(Also, please know that I am not 100% strict with all of this except with wheat, dairy, and eggs as I cannot tolerate those foods. I am constantly learning about my body and what benefits ME most and also learning the science about many foods, etc. So I am in a continual state of flux with the basic groundwork of eating mostly "Paleo.")
[I will try to include links to articles about the things I post.]
What I DON'T eat:
• Most Grains- wheat, rye, barley, oats, rice, corn, soy, millet, etc, [long list. And if you buy anything that has a label on it, read it carefully. There's typically wheat &/or soy &/or corn &/or rice products in them.] [Here's an informative article about grains and starches. And Another really good article about how cutting out grains can heal lots of physical ailments]
• Most Sugar [takes on many different names, but it's all sugar]- refined, cane, corn syrup, brown rice syrup, beet sugar, coconut sugar, honey, maple, agave, sucrose, glucose, or high quantities of fructose, etc, etc. [Here's a fascinating article about sugars.]
• Artificial sweeteners- splenda, sweet&low, equal, etc.
• Unhealthy oils- canola, corn, sunflower, soybean, safflower, or anything hydrogentated. [Here's a great article about oils.]
• Potatoes/Legumes [beans, lentils, etc]- starchy things are high in carbs which is what I like to avoid. I love yams, though. Bakes yam fries are the best!! :)
• Fruits- most fruit has quite a bit of fructose which, in large quantities, is bad for our bodies, especially with how we typically consume fruit in our country. NOTE: Two small [a level cupped-handful] servings of fruit a day is fine. And organic berries are best.
• Alcohol. [Though, I've read that wine is alright on occasion.]
What I DO eat:
• Organic, grass-fed Beef- ideal is grass-fed. But if I can't find or afford it, I'll get the best quality organic I can find. ["Just because beef is labeled "organic" doesn't mean it is grass-fed. The label must specify "grass-fed" to be truly grass-fed beef!" -Dr. Mercola in this article.]
• Organic chicken [I'm trying to figure out how I can get pastured chicken. ]
• Veggies of all sorts!
• Nuts & seeds- ideal raw then soaked & air dried or dried in the oven at a temp of 150º or lower.
• Nut flours & oils [primarily almond flour and oil, but there are others.]
• Coconut- flour, oil, milk, dried pieces [here's an article about coconut]
• Natural sweeteners- Erythritol is my main choice, and stevia
• Spices & real salt
• *Other things that I'd eat if I so felt like it: fish [yum- sashimi!], pork, foul, other meats [as natural&minimally processed, organic as you can find.]
I might have forgotten a thing or two. But those two lists are a pretty good roundup.
Also, this isn't some gimicky "low-carb" diet! This is a lifestyle- one that's lived day in and day out for life. There's not and "ending point" like there is with typical dieting. And that's such a great feeling because I can settle into this for the long haul.
This isn't just about the types of foods to eat/not eat, it's also about the quality of the foods eaten. This is truly about long-term health. Not a "get thin quick" fad thing. But real health.
I will write more later about my story and why I eat this way. Until then read up and learn and cook up some delish meals. :) I want to hear about your journey and will do my best to answer questions you've got.
I hope this was helpful for you!