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??
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.
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….
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!
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: