Eating Paleo is actually pretty simple.
Eat foods that our caveman ancestors might have eaten 1,000,000 years ago. But as simple as that sounds, it’s not always obvious whether a food existed that long ago.
And more importantly, that’s only a starting point. It makes sense that a food will probably be safe and healthy if it has been eaten for a million years, but newer foods definitely could also be healthy.
So to make going Paleo as easy as possible, I’ve put together this Paleo Diet Food List.
Use the table of contents below to help you navigate through this comprehensive list of Paleo foods. I hope it helps you quickly and easily determine which foods should be added into (or deleted from) your diet.
Table of Contents – Paleo Diet Food List
- Paleo Diet Food List Infographic
- 3 Things to Keep In Mind About This Paleo Diet Food List
- How Much Carbs, Protein, and Fat Should You Eat On A Paleo Diet?
- Paleo Diet Food List Video
- Foods you can eat as much as you want of
- Foods you should eat just a little bit of
- Foods you should not eat at all
Paleo Diet Food List Infographic
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3 Things to Keep In Mind About This Paleo Diet Food List
- Other Paleo food lists might be different. Many lists haven’t been updated in ages, so they rely on outdated science and myth. This list is based on the most up-to-date understanding of each of these foods.Even so, it’s certainly possible to disagree that certain foods should or should not be eaten on a Paleo diet. For instance, potatoes are a big source of disagreement (Loren Cordain says no to them in his book, The Paleo Diet, but many other Paleo experts now think potatoes are not all that different to sweet potatoes). You’re never going to get complete agreement, but this list of foods to eat on a Paleo diet is an excellent place to start.
- This list should be customized for your particular body and life. If you’re diabetic and severely obese, then you probably shouldn’t be eating hardly any potatoes, sweet potatoes, or anything else that spikes your blood sugar, at least not until you get your blood sugar under control. On the other hand, if you’re 25 years old and incredibly active, you might need to eat a lot more sweet potato and taro.
- If you have specific goals, specific allergies, or specific diseases, then one or more of these foods may not make sense. If you want to lose weight, cut out almost all nuts for a while. If you’ve got irritable bowel syndrome, even berries may not be a good idea. And if you have autoimmune conditions, then you might need to avoid a lot of Paleo diet foods (including eggs, nuts, seeds, peppers and other nightshades). Those sorts of personalized plans are not covered in this list because there are just too many possibilities.