This is a pretty old thread. I have greatly refined my approach since I wrote this thread way back when, but I still strongly agree that sugar is just a scapegoat. What are you confused about?
Originally Posted by MarielleGO
I generally eat unprocessed food. There are a few exceptions. I do eat some grain. I eat nixtamalized corn tortillas (I recommend Whole Foods brand) and I grind hominy into polenta. I do enjoy grits post-workout. I'm not opposed to white rice, but I do not make it for myself because it's very boring to me. It's more of an "if you're going to make me dinner or if it comes with a meal I'll happily eat it" thing. If you think I'm eating sushi without rice you're smoking something.
There are a lot of things in paleo/Primal that I believe make little sense. For example, hominy/nixtamalized corn, white rice and most legumes are much "cleaner" than nuts. Not only are nuts one of the most allergenic things recognized by the USDA, but their lectin and phytate content are higher than any grain or legume. I completely understand the blacklist on wheat and soy, but to be honest with you, black beans are much healthier than almonds assuming you simply soak/wash them and boil/pressure cook them. Do I eat beans? No, not really, but I'm not going to tell you they're unhealthy simply because they "aren't paleo." Just because something is "paleo" doesn't make it healthy and just because something isn't "paleo" doesn't mean it's unhealthy.
Paleo/Primal is a fantastic starting point because it'll increase your meat, fruit, vegetable and egg consumption while simultaneously removing the real baddies - seed oils, wheat, soy, artificial sweeteners, colorings, gums, preservatives and all those nasty things you can't pronounce on packages. For the more benign gray areas - corn, oatmeal, rice, refined sugars, beans, peanut butter, quinoa, buckwheat, etc - you may find you can include them in your diet without hurting your goals or your health. OR you may find you have sensitivities. I recommend elimination dieting - remove it all but meat and fruit (since these are the least allergenic things out there) for 30 days and slowly add other things in bit by bit to see your individual tolerances. You may find foods you're avoiding make you feel great and foods you think are healthy because they are "paleo" are weighing you down (like nuts, seeds, chocolate and other potential allergens).
Don't put your trust in anyone on this forum, including me. You are the key to your own success.