One of the major reasons I decided to give the Paleo diet another go was to share more about it on here, and I realize that I haven’t exactly upheld that promise. I am going to start a segment called The Paleo Diet and Hidradenitis Suppurativa in which I will give tips on the Paleo diet, explain more about my experience with it, and discuss how it has helped with my HS.
I hope these posts will be helpful for those of you who have questions regarding HS and the diet. If you have additional questions about anything or requests for future posts, please feel free to e-mail me!
My Paleo Essentials
The Paleo diet can seem very intimidating, so it’s all about taking it one step at a time. Step One is making sure you stock your pantry and fridge with all the right foods to make sure you are successful on your Paleo journey. On his Get Started page, Robb Wolf recommends cleaning out your pantry to remove non-Paleo foods in your house (donate the food–don’t just throw it away!) and eliminate temptation.
Assuming that you have rid your home of these potentially harmful foods, what is next? What are some good foods to keep around while you’re on the Paleo diet?
Here’s what I try to have on hand at all times:
Bananas (I have some fresh, but mostly I’ve cut them up and stored them in Ziploc bags in the freezer for smoothies)
Baby spinach (I add it to almost everything!)
Frozen Brussel Sprouts
Coconut Milk (I use Golden Star because it only has coconut milk and water, no guar gum!)
Spices (no peppers other than black pepper for those of us with HS!)
Cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s dark chocolate)
Chocolate chips (I recommend Enjoy Life)
Almond butter (Justin’s is heavenly)
Herbal teas (Jasmine tea is my favorite)
Nuts (almonds, pecans, cashews–NO peanuts!)
Frozen chicken breasts
This is a basic list of my essentials and what I like to make sure I have in the house, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all I eat. If I think of any other foods that I recommend keeping around, I will update this list!
Question for you:
What kinds of foods do you like to keep stocked in your fridge and pantry? Are there any I haven’t listed that you recommend?