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. Note: My version of the zone diet is not the same as Barry Sears. While I use the macronutrient ration as a guideline to meals, I am not pedantic about being exact, however it is useful to manage your portions at first if you want to keep control of intake if weight loss is your goal. I do not agree with Sears that organ meats and egg yolks are unhealthy.

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.


paleo zone pyramid

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

Here is a more complete guide to food intake – based on Paleo zone template:

Paleo meal template (707x1000) (636x900)

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

For a Paleo booklet PDF – simply donate at PayPal donation tab at right and I’ll email you a copy.

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”

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  1. Julianne,
    Love your site, just discovered this am via Paleo Digest! Wanted to let you know that several of the links above dont seem to work so you could check into it!

    Thank you!

  2. I would like a bit of information on what “paleo blocks” are. I’m going to start the Paleo diet on Monday and hopefully be able to stick to it FOREVER. If you could help me understand this concept it would greatly improve my success because I keep finding recipes that say “8 blocks” or “11 blocks” and I have NO clue what it all means. If it helps any, my goals are weight loss and once I reach a weight I’m looking for, health maintenance. Thanks!


    • You do not need to use the Zone Block system to follow the paleo diet. Just stick to food recommendations. I will PM you a guideline to help.

  3. Hi Julianne
    Can you please clarify the title of the recommended book at the link – I’m currently following ‘primal’ ie paleo + dairy, and want to tweak it closer to the Zone principles. I’ve previously tried the Zone, and although it worked for me, required a lot of planning.
    Thanks, Sharyn
    ps Kiwi living in NZ

  4. Really loved the information here! It\’s perfect for some of what I\’m trying with my health and weight loss issues. Hopefully incorporating this into my efforts will make a difference. Thanks!