What is the Paleo Diet?
The inspiration for the Paleo Diet stems from the Paleolithic Era (2.5 million to 10 thousand years ago) and what is assumed early humans ate.
The Paleo Diet is based on the assumption that farming changed the human diet (incorporating grains, dairy, and legumes) and is mismatched to what should be the human body’s natural diet.
What foods are available to eat on the Paleo Diet?
Staples of the diet include lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, eggs and healthy oils (avocado, olive, etc.) - all foods which were available to cavemen in the Paleolithic Era.
It advocates avoiding grains like wheat, oats, and barley, dairy products, trans fats, certain vegetable oils (soy, sunflower, corn, etc.), refined sugar, legumes, salt, and highly processed foods.
A typical day might include:
Breakfast: Plant Era Protein Powder (link) with Fruit
Lunch: Chicken salad with nuts and fruit
Dinner: Steak with vegetables and sweet potatoes
The Paleo Diet is based on the hunter-gatherer diet. You could alter it and factor in modern day items like gluten-free bread or grass-fed butter.
However, there is no right way to do this, as no one truly knows what they ate, but the idea is to avoid highly processed foods and focus on healthy, whole foods.