By Alane Palmer, ND, CNC and Maria Cummings
When I first heard about the Paleo diet, I was not quite sure what it was. I do consider myself quite the foodie and enjoy cooking and creating meals. I have to admit that I was conscious about making dishes mostly from scratch and with real ingredients. Once I learned about all the Paleo restrictions, I really had to think and re-think whether or not I actually could do the diet and enjoy it. Let me add that Paleo is mostly a lifestyle more than is a diet for me.
To be honest, Paleo is not something that I adhere to 100 percent of the time but at least 80 percent or above. However, I am gluten-free completely. If you are on the Paleo, you will be eating gluten-free because there are no grains allowed on Paleo. Paleo is pretty much getting rid of all junk food and packaged foods, so you end up eating fresh whole foods including healthy meats, poultry, non starchy veggies, good fat and fruit.
Here is the Quick Scoop on How to Eat on The Paleo Diet
The Paleo restrictions are as follows: avoid grains , dairy, legumes, sugar (except limited coconut crystals, honey and maple syrup,) nightshade vegetables, industrial seed oils, processed foods, alcohol, certain starches, and yeast. This diet pretty much eliminates all inflammatory foods which is pretty good! If you want, you can introduce certain foods slowly back in to see whether or not you have a food intolerance. Hearing all the restrictions can be a bit overwhelming at first, but there are plenty of delicious Paleo recipes and cookbooks out there. I like to search on Pinterest trying to find new recipes. Some of my favorite cookbooks are “The Healing Kitchen” and “Against All Grain”
So what can you eat on a Paleo diet? There is an array of choices from vegetables, fruits, fats, nuts, and seeds, jarred and canned foods, seasonings, and herbs. If you are eating AIP (autoimmune Paleo you do need to cut out nuts) . Go for the organic grass-fed meats, or wild-caught seafood whenever possible. There are plenty of foods or ingredients that you can switch out to bake or make a Paleo dish. For example, if you wanted crepes, use coconut flour instead of wheat flour- see life can still be delicious with Paleo!
Anyone who has an autoimmune disease should consider going Paleo. Going Paleo is one of the best decisions I have ever made! I now have more energy, and I have lost weight that I have been able to keep off. One of the best things that have also happened is that I am now on half the prescription that I was on for my thyroid and I truly believe it is because of the healing effects of being on the Paleo diet! Give the Paleo diet a try! You will be able to eat healthy and delicious!
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