Faithful HomesteaderI never thought that I would go on a Paleo diet. When I read about it, I found it to be way too restrictive for my taste. However, now I have become convinced that it is worth a try.

For as long as I can remember, I have had major digestive issues with daily bloating. I read that a Paleo diet is a good anti-inflammatory diet. It is also a good elimination diet, since so many things have to be excluded.

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I have needed to do an elimination diet for at least 20 years. I did do a diet that eliminated bread, dairy, nuts, and sugar in the past. I didn’t feel so great on it that I continued with it, and while I did lose some weight on it, I easily found it again. Now I am giving up bread, grains, sugar, dairy, and legumes.

The basic premise of Paleo seems to be going back to the diet of the cavemen. It is about eating what they could readily find for food. Eating real and unprocessed food is an important aspect of the plan. I am not so convinced that I will give up all these things forever, but I hope to be able to get a better handle on what is causing my digestive issues. If certain foods really are causing my problems, it will be good to know which ones.

So far, I have been on the plan for nine days. I don’t feel better at this point, but people say it takes time. I have lost five pounds, and that is enough motivation to stick with it at least for the 30 days that I have committed to doing. I will assess things at the end and possibly add back certain foods one food at a time.

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