So, you’ve taken the leap and now you’re going full force with Paleo. You may have been told all of the things you can’t have.
No grains. That means no wheat, no corn (yes, corn is a grain), no rice (oh, my Thai rice noodles!), and others are off limits such as: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, bulgur, flaxseed, grano, Kamut, millet, oats, muesli, quinoa, rye, sorghum, spelt, teff, and triticale.
No dairy. No milk, butter, cheese, cream (bye-bye coffee creamer), paneer, or sour cream. For a complete list of dairy, potential dairy, and non-dairy products see “Go Dairy Free“.
No legumes. This includes alfalfa, beans (adzuki, black, broad “Fava”, butter, calico, cannellini, edamame, garbonzo, great northern, italian, kidney, lima, lupin, mung, navy, pinto, and soy), carob, clover, lentils, mesquite (watch out for mesquite honey), peanuts, peas (black-eyed, chickpeas, etc.), and soy.
No processed foods. No refined sugar. No vegetable oils. Fresh, single-ingredient foods are best.
You may be asking yourself, “What’s left? What CAN I eat? Nuts and meat?” Well, yes; nuts (in moderation) and meat plus vegetables, fruits (in moderation), good fats, and other stuff. The trick is to figure out what the “other stuff” is. I find that I can usually take some of my BP (before Paleo) recipes and change them up a little bit, taking into account some of the Paleo substitutions.
I created a Paleo Substitution List as a reference guide. Check back often because I will update it as I learn more and come across new items. Feel free to send me suggestions (ClearingEnergyWork@gmail.com) for updates.