What Can You Eat on the Paleo Diet?

If you’ve been considering the Paleo diet, you may be intimidated by the restrictions, and you may be wondering what food you can actually eat.

Grace Heerman, a writer, yogi, and proponent of the Paleo framework, transitioned to a Paleo diet after experiencing significant digestive issues all of her life.

In the video below, she explains the Paleo diet and shares some of her personal experiences following the diet.

What you can and can’t eat on the Paleo diet

In Grace’s words, the Paleo diet is “a different way to think about health that isn’t low fat or low carb.” This diet is based on eating nutrient-dense foods that are believed to be what our ancestors ate.

On the Paleo diet, you don’t eat:

  • Grains
  • Dairy
  • Soy
  • Legumes
  • Potatoes
  • Processed sugar

As Grace says herself, cutting these foods out of your diet “sounds kind of intense and unrealistic. But in reality, what it means is focusing your diet on lots of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, animal proteins, and healthy sources of fat to replace things that are less nutrient dense.”

So instead of those foods listed above, you eat:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Animal proteins (including meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs)
  • Healthy fats

The benefits of eating a Paleo diet

Grace explains that it can certainly be daunting to start out on the Paleo diet, and that it can be a bit of a challenge at first. But the benefits of following the diet can make significant differences in your health.

For Grace, the transition to a Paleo diet meant her feeling stronger, maintaining more constant blood sugar levels, digesting food better, and feeling fuller longer between meals.

Some of the research-based benefits of the Paleo diet include weight loss; reduced cardiovascular disease risk; lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar; and feeling fuller with less calories.

Eating on a Paleo diet: how to make it exciting and satisfying

If you want to start eating a Paleo diet, but aren’t quite sure what you’ll eat with your new dietary restrictions, Grace’s blog, www.gracefullyprimal.com is a great resource.

On Grace’s blog, you’ll find an extensive collection of Paleo recipes (including one for the frittatas she mentions in the video), tips for eating on the Paleo diet, and other insights from her journey to better health and wellbeing.

Share your experience

Have you ever tried the Paleo diet? Do you have any favorite recipes? Please share your thoughts, tips, and recipes in the comments section below.

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