What to Eat…What Not to Eat…

1 May

It’s simple really…so easy a Caveman could do it.

Paleo Diet = eat meat, nuts, veggies, seeds, some fruit, little starch, no sugar, and no dairy.

Ideally looking for a serving of 40% Carbohydrate, 30% Protein, 30% Fat every meal/snack.


  • Lean Meats – beef, flank steak, top sirloin, 90/10 hamburger, pork, pork loin, pork chops, etc.
  • Lean Poultry – white meat/skin removed, chicken breast, turkey breast, etc.
  • Eggs from Chicken (enriched omega 3)
  • Organ meats, game meats
  • Fish, Shellfish
  • Vegetables
  • Seeds/Nuts (not peanuts)
  • Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Avocados
  • Suppliments that don’t contain any non-paleo ingredients (multi-vitamin, fish oil, etc.)


  • Agave/Coconut Nectar (1/2 Tbs. a day), Stevia (1 pack/3.5 grams a day)
  • Coffee, Tea
  • Fruit (use moderation if weight loss is a goal)
  • “Paleo Treats” (you are allowed a paleo treat/baked good 1x a week, anything more than that is a cheat)
  • Sweet Potatoes, Yams (use moderation if weight loss is a goal)
  • Lean Bacon (nitrate/nitride free)
  • Red Wine, Tequila, Vodka, Woodchuck…if you must. Mix with water – remember no fruit juice, pop, etc!
  • Protein Supplement (1 serving a day, taken within 30 mins of WOD, can’t be used as meal replacement)



  • Dairy – butter, cheese, cream, dairy spreads, frozen yogurt, ice cream, processed foods make with dairy products (unsweetened almond or coconut milk is a great substitute)
  • Grains – barley, corn, millet, oats, rice, rye, sorghum, wheat, bread products, rolls, muffins, noodles, crackers, cookies, cake, doughnuts, pancakes, waffles, pasta, spaghetti, lasagna, wheat tortillas, pizza, pita bread, flat bread, all processed foods made with wheat or wheat flour (phew…it’s no wonder our nation is primarily obese)
  • Grain-like Seeds – amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa
  • Legumes – all beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils, peas, peanut butter, peanuts, soybeans and all soybean products, tofu (almond butter or sunbutter are good alternatives for peanut butter)
  • Potatoes/Starchy Vegetables – starchy tubers, cassava root, manioc, potatoes and all potato products, French fries, potato chips, tapioca pudding
  • Fatty meats
  • Soft Drinks & Fruit Juices – sugary soft drinks, canned, bottled, freshly squeezed fruit drinks (lack the fiber of fresh fruit and have a higher GI)
  • Sweets – candy, sugar (raw or unprocessed), glucose, syrup
  • Ghee
  • Supplements with natural or artificial sugar or any other non-paleo ingredient

If you are questioning if something is Paleo or not ask yourself a few questions: Would a caveman have access to it? Can you pronounce the ingredients? If not, the answer is NO. Ask me if you still aren’t sure. I’ll be commenting on each of your food log posts daily and will be giving you advice on what is going well and what is not so good.


3 Responses to “What to Eat…What Not to Eat…”

  1. Dena May 1, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    When preparing foods… remember the seasonings….!!! Onion salt is a cheat, but onion powder is allowed. Garlic salt is a cheat, garlic powder is allowed…! Watch the seasonings you put on your steaks and burgers…Don’t spray your frying pan with Pam, they sell olive oil in a spray (even at Target) Watch your labels!! ex: Not all almond butters are paleo… must say almonds in the ingredients, anything more is probably wrong! Just a few things I’ve learned along the way…. Good luck everyone!

  2. Ayten Therriault May 2, 2013 at 1:32 am #

    Are cashews a cheat there not on the list

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