As Paleo isn’t designed as an elimination diet (unlike the Autoimmune Paleo diet), it isn’t quite accurate to discuss “Paleo Reintroductions”.
However, at Paleo in the UK our focus is on creating a resource which can help people access everything to do with Paleo at a level and to the extent that suits them.
If you are experiencing illness or poor health and are looking to shift your lifestyle into a Paleo template then your motivation and end result may look very different to someone who simply wants to eat less processed food.
We would always recommend at least a period of 30 days on the basic Paleo template. Whilst there’s no real science behind this length of time biologically, it’s a convenient length of time for many and will provide many of the benefits.
After this period there will be certain foods which were eliminated initially which may be reintroduced to the diet to see if they really affect your personal health adversely or whether you can still feel good and remain healthy whilst consuming them.
These foods may be dose-dependent, i.e. they are OK up to a certain quantity. They may also be tolerated well providing there are no other stresses in your life which are contributing to an overall stress burden. For more on how this stress piece will impact your health and ability to tolerate potentially inflammatory foods, see our Lifestyle section.
The foods you may wish to experiment with are listed below, along with a guide to the process of reintroductions and an overview of what to look out for.
For a really deep dive into the science of the immune system and how this Elimination-Reintroduction process is so successful and insightful, please do foray into our Autoimmune Paleo area.