Believe it or not, the list of things you have to AVOID on Paleo is far shorter than what you can enjoy. We know Paleo does not include gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, processed foods, legumes, grains, or alcohol…and I know perhaps it sounds like your weekend is ruined – BUT I promise you, that is not the case. You can drink alcohol in moderation, but if the only thing you drink is Bud then you’re going to have to make some adjustments – but that’s for a later blog.
If you start your morning with coffee, good news, you can still drink it – in small quantities without milk and sugar. You can put almond or coconut milk in it and/or a natural sweetener. Once you really get into Paleo, you’ll have so much energy that you won’t rely on coffee as a pick-me-up.
So butter is a highly debated subject. Organic and grass-fed is generally accepted with Paleo. Good substitutes would be EVOO, coconut oil, or ghee.
Legumes or beans, are not allowed. They contain phytic acid. In short, phytic acid binds to nutrients – calcium, iron, zinc, maganese – which doesn’t allow for absorption, thus, making legumes nutrient deficient. Peanuts are not nuts, they are legumes – so they are not Paleo friendly.
Rice is a grain and grains are a Paleo no-no, but once in awhile I have sushi – you can opt for brown rice, too.
Some new things you will probably be introduced to are almond flour, almond milk, ghee, and coconut aminos. Once you give them a try, you’ll see how good they actually are.
“You are amazing. Remember that.”