As we know 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 followed properly.
Thousands of people all over the world have reported many health benefits and positive results from adopting this lifestyle and while it may not be the cure-all for all illnesses, it positive effects can’t be denied.
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 shouldn’t eat.
As we have discussed before it’s very basic and anybody can follow it.
Unlike other diets which use timings, food combinations, detoxes, lemonade, etc. the paleo is very straightforward. However, it isn’t always easy to follow.
You’ll need a certain level of determination to get over the initial phase when your body is adjusting to new foods and eating habits. You will have cravings that may gnaw at you constantly.
Sugar cravings are especially hard to ignore however once you get past the initial phase, you will find it much easier to stick to than other types of diets.
So what are the best paleo foods?
The foods you consume will be nutrient dense and natural.
It’s highly recommended that you eat organic produce and grass fed meats whenever possible. 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.
Don’t worry that you are going to be limited to only a few foods. There are many types of foods you can eat while on the paleo diet.
If you haven’t done so it is a good idea to invest in a good paleo diet recipe book that includes a list of options available.
You can also find many food lists online. Just make sure that they come from a reputable source.
Here is a quick list that I found on the website, ultimatepaleoguide.com
Grass-fed meats (when possible)
Apple, Avocado, Blackberries, Papaya, Peaches, Plums, Mango, Lychee, Blueberries, Grapes, Lemon, Strawberries, Watermelon, Pineapple, Guava, Lime, Raspberries, Cantaloupe, Tangerine, Figs and Oranges.
Asparagus, Avocado, Artichoke hearts, Brussels sprouts, Carrots, Spinach, Celery, Broccoli, Zucchini, Cabbage, Peppers (All Kinds), Cauliflower, Parsley, Eggplant and Green Onions
Almonds, Cashews, Hazelnuts, Pecans, Macadamia, Walnuts, Pine Nuts, Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds.
*You can include healthy oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut) which makes cooking easier.
Legumes (including peanuts)
Overly salty foods
Refined vegetable oils
Food lists like these make it easier to pick and choose what you like to eat and create a customized plan that you can stick to.
The most important thing to remember is that it doesn’t have to be a rigid diet. You have the freedom to be flexible.
When you consume only the approved foods on the list above, you will soon notice that you will start to your look and feel better.
Of course, always eat in moderation and not to excess. Portion size still matters. If you eat sensibly and follow this diet, the results will be fantastic.
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