The basic principle behind the paleo diet is this: return to a way of eating that’s similar to what our early ancestors ate (and that’s why it is often called the “caveman diet”). Why? The theory is that modern farming drastically – and quickly – changed what humans ate. We went from fresh fruit and vegetables to a diet full of bread, legumes, and dairy. The human body is not meant to process these foods, especially in such large amounts, and this is why modern humans struggle with obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
By focusing on whole foods like our caveman ancestors, we can easily and effectively lose weight and improve our overall health.
Unlike other diets, the paleo diet is not strictly “low carb” or “low fat.” Yes, there are certain foods to avoid, but just like our ancient ancestors, we can (and should!) enjoy seasonal foods and there is no counting calories or macros. That means meat lovers as well as vegans can reap the benefits of the paleo lifestyle.
Bearing that in mind, take a look at Paleo diet foods that are approved on the plan:
Now that you know what to eat on the paleo diet, it's time to focus on what not to eat while following a paleo lifestyle:
Paleo Meal Plan
As you can see, there are plenty of options! A paleo meal plan is easy to put together as long as you stay focused on fresh, seasonal options. Let's take a look: