As a cardiologist who has seen 1000s of patients, I often receive requests for more information on the best ways to start a Paleo diet.
My answer is to try a simple 5 week program that gradually builds upon itself. Start with small changes, then each week, go a little more Paleo.
Week 1….Cut gluten and soy. Get the gluten out of the house, out of your diet, and out of your life….soy should suffer the same fate.
Gluten is the small protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. It irritates the gut and allows unwanted particles into the body creating inflammation and disease. Read all labels.
Gluten can hide in places like the inside of chewing gum wrappers. Beware.
Week 2…Get rid of the dairy including milk, cheese, butter, and yogurt. You can resume small amounts in the future, preferably in its raw state.
Week 3…Get rid of all sugar with the exception of fruit. Sugar is the most addictive thing on the planet and one of the most dangerous for our health.
Week 4…Remove all corn, rice, beans, and potatoes. These are a huge source of carbs and therefore cause diabetes and elevated blood sugar.
Week 5…Give up the fruit. Our ancestors ate mainly wild berries and crab apples. Today’s world is fruit-heavy with fruit-based smoothies, monster citrus, and jumbo bananas. Some people on the internet recommend eating fruit all-day long. They are young and foolish. Follow their advice at your own peril.
Test out how long you can accomplish the above, but make sure you are always gluten and soy free.
2) Cook with animal fats (pastured lard, tallow, butter) and coconut oil.
3) Eat veggies with every meal.
Once you feel great and get to your goal weight, feel free to add back a piece of fruit per day. Sweet potatoes and yams also help for those who exercise frequently and are looking for some quick carbs that are easy to digest.
Get started today with this 5 week program. Let us know how it goes for you! Join in the conversation on Facebook at Natural Heart Doctor.