The Paleo Diet Beginner’s Guide

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The Paleo Diet Beginner’s Guide

Is eating like a caveman for you? Here’s the rationale behind the Paleo plan—and the seven basic rules you need to get started.

Besides meat, our caveman forebears had easy access to fruit and vegetables, which means all varieties of fresh, in-season produce—from leafy greens to tubers to berries—are completely fair game. (Pro tip: If you go Paleo, you’ll probably want to get acquainted with your local farmer’s market—or join a CSA.)

On the flip side, though, Paleo experts think we modern humans rely far too heavily on high-carb legumes, like soy, peas, chickpeas, beans, and peanuts—so they’re all 100-percent nixed. “Legumes are off the diet for the same reasons as grains, minus the gluten component,” says Quinn. “They’re high in antinutrients like lectins and phytic acid."

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