What is the Paleo Diet?

Speaking plainly, thousands of articles and posts publish each day relating to food. Cuisine and Nutrition alone are multibillion dollar industries. Eat this; don’t eat that. With the average person forced to make over 200 decisions about food each day, it can all be overwhelming.

The word paleo often gets thrown into the category and we’re here to draw a line in the sand, cut through the noise, and resonate as one clear and simple resource for healthy, nutritious food.

What is Paleo?

Paleo is a framework for living and eating, viewed through the lens of evolutionary biology, applied to modern humans. Paleo is founded on a real food approach which includes whole, unprocessed, high-quality, nutritious foods. Paleo leaves the processed, packaged food behind and replaces it with natural, nutrient rich options that the human body was evolutionarily engineered to consume.

What Paleo Is Not

Paleo is not a diet, a cleanse or a weight loss gimmick. It is not a historical reenactment, nor should it be considered a “one-size fits all” approach. Gastronomically speaking, people are all very different, with unique dietary needs. And yet, there is room for everyone at the Paleo table. Paleo is not the end of “delicious,” and no, Paleo isn’t just an excuse to eat unlimited steak and bacon.

How We Define Paleo

Living and eating Paleo is a lifestyle that, nutritionally, balances proteins and healthy fats with nutrient rich vegetables. Most paleo dishes will feature a variety of simple ingredients and cooking processes that help you eat the rainbow.

Paleo Do’s

Animal protein: beef, lamb, poultry, pork, seafood, eggs, etc. that is grass-fed, pastured or wild-caught whenever possible. Organ meats (heart, liver, etc) are excellent as well. 

Good quality fats: Coconut oil, olive oil, grass-fed butter or ghee are great paleo ingredients for cooking.

Vegetables: eat the rainbow of vegetables with a focus on “Non-Starchy” vegetables. “Starchy” vegetables like potatoes (sweet & white), beets should be eaten sparingly or in moderation.

Fermented Foods: Kimchi, raw sauerkraut, kombucha, etc. are great.

Fruit: focus on low sugar fruit – berries and melon are good options! Higher sugar fruit (dates, figs, bananas) should be eaten in moderation.

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, macadamias, cashews, walnuts and various seeds should be eaten in moderation.

Grass-fed & lacto-fermented dairy: ghee, kefir, grass-fed butter are paleo compliant for cooking.

Hydrate!: drink plenty of water and, in moderation, tea or coffee is acceptable.

Paleo Dont’s

Grains: all grains, wheat and other gluten containing grains, rice, corn, quinoa, etc.

Beans and legumes: peanuts, lentils, soy, etc

Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, conventional butter or cream

Refined Sugars and sodas

Refined Oils: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, “vegetable” oil