I’m guessing you have heard of the paleo diet at some point, since it has become immensely popular all around the world. In this article I am going to outline a sample paleo diet menu, something an average paleo dieter might eat in a day.
What is the paleo diet?
The paleo diet is also known as the paleolithic diet, caveman diet, primal diet, hunter-gatherer diet and stone-age diet.
It is based on the premise that human beings have been evolving for hundreds of thousands of years, while the modern diet has only been around for about 10.000 years, since the agricultural revolution.
Of course, the real transformation of the food supply has happened in the last 100 years, and consequently the population has become sicker and sicker.
It is a fact that many primitive tribes all around the world do not suffer from the diseases that are common in western countries today, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many more.
What to eat on the paleo diet?
Proponents of the paleo diet recommend eating the same foods our paleolithic ancestors were likely to eat, which includes meat, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables. If you’re very brave (I’m not), then possibly even insects and/or organ meats.
Foods not allowed include grains, dairy, legumes and pretty much anything that is processed and wasn’t available 10.000 years ago.
All sorts of sodas, both sweetened and artifically sweetened, as well as fruit juices and milk, should be avoided. Water is the way to go.
Doing the paleo diet does not mean you need to live in a cave and stop shaving. It is a way of eating, based around a specific philosophy.
Personally, I recommend a more balanced approach. I suggest people eat some high-fat dairy due to the Vitamin K2 content, and I think that some non-gluten grains and potatoes are fine for those who are not obese or diabetic. Otherwise my diet is almost completely paleo.
Paleo Diet Menu
Here I am going to describe a typical paleo diet menu. Something I am likely to eat in an average day.
- 3-4 Omega-3 Enriched Eggs
- A mix of frozen vegetables
- 10-15g (a tablespoon) of coconut oil
- Instructions: Melt frozen vegetables and coconut oil on a frying pan, add eggs and some spices and fry until ready.
Sometimes I won’t eat breakfast until after lunch time, and then not eat anything until dinner. This is a form of intermittent fasting.
If this is a workout day for me, I will add some white rice to the stir fry (safe starches – not really paleo though).
Lunch (leftovers from the night before):
- 3 Chicken thighs
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Some vegetables
Sometimes I’ll mix a banana with some coconut flakes and frozen blueberries for lunch. I like to throw an organic yogurt from a grass-fed cow into the mix (not quite paleo – but very close).
- A handful of almonds
- An orange
- 3 Burgers without the bun
- Fry the burger patties in butter, on a frying pan. Eat a salad with them. If you like, throw some extra virgin coconut oil on the salad. Personally I like to put some cheese on top of the burgers.
This was a sample paleo diet menu, but it is possible to eat an endless variety of meals on the paleo diet.
For those who are healthy, active and don’t need to lose weight, then a lot of paleo gurus recommend some safe starches like white rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes, as well as full-fat dairy.