The paleo diet is based on a rough dietary plan modeled after what our ancestors may have consumed during the paleolithic era. The diet itself is extremely healthy and wholesome if adhered to. Thousands of people all over the world have reported many health benefits and positive results from adopting this diet. While the paleo diet may not be the panacea for all ills, it has numerous benefits.
The diet itself is pretty easy to understand conceptually. You have a list of foods that you can eat and a list of foods that you should not eat. It is very basic and anybody can understand it. Unlike other diets which use nutrient timings, food combinations, detoxes, lemonade, etc. the paleo diet is straightforward. However, it is not an easy diet to follow.
You’ll need to be determined to get over the initial hump when your body is adjusting to the new foods. You will have cravings that will be gnawing at you constantly. Sugar cravings for the most part. Once you get past this, it will be smooth sailing.
So what are the best paleo foods?
The paleo foods you consume will be nutrient dense and natural. It is highly recommended that you eat organic produce and grass fed meats. Even eggs should be free range. However, this may prove to be expensive. So, if you cannot afford organic vegetables and grass fed meats, then by all means get the normal produce and meats. Most importantly, stick to the food list recommended by the diet.
There are many types of foods you can eat while on the paleo diet. It would be best to get a book on the paleo diet or paleo diet recipes to look at the options available to you. This article will give you a few suggestions, but it is by no means comprehensive. You will benefit more from research.
Meats – Poultry, Bacon, Pork, Ground Beef, Grass Fed Beef, Chicken Thigh, Chicken Leg, Chicken Wings, Turkey, Chicken Breast, Pork Tenderloin, Pork Chops, Steak, Veal, Lamb rack, Shrimp, Lobster, Clams, Salmon, Venison Steaks, Buffalo, New York Steak, Lamb Chops, Rabbit, Goat, Elk, Emu, Goose, Kangaroo, Bear, Beef Jerky, Eggs, Bison, Bison Steaks, Bison Jerky, Bison Ribeye, Bison Sirloin, Wild Boar, Reindeer, Turtle, Ostrich, Pheasant, Quail, Lean Veal, Chuck Steak, Rattlesnake
Now, of course you may balk at some of these foods and some might be next to impossible to obtain, but this is just a list. Pick and choose what you like and eat those. It does not have to be a rigid diet. Some flexibility is good.
Vegetables – Asparagus, Avocado, Artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Spinach, Celery, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cabbage, Peppers (All Kinds), Cauliflower, Parsley, Eggplant, Green Onions
Fats – Coconut oil, Olive oil, Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil, Grass fed Butter
Nuts – Almonds, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Macadamia Nut, Walnuts
Fruit – Apple, Avocado, Blackberries, Papaya, Peaches, Plums, Mango, Lychee, Blueberries, Grapes, , Lemon, Strawberries, Watermelon, Pineapple, Guava, Lime, Raspberries, Cantaloupe, Tangerine, Figs, Oranges
And any combination of the above foods. You can grab an excellent Paleo Recipe book and you’ll be able to make some awesome tasting dishes. You won’t even miss your old foods!
If you consume only the foods on the list above, you will notice your health improve and you will look and feel better. Of course, always eat in moderation and not surfeit. If you eat sensibly and follow this diet, the results will be fantastic. Do give it a go.