Paleo Diet Foods You Can Eat Today

The Paleo diet is recognized as one of the healthiest ways to eat. It is meant to keep you lean, strong, and full of energy. You also probably know it works as part of a weight loss program because it is designed for your genetics.

But what do you truly know of its nutritional approach? Is it all about eating more meat and fish? What is OK to eat and what is not?

To help you gain a better understanding of Paleo diet foods, here is a basic guide that should allow you to plan meals, from breakfast to dinner.

Your basic building blocks for an authentic Paleo diet will include the following:
• Proteins that are from wild or grass fed or pastured animals. i.e cows that have been raised on grass not corn or in feed lots, wild pork and chickens that have been pastured raised not fed corn or grains.
• Fish and other seafood that is wild caught no farm raised and fed grains.
• Eggs( pastured)
• Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, fish oil, olive oil, avocados, etc.
• Fruits and vegetables( organic if possible)

Proteins are sourced from grass-fed meats or free-ranging meats, such as beef, turkey, chicken, and pork loin. Protein not only helps you feel full or satiated between meals, but it also promotes optimal immune function, giving you healthier bones and stronger muscles.

Under the Paleo diet, you will need to avoid the following foods:
• Dairy
• Salt
• Potatoes
• Legumes (yes, that includes peanuts)
• Refined sugar (anything processed)
• Refined vegetable oils
• Cereal grains

Dr. Loren Cordain, who wrote a book called “The Paleo Diet” and is a widely acknowledged leading expert on the natural human diet of our ancestors, recommends this daily menu:

Breakfast
• Free-range scrambled eggs sautéed in olive oil, with chopped parsley
• Grapefruit (or any fresh seasonal fruit)
• Herbal tea

Snack
• Sliced lean beef
• Fresh apricots or any fresh seasonal fruit

Lunch
• Caesar salad with chicken dressed in lemon and olive oil
• Herbal tea

Snack
• Apple slices
• Raw walnuts

Dinner
• Grilled skinless turkey
• Steamed broccoli, artichokes, and carrots
• Bowl of fresh blueberries, almonds, and raisins

If you’re not too keen on steamed vegetables, Robb Wolf, another proponent of the Paleo diet and lifestyle, recommends lightly cooking multicolored vegetables. You can also take vegetables in their raw form. Wolf further breaks down the Paleo meal by recommending versions for athletes and for people looking to lose weight with the diet.

For example, if you want to lose weight with Paleo, a suggested breakfast would be espresso and shrimp scramble with basil and steamed spinach, and ¼ cup of berries. As for the endurance athlete, there is a pre-training snack of 2 oz. of chicken or two scrambled eggs, ½ to ¼ honeydew melon, and a cup of blueberries. Then, a post-training breakfast of salmon scramble, ½ honeydew, and a cup of blueberries.

It would be more manageable if you were to put a list on your fridge of all the foods you can get from the grocery so that you don’t stray from what is recommended by Paleo diet.

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