This paleo food list isn’t meant to be followed item by item, but it’s meant to serve as a guideline to help you as you find the right balance for your life. Obviously, this is not a complete list of every single food item that is paleo friendly. But if you have the mental stability of a five-year old child and are going to whine about one vegetable that’s not on the list, then you can go get your information from some other site. We don’t deal with whiners and weaklings. Anyways, here are the basics that should be included in your paleo diet and your paleo food list.
Ideally, you will be eating lean and all natural meats… but seriously, all meat is fair game. Think about it. Cavemen scoured the lands hunting for sabre-tooth tigers and all sorts of wild game. And I’ll be damned if they didn’t make sabre-tooth tiger bacon. Meat is the crux of the Paleo diet and should make up the majority of your paleo food list. In the words of Joey Tribianni from Friends, “Meat, Good!”
Lean Beef – flank steak, lean ground beef, top sirloin steak, lean veal, chuck steak, beef liver, beef tongue, beef marrow etc.
Poultry – chicken breast, game hen breast
Fatty Meats – Bacon, pork ribs, chick & turkey thighs and wings, fatty pork chops, lamb roasts, pork sausage, fatty pork roasts, leg of lamb, t-bone steaks
Other meats – Rabbit, Goat (any meat), alligator, bear, bison, caribou, elk, goose, ostrich, pheasant, quail, venison, wild turkey, wild board, and hell, even kangaroo is fair game
Fish – bass, bluefish, red snapper, cod, eel, shark, salmon, halibut, herring, mackerel, trout, tuna … basically all non-poisonous finned creatures
Fruits and Vegetables
When not gorging yourself on meat like a raging honey badger, you should be consuming tons of fruits and vegetables. And when I say tons I mean TONS. Fruits and vegetables have such low caloric densities that you won’t find them very filling. In fact, if you are really trying to lose your weight on the paleo diet, then eating good portions of fruits and vegetables is important for your daily consumption.
Paleo Friendly fruits and vegetables include pretty much every single one, except for starchy tubers (yams, potatoes, sweet potatoes), which can be consumed in moderation.
- Cassava Melon
- And any other fruits
- Brussels Sprouts
- Bell Peppers
Nuts and Berries
Nuts have a high caloric density, so if your goal is to shed fat, then you’ll want to regulate your intake to ensure maximum results. A few ounces a day should be enough for most people, but everybody’s body is different, so figure out what’s right for you to find the perfect balance for your life.
- All other berries
As I mentioned above, this is just a basic paleo food list to help you get started. Remember to stay away from all grains and legumes, you should now consider those items as detrimental as Anthrax. There are many benefits of the Paleo Solution, and by following the diet you’ll be sure to see improvements to your health.
Paleo Food List: What you can Eat in “Moderation”
This section of the Paleo food list really gets hazy. You’ll find that when you’re creating your Paleo food list that some people will recommend using these items in moderation, and some will say not at all.
Oils- olive, canola, avocado, walnut, coconut, flax-seed, etc.
You should consume 5-6 tablespoons or less per day if your primary goal is to lose weight. But I love stir frying my food and use oils in almost every meal I eat, and I have never had a problem losing weight. But again, everyone’s bodies are different.
Beverages- Beer, Coffee, Spirits, Wine, Tea
Let me begin by saying that these drinks are not Paleo friendly. But lets be honest. How can you not sit back and enjoy a cold one after a long day of work. The rule of thumb here is moderation. Drink enough to improve your sex life, but not to the point where it interferes with your goals.
Paleo Food List: What to Avoid
Now for the part that you’re all looking forward to… The part where I tell you what you can’t eat. With every diet out there, you’re going to be told you can’t eat certain things, and the same can be said for the Paleo Diet. Living a Paleo Lifestyle can be tough and this Paleo Food list is a testament to that.
- All processed foods made with any dairy products
- Ice Cream
- Frozen Yogurt
- Dairy Spreads, etc.
- Wheat and any other processed food made with wheat
- All beans- black, fava, field, garbanzo, pinto, kidney, red, mung, string, white, etc
- Soybeans and all soybean products including tofu
- Peanut butter
- Sweet potatoes
- Starchy tubers
- Potatoes and all potatoe products
- Tapioca pudding
Soft Drinks and Sweets
- All sugary soft drinks- So, say goodbye to RockStars and Diet Cokes!
My initial reaction to reading the list of foods i couldn’t eat was, “WTF!”. I wasn’t sure it was possible to live without the items on the anti- Paleo food list. My favorite meal is Fried Chicken and Waffles, which is probably the most non-Paleo friendly meal out there. So… yea… the Paleo Diet is definitely not for the faint of heart. It takes a lot of hard work to continuously say “no” to all the items on this list, but with the right attitude and some determination you can be reaping the rewards of the Paleo diet in no time. And for all you Chicken and waffles lovers out there… Don’t think that because you have to follow the paleo food list that you won’t ever taste the crunchiness, saltiness, and sweetness of Chicken and waffles ever again. Here we’ll be revealing several recipes that will have you eating Paleo friendly versions of all your favorite meals, so stay tuned!