I've been exploring the Paleo Diet to help me find gluten-free dairy-free food for O to eat. The basics of the Paleo Diet are no dairy, no grains, no legumes. Yes to lean meats, lots of veggies, some fruits, healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil). I decided to give the approach a try and I learned some things:
1) I do much better when I add more protein to my diet and to each meal. For me, it prevents the wild blood sugar crashes I had become accustomed to. I thought it was normal to become so hungry in 60 seconds that I thought I'd keel over or hurt someone in my bid for the next bite of food. Not so!
2) I can live fairly easily without a lot of dairy in my diet, even without using substitutes for dairy, with the exception of some nut milks.
3) Life is not worth living and is terribly inconvenient without peanut butter (peanuts are legumes). And, I'm sorry, but almond butter just isn't the same.