When the Paleo diet first exploded onto the scene in the early 2000’s, there were very clear lines drawn in the grain-free sand about what one could or couldn’t eat on a paleo diet, with very little argument from within the community. Since then, however, as more and more folks have adopted the diet for their own long-term health there have been more and more experiences to draw from that have allowed the diet to evolve within the Paleo community. Not only are there individual experiences, but there has also been additional research done specifically regarding the Paleo diet or ancestral diets.
More often now, many leaders in the Paleo community are advocating the following approach for new adoptees of the diet: follow the doctrine in the short-term to start, but use your own experience with that initial paleo doctrine to build a paleo template for the long-term (ChrisKresser.com, 2011). In other words, stick with the diet long enough to see the results, and then re-introduce foods as you see fit and see how your body reacts now that you have a healthier baseline from which to judge. It’s approaches like this that have led to offshoots of the Paleo Diet, such as the “Primal” diet that allows for dairy (marksdailyapple.com, 2017).
Good approaches for this kind of personalized nutrition follow in the next topic!