“What can I eat on the Paleo diet ?!”
Eating like ancient humans sure sounds fresh. But it raises many questions:
- Is grass-fed livestock similar to Paleolithic wild hunting?
- Are the potatoes okay? And the sweet potatoes?
- What cooking oil should I use? (Uncle Grok even used cooking oil?)
- Do I have to give up all sweets?
It can also be tricky to find out which foods fall into the macronutrient categories. Com bacon, for example. Is it a protein? Or a fat one? Or both? (More importantly, can I eat it?)
Questions like these are the reasons why we have created this useful infographic from the Paleo food list for people who want to try it.
Just a warning: most Paleo food lists offer you many difficult and quick rules. So you may notice that our list … is a little different.
First, we showed the minimally processed foods that are normally encouraged in the Paleo diet in a “eat more” section. If you are a Paleo purist, you will want to choose most (or all) of your foods in this category.
If you’re more flexible, you’ll see that we’ve classified highly processed foods as well as some foods that are commonly known as Paleo “no-no” into “eat some” and “eat less”.
Take ice cream. Ancient humans had no freezers. They didn’t have Rocky Road either. But maybe you want to have a little scoop once a week with your kids. Are you still on the Paleo diet?
According to our Paleo food list, it is.
When thinking about food in a continuum from “eating more” to “eating less,” from time to time you can enjoy ice cream and other prized foods while staying true to Paleo ideals most of the time. You will also be able to access the Paleo diet instead of starting … and stopping … and starting … and stopping.
Also, as you focus more on the “eat more” category, you’ll probably find that you naturally “eat less” from the other categories.
Use our continuums to make Paleo decisions that are “a little better” if you walk the aisles of the grocery store, cook home-cooked food or place an order from a menu.
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