Paleo Diet: The Basics of What You Can And Cannot Eat

Want to lose weight, increase your longevity, and pep up your step in life? Then it’s time to eat “old school,” friends. Way back when, there was such a time when people could only eat off the land; they were limited to the  veggies, meats and grains that the land organically provided for humans. They lived the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and it turns out that’s quite a successful way to lose weight and get healthy!

The Paleolithic Diet also called the Paleo Diet and sometimes called the Caveman Diet, has been the current trend in the health and fitness world. Some of the fitted. staff have been eating Paleo in the last few months through a catering/meal prep delivery company. California Creationz has been delivering three delicious Paleo meals, five days a week. See our full review in this article: Live Healthier, Get Fit, & Save Time All With One Easy Solution.

But what is the Paleo Diet? What can you eat? More importantly, what CAN’T you eat? And is it right for you? We can’t determine that for you; everyone is different and has different needs. This article is just a quick overview of the diet. You should consult your doctor or nutritionist before making changes to your dietary plan.

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What Can You Eat On The Paleo Diet?

Animal Protein

If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you can stop reading now! If you are a carnivore, then you are about to be in heaven. The Paleo Diet requires that you eat large amounts of healthy animal protein. Pork, fish, chicken, lamb, red meat, eggs, and shellfish are all YES foods for this diet. You will want to buy high quality, grass fed, organic and pasture raised meats.

Veggies

Vegetables are a carb you can definitely sink your teeth into on the Paleo Diet. Devouring all kinds of veggies throughout your day will help fill you up. They are a non-toxic form of carbohydrates that your body needs for fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.

  • Leafy greens such as kale, Swiss chard, watercrest, lettuce, cabbage, and spinach
  • Root veggies such as turnips, radish carrots, beets, and onions
  • Starchy vegetables such as yams, sweet potatoes, and cassava root

Healthy Fats

I am sure that the word “FAT” seems counterintuitive in an article designed for losing weight. But for this type of diet, healthy fats are a must. Foods rich in Omega-3’s and Monounsaturated fats are helpful in reducing obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental decline and diabetes. Avocados, lard, ghee, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, lard, tallow and bacon fat are all ok on this diet. Nuts such as macadamias, cashews, almonds, Brazil nuts, pistachios, and hazelnuts are also a good source of healthy fat.

Fruits

This diet requires that you avoid high counts of sugar. So although fruit is a great source of fiber and nutrients, you must limit the amount you eat. Avocado, apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and watermelon are all approved on the Paleo diet. Keep in mind that even though these are approved, they should all be eaten conservatively throughout your day.

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Foods To Avoid On The Paleo Diet

Dairy

Although it is yummy, you must try to avoid dairy at all costs, with the exception of butter and sometimes heavy cream.

Sugar

No sodas, juices, fruits high in sugar, sweets or anything that contains too much sugar.

Hydrogenated, Partially-Hydrogenated and Vegetable Oils

Avoid peanut oil, canola oil, soybean oil, corn oil, margarine, sunflower oil, and safflower oil. You may use avocado oil and olive oil for dressing or to sprinkle on your food but avoid heating them up when cooking with them.

Cereal, Grains, and Legumes

No wheat products, rye, corn, soy, oat, barley or brown rice. Avoid pinto beans, black-eyed peas, peanuts, and kidney beans.

Conclusion

As with any diet, to be successful, you must have certain habits. With Paleo, you don’t have to stress about calorie count, but you still need to continue to exercise and get plenty of sleep. Whatever way of eating you choose, realize it takes time to break bad habits and start healthy ones, so be patient with yourself. Try your best and don’t beat yourself up if you mess up from time to time.

If you want to try out a meal prep plan that delivers Paleo meals in the Southern California area, we would definitely recommend California Creationz. Check them out here:

Sarah Stevenson
Sarah Stevenson, a.k.a., The Tini Yogini, is a Certified Yoga Instructor in Southern California. She has a degree in Behavioral Psychology and is a professional writer focusing on the subject of fitness and conscious living. She teaches not only yoga classes but also life affirming workshops.

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