I adopted the Paleo diet last year after my diagnosis. Paleo is based on no refined foods or sugars, no white carbs, and a few other healthy eating tenants. There are tons of Paleo recipes online, including on my Pinterest boards at http://www.pinterest.com/BooksByCassCarr. I divided the recipes there into categories, including main dishes, sides, desserts, and more.

These are a few of my favorite Paleo main dishes:

http://acalculatedwhisk.com/slow-cooker-carnitas-lettuce-wraps/ – the pork in these wraps is fork-tender, and full of flavor. It adds a pineapple and avocado salsa, and since the recipe uses lettuce, there’s no carbs to make the recipe non-Paleo friendly.

http://everydaypaleo.com/chicken-bacon-salad-sweet-potato-boats/ – sweet potatoes are an awesome part of the Paleo diet. White potatoes should be eaten sparingly or not at all, but sweet potatoes are not only delicious, but versatile. They can be used in main dishes, sides, soups, and desserts. In this recipe, the sweet potato is the vehicle for the rest of the delicious things, like chicken and bacon. Bacon is one of the best parts of the Paleo diet, though you should try to find sugarless bacon free from nitrates. That most likely means it’s going to be organic.

http://www.generationyfoodie.com/2013/06/paleo-almond-chicken-fingers.html – thinking you can’t eat chicken fingers on the Paleo diet? Well, you can! Instead of bread crumbs, use nuts! This particular recipe calls for almonds, but we often add a mix, since we always have nuts around. They are a staple snack on the Paleo diet, after all.

If you’re looking for a list of five surprising foods you are supposed to avoid on the Paleo diet, you can get one here. For a more extensive list, check out Paleo Grubs, a great resource for all things Paleo. Find it here.