Unprocessed food. Natural food. It sounds so simple: eat naturally and you’ll immediately feel the effects. The Paleolithic Diet outlines the precise, naturally occurring foods aimed to fulfill your body’s nutritional, protein, and fat needs. Both saturated and unsaturated fat are included in the diet plan, of course, as both occur naturally in the diets of animals all over the world. There’s nothing processed about it; both kinds of fats are meant to exist in your body.
Meat: Beef, Pork, Lamb
Being the carnivorous Homosapien that you are, you should begin your “hunting” at a local grocery store or farmer’s market. Try to shop locally, as often you can trace the existence of the animal you hope to consume. It’s absolutely crucial to understand that the animal you hope to consume is grass-fed—not grain fed. You are eliminating grains from your body for a reason on the Paleolithic Diet; grains are generally harmful and perilous in your digestive tract. They yield a less-than-healthy animal for similar reasons. When looking for these grass-fed animals, search for beef, pork, lamb, veal; pork generally lends quite a fatty piece, which is what you’re absolutely looking for. You won’t have to spear the animal yourself, no. You’re no longer the heathen Homosapien of your ancestors: you’ll use a napkin and a stove and a utensil during consumption. Probably.
Fowl: Chicken, Duck, Turkey
Similarly, fowl is a significant part of your Paleolithic diet. Search for chicken, duck, or turkey; unlike the meat listed above found with beef, pork, lamb, or veal, the fowl contains quite a bit of protein with a reduced amount of saturated fat—you still need it, of course, but everything must be monitored. The fowl is high in tryptophan, a natural anti-depressant, and chicken and turkey increases serotonin in your body. Fowl is also excellent at suppressing homocysteine, which is an amino acid prevalent in individuals with cardiovascular disease.
Fish: Salmon, Cod, Shrimp
When searching for fish, a prevalent item in the Paleo Diet, be sure to opt for the wild variety—something about which our early Homosapien ancestors never had to worry. Wild fish will be void of mercury and fish farming toxins; it’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids—unsaturated fats, and is full of protein. If you’re looking to lose weight more quickly, look to wild fish; they are low in calories and full of good proteins and fats.
Proceeding through the market or aisles, be sure to spring for eggs—a sure source of protein and saturated fats. And always include some natural oils in your diet: olive oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil. They decrease hunger and fuel your body excellently; without the carbohydrates your body is used to, it is able to utilize these natural fatty oils.
Fruit: Berries, Apples, Oranges
Fruit is deemed the carbohydrate dessert of the Paleolithic Diet world. It adds fiber and Vitamin C to your diet; it also is full of fructose and calories. It’s best, therefore, to limit this “dessert” option; but sure, when included in proper amounts, fruit is very beneficial for the Paleo Diet. Also, avoid buying out-of- season fruit. Think like your Paleolithic ancestors with only the in-season fruit at their fingertips: these in-season fruits won’t break your bank, and they’ll yield the most scrumptious flavor. Think of the blueberries and blackberries in you summer future.
Nuts: Almonds, Pecans, Cashews
Look to nuts for further snacking; almonds, pecans, cashews. They’re high in good fats and also high in calories; they’re Paleo, natural and best taken in moderation, of course. But, like the Homosapiens before us, who can resist a little salty snack?
Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Eggplant
Unquestionably, the central element of the Paleolithic Diet is vegetables. They come in such a wide variety—you don’t have to deal with whatever’s “on-hand” seasonally, like the primal Homosapiens. Any sort of “meat” you have for a meal should be countered with any remaining vegetables; they are traditionally the premier carbohydrate in the Paleolithic Diet. And you can eat almost as many as you’d like; six servings of broccoli yields about 180 calories while 6 servings of, say, another healthy supplement—almonds, for example—yields about 900 calories. You can literally eat broccoli all day, every day, with your other natural Paleolithic supplements sprinkled in, and never go hungry or gain a pound.
Your daily intake of vegetables yields all the vitamins and minerals you need for adequate disease prevention and survival; our ancestors knew this instinctually, but we have the facts. Vitamin A, found prevalently in carrots and several other vegetables, allow skin and eye health; it also prevents infections. Vitamin C, found in every vegetable, heals open skin and allows gum and teeth health. Fiber, also found in every vegetable, promotes regulation and bowel functions; as mentioned before, the carnivorous human must have a regulated system because of his shorter digestive tract.
Questions for this list of meat, poultry, fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables usually fade after just thirty days of your body adjusting to its new, natural way of finding fuel. You’re whittling your calories to the essential elements; no longer will you have any waste. And because—at your local grocery or farmer’s market—your money is contributing toward these nutrition and vitamin rich food sources that will only benefit you, form strong bones in your body, you are actually fulfilling and maximizing your resources.