Paleo Central: The First Nerd Fitness App is NOW AVAILABLE!

Are peanuts Paleo? Nope, they’re legumes!

Should I eat regular potatoes or sweet potatoes? Sweet potatoes, they have a lower glycemic load.

What can I drink instead of milk? Try coconut milk or almond milk!

Paleo Central has finally arrived, Nerd Fitness’s very first iPhone application that’s now available in the App Store!  This app has been designed with Paleo beginners in mind, removing all of the guess work about what you can and can’t eat while trying to follow the Paleo Diet.

We’ve been hard at work on this app for over six months (seriously, development started back in May!), and it was officially approved by Apple yesterday.  I’d love for you to check it out.

Now available for only 99 cents!

What’s in Paleo Central?

With a database of 4,000+ items, Paleo Central will let you know which items adhere to the Paleo lifestyle, and which items don’t make the grade.  Not only that, but you can click on each and every food in the database for an explanation on WHY it’s Paleo or not, and what you can eat instead.  We went through and wrote out descriptions for each and every term in there, and even managed to throw in some easter eggs for true nerds (yes, a Phoenix Down is Paleo! So are Fire Flowers).

This app was built with speed and convenience in mind, so you’ll be able to open, search, and make a decision within seconds.  If you’re using Paleo Central on an iPhone 5, the app runs so quickly a simple search breaks the sound barrier.  You’ve been warned.

We’ve also made it super simple to browse Paleo approved food, separated by category, so you know what to buy when you’re at the grocery store.  Never wonder again – open the list, pick out your foods, and start eating!

Last but not least, we’ve included the “Beginners Guide to the Paleo Diet” directly in the app, in case you need a refresher on what the Paleo Diet is, how it works, and how to get started with it.

But that’s just the beginning…

I need your help!

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We have a database of over 4,000 words, and we did our best with beta testers to make sure EVERYTHING was in there, but I want to make it bigger and better. That’s where YOU come in! If you happen to search for an item that’s not in Paleo Central, click on the support button, and send us an email at and let us know specifically what’s not in there!  We’ll be CONSTANTLY improving the database and making additions.

We’d also love to hear what other features you’d like to see: Paleo recipes? How to eat Paleo out at restaurants? Food tracking?  I want to do everything in my power to make this the best damn Paleo Diet app in the app store, so we’ll be adding new features as soon as humanly possible.

Last but not least, if you happen to pick up Paleo Central and think it’s worthy, you’d be my hero if you took a few minutes to leave a review in the app store. Or, if you’ve already bought it, click on support, and then click on ‘review’ there! How successful an app is depends greatly on the reviews, so thanks for taking the time!  Seriously. You’re my hero.

Frequently asked questions

When will [feature] be added? As soon as we can!  Based on what suggestions we get for which new features are most popular, we’ll get to work on those features starting as soon as possible! 

Why a Paleo app? Great question!  This is my first attempt at creating an iPhone app, so I wanted to create something that would be both super helpful and feasible to get to the app market.  I get emails, texts, gchats, and facebook messages from NF rebels and friends who tend to ask one question above all: “is _______ Paleo?” On top of that, the “Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet” gets visited by 200,000+ Paleo newbies each month – I figure why not remove “is ________ Paleo?” from everybody’s vocabulary!

Where’s the Android version?  Another great question.  At the moment it’s only available on iPhone because we had to start somewhere.  However, now that it’s available, I have every intention of porting it to Android.  If you happen to be an Android app developer and have interest in porting Paleo Central, email me at with the subject “ANDROID APP DEVELOPER” and let’s make a deal.

What’s next? Don’t worry, we’re already hard at work on a Nerd Fitness app as well 🙂  Paleo Central might be the first NF mobile app, but it certainly won’t be the last!

Who built the app?   Remember Saint, the computer programmer who went from 60 pounds overweight to 6-pack abs?  Well, it turns out he’s one hell of a programmer as well.  Six months ago I approached Saint and asked if he wanted to help me bring this project to life.  Fortunately for me, he agreed, and we’ve spent the past six months exchanging hundreds of emails, thousands of g-chats to get things done.

He’s created his own company, XEOCREATIVE, and is going to continue to develop Paleo Central implementing changes and upgrades. If you are looking for an iPhone app developer…email Saint at or find him on twitter at @s4in7.  He’s the man and does an incredible job – worth every penny.

Who drew the caveman? NF rebel and artist extraordinaire, Damy!  I reached out to Damy months back and asked him for a kickass caveman.  Fortunately for everybody, Damy knew exactly what I wanted – viola! A Paleo caveman.  I think he needs a name – any suggestions?

Paleo Central is a go!

Thanks for taking the time to check out Paleo Central!

If you decide to download a copy, thanks for putting your trust in us to build a quality product. I’m excited to hear what you think of it and how I can make it even better.  Constant upgrades and improvements are planned – let’s make this the best dang app in the app store!

If you take the time to leave a review, thanks for that too! 

So…is it Paleo?

And what do we name our Caveman?



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  • elspeth

    Late to the party – I’m nearly to the bottom of my inbox now, hurrah! Ahem.

    I’d like to see localisation, or at least a list of synonyms. I used to live in Australia, and now I live in the UK. I’ve spent a couple of weeks in the USA, and … well, let’s just say there were occasional translation issues.

    It would also be nice to include branded items for eating out – again localised, because ingredients and preparation vary between countries. It would also be good if this information could be somehow crowdsourced, because trawling through a chain’s website to find the artfully buried allergen/ingredients information is a right royal pain in the posterior. Then again, this kind of database might well be broad enough to be a separate app.

    Well, also an android version so I can use it, but you covered that in your FAQ. 🙂

  • Pictureperfect23

     I’m enjoying everything you’re saying and all of this feedback about the app, I really wish I could use it! Android user over here so I’ll just have to wait. But I enjoy that you bring a “real person” view instead of just the dr. talk because honestly that stuff can be really hard to read! Can’t wait for the Android app! 🙂

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     The central looks awesome, congrats!

  • Trogdor

    Sorry Conor, but as a developer for both platforms I have to disagree with you there. Java is a very common language, an any university student or enterprise. iOS however, is not vanilla, well loved C, but objective C, a language which is practically unheard of outside the Apple development sphere, thanks to its quirky syntax.

  • Charmaine_saenz

    Just bought the app and excited to get started!

  • Adrenaline_jen

    There’s already a he-o Leo..  I don’t think Jaime meant partner as much as having an alter-ego SHE-o. eh?

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  • Rejusu

    As an actual developer I have a hard time believing that you’re one after a comment like that. To say Java is no where near as wide spread when it’s the most popular teaching language. And to act like Objective C is the same as C and is just as widely used…

    Hard to believe a real developer could be THAT ignorant. It sounds more like you’re pretending to be a professional just to lend credence to your argument.

  • Alan Joyce2

    We need android and quick please…….iphone is dying and the rest are taking over

  • Carrie

    I have an android… not enthused!

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  • Ethan Wilson

    Time to learn better Android app development. I’ll trade app dev for NerdFitness swag!

  • Astella

    I have become interested in starting the paleo diet but I have multiple nut allergies. In my research I’ve read many recipes that substitute regular flour with almond flour. Considering my allergy this isn’t possible for me. Are there substitutes for the nuts? I want to make sure that if I do this I can still consume enough proteins and fats. Thanks for any advice.

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  • vnedeff

    Hi there are other apps for Paleo diet you can check out here

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  • Mark Andy Gill

    There is still no Android port?

  • Fatielemengo

    Within seconds of trying out this app, I am quickly satisfied. The search bar is amazing and definitely extremely helpful to those who need a little help in the beginning of their paleo life change (like myself). Before I got this app I was constantly wondering if this and that was paleo and I would find myself searching google and I would never get a definite answer which, of course, is very frustrating. Plus the recipes look amazing and I’m looking forward to trying some of them out. I would definitely recommend this app.

  • usnmustanger

    “4 years ago”…
    Steve, you *promised*!
    Sigh…still waiting…