For anyone unfamiliar, the Paleo diet is a diet modelled after Paleolithic mankind's available foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts, meats and seafood. No added salts, sugars, preservatives, nothing. None of this Red 40, BHA or High Fructose Corn Syrup junk. I'm hoping people may have a good word to spread to assist in my journey to fitness. It seems like literally everything I thought was OK to eat is now prohibited by Paleolithic standards. I started a week of paleo today and am already unsure how I will fare. A large portion of what is healthy by any other standard is not OK. My initial diet looked like: Eggs Chicken* Tuna* Salmon (self-caught) Sardines* Turkey* Cheeses* Apples Pears Oranges Grapefruit Grapes Tomato Almonds Cashews Sunflower seeds Granola* Oatmeal* Rice* Salad Broccoli Carrots Celery Sugar snap peas Avocado Pickles* Hot sauce* Ketchup* Mustard* That's what I was eating for a solid two months. Any variety of those throughout the day; healthy by most anyone else's standards. Now, the stuff with asterisks all contain prohibited stuff, be it sneaky preservatives, added sugars, added salts or any other non-Paleo ingredient. My biggest issue is this - how does one follow the Paleo diet with absolutely no leniency with regard to ingredients... While being able to stay satisfied through the day (yes, water is constantly ingested). Additionally, where do I draw the line on ingredients? I started this expecting zero leniency. But when I take ground beef and find it has added anything, now what? What kind of meats should I be buying, then, if it all has extra something? Any and all tips are welcome here. Discussion on the diet is also welcome.