Practical Paleo / Primal2018-03-01T12:03:58+00:00

Practical Paleo / Primal



TIME:10.30 – 16.00
VENUE:                                Taste Heath Kitchen, 58 Cois Culainn, Loughlinstown, Dublin

If you are planning to go Paleo/Primal, or have already started but are feeling stuck for ideas, you’re in the right place!


The Paleo (or, Primal) Diet is a lifestyle based on the ancestral human diet. While we can’t know exactly what our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate, Paleo/Primal is essentially about eating the same whole foods that were found in nature millions of years ago.

However, trying to eliminate grains, legumes, sugar, gluten, dairy and starchy vegetables at the one time involves considerable lifestyle adjustments, which may seem overwhelming at first.  For most paleo ‘novices’ the biggest questions are “What will I eat?” “What do I need to avoid?” ‘How do I achieve a varied balanced healthy diet?’ “How can I make this way of eating work in my daily/family routine?”

This Paleo class covers everything you need to prepare practical recipes, including tips to help with menu planning, shopping and preparing meals in advance, while also showing you how to embrace the foods our primal ancestors enjoyed – all with a 21st century twist.

Who is the course for?

  • Anyone interested in a Paleo/Primal diet.
  • People with food intolerance: specially gluten/wheat and dairy
  • Those who want to lose weight and enhance their energy and resilience.
  • Gym goers, body builders and those interested in improved athletic performance. The Primal diet is excellent for muscle building, strengthening the immune system and improving overall energy and well-being.
  • Personal fitness trainers who want to boost their clients’ ability to gain peak performance.
  • Anyone keen to improve their own and/or family’s health through better nutritionalknowledge and dietary habits.
  • Healthcare professionals: doctors, nurses and care assistants and others wanting better understanding of the primal diet so they can help support their patients or clients improve their health with paleo eating.
  • Nutritional Therapy and Nutrition Coach graduates and students looking for inspiration and help around the practical aspects of the Paleo diet so they can support their clients and families.

Course Style and Content

  • This Paleo (or, Primal) class is presented in a relaxed, informal style. While Maggie and Gemma demonstrates and explains a range of recipes, Lyda Borgsteijn, fitness fanatic and Nutritional Therapist behind The Primal Rabbit will also chat about the Paleo diet and lifestyle, to answer specific questions and to provide you with her tips to make this plan work for your day-to-day schedule.
  • There is a break for a light lunch, cooked by Maggie, and the day culminates around the dinner table with a plateful of the delicious foods you have seen prepared.

What you get on the day – including a folder of handouts!

  • 10-12 free-from primal/paleo style friendly recipes including: breakfast ideas, slow cooked bone broths (pre-prepared) – how to use them in soups and stews, introduction to fermented foods, grain free pancakes and bread, super-food salads, snacks + more. (We introduce one quinoa recipe and use a little organic grass fed butter in this class).
  • Paleo Diet Overview: What to include, what to avoid.
  • The Taste Health Kitchen – Healthy Paleolithic Pantry.
  • Tips for implementing a healthier Paleo/wholefood diet in your daily life.
  • Knowledge, recipes and practical advice to help you create simple, healthy and tasty primal wholefood-based dishes.
  • Maggie’s tips on how to adapt dishes to match your budget or tweak them to manage different tastes.
  • For practitioners: practical knowledge and recipes etc to pass on to clients.
  • Learning from other people’s stories and advice. We work as a team to continually support each other.
  • Expert knowledge, answers and solutions from Lyda our IINH Nutritional Therapist
  • Finally….. In our Taste Health Kitchen we enjoy everything in moderation -including a glass of wine to accompany the delicious Paleolithic dishes demonstrated on the day!

Outline of Class

*10.15 – 10.40am

Welcome, tea and coffee


Maggie introduces the ‘Taste Health” Kitchen team, including Lyda Borgsteijn Nutritional Therapist and Gemma Hobson Health based chef.


Part 1 of cooking demonstration, including input from NT and discussions

1pm: Lunch Break

Mug of paleo soup and time to chat with others


Part 2 of demonstration, including Q&A and discussion


The Taste Health Kitchen turns into a pop up restaurant! We enjoy all the delicious paleo/primal dishes prepared over a glass of wine (optional).

*Timings are approximate

About Lyda

Lyda is a holistic nutritional therapist and owner of The Primal Rabbit. She champions home cooking, whole food and a holistic approach to nutrition and wellness all rooted around the Paleo/Primal diet which she believes isn’t just a ‘diet’ but also an exploration of history, nutrition, the human diet and most importantly our health. Lyda works with clients in person and online to make health and wellness accessible, drawing on her own experiences of cooking and eating well while running a business, exercising and staying sane. Find her at

About Gemma

Gemma Hobson a mum of two little girls shares her own experience on mastering the cooking element of Paleo/Primal and how she implements it into family life.

Gemma is a health based chef. She practices the Paleo/Primal diet and is a power lifter fanatic. She runs her own private catering business specializing in wholefoods and cooking for people with various health conditions.

More on Maggie’s specialist work at IINH:

Maggie has a rare talent for creating practical recipes and tasty dishes for adults and children with special dietary requirements. She offers bespoke one-to-one training and private group sessions for people with diabetes, cancer, coeliac disease, intolerances, inflammatory bowel diseases, among others. Recipes and menu plans can be created to satisfy an individual’s unique blend of dietary requirements, preferences and circumstances.