Don’t Restrict Your Diet When You Don’t Have To

Because I’m a dietitian, people ask me for “diet” advice, especially this time of year when everyone seems to be trying extra hard to stay on a health track to keep up their new year resolution goals. Lately I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the paleo diet and whether or it’s a healthy regimen to follow.

What can you eat on the paleo diet? Here are the basics found on The Paleo Diet website:


  • Grass-produced meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits and veggies
  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Healthful oils (Olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)


  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes (including peanuts)
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Salt
  • Refined vegetable oils

I am skeptical of any diet that says “Do” and “Don’t Eat” certain foods.

My best advice that I can give for anyone who wants to make positive changes to their eating habits is to listen to your body. If it doesn’t make you feel good than don’t eat it!

I feel fine when I eat grains, legumes and starchy vegetables, like pasta, beans and potatoes. They are very nutritious foods, packed with vitamins and minerals, and I don’t see any reason to avoid them completely.

Before starting any new diet regimen, consult your doctor. This is super important because if you have any medical conditions, pre-existing or ones you may not already know about, you need clearance to begin any sort of restrictive diet. Every “body” has different food needs!

Bottom line: why restrict what you eat when you don’t have to?

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