The Paleo Diet: What You Need To Know

Paleo diet

Also known as the caveman diet, the Paleo diet can and should be thought of as more of a lifestyle than anything else. Dating back to the Paleolithic period of more than 10,000 years ago, the theory is that we should return to eating the way early hunters and gatherers once did. But what does that involve exactly? Here are a few things to consider before you take the Paleo plunge.

What you can eat:

  • Lean meat, such as chicken, turkey, pork, lean meat, and buffalo.
  • Fish/seafood
  • Non-starchy vegetables, including lettuce, artichokes, carrots, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli
  • Fresh fruits
  • Eggs
  • Nuts, such as almonds, cashews, walnuts – NO peanuts allowed
  • Plant-based oils, such as olive, grapeseed, and coconut

What you can’t eat:

  • Grains, such as oats, wheat, barley, pasta, and bagels
  • Starchy vegetables, including potatoes and corn
  • High-fat meats, such as ground meat, hot dogs, ribs, salami, and bologna
  • Sugary foods and drinks, such as candy, cookies, honey, jam, soda, sports drinks, and energy drinks
  • Legumes and beans, such as soy milk, tofu, hummus (chickpeas), and black beans
  • Salty foods, such as crackers, pretzels, pickles, and chips
  • Processed foods – this applies to anything that’s frozen or packaged

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