I'd like to share how I am going with paleo these days and some of my challenges and goals. Preoccupation with food began in my teenage years along with a variety of physical symptoms fuelling a lifelong search for the "perfect diet". Paleo has helped me a lot in these areas and made an enormous difference in how I look and feel today. Following this way of eating for an extended period of time and keeping a food diary has been the only way I have discovered exactly what my body reacts to and what its ideal fuel source is.
I discovered rather quickly, however, that I needed to include more carbs and other foods to sustain me longer, and so I began experimenting. I was at a good weight without any known health issues, and have been able to maintain this without being limited to a strict paleo diet. I eat safe starches like white rice and potatoes (Perfect Health Diet). I tolerate homemade sourdough (WAPF) which I eat with vegetable soup I make from bone broth (GAPS). I continue to limit grains and processed food (Paleo) but include well-soaked legumes while enjoying a cheat day on the weekend (Slow Carb). I have learned tricks such as consuming fat in a fasted state to stave off hunger (Shangri-La), useful when travelling, and you can find whey protein and various supplements in my pantry.
As well as including some foods back into my diet, I have also chosen to limit certain paleo foods as well. My long term goal is to become stronger and fitter, with less body fat. Consuming excess nuts, dried fruit and fat (baked goods!) sabotages this and I like to save these for the weekend. I also need to watch portion sizes as I'm finding that my body doesn't need to eat a lot to feel satisfied. Finding an exercise routine that I could stick to that has the right variety and intensity was challenging too. I currently do a mixture of kettlebell swings, HIIT and core strengthening exercises.
It's my opinion that for healthy active individuals a strict paleo diet is unnecessary. Having said that, I think anyone would benefit from a Whole 30 as well as a food diary when introducing foods back. There is freedom when you are able to work out which foods cause problems for you (if any) and you are able to establish an individualised plan that addresses your own needs. I'll be sure to update my progress!