What is Paleo?

The Paleolithic Diet (Commonly known as the Paleo, Caveman, or Hunter-Gatherer Diet) refers to a nutritional framework of eating whole, unrefined or processed foods. This style of eating is not to be used as a quick, fad diet, but rather a lifestyle choice for optimal health and nutrition. These are the foods that were around before the Agricultural Revolution that mass-produced the wheat, corn, vegetable oils and sugars that have taken over our modern diets. Not to mention the food-like-products that look and taste like food, but are made with chemicals, preservatives, and artificial flavors. Do you really want your food created in a lab?? 

Delicious Paleo Salad
Kale Salad + Roasted Chicken + BACON

So what do you eat? Awesome question. Here we go:

The Paleo Menu:

Vegetables – lots of them! As many as you’d like!
*Remember, corn is a grain, not a veggie

Grass-fed & Pastured Meats + Eggs – try your best to find higher quality meats & eggs

Wild-Caught Seafood – another area where the quality matters
*I watch a documentary recently where it was reported that a great percentage of farmed fish are fed pellets made of wheat and chicken. There is NOTHING natural about that.

Fruits – organic, local, and seasonal is best, but if it’s not in the budget (hello, I’m with you)
then refer to the Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen lists to determine what to buy organic

Nuts & Seeds – be sure to check labels here. Many nuts and seeds are roasted in peanut or vegetable oil, which is a no-go
*Also, no peanuts, they are in the legume family

Fat Sources – Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil, Coconut, Avocado, Olive Oil, Olives, Ghee, & Clarified Butter

See? It’s not like we’re just running around eating the heads off of rabbits and squirrels….

Balsamic Roasted Chicken
Balsamic Roasted Chicken + Garlic Veggies

Here is what you won’t see in a Paleo diet:

– Artificial & Refined Sugars
– Dairy (although some Paleo diets include raw, full-fat, organic dairy sources, but it depends on the person)
– Grains (wheat, barley, oats, corn, quinoa… nothing.)
– Legumes (beans, peanuts, or soy… adios!) *Except green beans, snap peas, and snow peas because they are more of a pod
– 
Anything that doesn’t come from nature; Say goodbye to the lab-foods!

Paleo Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread from The Paleo Kitchen
Paleo Cinnamon Chocolate Banana Bread from The Paleo Kitchen

One of my goals with this blog is to bring you with delicious recipe ideas that are Paleo-friendly. If you’re looking to dive into Paleo, or just wish to clean up your diet, I HIGHLY recommend kicking off your Paleo journey with the Whole30. This 30-day challenge is strict, but it allows you to finally do some self-experimentation on what the food you eat does to your body. Plus, there is a great community of people embarking on their Whole30 experience and are great at sharing encouragement and ideas. If you want to know a bit more, check out the site or you can see my first experience in this post.


 

I hope this gives you a general idea of the Paleo framework. If you have more questions, please ask!
Also, some great sites to check out are:

Whole30
Whole9Life
NomNomPaleo
PaleOMG
Civilized Caveman
StupidEasyPaleo
CarrotsNCake

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