Hold your fork — have you heard about the paleo (caveman) diet? If you're a keen crossfitter, chances are you've already heard about it. The paleo diet is all about eating foods that are fresh and unprocessed, all of which were available to our primal ancestors. Think hunter gatherer.
Irena Macri from Eat Drink Paleo explains: "One of the main benefits of cooking and eating paleo is that you mostly use unprocessed, fresh ingredients and all the junk like processed oils and sugar loaded in packaged foods are automatically [cut] out. That alone improves your wellbeing," she says.
"The food promoted in the paleo diet is very nutrient dense and because the usual staples like grains and legumes are out, you end up using a larger variety of vegetables, meat, seafood, fruit and nuts in cooking. This means new, creative recipes and taste sensations with the maximum nutrient content. Paleo means no empty calorie fillers!"
Of course you don't need to be a Cross Fit contender to enjoy the paleo lifestyle, it's a great way increase energy, reduce bloat, and eliminate bad wastes from the body. But if you're unsure of where to start, keep reading to find our printable table of paleo foods.
|Meat and poultry: grass
fed and free range
|Sugar and artificial sugars: Equal, Stevia, agave nectar, pure cane, corn syrup, fructose, molasses, honey, maltodextrin||Soy: fermented only
|Fish and seafood||
Grains: wheat and gluten
|Grains: wild rice, white rice, quinoa|
|Vegetables: except non-starchy potatoes, corn and beans||
Dairy: Including milk, cream, yoghurt, cheese
|Alcohol: dry wines, clean non-grain based spirits|
|Fruit and berries: one to two servings and no juice||
Legumes and beans: including peanuts, lima beans, kidney beans, black beans
|Natural sweeteners: honey, maple syrup, molasses, dried fruit, dark chocolate, palm sugar|
Nuts and seeds: in moderation due to high omega 6
|Spices and herbs|
|Good fats: coconut oil, coconut milk and cream, ghee, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, fish oil, sesame oil|
|Condiments: mustards, wheat free soy and oyster sauces, fish sauce, olive oil, mayonnaise, low sugar tomato sauce, salsas and pestos|
Print out this table and stick it on your fridge!