You might be wondering how to start now that you have decided that the Paleo diet is what you are looking for to help you in your pursuit of healthier life.
Basically, you would need to thoroughly research about the diet itself before you can start and proceed following it. One of the basic things that you should research about is the Paleo food lists. Of course, you should know what you can and can not eat while you are on this diet. Learning about the Paleo food lists will also help you determine if you can keep up with this particular diet – you will get an idea of what your meals will be composed of.
The Paleo food list is mainly composed of organic and natural foods – unprocessed and unpackaged ones. You may find yourself double thinking if you can actually stick to this diet since almost everything sold in grocery stores are processed and packaged. However, before you misjudge, you should know that the Paleo diet is one that can help you achieve optimal health, strength and fitness. Thus, it is worth learning about and giving a shot.
What you CAN eat in the Paleo diet
- Meat. Lean meat cuts are highly recommended in the Paleo diet. All of the visible fats in the meat should be removed. Organic meat is the ideal.
- Poultry. Chicken, duck, turkey and meat from other game birds are also allowed. The skin should be removed.
- Seafood. Virtually all seafood are allowed in the Paleo diet unless the dieter is allergic to it.
- Eggs. Eggs can be consumed while you are on the Paleo diet. However, consumption must be limited to six eggs a week.
- Fruits. Generally all fruits are allowed in the Paleo diet. But if you are aiming for weight loss, try not to eat a lot of sweet fruits.
- Vegetables. Almost all vegetables are recommended in the Paleo diet aside from starchy vegetables such as potatoes and sweet potatoes.
- Nuts and seeds. Unsalted nuts and seeds from fruits and vegetables make for great snacks and meal ingredients.
- Oils. Natural oils such as olive oil, nut oil and other vegetable oils can be used in food preparation and cooking.
What you CAN NOT eat in the Paleo diet
- Dairies. The cavemen were not knowledgeable about animal husbandry (as they were with agriculture). Thus, they did not know that they can actually milk animals such as cows and could not process dairy products.
- Cereals and grains. As mentioned, the cavemen did not know about agriculture. They did not know how to process plants such as rice and wheat.
- Legumes. Legumes may be mistaken to be under the category of seeds and nuts but it actually is not. It is known to contain substances that keep animals from eating it. Thus, naturally speaking, the cavemen did not consume it back then.
- Starchy vegetables. Sweet potatoes and potatoes are not recommended in the diet because of its high carbohydrate content.
- Alcoholic beverages and other processed drinks. Fruit juices are allowed in very moderate quantities. Other processed beverages are discouraged.
- Other processed and packaged foods. Processed foods such as sausages, meat loaves, corned beef and others that come in box and can packaging are not allowed in the Paleo diet.