12 Do’s and Don’ts of Eating Paleo

Many people call eating paleo the “caveman diet.” When you eat paleo, you strive to only consume foods that our earliest ancestors would have eaten. Foods like lean meat, vegetables, seafood, berries, nuts, and natural oils are the focus of this diet. Ingredients like grains, dairy, and sugar are avoided.

Many people see great results from eating paleo. Whether your objective is just to eat better, lose weight, or improve your overall health paleo is a great option, but you should never start without doing your research first. Research gives you a fuller understanding of what you can and cannot eat, so you’re never stuck somewhere without a snack.

Here’s a quick guide to the paleo diet, and some common do’s and don’ts that often catch people off-guard.

12. DO Restock Your Fridge and Pantry

The paleo diet can seem extremely restrictive when you first start. Dairy, sugar, grains, and anything that’s processed is out. Instead, you should be eating meals made up of lean proteins, vegetables, and fats that come from natural oils like olive, coconut, or avocado. If you’re serious about going paleo for the long haul, you’ll want to first clean out your fridge and pantry so that you’ll never be tempted to take a shortcut.

Eating paleo means cutting out basically all modern convenience food. You’ll have to prepare all of your meals yourself if you want to stick with this diet, so make sure you aren’t tempted by keeping non-paleo food around.

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11. DON’T Get Stuck Without a Stock of Recipes

One thing that’s absolutely essential when it comes to starting your paleo journey is having a stock of recipes ready so that you’re never caught off-guard by hunger. Eating paleo means that you aren’t able to enjoy convenience food, so it’s important to keep a stash of recipes ready for any eventuality.

Craving pizza? There are tons of paleo pizza recipes around, but by the time you find one, you may have gotten too hungry and ordered yourself a large, cheesy, very non-paleo pizza. Using Pinterest or an app like Paprika, allows you to have a huge cache of recipes at your fingertips 24/7.

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10. DO Use Technology

Starting an all-paleo diet can be really confusing at first. For example, did you know that nuts are completely paleo, but peanuts, since they’re a legume, are not? It can be confusing to figure out what’s paleo, what’s primal (a similar diet), and what’s completely modern.

A really helpful new app is Paleo.io, a paleo support app which gives you a list of acceptable paleo foods. It even has a search engine, so you can type an ingredient into it and get an instant evaluation. Paleo.io is just one of a few paleo apps, so check those out before you start your journey for some extra support.

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