The Paleo diet is, at its core, very simple. Eat meat. Eat vegetables. Drink water. There is a lot more emphasis on what not to eat than what should be eaten.
So, here is a short list of what not to consume on a traditional Paleo diet:
- oats, barley, rye, spelt
- just about all dairy
- white potatoes
- legumes, including peanuts
- sugar-like substances
- fake sugar
So, pretty much everything you have ever eaten, ever. It’s a whole new world, and it’s one people usually come to after something is going wrong in their system. Something doctors can’t pinpoint. Maybe that describes you. You’ve been to a bunch of doctors to help explain away some of your ailments that aren’t easily explained. Or you’re not to that point yet but you don’t feel as good as you should.
When you see a list like this that prohibits just about everything in your kitchen, your gut reaction (pardon the pun) is to either turn and run in the other direction, or think, “what about ____?” and you then find yourself down a wormhole of if this then that else statements that make it all seem like too much and you’re again tempted to run the other direction.
Don’t run! Stay awhile and you’ll see that it’s not so bad, it’s not so complicated, and you’ll feel better once you stop eating things that are hurting you.