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Video:Typical Foods on the Paleo Diet

with Maria Saracen

The basic premise behind the Paleo diet is to avoid any food that our Paleolithic ancestors would not have eaten. In this video for About.com learn about the foods to enjoy and avoid on the Paleo diet.See Transcript

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Transcript:Typical Foods on the Paleo Diet

Hi, I’m Maria Saracen from Artfullynourished.com and in this video for About.com I’m going to be talking about the foods to enjoy and avoid on the Paleolithic Diet.

Now the basic premise behind this diet - which is also referred to as the Paleo, Primal and Caveman Diet - is to avoid any food that our Paleolithic ancestors would not have eaten. 

Foods to Eat on the Paleo Diet:

So with this in mind, here’s a list of typical foods you can enjoy:

  • Almost all vegetables.  Vegetables are the main source of carbohydrates in the Paleo diet, and you can eat them either raw or cooked.  Some versions of the diet consider green beans and peas as legumes, in which case, they are not allowed.
  • Animal protein is another major component of the Paleo diet.  Wild meat and organic grass-fed beef is preferred over meat from animals fed in feedlots. Like-wise, wild fish, free range poultry and any other type of lean, omega-3 rich animal protein is allowed.
  • Eggs are another food you can eat on the Paleo diet.
  • In terms of fat, coconut oil, butter and olive oil are generally encouraged.
  • Fruit is also allowed on the Paleolithic diet but in limited quantities.
  • The same goes for nuts although peanuts are not allowed.

Foods to Avoid on the Paleo Diet:

  • refined sugars or fruit juices
  • processed foods
  • grains of any kind - for example, wheat, barley and rice
  • legumes
  • and dairy products - other than butter and cream

In general, no potatoes or starchy tubers are allowed on the Paleolithic Diet either, however some versions do allow sweet potatoes.

Keep in mind, that there are different versions of the Paleolithic Diet and not all of them agree on every single detail of what is and is not allowed.  The good news is that if you’re interested in trying this diet, you can start gradually and see what works best for you.

Thanks so much for watching.  To learn more about the Paleolithic Diet, please visit About.com 

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