We will cover the basic do’s and don’ts of the Paleo diet. It is important to remember that how close you adhere to the guidelines here depends on your personal situation and goals. If you hope to lose weight and gain strength, we suggest that you accompany strict adherence to this paleo diet food list along with plenty of regular exercise and rest. Remember that you can only expect monumental results from colossal discipline, but you will need to balance this with an intuitive approach to your personal needs.
Foods on the Paleo Diet Food List:
Meats and Poultry – Meats of all types were abundant during the end of the Neolithic age and can abound in your diet as well. This includes offal and fatty cuts as well. Be sure to get your meat from healthy sources and grass-fed cattle ranges as the nutrient county will be higher. Because so much of your diet will be meat the sources you choose will be important.
Fish and Seafood – Fresh from the river or sea is always the best, be sure you are purchasing sustainable products whenever possible!
Veggies – all types are good; but determined paleo gurus will suggest the low-starch variety.
Nuts and Seed – Much like fatty fish, these pint-sized snacks contain important Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids and are an important part of your diet. But keep your amounts in balance.
Healthy Fats – fats are a big part of this diet. But it is important to buy high-quality fats as these are generally healthier. This can be oils from plants products like avocado, olive or coconut oil or animal products like duck fat, lard and even ghee (clarified butter).
Spices, Herbs and Condiments – Spices and herbs are all on the menu so feel free to spice things up. You will want to eyeball the labels on some of your condiments like soy sauce and other products to make sure they are free of harmful preservatives, wheat products or any other processed surprises.
For Baking – You can have some baked goods, provided they don’t contain grains and gluten. This means that almond flour, tapioca flour and all other nut meals can be used in baking. Just remember how high these are in carbs and keep these delights to the low minimum.
Grains – all grains from rice to soy and corn were added to the human diet post-agricultural age and excluded from the paleo diet.
Legumes — beans, chickpeas and lentils are not included on this food list. Green beans and peas are the only exceptions to this rule.
Refined Sugars, Processed Foods and Carbs – breads, Twinkies, pastas, pizzas and all other food containing refined sugars and preservatives is off the list.
Dairy – milk and all dairy products are off the list. It will be important to get essential calcium from other sources like fish, for example.
Processed Oils – Soy, corn, peanut, canola and vegetable oils, if we are still calling it that, are all made from grains and excluded from this diet. This is the same for all margarines and “partially-hydrogenated” vegetable oil products as well.