The Paleo Food List -The Break Down

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Uncategorized

             It’s hard to look at a Paleo food list of what is not allowed to eat. I spent a lot of time mulling that over until I began really looking at the very extensive lists of foods that were Paleo friendly. The Paleo is also known as the caveman diet. Only foods/herbs that were found hunting and gathering are on the Paleo diet.  Anything that is “Post-Harvest” is NOT on the cave man list, such as: Grains, Rice, and Legumes. The human race is the only mammal species that continues milk after nursing. Hence, NO Dairy. Honestly, I think if you can sustain from eating these items for (at least) the 5 week paleo challenge, you will surely feel better, cleaner, and your digestive tract will love you again. I think we (as a whole species) have forgotten what a healthy digestive tract is like. Processed foods have taken over and they have been fed to us for our entire lifetime, and our parents before us, ect…

************ THE PALEO FOOD LIST**************

  • Meat = Pork, beef, lamb, veal, goat, rabbit, sheep, etc.
  • Game Meat = Deer, wild turkey, bear, moose, elk
  • Poultry = Chicken, duck, goose, quail, turkey, etc.
  • Eggs = Chicken eggs, goose eggs, duck eggs, quail eggs, around 6 per week, (though I really don’t count them if I am making a recipe that only calls for 1 egg for 4 servings)
  • Fish = Salmon, trout, tuna, halibut, sole, cod, tilapia, mackerel, herring, anchovy, turbot, etc.
  • Shellfish = Clams, oysters, mussels, scallops, etc.
  • Crustaceans = Shrimp, lobster, crab, etc.
  • Green leafy vegetables = Cabbage, spinach, lettuce, watercress, arugula, bok choy, mustard green, beet tops, kale
  • Root vegetables = Beets, turnips, carrots, radish, yams, sweet potatoes, cassava, etc.
  • Other vegetables = Tomatoes, onions, celery, leeks, eggplants, green onions, broccoli, cucumber, asparagus, artichokes, okra, Brussels sprouts, squash, etc.
  • Fruits = Apple, orange, banana, all types of edible berries, peaches, pears, pineapple, papaya, grapes, kiwi fruit, mango, tangerines, persimmons, lime, watermelon, lychees, honeydew melon, etc.
  • Nuts and seeds = Sunflower, Brazil, pumpkin, pistachios, chestnuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, macadamia nuts (no peanuts)
  • Mushrooms = Button, oyster, chanterelle, shiitake, morel, porcine, etc.
  • Herbs (Fresh and Dried) = Chives, basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, sage, dill, coriander, parsley, mint, lavender, etc.
  • Spices/Natural Flavor Enhancers = Onions, garlic, ginger, black pepper, hot peppers, chili, mustard seeds, cumin, turmeric, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, etc.

*** OILS! = Olive, Coconut, sesame, avocado, flax seed, walnut.

*** OILS TO AVOID = canola, vegetable, safflower, sunflower, soybean, grape seed.  These are  Trans Fats and they are no-nos.

SWEET STUFF : Sugars should be avoided. If you do use some sort of sweetener, use a natural one and use it as sparingly as possible…Honey, Agave, PURE Maple Syrup.  Some things can be sweetened with fruit juices.  (again with the  power juicer bit, save up and get it)

SALT: Added salt is not strict paleo, however, I like it, and I will continue to use SEA SALT only. No table salt or Kosher.

FLOUR SUBS: I have found that using nut flour for breaded items, or for a binding agent ( like in ground meat loaf) works very well and tastes great too.

So, there you have it, It’s a good start to know what to look for.   Look NOW for these items in the grocery store. Check Prices. SHOP THE PERIMETER OF THE STORE!!!

Martins Market Place does a great job for local produce. I love Fred Meyer for their organic section, nuts, seeds, and items like unsweetened shredded coconut, and almond milk. It’s good to know what you can get where, so you can be in and out for time.   I have a hard time affording the grass-fed meats and I tend to shop on a budget. Just do what you can financially, and spend your money FIRST on meat, veggies, fruit, nuts/seeds. (in that order). Remember,  IT’S BETTER TO EAT NON ORGANIC BROCCOLI THAN EAT NO BROCCOLI AT ALL.

  1. kristi ahrens says:

    Thanks Jessica! I’m forwarding this onto my sister in-law, as she is wanting to try the Paleo diet. It’s very helpful!

  2. Misc. says:

    Hi my friend! I wish to say that this post is amazing, nice written
    and include almost all vital infos. I would like to see extra posts like this

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