Paleo Diet Food List

The Paleo Diet goes by what we believe our Stone Age ancestors ate. This diet has popularity because we believe the Stone Age people were a healthy bunch, with good weight levels and not suffering from the same ailments we do today because of excessive weight.

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These ancestors were avid hunters so the diet consists of meat first and then it contains what once were wild plants. Mankind did not eat legumes or grains or dairy back then, so these foods are restricted from the diet. Grains and legumes came on the scene some ten thousand years ago. There is no room for any processed foods on the Paleo diet; you will not find any recipe calling for refined flours or even sugar. The Paleo Diet only uses natural whole foods.

  • Because the Paleo Diet comes from people who were hunters, we will start with the list of accepted meats. In the bird category, there is chicken, duck, goose, pheasant, quail, turkey, and woodcock. Fish and seafood includes anchovy, clams, cod, crab, flatfish, grouper, herring, lobster, mackerel, mussels, oysters, salmon, scallops, shrimp, tilapia, trout, tuna, and walleye. Of the animals, bear, beef, bison, deer, elk, goat, horse, lamb, moose, pork, rabbit, sheep, and veal are included.
  • Fats and proteins are included too, eggs from chickens, ducks, cod and quail. Mushrooms of the button mushroom, chanterelle, oyster mushroom, portabella, shiitake, crimini, and porcini. Nuts include Brazil nuts, chestnuts, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts, cashews, and almonds. The fats include fat derived from avocados, coconut, ducks, lamb, pork, macadamia oil, olives, sardines, veal, walnuts, tallow, and even nut butters.
  • Paleo Diet allows these vegetables, including roots, green leafy, nightshades and others: Beets and beet tops, carrots, cassava, green onions, leeks, onions, parsnips, radicchio, radish, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, yams, arugula, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, chicory, collard green, acorn squash, artichokes, asparagus, bell peppers, bok choy, broccoli, butternut squash, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, dandelion, eggplants, Jerusalem artichokes, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, rapini, rutabaga, seaweed, spinash, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, turnip greens, turnips, watercress, and yellow squash.
  • The fruits on the Paleo Diet include pineapple, pomegranates, tangerines, apples, bananas, blueberries, cherries, dates, grapefruit, honeydew melon, lemons, lychees, nectarines, papayas, peaches, persimmons, plums, strawberries, watermelons, apricots, blackberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, figs, grapes, kiwis, limes, oranges, passion fruit, and pears.
  • Because our Stone Age ancestors at anything growing wild they also added many herbs and spices to their meals including: black pepper, cayenne pepper, hot peppers, bay leaves, basil, dill, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, chives, star anise, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, paprika, vanilla, cloves, coriander, fennel seeds, garlic, mustard seeds, onions, and tarragon.

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