Paleo Meat staples:
- Venison, Beef, Bison
- Free- Range chicken or game birds
- Nitrate free bacon or ham
- Roasted Turkey
*Try to go with Grass fed, lean meats for the bulk of your meat eating. Breakfast meats are tricky- we do ham, bacon or even left over pulled pork or steaks with eggs or in an omelet.
My Paleo Snack or side dish staples:
Berries or in season fruits
Almond flour (buy in bulk)
Any fruit in moderation
a little dried fruit in moderation
Dark chocolate 72% or higher in moderation
*Eat all the veggies you want- some days I eat an entire container of cherry tomatoes for a snack.
oil and vinegar
Herbs and spices
Try to avoid:
- Dairy products (If full Paleo, if just primal- you may have full fat, raw organic milk products- Brandon is more Primal because he still does grass- fed cheese)
- Sugar (yes sugar is not paleo) -replace with honey, palm sugar or maple syrup- all natural
- Juices- make your own
- White/ wheat flour
- Grains- your body cannot naturally digest them
- no white potatoes
- Legumes- What the heck is a legume?
- *When buying dark chocolate- try to get soy, dairy free – or make sure soy lechtin is last on the list*
- Processed- pre made foods.
- Vegetable oil
Best tip– Read the labels and make sure you know what all of the ingredients are before you buy them. Buy foods with the least amount of ingredients.
*I’ve noticed that if I pre-slice some of the veggies and keep them in an easily accessible container- I am more likely to snack on them rather than opening up a chocolate bar or a bag of nuts and dried fruits.
For a great description and shopping list check out Mark Sisson. For some great inspiration and to see what your foods are doing to your body, read the Friday success stories- make sure you have a box of tissues!
For a good recipe book check out: Make it Paleo, nomnompaleo.com, http://www.primal-palate.com/, http://www.paleocomfortfoods.com/, http://www.balancedbites.com/, http://www.everydaypaleo.com/