Wow. I’ve developed some respect for the Paleo community in the past few days. Transitioning to this diet can be a real adjustment.
I would say at this point i’m still doing Atkins phase 3 with a Paleo influence. Given the strict rules on oils, etc it’s tough to be totally compliant. Basically processed /restaurant food is out unless you source it carefully. Even that great new salad dressing I found turned out to have non-compliant oil in addition to the olive oil. Really gotta read the labels.
Still can’t give up the dairy!! Some Paleo folks say butter & cream are ok, but I’m still eating cheese and sour cream too…
I tried a new (for me) brand of Stevia, Stevia in the Raw, but it made me REALLY sick/allergic reaction for a few days until I figured it out. Guess it was due to my ragweed allergy. Done OK with other stevia brands so far. More open to real sugar/honey/maple syrup after that experience though. Or just no added sweetener.
I think I need to accept that I’ll be preparing a lot of my own food/dressings etc from now on and need to bring my lunch to work. I didn’t realize how much of my social life centers on meals out and on packaged “healthy” items. Maybe I should join a Paleo meet up group that does potlucks. I also should probably get my oven fixed! Luckily my range still works so I can do stir-fry.
Listening to some great podcasts to get more information, including The Paleo Solution, The Primal Blueprint, Balanced Bites, and Revolution Health Radio.
I think this is going to be more of a journey/educational experience than a quick switch, but feeling better every day with the changes I’ve made so far.