Paleo Grocery List
Without an authentic Paleo shopping list it can be difficult to identify the foods are actually Paleo approved & the foods you should avoid.
However, this Paleo grocery list of approved foods should clear up what’s allowed & what’s not allowed on the Paleo diet and help you avoid the common pitfalls which could hinder you in achieving your health & weight loss goals naturally.
In a nutshell, and for anyone new to the Paleo diet, you should NOT eat food that contains wheat, dairy, starches, grains or legumes and also avoid sugars as well as any processed food.
Still confused, well this Paleo shopping list (below) will hopefully make it easier for you to prepare a wide variety of 100% Paleo approved dishes…
A word of warning…
At the supermarket you will be confronted with tons of processed foods, foods high in sugar content & other non-Paleo foods that will be cleverly packaged as “healthy” foods that could fool you into thinking are “Paleo friendly” when in actual fact they are nasty toxic products.
So with so many foods containing chemicals, preservatives & other nasty stuff you’re probably thinking that you aren’t left with much choice, however you’ll be pleased to see that with this Paleo shopping list there is a massive range of foods to choose from which you can cook with to prepare fantastic dishes.
- Green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, pumpkin, cabbage
- Sweet potato
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale
- Cauliflower and broccoli
- Bell peppers
- Apples, pears
- Oranges, lemons
- Berries, cherries, strawberries
- Eggs (free range)
- Chicken (free range & skinless)
- Fish such as salmon, halibut, hake
- Pork loin
- Ground beef
- Ground pork
For the Pantry
- Green tea
- Coffee beans
- Coconut syrup or coconut sugar
- Raw cacao powder
- Vegetable, chicken & beef stock
- Vanilla extract
- Beef jerky
- Tinned sardines & tuna (be careful of the mercury content in tuna)
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and/or white wine vinegar
- Sesame oil
- Olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Coconut milk
- Dijon mustard
- Almond flour
- Coconut flour
- Canned tomatoes
- Canned artichokes
- Coconut water
- Applesauce (unsweetened)
- Raw honey
- Almond butter
- Marinara sauce
Nuts & Seeds
- Pecan nuts
- Pine nuts
- Macadamia nuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
Fats & Oils
- Coconut oil
- Virgin olive oil, extra olive oil
- Macadamia oil
- Butter (organic)
Spices & Herbs
- Chilli powder & flakes
- Bay leaves
- Black pepper and/or cayenne pepper
- Ground coriander seed
- Mustard seeds
- Cajun seasoning
- Minced or ground beef (grass fed)
- Lamb chops, shanks or cutlets
- Sausages (grass fed)
- Salmon fillets
- Halloumi cheese
- Pepper strips
- Mixed vegetables (organic)
- Frozen berries & fruit
- Chicken breasts, wings & thighs (free range)
- Green peas
- Greek, full-fat yogurt or coconut yogurt
It should be noted that the above grocery list is not exhaustive and is meant to be used as a guide.
Putting All These Foods Together…
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Borderline Paleo Foods
Some foods can be considered as “occasionally in” when it comes to the Paleo food list and these include the following;
- Fat Free Food – Often we choose the “healthy” fat-free option when it comes to milk, yogurt etc but these products are often rich in sugar, colorants & nasty preservatives which can be damaging to your health
- Coffee in moderation is fine as long as you leave out the sugar.
- Natural sweeteners such as raw honey, maple syrup, molasses, dried fruit & dark chocolate can be eaten in moderation but artificial sweeteners are just that – artificial, which is definitely not Paleo approved.
- Dairy – whilst dairy should be avoided on Paleo, especially if you have gut issues, sensitive to lactose & you are gluten intolerant, you should only consume organic diary from grass-fed, pasture raised cows
- Alcohol in the form of dry red or white wine & clean spirits that are non-grain based can be taken in moderation.
Need Some Help?
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Why You Must Avoid These Foods On the Paleo Diet
Here are some explanations as to why you should not eat the following if you want to stick to a healthy Paleo diet plan…
Why No Grains?
– besides not being healthy for you they contain no nutrients & are not suitable for the human body’s digestive system & generally cause bloating as well as weight gain.
– they contain lectin which irritates the gut & can lead to celiac disease as well as other gastrointestinal issues such as constipation, indigestion & IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) etc.
– gluten found in grains as in wheat & oats could cause insulin issues which could impact on your health & weight
– particularly bad for celiac sufferers.
– according to the Kitava study which investigated people on the island of Kitava whose diet matched what would have been that of the caveman, ie the paleolithic diet, it was found that there were no incidences of heart disease, cancer, diabetes or obesity
– it seems that since humans have been exposed to a diet of grains, carbs & diary (non-Paleo) that these diseases have become more prevalent.
– similarly the Inuits, peoples inhabiting the Arctic regions, follow a diet high in fats, some protein & no carbohydrate and don’t suffer with any of the modern day diseases.
No Legumes (or Beans)?
– legumes (all beans, peas, peanuts, lentils, lupins, soybeans, tofu, etc) contain anti-nutrients (lectins and phytic acid) which are difficult to digest & bind to cell membranes as well as nutrients in the food you eat which prevents absorption of the good stuff robbing you of the healthy nutrients your body needs.
Why No Dairy?
– the human body has no nutritional requirement for cow’s milk & adds no micronutrient value that cannot be obtained from eating fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, seafoods & nuts.
– cows are fed a diet of corn & soy often loaded with antibiotics & growth hormones and is not only lacking in nutrients, it can cause other health issues.
– dairy is rich in carbs which can cause insulin spikes leading to poor health & weight gain.
– if you really have to have dairy then remember that grass-fed, pasture-raised & organic cows will produce a milk of a much higher quality.
Losing Weight Is More About Hunger Control & Not Portion Control
One of the greatest benefits of the Paleo diet, when it comes to weight loss, is that you can basically eat as much as you like with little danger of over eating…
…this is because 100% Paleo meals are non-addictive and will leave you feeling satisfied & satiated without wanting more or still feeling hungry which helps you to control your hunger naturally.
Keep it interesting & exciting by downloading this fantastic collection of over 470 delicious Paleo recipes & 10-Week meal plan to help you prepare healthy & wholesome Paleo dishes for every meal…