I’ve always been curious about the paleo lifestyle and have wanted to blog about it for some time now, but since I haven’t done it myself, I wanted to hear from someone who has tried it, and thought it would be perfect for my next guest poster.
Fellow fit mama, Angelena Riggs from On Fire Fitness Healthy Living, has researched and made the paleo diet work for her and has shared a paleo diet food list for you to get started.
Angelena is a mom, NASM certified personal trainer and fitness nutrition specialist, and a certified kettle bell instructor. She works with her clients to help them reach their health and fitness goals. She hopes to inspire and teach others to live a healthy life!
Paleo Diet Food List by Angelena Riggs
Being in the health and fitness world, paleo was something I had heard of, but didn’t know much about. The reason I started paleo is because I had gained a little weight around the holidays, even though I was trying not too! I started working out and cleaned up my diet, but was unable to lose a pound or an inch, and this had never been an issue in the past. I thought maybe I had something going on with my hormones (specifically cortisol and DHEA), or something else that was keeping me from losing fat. I know I was putting on muscle because I was lifting 5-6 days a week and I could see the results, but the belly fat was staying put. I went to see a holistic health care practitioner, which I highly recommend, had my blood work done, and when everything came back perfect, she suggested I try the paleo lifestyle.
Thus, my journey into the paleo diet started. Paleo is a diet based on how our ancestors, the hunter and gatherers ate and lived before the food industry took over our food supply. Grains, dairy and other processed foods have only been around for 10,000 years, which pales in comparison to how long our ancestors had to work to get their own food to survive. Diabetes, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases were not as prevalent as they are now. These diseases have become more of a problem the more processed our foods have become. Even though we don’t want to believe that what we put in our mouths are making us sick and fat, they truly are. The paleo diet works to reverse disease and help you lead a healthier lifestyle because it removes all of the processed food from your diet and focuses on whole, real food.
After reading, The Paleo Solution, by Robb Wolf, I was ready to get started. It didn’t take long to make the switch as I was already eating pretty clean. The biggest change for me was removing the grains, dairy, legumes (including peanut butter, eek!) and sugar from my diet. My husband is doing this paleo change with me, which makes it easier to stay on track and cook healthy foods. After printing out Robb’s weekly paleo diet food list from his website, I was ready to grocery shop and stock up on the essentials…lean protein, tons of veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds, and some nut butters. I think the transition was easier for me because, as I said I was eating most of these foods already and just had to eliminate the “non-paleo” foods.
As with anything there was a learning curve and I Googled “Is ____ Paleo” a lot! Pinterest (link Pinterest) was also a great resource, I searched for Paleo recipes and have been cooking away ever since. I enjoy cooking (it’s the cleaning up that is no fun!) so for me it is just about deciding what to make and then making enough for us to have lunch and dinner the next day. Going out to eat is easier than you might think, just decide what protein you want and then ask for veggies on the side. Skip the bread basket and dessert and you are eating Paleo.
Here is an example of a paleo lunch:
I have been eating Paleo for a few weeks and I’ve started to lose fat again! I feel so much better, have tons of energy, and my workouts have been great. I truly believe that the paleo lifestyle is one that I can maintain for the long term. If you have been thinking of giving it a try I suggest doing your research because it’s important to learn how and why paleo works, and then decide if it’s for you. If you have specific health needs, please consult your health care provider, but there should be no reason why it can’t work for you!
Here is a paleo diet food list to get you started:
Organic Free Range Chicken
Wild Caught Fish/Seafood- flounder, snapper, trout, halibut, mackerel, bass, salmon, shrimp
Organic Grass Fed Beef- steaks, ground beef, ribs, rump roast, stew meat
Organic Pork- loin, chops, ribs, bacon, roast
Lamb- chops and rack
*Really, any veggie you can think of!
*Limit startchy veggies if fat loss is your goal (beets, acorn squash, butternut squash, yams, sweet potatoes, etc.)
Fruits: (Limit to 3 servings a day if fat loss is your goal)
*Any fruit you like!
Nuts and seeds:
Herbs and spices:
Use to spice up meals!
Paleo doesn’t have to be hard and the meals don’t have to be boring. Start by making one meal a day paleo, try some new paleo recipes, and you will be on your way to feeling better and to living a healthy, processed food free life! I hope this paleo diet food list helps you get started!