Hello all. Being new to the Paleo diet, the amount of information out there can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. I'm hoping I can get some advice on meats. Forgive me if any of the questions are repetitive.
First meat question, what meats should be eaten in moderation and what are good to eat frequently in regards to weight loss/weight control? Typical thinking is that leaner meats would be better (as they have less fat, and less fat should be better), but what I've read suggested that high protein, low fat diets wouldn't actually be good for me (weight loss/weight control), as the Paleo diet relies on fats. So eating things like chicken breast or lean ground turkey/beef most of the week isn't the best thing to do. Is that correct? I need to mix some fattier meats in with it. What types of meats should I avoid, or how frequently should I eat them?
Second meat question, if I go to the butcher section of my local grocery, and get some of the "sausages" (Italian sausage, Chorizo, Filipino sausage, etc.), how bad are they in a Paleo diet? I know they can sometimes contain fillers (though would the fillers be bad/included from a butcher as opposed to pre-packed crap?), but ignoring that, how often should these items be eaten? They are rather easy to make, often a cost effective protein, and something I enjoy eating.
Final meat question, how bad is ham, like a spiral ham that people get for holidays?
Fruit quesiton, exactly how bad are bananas and grapes? I know they are considered high sugar fruits, and should be avoided or eaten in moderation. My exercise of choice is swimming, so I like to eat bananas to keep my potassium up (as they are really the only fruit in the top 10 potassium fruits
I like to eat - though bacon wrapped dates are awesome). I try to limit it to one a day (max), and try to not mix it with other high sugar fruits, but I rarely eat other fruits (sometimes grapes when they are on sale).
- A side question for this: how bad would you consider "banana flour"? I would have to hand make this, as it isn't readily available in the states I believe (or too expensive). I know the general thinking is any type of flour is bad (though I've read that almond flour is bad simply because of the taste..?), but if it is made from Paleo items, is it acceptable in moderation?
General diet question. How bad is it to overeat vegetables? I have no doubt I could possibly eat two pounds of cooked brussel sprouts or cauliflower. I know overeating anything is bad, but exactly how bad
would this be?
Thanks in advance.