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New to Paleo, are rice and grains ok?

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Created May 01, 2013 at 8:06 PM

I've seen several people posting about eating rice and eating grains, but to my understanding, I thought if you're eating Paleo, you're supposed to stay away from these things? Also people have talked about cheese and milk... again, ok or avoid? Someone send me an idiot-proof Paleo guide, please! I've been sticking to lean meats, veggies and fruits... do I need to add more? Thanks in advanced!

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Absolutely. Much better to have someone take 2 years adapting to the paleo diet and make it a lifestyle than to do it super strict for 30 days and go back to a SAD right after. Most people I help out I have ease into healthy eating habits one step at a time, so as not to overwhelm them with the ridiculous amount of information overload at once. We want lifelong health improvements, not quick fix diets. Thanks Matt, I was remiss in not even mentioning that in my previous comment.

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Gradual adoption of paleo is also very valid. Incremental improvements in diet can be beneficial, particularly when you're not dealing with intolerance issues.

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Thank you very much, that was great info and very much appreciated. I think I went too paleo too fast and it gave me a really bad stomach ache so I was curious if I was doing something wrong.

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Good explanation of the most up-to-date version of paleo.

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on May 01, 2013
at 08:19 PM

In general, we don't eat grains. White rice is considered a safe starch to be eaten in small quantities, generally by people who work out hard and need the carbs.

The gist of paleo is to eat real, unprocessed food. Barring that, it's open to interpretation based on how YOUR specific body reacts to foods. Dairy is great if your body tolerates it, but the only way to figure it out is to cut it out and see if you feel better. No difference? Keep eating high quality dairy.

No need to stick to lean meat either. That fat along the edge of the steak is HEAVEN! ;)

Paleo is an open template to figure out what works best for you. In general the only things that you should always be avoiding are processed foods, industrial oils (vegetable, canola, soybean, corn etc) and white sugar. Included in that processed food category are grains, especially the ones that have gluten. There are a fair number of people who eat gluten-free oats occasionally, but they are certainly in the minority.

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on May 02, 2013
at 02:46 AM

Thank you very much, that was great info and very much appreciated. I think I went too paleo too fast and it gave me a really bad stomach ache so I was curious if I was doing something wrong.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 01, 2013
at 08:53 PM

Good explanation of the most up-to-date version of paleo.

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on May 02, 2013
at 11:29 AM

You say you're new to paleo. Cut out those iffy foods (rice, grains, milk, cheese) for 30 days, then reintroduce and see how you feel. You may find you are fine with cheese but grains give you the runs. All of this is just a template to find what works for the individual.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on May 02, 2013
at 12:09 PM

Gradual adoption of paleo is also very valid. Incremental improvements in diet can be beneficial, particularly when you're not dealing with intolerance issues.

2edfcc5c8044bbb4f22ba6ea4289f592

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on May 03, 2013
at 01:52 AM

Absolutely. Much better to have someone take 2 years adapting to the paleo diet and make it a lifestyle than to do it super strict for 30 days and go back to a SAD right after. Most people I help out I have ease into healthy eating habits one step at a time, so as not to overwhelm them with the ridiculous amount of information overload at once. We want lifelong health improvements, not quick fix diets. Thanks Matt, I was remiss in not even mentioning that in my previous comment.

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