Paleo Diet FAQ

Q; Can I shop at my local grocery store for the paleo diet or do I need a Whole Foods-esque store?
All you need to eat on the paleo diet is fresh food. Any place that has that will do. You don’t need a GNC, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s to eat well. You just need to eat the right foods. The easiest way to get the right food is to stay in the outside lanes of the grocery store. You’ll find most of the fresh food there. The aisles tend to have the processed, sugary, and grain-filled foods you want to avoid.
Another food consideration you may want to make is eating grass-fed meat. No, grass-fed meat isn’t just for Portlandia people who are on the latest health kick craze. Grass fed beef is actually better for you. You don’t eat grains, so why would you want to eat something that’s been eating grains? It’s like second-hand smoke for your gut! Try out grass-fed meat and see what you think.
Q: Is it gonna be a easy switch to the paleo diet?
How easy the transition to paleo will be depends. Most people tend to have a “carb crash” the first week. During this time, your body is relearning that it doesn’t have to have carbs 24/7 in order to have energy. If you can survive that carb crash (which isn’t nearly as deadly as it sounds), you’ll probably prefer how you feel when eating paleo, compared to how you felt before.
Q: If I go out to eat is it going to be difficult to order something and stay strictly on the paleo diet?
It depends on where you go out to eat. Some places are better than others, but the best way is to plan ahead and be prepared. Read this post to find out more about eating out on the paleo diet.
Q: Can I still drink a beer on the paleo diet?
Beer is a no-go. However, eating paleo 80-90% of the time and having a beer or two for the big game isn’t going to kill you.
Q: If I pack my lunch for work, is the paleo diet going to be practical?
Grill some chicken and pack some vegetables. Bring along some fruit or nuts and kapow, and you’re good to go.
Q: What are the most common foods I can’t eat on the paleo diet?
The most common food that you’ll stop eating is bread, or, actually, grains of any kind. Also, if you’re straight paleo, you’ll usually cut out dairy – cheese and milk – and any large quantities of fruit. However, if you focus on what you can’t eat, it’s easy to become discouraged. I recommend focusing as much possible on the foods you do get to eat – like bacon, avocado, dark chocolate – and the transition to the paleo diet gets easier and easier.
Q: What does a typical paleo meal look like?
A typical paleo meal usually has meat and a large amount of vegetables, along with a small serving of fruit or nuts as a post-meal treat.
Example Paleo Meal
Here’s an example meal of steak and avocado with blueberries and blackberries on the side. It was pretty effing great.
Q: Is the paleo diet expensive? Is it going to break the bank?
Fresh food is typically more expensive than processed food but it’s also better for you. Something is wrong when the majority of Americans eat the same thing and that same majority is overweight and obese. What you might save on the front end with food costs, you’ll end up paying in medical bills. That said, eating healthy doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg (and it’s often a lot cheaper than eating out all the time).
The meal pictured above cost me less than $5. Sure, paleo can get expensive but so can hospital visits. It’s all about priorities.
Q: If I’m on the run, can I grab something quickly?
Eating paleo while roadtripping is all about knowing your options. You can grab beef jerkey and nuts at almost any gas station.
For the answers to other commonly asked paleo questions, see PaleoFM and our full FAQ page.

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  1. Stella says


    How does coffee fit into the paleo eating style? Black ok? Or best avoided??

    Any insight would be great


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