Follow these 2 easy steps to transform your health with the paleo diet. These basic guidelines show you what to eat and what to avoid on the diet, as well as how to reintroduce foods if you choose.
Many experts advocate eating strictly Paleo for 30 days, then gradually reincorporating some of the foods you’ve eliminated so you can see how they make you feel. Of course, not everyone agrees on what’s allowed. But here are some basic guidelines on what to eat and avoid during the first month.
FOODS TO EAT
• Pastured, organic, or grass-fed meats
• Non-starchy vegetables
• Squashes and sweet potatoes
• Nuts and seeds
• Fermented vegetables
• Olive, coconut, and avocado oils
• Herbs and spices
FOODS TO AVOID
• Legumes (this includes peanuts)
• Refined sugar
• Artificial sweeteners
• Refined vegetable oils (corn and soybean oil)
• Processed foods
FOODS TO CUT OUT
• White potatoes
Once you’re finished with your first 30 days, feel free to reintroduce some ‘off-limits’ foods.
The general rule: Introduce one new food (not an entire food group) every 3 days, and take note of how you feel. Your reactions may vary – you might feel sick or just blah immediately, within a few hours, or even the next day; or you may feel perfectly fine. Then decide if it’s worth adding back into your diet or if you’re better off without it.