There are tons of books and websites out there that go on for days and days, about the dos and don’ts of the Paleo Lifestyle. We are here to give you the basic outlines and make it as clear as possible.
The Paleo diet is based on the notion that we should eat what our early Paleolithic ancestors ate over the past 200,000 years. Agriculture is fairly new to humans, dating back to the last 10,000 years. Our bodies have not yet adapted to things like sugar, wheat, chemically processed vegetable and seed oils, and other “Neolithic” foods. Biology has told us that if you feed your body things it cannot process, medical issues are sure to follow. It is amazing to see the strong links between Heart Disease, Type II Diabetes, Auto-Immune Disorders, obesity and digestive issues with the industrialization of foods.
So the short and simple of the Paleo Lifestyle is, EAT REAL FOODS. (We say lifestyle because the word “diet” implies that this is a fad, and it is better to see Paleo as a way of life.) The idea is to eat densely nutritious, unprocessed, whole foods.
Things to Eat
Fruits and Vegetables (Organic whenever possible)
Seeds and Nuts (NOT peanuts)
Meats, Seafood, Eggs (Grass-Fed, Pasture Raised, Cage Free whenever possible)
Natural Oils (Olive, Coconut, Nut Oils)
Things to Avoid
Alcohol, Juices and Soft Drinks
Sweeteners: Some folks completely cut out all sweeteners while others allow honey, stevia, coconut sugar or maple syrup.
Potatoes: While they are a vegetable, they are not as nutrient dense as sweet potatoes.
Dairy: While it should be avoided since most people are actually lactose intolerant, if you decide to keep it in your diet, choose the most nutrient dense or grass-fed options.
Remember, there is no “right way” to live the Paleo Lifestyle. Everyone has a different approach, or different foods that work for them. Choose what’s right for you. Choose what your body feels is right. Listen to it, it can be very smart.
For a more extensive list of Paleo foods and information check out http://ultimatepaleoguide.com/paleo101/