The Paleo Diet

The modern dietary regimen known as the Paleolithic diet (abbreviated paleo diet or paleodiet), also popularly referred to as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the “Paleolithic diet” also refer to the actual ancestral human diet.[1][2] Centered on commonly available modern foods, the “contemporary” Paleolithic diet consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

Paleo Foods

Lean Meats

  • Beef
  • Steak (Flank, Top Sirloin)
  • Other lean cuts
  • Veal
  • Pork (lean and visible fat removed)
  • Goat

 

Poultry

Chicken, Turkey

 

 

Eggs

  • Chicken (enriched omega 3 preferred)
  • Duck
  • Goose

Fish

  • Bass
  • Bluefish
  • Cod
  • Drum
  • Eel
  • Flatfish
  • Grouper
  • Haddock
  • Halibut
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Monkfish
  • Mullet
  • Northern pike
  • Orange roughy
  • Perch
  • Red snapper
  • Rockfish
  • Salmon
  • Scrod
  • Shark
  • Striped bass
  • Sunfish
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Tuna
  • Turbot
  • Walleye
  • Any other commercially available fish

 

Shellfish

  • Abalone
  • Clams
  • Crab
  • Crayfish
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Oysters
  • Scallops
  • Shrimp

 

Fruit

  • Apple
  • Apricot
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Boysenberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carambola
  • Cassava melon
  • Cherimoya
  • Cherries
  • Cranberries
  • Figs
  • Gooseberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwi
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lychee
  • Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Orange
  • Papaya
  • Passion fruit
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Persimmon
  • Pineapple
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Raspberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Star fruit
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerine
  • Watermelon
  • All other fruits

 

Vegetables

  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Beet greens
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collards
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Green onions
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Parsnip
  • Peppers (all kinds)
  • Pumpkin
  • Purslane
  • Radish
  • Rutabaga
  • Seaweed
  • Spinach
  • Squash (all kinds)
  • Swiss chard
  • Tomatillos
  • Tomato (actually a fruit, but most people think of it as a vegetable)
  • Turnip greens
  • Turnips
  • Watercress

 

Non Paleo Foods

Foods You Should Avoid

Dairy Foods

  • All processed foods made with any dairy products
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Nonfat dairy creamer
  • Skim milk
  • Dairy spreads
  • Powdered Milk
  • Frozen yogurt
  • Ice Milk
  • Low-fat  Milk
  • Ice cream
  • Whole Milk
  • Yogurt

Cereal Grains

  • Barley (barley soup, barley bread and all processed foods made with barley)
  • Corn (corn on the cob, corn tortillas, corn chips, cornstarch, corn syrup)
  • Millet
  • Oats (steel-cut oats, rolled oats and all processed foods made with oats)
  • Rice (brown rice, white rice, top ramen, rice noodles, basmati rice, rice cakes, rice flour and all processed foods made with rice)
  • Rye (rye bread, rye crackers and all processed foods made with rye)
  • Sorghum
  • Wheat (bread, rolls, muffins, noodles, crackers, cookies, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, pasta, spaghetti, lasagna, wheat tortillas, pizza, pita bread, flat bread and all processed foods made with wheat or wheat flour)
  • Wild rice

Cereal Grainlike Seeds

  • Amaranth
  • Buckwheat
  • Quinoa

Legumes

  • All beans (adzuki beans, black beans, broad beans, fava beans, field beans, garbanzo beans, horse beans, kidney beans, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red beans, string beans, white beans)
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Peanuts
  • Lentils
  • Snowpeas
  • Peas
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Peanut butter
  • Miso
  • Soybeans and all soybean products, including togu

Starchy Vegetables

  • Starch tubers
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Cassava root
  • Yams
  • Tapioca pudding
  • Manioc
  • Potatoes and all potato products (French fries, potato chips…)

Salt-Containing Foods

  • Bacon
  • Processed Meats
  • Pork ringds
  • Cheese
  • Salami
  • Deli Meats
  • Frankfurters
  • Hot Dogs
  • Ketchup
  • Pickled foods
  • Olives
  • Salted nuts
  • Salted spices
  • Sausages
  • Smoked, dried and salted fish / meat
  • Virtually all canned meats or fish (unless you soak /drain them)

Fatty Meats

  • Bacon
  • Fatty beef roasts
  • Beef ribs
  • Fatty cuts of beef
  • Fatty ground beef
  • T-bone steaks
  • Chicken and turkey legs
  • Chicken and turkey skin
  • Chicken and turkey tights and wings
  • Fatty pork chops
  • Fatty pork roasts
  • Pork ribs
  • Pork sausage
  • Lamb chops
  • Lamb roasts
  • Leg of lamb

Soft drinks and Fruit Juices

  • All sugar soft drinks

Sweets

  • Candy
  • Honey
  • Sugars

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