Paleo Diet Plan Information

What is the Paleo diet?

The Paleo - or Paleolithic - diet is also often called the “caveman diet” because of its resemblance to the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food.

Benefits of a Paleo diet?

The Paleo diet is packed with protein, which is an essential nutrient for renewing and repairing cells. Protein also builds muscle, supports optimal immune function, and makes you feel satisfied between meals.

Rich in healthy fats and limited in processed ingredients, a benefit of the Paleo diet is fighting inflammation, which causes stress to the body’s organs. Those following the Paleo diet tend to eat a lot of fish and nuts, both of which are high in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Because processed foods are eliminated, some people see weight loss as a result of the Paleo diet.

How can I eat a Paleo diet?

Paleo can be a little complicated to follow. There are a few Paleo guidelines and foods that cannot be eaten. It’s important to think of Paleo as a lifestyle and not a diet. Here are the Paleo basics:

  • Focus on lean protein. Eating lean protein helps lower cholesterol levels and decreases the risk of developing heart disease and other diseases vs eating fattier protein.
  • Eat lots of fruits and vegetables. They feature antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that have been shown to decrease the likelihood of developing a number of degenerative diseases.
  • Add in healthy fats. Nuts, seeds, olive and fish oil, wild fish, and grass-fed meat are all sources of healthy monounsaturated and omega-3 fats associated with reductions in obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and cognitive decline.
  • Avoid artificial ingredients, dairy, grains with gluten, lentils, and alcohol. It is best to avoid soda, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils, junk foods, fast foods and foods with added extra salt or sweeteners.

Paleo diet food list

Your Paleo grocery list will look a little different than a normal shopping list because it eliminates grains with gluten, processed foods, alcohol, and dairy. Here’s a sample Paleo shopping list to refer to when you can’t figure out what to eat on Paleo:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Lean proteins (ex. grass-fed beef, organic chicken, wild-caught salmon)
  • Nuts and seeds (ex. raw almonds, raw cashews, ground flaxseed)
  • Herbs and spices

Terra’s Kitchen offers a variety of dietary options based on the principles of the Mediterranean lifestyles, including Paleo, vegetarian, low-calorie, and gluten-free. Love it all? We have plenty of options for you.