Zone Diet Basics and links

The Zone diet is designed to control blood sugar and insulin levels, and to control inflammation.

Each meal is constructed with a balance of each of the three food groups, protein, carbohydrate and fat.
The better the food quality the better the results.

Yes you can eat any old crappy food in a Zone Balance, however this is not an idea that I nor Barry Sears would subscribe to or recommend.

Paleo food choices work best. Easy – take the top of the pyramid off (grain section) and you’ll get it right.

I recommend – FIRST – eat quality food
Second – work on finding a balance and amount that works for you. The Zone diet is a good place to start, but many people need to tweak it.

Zone Food Pyramid

How to shop for Zone Foods, Paleo - skip the dairy

If you want an easy to understand explanation of the science behind the Zone diet and all the tips you need to put it in practice – this is the booklet to buy:

Zone Tips for New Zealanders. It also comes with a supplement of information and Food guide for Paleo eating:
Zone Shop – to purchase Zone Tips for New Zealanders – go to shop online, New Zealand books section

Note: the meals in this booklet are not all Paleo and food swaps are recommended. There are a number of Paleo Zone meals included.

Below are some links to Articles and Food Block guides from Barry Sears Zone Diet site.

Zone Diet FAQs

Zone body fat and zone blocks calculator

A Guide to eating out

Zone Classic guide to making meals

Zone Food Block Guide – use to construct meals

Classic Zone Recipes

Zone diet food journal

Please Note: I do not recommend the Zone Fast Meals and the new grain based Zone Products.

Understanding Carbohydrates: glycemic load and nutrient density

“Understanding Eicosanoid Hormones and Inflammation”