Paleo Diet Explained

The Paleo diet is often called The Caveman Diet. Cavemen didn’t have agriculture or processed foods, they were ‘hunter gatherers’.

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Foods to Eat on the Paleo Diet

You eat lots of meats, plants, vegetables, fruits and drink lots of water.

Lots of non-cave-many stuff are also on the diet however, red wine, espresso,

  • Grass fed meat
  • Wild fish
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Unrefined oils such as coconut oil and olive oil
  • Spices
  • Unrefined fats such as grassfed butter (some argue that this shouldn’t be included in a Paleo diet however as it’s dairy)
  • Sweet potatoes
apricot kernels

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Foods to Avoid on the Paleo Diet

Dairy is restricted or eliminated, as are grains.

Foods you can’t eat –

  • Dairy (mostly)
  • Cereal Grains
  • Sugar (refined)
  • Processed foods
  • Vegetable oils
  • Sweetners
  • Trans fats
  • Legumes
  • Low quality meat
  • Starchy vegetables such as ‘normal’ white potatoes
  • Alcohol is limited

Benefits of the Paleo Diet

  • It’s healthy – With no processed foods or sugar, the diet has anti-inflammatory benefits
  • Reduced likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes compared to conventional Western diet
  • Improved gut health – thanks mainly to high quality foods that are ingested on the diet
  • Full of vitamins & minerals
  • No food additives (or greatly reduced amount)
  • Improved satiety — a feeling of fullness between meals meaning you’re less likely to snack

Cons of the Paleo Diet

  • The price. Unfortunately wild fish & grass fed beef are a lot more expensive than factory farmed options.
  • No dairy & no grains – can be good or bad depending on the person
  • Very difficult to get enough protein if you’re a vegetarian on this diet. Although hemp is a great source of all amino acids and Paleo friendly.
  • Can be tricky for athletes to get enough carbohydrate for optimal performance. Some argue that this depends on the sport and that most people adapt to a lower carb diet within 4-8 weeks

Overall the Paleo diet is a lot healthier than the average Western diet, full of organic whole foods.

Paleo Diet Shopping List

Vegetables

Spinach
Brussels Sprouts
Broccoli
Kale
Carrots
Peppers
Beetroot
Asparagus
Cucumber
Celery
Butternut squash
Cabbage

Sweet potatoes

Fruit

Oranges
Apples
Pears
Tomatoes
Berries
GrapesMango
Pears
Pineapples
Avocados

Meat & Fish

Organic grass-fed beef
Organic chicken thighs & breast
Wild Salmon
Nitrate free bacon
Tuna

Other

Organic Free Range Eggs
Almond butter (peanut butter is not allowed as it’s a legume 😦 )

Oils

Coconut oil
Olive oil
Organic ghee

Nuts and Seeds

Almonds
Pecans
CashewsHazelnuts
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Walnuts

Organic Spices

Cinnamon
Basil
Garlic Powder
Turmeric

Drinks

Coffee
Coconut water
Kombucha

 

Paleo Diet Plan

Breakfast – Omelette with spinach

Snack – Pumpkin seeds with goji berries

Lunch – Salad with kale, spinach, avocado & chicken or bacon or tuna

Snack – Beef jerky

Dinner – Salmon, fried with vegetables

Snack – Primal Bar or home made protein bar or pecans

 

If you need extra calories, coconut milk is awesome.  Use tins or powdered coconut milk, not the cartons which are about 2% coconut milk, 97% water and 1% E numbers

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About Drew

MMA, Fitness & Marketing enthusiast from North Wales, UK. Aspiring hippy/Buddhist, most of the time.
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