I really hate labels when it comes to “diets” or ways of eating. I feel like they are restrictive and can lead to unnecessary adherence to dogmatism. However, it can also simplify things. It’s a lot easier to say “I eat a Paleo-style diet” than it is to say “I don’t eat grains, or legumes, or dairy (unless it’s raw, pastured, and grass fed) or artificial sweeteners, etc.” So I suppose you could say I eat a mostly paleo or primal diet, but I prefer to say that I simply “eat real food.” Ultimately I believe the most important thing is to nourish the body with real, properly prepared, nutrient dense whole foods, regardless of any diet dogma they may or may not fall into.
So what do I eat? I eat a whole lot of delicious foods!
- Meat: beef & other ruminants, pork, poultry, seafood, etc (grass fed, pastured, wild caught when possible)
- Healthy fats: coconut oil, ghee, grass fed butter, and lard and tallow (from local pastured sources) for cooking and olive oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil and avocado oil for use in dressings, condiments, etc.
- Vegetables: any and all veggies, especially non starchy vegetables, local, seasonal, and organic when possible
- Fruits: in moderation and local, seasonal and organic when possible
- Natural sweeteners: raw local honey, pure maple syrup, coconut sugar all in moderation
- Small amounts of raw, pastured, and grass fed dairy on occasion
What foods to I avoid?
- Grains (both gluten containing and gluten free) except for the occasional white rice or soaked/sprouted gluten free grain
- Conventional dairy products
- Industrial seed oils: canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, margarine, etc.
- Non nutritive sweeteners: refined cane sugar, agave, and all artificial sweeteners