If you’re new to Paleo, you’re starting in the right place!
Put simply, Paleo describes a lifestyle and way-of-eating (so much more than a restrictive or crazy fad diet) based on eating:
- plenty of protein
- lots of veggies and some fruits &
- a good amount of healthy fats.
That’s it! Simple, right?
Back when Paleo first started, there was really only one very strict set of guidelines about what to eat and what to remove from one’s diet. Truthfully, that’s how I recommend getting going. Stick to the basics by eliminating grains, legumes, dairy and as much added sugar as possible. Give it at least 30 days and see how you feel, then try reintroducing foods to test them out. For a structured program, I recommend the Whole30.
Over time, as you discover which foods are optimal for you and your goals, your list of “yes” and “no” foods are likely to change and loosen a bit. There is no single exact list of foods that works best for everyone. If you are into extremely strict Paleo, this is not likely the right site for you. If you’re into tons of treats and trying to make Paleo fit poor eating habits, this isn’t the right site for you either.
Rather, my philosophy is this:
Eat as much whole, nutrient-dense, vibrant food as your budget allows. Your food should have as much nutrient bang for the calorie buck as possible. If you’re eating to support overall health and well-being (or what I call Healthy, Happy and Harder to Kill™) eat three meals a day focused on protein, veggies (and some fruit) and healthy fat.
If you have very specific goals, especially around athletic performance, extreme shifts in body composition, or dealing with an autoimmune condition, your Paleo template may look different slightly different. It’s not uncommon to see foods like white potatoes, whey protein and white rice pop up from time to time in my posts. It does not mean these foods are optimal for everyone. It also doesn’t mean that this site “is not Paleo” for suggesting them as potential foods for folks with very specific needs.
Rather, to exclude them from the discussion as potential foods that support very specific goals would be remiss of me. A vast majority of the articles and recipes on this site are in line with a general Paleo template for overall health. I urge you to consider viewing Paleo as a collective of food and lifestyle choices that best support your unique needs instead of a universal “yes” and “no” list, especially once you’ve gotten past the first few months.
I know that when you’re first starting out, things can be confusing! I started eating Paleo back in January 2010, and it took some time to get comfortable with how to plan and cook some awesome food. Even though I love to create recipes in the kitchen, I still like to keep it simple and thus, Stupid Easy Paleo was born.
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