When I first joined Weight Watchers and began started to check out and understand their SmartPoints system, I quickly realized how many points grains and beans were. This got me thinking. Maybe I should just go Paleo and then I won’t have to worry about the bread, grains and beans eating up my SmartPoints each day.
Then my brain kicked in and said, “What does going Paleo mean, exactly”. So, I started researching. And I found that there are different types of Paleo: Strict and Primal. Obviously, the Strict Paleo followers don’t touch certain things (like dairy), but the Primal followers are a bit more lenient and allow dairy and eggs.
What I found most interesting is that while there are certain things you should not eat at all – grains and legumes – you can sort of choose what works best for your body when it comes to dairy and eggs.
So let’s look at the Paleo 101 Cheat Sheet:
The struggle for me, is getting rid of grains. I am pretty good about eating them in moderation, but completely giving them up would be a huge challenge. I also love lentils and white potatoes, although I try to eat more sweet potatoes now.
I am going to make this into a series. Next time, I will go into details about what key words to look for and which ones to avoid when you are grocery shopping. And I will delve into easy substitutes for certain things we all love (like white potatoes).
Note: We do not follow the Paleo diet nor does Dash of Herbs follow the Paleo diet. But, I do think having a general knowledge of it – and what you can and can’t eat on the Paleo diet – can help anyone who is trying to lose weight. Cutting out things that have to be processed somehow to be consumed can help you get your life back. I am not encouraging anyone to choose to switch to the Paleo diet either. This is just general knowledge about it and why I think it can help you on your weight loss journey.