What is the paleolithic diet?

 – meat, chicken, fish, eggs, fruits (especially low GI fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, melons, cherries – but keep the amounts small), vegetables (including root vegetables), raw nuts and seeds. Coconut milk and coconut oil also seems to be fine.

The fat level in Australian meat is quite low (around 4%, kangaroo about 2%) but avoid grain fed meats as they swing the balance of fats away from Omega 3 fats and increase the Omega 6 which isn’t good. You may have to shop around in other countries.

Exclude – grains (wheat, rice, maize, barley, oats etc, including bread and pasta), beans (including string, kidney, peas and lentils), dairy products, potatoes or sweet potatoes, peanuts and cashews (neither of which is a nut), soy products, oils (other than olive oil or coconut oil in limited amounts), margarine, salt and sugar (this includes all artificial sweeteners and natural alternatives like honey,stevia,and xylitol).


Sample menu

Breakfast – fruit, bacon and eggs

Snack – nuts, seeds and fruit

Lunch – chicken or tuna salad

Snack – carrot and celery sticks with avocado dip

Dinner – steak and cooked vegetables or salad



There are two choices with the paleolithic diet. Go slow or go cold turkey. If you choose to go slow then I would suggest cutting out sugar first (including any substitutes), as sugar is probably the most dangerous food for your health and it is in almost every processed food.

Gradually add more vegetables to your diet, both raw and cooked. Start cutting down on pasta, rice, potatoes and bread when making meal choices and go for either more meat or more vegetables.

When you go shopping stick to the outer areas of the supermarket, which is where the meat, fruit and vegetables are. The inner shelves contain mainly useless concentrated, denatured carbs in one form or another


1 Response to “What is the paleolithic diet?”

  1. November 20, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    thx starting today……appreciate the beginner’s version!

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