My Minimal, Zero waste, No Packaging – Diet


I was never an overweight person. Even during and post pregnancy, I had nominal weight gain. It was only after I stopped breastfeeding Thanvi, I gained a few extra pounds.

I came across this diet plan thrice in two years.

When I wanted to lose weight.
When I wanted to eat all natural.
When I wanted to quit packaged foods.

Nothing convinced me so intensely until I heard this.

Extra weight requires extra food.

The global food production system is responsible for up to one-third of all human-caused greenhouse-gas emissions. The researchers found that agricultural production provides the lion’s share of greenhouse-gas emissions from the food system, releasing up to 12,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide every year. From fertilizer manufacture, deforestation, land usage, farming, poultry raising, cold storage, transportation, marketing to cooking, we consume a tremendous amount of resources.

We actually require way less food than we think. We have been marketed and exploited with too much food. We eat when we are happy, sad, bored, lonely, to socialise, to celebrate, to gift,to mourn, to diet (energy bars, shakes, diet soda etc,.) We associate food more with emotions, fashion and status than hunger these days, which is dangerous to us and the Earth.

So what diet I follow? I follow Paleo – a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans. I primarily eat veggies, meat, fruits, nuts, seeds and dairy. What don’t I eat? Cereals, Pulses, grains, legumes, all processed food, sugar and alcohol.

The Paleo diet is the healthiest way you can eat because it is the ONLY nutritional approach that works with your genetics to help you stay lean, strong and energetic! Research in biology, biochemistry, Ophthalmology, Dermatology and many other disciplines indicate it is our modern diet, full of refined foods, trans fats and sugar, that is at the root of degenerative diseases such as obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression and infertility. – Robb Wolf

Paleo suits my organised minimalist lifestyle perfectly:

It’s minimal effort in

Planning (to think what’s the menu was a humongous task earlier ),

Cooking (Soaking, boiling, fermenting, grilling, juicing etc.,)

Minimal utensils

Fewer ingredients

No plastic/packaged food

Very comfortable while travelling (I just drink a bulletproof coffee, pack some nuts and lemon water and I am out, that’s enough until dinner)

Less time-consuming

Packaging Free, All Natural Diet


I have lost weight, feeling fitter and more energetic. I don’t feel sluggish in the afternoons anymore, my skin is more healthy. A lot of my family members are following paleo who have reduced weight, stopped insulin within few weeks, cured arthritis, blood pressure and diabetics.

The diet appears to be costly in the beginning but the quantity of consumption is decreasing day by day which reduces the burden on my pocket and the Earth.

Eat only when hungry, its the best for health and Earth. 

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9 Comment

  1. Theo says: Reply

    Nice brief on paleo Nandhini.
    Thanks to you and Prabu, more than 10 of us (your friends and our friends) are already on the paleo diet and progressing towards a pure and healthy lifestyle.

    1. durgeshnandhini says: Reply

      You are always welcome Anna. I am so grateful for my Dad who always has the guts to adventure and one who lead me to Paleo.

  2. Tim H says: Reply

    It’s nice to see an Indian blog on Paleo, that too one that combines healthy diet with environmental consciousness. I would like to add that it is not only the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere that are at issue, it is that those gases are not being taken out are changed to other innocuous substances. In a Paleo environment, where multiple plant species and multiple animal species together form the ecosystem, bacteria that consume methane also thrive and remove methane.

    I disagree that Paleo is more expensive than a conventional diet. Paleo stresses the concept of ‘eat the whole animal’. Conventional foods use primarily muscle meat so that is what is expensive. However Paleo encourages animal fats as well as organ meats. While liver, kidney and heart are cheaper than muscle meats, fat and chicken skin are sold at throw-away prices. In Bangalore I buy mutton fat for Rs 25/kg, pork fat @20/kg and beef fat @75/kg. I don’t know the current prices of uncooked rice, wheat flour and oats but estimating them @ Rs 50/kg, 50 and 60 respectively, the cost is 1.4 paise/Kcal, 1.6 and 1.7 respectively. Compare that with 0.32 paise/Kcal for pork fat and 0.45 paise/Kcal for mutton fat! Energy from animal fat is then from 1/3 to 1/6th the cost of grains! Chicken skin, which is mostly fat/oil, is even cheaper. And the animal fats, unlike the grains, contain oil soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K2 and do not drive the secretion of insulin! Eat the whole animal for both economics and health!

    Finally, I agree with Robb Wolf’s statement that Paleo prevents cancer but not yours that it is “proven that paleo is an effective cure for cancer.” Prevention & cure are two very different things. A ketogenic diet has cured cancer in some individuals. The experimental evidence that a ketogenic diet will generally cure cancer is yet to come. But a ketogenic diet is not exactly a Paleo diet.

    1. durgeshnandhini says: Reply

      Tim, I am so glad that you noticed my blog. Thanks for your comment and appreciation. I am yet to adventure eating the whole meat. Regarding Cancer, I shall go ahead and correct my lines. Thanks once again, keep in touch.

  3. Diju says: Reply

    Thank u Nandhini and Prabu for introducing paleo … infact i was the first person to know about from both of u people on this topic while we travel back to Coimbatore.
    Intially was little taken back and now proud to be part of this group. Lost many and still going STRONGGGG.

  4. Jay says: Reply

    Paleo has been in existence since the ages and the recent industrial push of packaged foods, money motives and globalisation have tampered the honest of many people and have brutally robbed the India market of health and wealth

    I follow paleo lifestyle for more than a year. Have taken breaks in between to normal diet yet i return back to paleo for a day full of energy and healthy lifestyle

    Nice article Ms.

    1. durgeshnandhini says: Reply

      True. Thank you.

  5. Anu says: Reply

    Hi Nandhini,
    I have been following your Blog for quiet some time now. I am greatly inspired by your writing. I have greatly minimized plastics in every area, still aiming to do more. Keep going !!
    I had been following Paleo for sometime, but I could not prepare separate meals for me and my kid. (My husband is a strict vegeterian 🙂 ). Do you give Paleo for your kid too ?

    1. durgeshnandhini says: Reply

      My kid wasn’t in strict Paleo. she had carbs once in a day, mostly lunch.

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