When starting out, establishing the do’s and don’ts of paleo is extremely important.
I found it incredibly difficult to source information that was consistent; some sites said honey was ok, some said no; sweet potatoes are they actually paleo? How come peanuts aren’t allowed?! I had cod for lunch today was that wrong?? So I’ve decided to put together a list of what I consider to be paleo.
One of the most common problems associated with paleo is establishing the right amount of vegetables and protein to consume, and when to do so – it’s all about listening to what your body wants and most important of all – not depriving it of any key nutrients.
If you’re committed to counting calories you will be looking to have a little more than half of your daily intake taken up by lean meat, poultry, seafood and fish. The remainder of your intake should come from plant foods – fruit, vegetables, nuts.
A lot of people have this idea that those who follow paleo only eat chicken breasts and broccoli or big massive steaks, this is definitely not the case!! Eating paleo could not be any further from boring! In recent years many members of modern society seem to have conformed to this idea that food has to be processed in order to look, smell and taste delicious – this could not be further from the truth! Having said that being 100% paleo is not for everyone and in actual fact is quite difficult to stick to when on a busy schedule. I’ve put together this cheat as an easy reference for both those starting out and others looking to improve their knowledge.
As with anything this list is by no means exhaustive, like any diet/lifestyle, there are many different takes on what it means to be paleo and it is up to you to decide how into it you’re willing to get.