If you ask me my take on nutrition, I'll tell you I eat real foods.  I like to eat foods that I can roughly envision where they came from, how they're made, and how they'll make me feel great.  After years of tweaking my diet to optimize my own health and well-being, I'm committed to eating a real food, so-called "paleo" diet about 90% of the time.  When I eat well for most of my meals and snacks, a few bites of lower-quality foods don't always impact me as negatively.

What is Paleo, and what is my experience? 

The Paleo lifestyle is based on the way our bodies function at peak performance. The diet consists of real, natural foods. The fitness regimen consists of functional movements based on how our ancestors would have moved. The lifestyle incorporates other aspects of wellness, including ample, high-quality sleep and minimizing stress.

Please keep in mind that this is JUST A SILLY LABEL.  It's a convenient way to name something that otherwise may be less concrete to people.  I like to say that I "eat real foods" -- that is, real foods, that can be found in nature, and that generally don't contain ingredients I can't recognize or pronounce.  It's much simpler than it sounds, and you don't need to label yourself in order to understand and and implement some of the principles.

What can you eat on Paleo?

Plenty!  Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, oils... just not the processed, junky kinds. Some dairy (grass-fed, unpasteurized) is permitted if an individual is not intolerant to dairy (personal experimentation).  Get the details on the "rules" in my paleo post or Diane Sanfilippo's What is Paleo page.  Here's some samplings of things I've eaten:

Other tips for choosing and cooking food wisely:

Paleo book and recipe reviews:
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