What should you eat? What shouldn’t you eat?

I am completely stealing this from Griff on the MarksDailyApple web forum, but it is just too good not to share with you, my friends.  This list says it all and can be very helpful in meal planning and grocery buying.  That being said, I use honey on occasion to make paleo-friendly goodies and I drink wine, which has sugar in it.  Ultimately you have to do what is best for you and your lifestyle, but the closer you can follow this list, the better for your health and happiness.

If it is…
– A legume (bean, pea, peanut)
– A grain (wheat, corn, rice) or made of a grain (bread, cake, tortilla, pasta)
– A processed food product
– A “low-fat” food product
– A “low-carb” food product
– A “diet” food product
– Anything with an ingredient that ends in “ose” (sucrose, glucose, fructose) or that contains sugar, agave nectar, honey, or maple syrup
– Anything from the center aisles of the grocery store…

YOU SHOULD NOT EAT IT. Throw it away (unless it’s a cleaning or stationery product, in which case use it for its appropriate purpose).

If it is…
– Meat (especially grass-fed)
– Poultry (especially free-range)
– Fish (especially wild-caught)
– An egg (especially cage-free)
– A non-starchy and/or green vegetable (especially organic)
– An avocado
– Butter (especially from grass-fed cows)
– Lard
– Ghee
– Coconut oil
– Coconut milk
– Olive oil (but not for cooking)
– A berry (up to a handful)

YOU CAN AND SHOULD EAT IT. In fact, it should be the backbone of your diet.

If it is….
– A dairy product (milk, yogurt, cream, sour cream, half & half)
– A nut (peanuts are not nuts)
– A seed
– A fruit other than a berry
– A starchy or sugary vegetable (carrot, beet, winter squash)
– A tuber (potato, sweet potato, yam)
– A nightshade (tomato, bell pepper)
– Coffee

– You are trying to lose weight (for dairy, nuts, fruits, starchy vegetables, and tubers)
– You are lactose intolerant (for dairy)
– You are significantly inactive/sedentary
– You are insulin resistant (for dairy, nuts, fruits, starchy vegetables, tubers, and coffee)


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