Paleo Basics

Sometimes in order to move forward we have to glance back a little. In the case of creating a healthy Paleo lifestyle, we’re talking way back, to the primal power of eating what we were designed to eat: real, whole foods. Nom Nom Paleo’s Michelle Tam puts it simply and well when she writes:

Over the past 200,000 years, humans have biologically adapted best to whole foods: plants, meat, seafood—all of them packed with the nutrients our bodies evolved to thrive on. 

Born from the desire to reverse the problems created by the so-called progression of the modern diet, a more Paleo-centered way of eating helps us reconnect with the kinds of whole foods that have fueled humankind for millennia. To reference the awesome Michelle Tam again:

The caveman’s just a mascot. For me, Paleo's not about historical reenactment. It's a framework for improving health through real food.

Eating Paleo means reaching for meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, and avoiding the Standard American Diet (SAD). Brimming with high-carbohydrate, low-nutrient, highly-processed foods, SAD has yielded near epidemic levels of degenerative diseases, including obesity, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, heart disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, infertility, and more.

 

The Benefits Of Going Paleo

With a simple shift back to our ancestral diet, we do more than remove the everyday elements at odds with our health—grains, legumes, dairy, and processed foods. We also increase our intake of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which is always a good thing.

But what does all this actually do for my health and my body? Below we’ve listed only a fraction of the benefits that come from increased vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and whole foods in our daily lives.

  • Improved blood lipids
  • Reduced pain from autoimmunity disorders, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and vitiligo
  • Potential reversal of diabetes
  • Higher chance of avoiding heart disease
  • Possibility of a reduced risk for cancer

As you’ll discover in our Paleo Eats Blog, there are plenty of other attractive reasons to embrace the Paleo lifestyle. People who go Paleo lose weight, experience less hunger, and have fewer sugar cravings. They enjoy clearer skin, more sustained levels of energy, and better muscle tone. So… what’s not to like about going Paleo? As far as we’re concerned, not much.

 

What Can You Eat When You’re Paleo?

Essentially, you can eat as much of the following whole foods as you want, within reason of course. Just make sure your foods are coming from clean, organic, pasture-raised sources.

  • Meats
  • Wild seafood
  • Organ meat
  • Fats: tallow, lard, coconut oil, olive oil (uncooked or lightly cooked)
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • PALEO EATS BARS, of course!

Followers of a Paleo-inspired lifestyle can also eat the following in moderation:

  • Nuts (peanuts are not actually nuts, they’re legumes, so must Paleo folks tend to avoid them)
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower)
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Tea
  • Wine
  • Spirits
  • Dried fruits
  • Raw honey

Don’t forget that when you go Paleo you’ll also be removing grains, legumes, dairy, and refined sugar from your diet. Wahoo!

You can also check out our Paleo FAQs and Paleo Blog for links and more information on how to create a healthy and meaningful Paleo lifestyle. Check back regularly for amazing Paleo recipes!