sticking to paleo diet but including legumes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 26, 2013 at 11:27 PM

if I follow a strict paleo type diet but eat legumes that I soak and cook properly am I destroying my health? I feel great, tried without legumes but didn't feel as good as I do when I eat my beans daily. am I killing myself by eating beans? does anyone else do this? can't eat nuts or fruit as I am sensitive


on June 27, 2013
at 03:47 AM

In case you weren't just exaggerating for effect -- legumes are not going to "destroy" you. If you're otherwise doing paleo, then you're doing pretty well! Legumes should definitely be low on the list of things to worry about compared to making sure that you get vegetables, nutritious animal products, good fats, physical activity, and enough sleep. If you were allergic to them or had some other acute reaction that was really harming you, you'd know about it by now.

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on June 27, 2013
at 12:01 AM

I feel better when I include some easier-to-digest and properly prepared legumes in my diet, like lentils and chickpeas. Ya gotta do what works for you. :)


on June 27, 2013
at 03:56 AM

i have potato sensitivities and fruit sensitivites :( so can i replace fruit with legumes?



on June 27, 2013
at 03:28 AM

Why not replace the legumes with safe starches? White basmati rice (my fave), plantains, taro root, cassava(yucca), russet potatoes, gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, true yams. I'll admit, legumes are really inexpensive by the pound compared to these starches. I eat legumes once in a while, but I stick with the lowest possible lectin legumes like split peas and lentils, I don't bother with black beans and kidney beans and all the other beans because they don't agree with me. I had split pea soup about 4 weeks ago. I actually enjoyed it, and if you do too, then I see no reason to completely eliminate it forever, that's just ridiculous.

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