paleo diet

What is the Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet short for Paleolithic Diet focuses on eating the way our ‘hunter-gatherer’ ancestors did. Non-processed foods, Organic grass fed meats, wild fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Advantages of the Paleo Diet

The paleo diet is high in healthy fats such as omega-3. These form an integral part of our cell membranes, affect the function of cell receptors and provide a starting point for the making of many hormones. They are also vital for brain function and immune support.

The paleo diet promotes low sodium, high amounts of fiber and plenty of water all of which help to decrease bloating and water retention.

The paleo diet is high in lean protein, complex vegetable carbs and healthy fats. This macro combination nutrient dense and ideal for lean muscle growth and fat loss.

Who is the Paleo Diet Best For?

The paleo diet is best for those that want to lose weight and come away from starchy carbs, refined sugars and processed foods. This diet is sustainable but it is recommended that you ease your way into the diet rather than make a hard stop on your current eating regime.

How to plan your Paleo diet?

Step 1: Calculate your calories (optional)

There are no calorie restrictions or requirements with this diet, however, with any meal plan we advise that you calculate your calories to prevent yourself from under or over-eating

Step 2: Know your foods

Foods to Avoid

  • Dairy
  • Fruit Juices
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Processed Meats
  • Artificial Sweetners
  • Salty Foods & Snacks
  • Starchy Vegetables (Although paleolithic, high starch should be avoided)

The foods listed below are all paleolithic and allowed in this diet:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Macadamia Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Grass-Fed Butter
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Walnuts
  • Poultry
  • Turkey
  • Chicken breast
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Pork chops
  • Steak
  • Veal
  • Bacon
  • Pork
  • Ground beef
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Chicken thigh
  • Chicken leg
  • Chicken wings (yum!)
  • Lamb rack
  • Venison steaks
  • Buffalo
  • Bison
  • Bison steaks
  • Bison jerky
  • Bison ribeye
  • Bison sirloin
  • Lamb chops
  • Rabbit
  • Goat
  • Goose
  • Beef jerky
  • Bass
  • Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Red snapper
  • Shark
  • Sunfish
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Crab
  • Crawfish
  • Crayfish
  • Clams
  • Lobster
  • Scallops
  • Oysters
  • Shrimp

Almost all vegetables are Paleolithic. However, some have a low nutritional value when compared to the amount of starch it contains.

Non-Starchy / Low Starch

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Peppers (all kinds)
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsley
  • Eggplant
  • Green onions

Paleolithic Starchy Veg

  • Yam*
  • Sweet potato*
  • Beets*
  • Butternut squash*
  • Acorn squash*
  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Blackberries
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Mango
  • Lychee
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Lemon
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple guava
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tangerine
  • Figs
  • Oranges
  • Bananas

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Step 3: Plan your meals

Now that you know what foods are allowed in this diet, it is a good idea to make shopping list and map out your meals in advance. This will save you plenty of time and help you stick to the diet.