Can you relate to this?

Every day we get mixed messages about our diets. We’re told to:

  • Eat low fat.
  • Eat all fat, but not all the time.
  • Eat low carb.
  • Eat high calorie, low fat, and high carb.
  • Don’t eat at all, except for a few hours a day, and then eat high fat.
  • Eat according to a prescribed diet, but not everything on the list.
  • Eat “whatever you can tolerate.”
  • Eat without any guidance as to what will actually make you healthy again.
  • Eat everything, but in moderation.
  • Eat as much as you want of whatever you want, but exercise regularly to burn off the calories you don’t need.
  • Eat whatever you want but adjust your insulin to manage the sugar highs or lows that are a result of what you eat.

And you’re so stuck.

To make matters worse, people can support their views with whatever research they’re looking for. All this can leave the average person in a real bind. They just want to get healthy again.

What if we could take the best of the Paleo/low-carb plan and the low-calorie plan and just move forward? We can. It’s what we call “Gentle Paleo.”

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What is Gentle Paleo About?

I’m Cathy, and I started Gentle Paleo after living for decades in the diet craziness I just described. Having gastroparesis and Adhesion Related Disorder (my abdominal organs are fused together with adhesions), I was desperate to find a way of eating that would make me strong again, but I just couldn’t find one. Meanwhile, I was becoming sicker and sicker. I had been eating paleo/low-carb since before it was even called Paleo, and I loved it, but as my diseases advanced, it got to where I couldn’t digest the high protein, high fat, high-density foods I was living on (chicken breasts, steak, cheese, heavy fats, etc). When I eliminated those foods and opted for more vegetables and other non-meat proteins (like almond flour), I packed on the weight, started having serious digestive trouble, and maxed out my daily pain tolerance (which is unusually high).

Like anyone with a health question, I went to my doctor for help. When I asked what I should eat because paleo/low-carb wasn’t working for me any anymore, he told me to eat what I could tolerate, “like mashed potatoes, ice cream, saltines, and white bread.”

And he was serious.

Dead set against that because of the high fermentability of starches, I developed an eating plan I called “Gentle Paleo” because it combined the best aspects of both paleo and very low-calorie eating.


In the first three months, I lost 35 pounds, my pain level decreased by about 75%, and my digestion became textbook perfect. Now, 10 years later, I still eat 600-700 calories a day and zero to 10 carbs a day, and my bloodwork and medical checkups are excellent. I feel great, and my weight hasn’t been this low since high school.

Check out the parameters of the Gentle Paleo approach. It’s:

  • Soft proteins only
  • Grain free
  • Sugar free
  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Low-fat
  • Low-residue
  • Low-density (easy to digest)
  • Always 100 calories or less per serving

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We’re really are stronger together!