Hi, you sound a lot like me! I really think I would feel tip top if I ate strictly paleo, but find that the effects of adding things back in are pretty minor, as long as I keep the amounts limited. For example, wheat once a week in the form of a really good sandwich or pizza seems to be OK, but a few weeks ago we had family visiting and I ended up eating processed grains throughout a few days and felt pretty nasty and bloated by the time everyone left. I think of paleo as my "base" diet with the non-paleo stuff as accessories.
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I am not 100% paleo, but I do agree with the concept and try to mostly following the guidelines. I guess I don't follow it completely is because that I don't feel a negative effect from gluten like others do. I do keep my wheat/bean/sugar intake at a very low minimum though and I only use the really high quality when I do eat it. I know many won't agree, but I think any real food is OK as long as it is not processed and comes from very high quality farming. I just really love all the creative ways paleo teaches us to use ingredients with very high nutritional value as alternatives to processed products.
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