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Good luck, Fred! I’m anxious to know the answers to those questions, too!

NoGlutenEver February 28, 2011 at 8:15 PM

The food allergy/intolerance book by Joneca is the best I’ve seen for how to and practical details

Sonny February 28, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Sounds like a good diet for the day Fred, I eat similar to that and I would recommend it to anyone and in fact I do recommend similar diets to people (I’m a personal trainer) but in fact hardly anyone follows them. I get asked all the time how I stay so cut and muscular (thats what they say, I’m really no big deal lol) and I try to steer them in the right direction, or at least in the direction I’m going and yet I get almost no followers. By the way, if there’s a way to send a pic I’d like to show what “Slow Burn” training combined with a low-carb diet can do. I can’t really say I’m paleo but I keep my carbs between 20 – 50 per day and for me thats been working fine. Where’s that guy who has a beef with you, I’ll take him on as far as what slow training can do! Have a great day and include some more training related articles sometimes too!

Fred Hahn February 28, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Hey Sonny – that’s Anthony Colpo. He’s too chicken to take on comments.

Sean February 28, 2011 at 9:54 PM

I don’t know what you’re thinking of the black coffee. To me, I’d rather drink melted rubber. If you’re thinking the same, try looking at Teeccino. Of course, you’ll need to look at the ingredients to see if it works for you, but it is a good way to also go caffeine free, plus it is organic and non-acidic. We enjoy the Maya Chocolate Herbal Coffee. Best of luck!

Fred Hahn February 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM

If the coffee is good, black coffee is very tasty.

Sonny February 28, 2011 at 11:01 PM

Thanks…I’ll see if I can convince him to have a little “chat”

Fred Hahn February 28, 2011 at 11:03 PM

OK – give it a go Sonny.

Catherine Hochschild March 1, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Regarding your problem with leaky gut, I recommend checking out the GAPS diet. It is designed to heal your gut by allowing for the replenishing of healthy bacteria and focusing on easily digested food, as well as eliminating irritants and toxins. This website will help, and there are plenty of blogs devoted to the topic. It is not too different from the diet you’re following now, just structured differently (there are various levels of restriction, etc.) Dr. Campbell-McBride suspected a connection between damaged gut flora and damaged brain functioning, and created the diet in order to reverse her son’s autism. She was succesful, and I’ve read of and met others who have healed themselves of chronic conditions as well. It requires a high level of motivation, but it sounds like you have that. Good luck!

Alan Beall March 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM

This group, consisting of Paleo eaters, may be helpful on a number of issues.

Fred Hahn March 1, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Catherine – I’ll look into it thanks!

Alan – thanks.

Anna March 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM

I highly recommend Dr. Art Ayers’s (Ph.D.) blog, Cooling Inflammation. Lots of food-inflammation interpretation going on there.

Fred Hahn March 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Art’s stuff is fascinating but he doesn’t give much advice.

Franco March 9, 2011 at 7:21 AM

Hey Fred,

I found Paul Jaminet of to have an extensive knowledge on leaky gut and other health problems and how to cure/prevent them due to proper nutrition. You need to search the blog a bit (I just picked any interesting post). He’s a nice and helpfull guy as well.

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