What do we mean by the Paleolithic diet? Is that really the right term for the way we live our lives? See what we really eat on the Paleolithic diet.
The term Paleo comes from Paleolithic (a prehistoric period when stone tools were made by humans), and so often, the Paleo diet is referred to as a “caveman” diet. In fact just the other day we were at a party and the easiest way to describe how we eat was referring to cavemen. But we’re just not sure it’s right. And we’ve often heard sarcastic comments like…
“Cavemen ate lots of coconut yogurt did they?”
“Plantain chips big in prehistoric times then?”
And they’re right – we eat plenty of coconut yogurt and plantain chips – because, whist they didn’t feature in the caves of early man, they fit within our version of the Paleolithic diet. So here we’ll outline what we mean by the Paleo diet, and what we eat, hopefully giving you some ideas for your own Paleo template.
What is the Paleolithic diet?
The Paleolithic diet is basically a way of eating that is based on prehistoric human diets. Food that was available to hunt and gather before agriculture and farming emerged.
What to eat on the Paleolithic diet
- Meat and fish
- Nuts and seeds
- Good fat (tallow, coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil, other nut oils)
- Lower sugar fruit such as berries and apples
What to avoid on the Paleolithic diet
- Grains (including wheat, corn, millet, rice and pseudograins and ancient grains such as Quinoa, Aramath etc)
- Legumes (pulses and beans – and peanuts)
- Refined sugar
- Seed and vegetable oils (including rapeseed, sunflower, canola)
- White potatoes
- Heavily processed and packaged foods.
A typical day on the Paleolithic diet…
For us Paleo is about being nutrient dense, eating well and getting as many vitamins and nutrients as we can to keep our bodies and minds feeling good (and less about chasing wildebeest!) We aim for 75% vegetables at every meal.
Green smoothie (kale, spinach, mint, apple and avocado)
Egg and spinach frittata (with whatever leftovers we have – usually sweet potatoes or squash and other roasted veg).
A breakfast ‘skillet’ – basically protein and vegetables all friend up together in a pan. (Bacon, sweet potato and sprouts and salmon, kale and squash are two of our favourite combinations).
Or coconut yogurt with our homemade Paleo granola.
Some good quality protein (usually leftover from previous night’s dinner such as meatballs) either stir fried with lots of veg or made into a salad with a dollop of Paleo mayo (and no, cavemen didn’t have Hunter & Gather Mayo but we’re SO GLAD we do!)
Fish (we get ours from fishbox) with roasted sweet potatoes, a paleo pesto (pinenuts, basil, garlic, olive oil, avocado and nutritional yeast) lots of green veg and salad.
Grass fed lamb with this amazing cauliflower couscous.
A handful of nuts, a few berries with coconut yogurt, some veggie sticks with guacamole or something from this list of ten best Paleo snacks.
So there you go… not your typical ‘Caveman” diet, just real good food. What do you think? Is Paleolithic diet the right name? Tell us what you think below.