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updated 17 November 2012

1994-2012  A Risk




Stone Age Diet (SAD)

  • This diet is so called because it consists of foods that were eaten before the widespread development of modern agriculture
  • It is, therefore, predominately natural and free of grains and dairy products


  1. The diet should ideally last for 2 weeks.  However, 10 days should be alright
  2. You will need plenty of advance planning for the day the diet starts in terms of shopping etc.
  3. The diet is not easy.  Severe withdrawal reactions can be encountered.  Support may be required
  4. Warning: you may feel awful for the first few days.  It should get better afterwards.
  5. If this exclusion diet does not reveal any obvious allergens, a more restricted diet may be advised (for example, lamb and pear)
  6. Please note that the diet is not for weight loss!  It is for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.  Hunger must not be allowed to happen.  However, weight loss is inevitable, and the diet can be used to reduce weight safely and without hunger
  7. Please adopt a 'grazing' style of eating, that is to say, eat frequently and do not go hungry
  8. The list of allowed foods is quite extensive despite its contrary appearance.  Imagination and creativity can produce a wide range of good and delicious meals

The following foods are allowed in any quantity and at any frequency:

  • All vegetables, fresh or frozen
  • All meats, fresh or frozen; except chicken
  • All fish, fresh or frozen
  • All fruit, fresh or frozen, except citrus fruit
  • Mineral water, still of fizzy
  • Salt, pepper and herbs

The following foods and substances must be excluded:

  • All grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and rice): bread, pasta, pastry, cakes, biscuits, etc.
  • All dairy products: butter, cream, ice-cream, yoghurt, fat substitutes, etc.
  • Eggs
  • Citrus fruit
  • Anything that comes out of a tin, can, bottle or jar
  • Tea and coffee and other stimulants
  • Tobacco
  • All drugs (caution when taking patients off essential medication, exercise clinical judgement): prescribed, OTC and illegal

At the end of the 2 weeks exclusion:

Start introducing single item foods one at a time.  It is important to note that bread, for example, is not a single item food.

The idea is that on day 15 you introduce a single item food: watch for any adverse reactions or symptoms; if none, assume that that food is safe and continue with another food item on day 16 and so on.

If any introduced food item causes symptoms, continue to exclude.

Careful and detailed record keeping is essential.

For more information, please contact me.

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Ahmad Risk

04 November 2007