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What would a paleo food pyramid look like?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 17, 2010 at 9:15 AM

This idea caught my interest when I was thinking about how the USDA food pyramid makes grains the foundation of a healthy diet. I searched through Google Images and looked at some images of paleo food pyramids.

I was disappointed to say the least...some did not make sense. Some put berries into the same category as nuts, as if berries weren't fruit. One had water as the foundation, but water isn't food (I don't think something that has zero calories can be considered food).

Mark Sisson's Primal Pyramid was my favorite.

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on April 29, 2014
at 07:35 AM

Yes, meat is good for you. Also fruits and starchy vegetables - other veg as well too. Grains? Well, wheat, rye, barley etc are just not good. Reading on here will be a good place to start.

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on April 29, 2014
at 07:32 AM

It's OK but I think it would be better with carbs shown between veg and fruit, i.e. white potatoes, white rice etc. And there are no fats shown, which for me is a huge omission.

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on April 29, 2014
at 07:30 AM

I also like this one. Especially as it has a decent amount of carbs shown.

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on April 29, 2014
at 07:28 AM

What, no carbs? I'd die...

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Gilliebean, awesome blog. Love the gizmoto meat pic:) ill put you on my lil blogroll. i like the straightforwardness of your pyramid.

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on July 29, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Benjamin is just a hunter and does not like to gather. Don't be mean to him.

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on June 13, 2012
at 10:58 AM

So what the heck was the gather part of hunter gatherer for? Collecting a few eggs and some fruit?

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on April 14, 2012
at 07:23 PM

So we should completely trash something that is admittedly useful? Helpful.

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Oh yes! V good point on the other fruits. Thanks Eugenia! And thanks Eric. :)

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:55 AM

I like this one... I need the meat/ eggs / fish on the bottom to match how I eat...

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Good point on the other fruits... Very nice Chart Gilliebean

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Do I see PEANUTS at the top of the corrected pyramid...?!

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on January 16, 2012
at 01:35 AM

I really like this pyramid too. I would only cut in half the "dairy" part, and add "other fruits" there.

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on August 04, 2011
at 03:49 PM

May I use this for a blog post if I credit you, Dana M?

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Thanks Joshua! :)

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on July 07, 2011
at 01:46 PM

This is the best "Pyramid" I've seen in reference to describing Paleohackers specifically (meaning, the all-encompassing "Primal/Paleo/PaNu/Omnivore/VLC Paleo" universe we face here) Good Work!

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on June 12, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Hi Rico! Do you still want a HiRes of the pyramid? Go to my blog and contact me there. I can get you one. :)

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on June 12, 2011
at 03:42 PM

I really like this, definitely closer to my diet...thanks!

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on April 22, 2011
at 02:23 PM

LOL I'd rather they stick the coconut oil into a tub than have it spill everywhere.

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:24 AM

yeah this is awesome! I'm gonna check out your blog now...

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on March 17, 2011
at 04:47 AM

I agree completely. If you aren't eating grass fed beef, you ideally ought to supplement with fish oil. Gilliebean, your pyramid is super awesome. Any chance of getting an .ai of it? :]

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on June 25, 2010
at 02:17 AM

Wow, I really like this one!! Good job!

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on June 20, 2010
at 04:47 PM

Paleo doesn't only eliminate grains, legumes and sugars. It also emphasizes good food sources. Therefore, Grass-fed is optimal; but it is not the only option. I think it's important to mention it because most paleo folks believe that it is optimal.

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on June 19, 2010
at 01:07 AM

Seafood is supposed to be encompassed under "healthy fish." But good suggestion... I should have separated it out into two separate items - fish and other seafood.

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on June 19, 2010
at 12:43 AM

i think seafood would be a good addition.

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on June 18, 2010
at 02:00 AM

Hey Ben! Sure! Thanks! Feel free to link it to my blog (http://clubfritch.com) if you wanna... Or to this question! :)

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on June 18, 2010
at 01:21 AM

gilliebean, can i post this to my blog? i wont take credit, no worries. thanks. http://fundamentalliving.blogspot.com/

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on June 17, 2010
at 06:31 PM

I like this a lot -- it's very similar to Mark Sisson's however representing the calories vs. quantity, an important distinction. Mark's is good to show to newbies who think we eat meat exclusively (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

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on June 17, 2010
at 04:54 PM

I love this, but I realised that most of the core bottom row items are in a container of some sort, making them appear processed, which seems a little anti-paleo.

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on June 17, 2010
at 04:13 PM

Wow, I like this. Thank you, gilliebean.

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on June 17, 2010
at 04:09 PM

Here's my submission:

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on June 18, 2010
at 02:00 AM

Hey Ben! Sure! Thanks! Feel free to link it to my blog (http://clubfritch.com) if you wanna... Or to this question! :)

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Gilliebean, awesome blog. Love the gizmoto meat pic:) ill put you on my lil blogroll. i like the straightforwardness of your pyramid.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on June 19, 2010
at 01:07 AM

Seafood is supposed to be encompassed under "healthy fish." But good suggestion... I should have separated it out into two separate items - fish and other seafood.

667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on June 18, 2010
at 01:21 AM

gilliebean, can i post this to my blog? i wont take credit, no worries. thanks. http://fundamentalliving.blogspot.com/

Dc12fef4f7c25d968ab11be99f3eaba7

(45)

on June 25, 2010
at 02:17 AM

Wow, I really like this one!! Good job!

9e621c9cf0a36b4034a3d6e7cfc4e1f4

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on June 17, 2010
at 06:31 PM

I like this a lot -- it's very similar to Mark Sisson's however representing the calories vs. quantity, an important distinction. Mark's is good to show to newbies who think we eat meat exclusively (not that there's anything wrong with that.)

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on June 19, 2010
at 12:43 AM

i think seafood would be a good addition.

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on June 17, 2010
at 04:13 PM

Wow, I like this. Thank you, gilliebean.

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on April 21, 2011
at 02:24 AM

yeah this is awesome! I'm gonna check out your blog now...

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on June 12, 2011
at 03:42 PM

I really like this, definitely closer to my diet...thanks!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on July 07, 2011
at 02:06 PM

Thanks Joshua! :)

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21415)

on July 07, 2011
at 01:46 PM

This is the best "Pyramid" I've seen in reference to describing Paleohackers specifically (meaning, the all-encompassing "Primal/Paleo/PaNu/Omnivore/VLC Paleo" universe we face here) Good Work!

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on January 16, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Oh yes! V good point on the other fruits. Thanks Eugenia! And thanks Eric. :)

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on January 16, 2012
at 01:35 AM

I really like this pyramid too. I would only cut in half the "dairy" part, and add "other fruits" there.

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:50 AM

Good point on the other fruits... Very nice Chart Gilliebean

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on April 29, 2014
at 07:30 AM

I also like this one. Especially as it has a decent amount of carbs shown.

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on June 17, 2010
at 04:25 PM

Here's the pyramid I made to explain what I eat to people...so much easier to show them a picture than to go through all the details of what's allowed and what's not!! It's mostly based on the recommendations in Primal Body Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas, and the proportions reflect what I usually eat. I had a lot of fun making it, and I think you can tell :D

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on June 17, 2010
at 04:54 PM

I love this, but I realised that most of the core bottom row items are in a container of some sort, making them appear processed, which seems a little anti-paleo.

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on April 22, 2011
at 02:23 PM

LOL I'd rather they stick the coconut oil into a tub than have it spill everywhere.

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on August 04, 2011
at 03:49 PM

May I use this for a blog post if I credit you, Dana M?

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on April 29, 2014
at 07:28 AM

What, no carbs? I'd die...

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on June 17, 2010
at 03:06 PM

Paleo/Primal friendly food pyramids. Mark's is the second one

I would emphasize zero grains.

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:33 AM

Do I see PEANUTS at the top of the corrected pyramid...?!

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on January 16, 2012
at 01:47 AM

I like this one a lot.

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:55 AM

I like this one... I need the meat/ eggs / fish on the bottom to match how I eat...

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on April 29, 2014
at 07:32 AM

It's OK but I think it would be better with carbs shown between veg and fruit, i.e. white potatoes, white rice etc. And there are no fats shown, which for me is a huge omission.

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on June 19, 2010
at 01:02 PM

I don't agree with Mark Sisson's pyramid or the Primal Food Pyramid. There are just two categories as far as I'm concerned. The base of the triangle is meat, fish, poultry and animal/saturated fats. The upper, smaller section is vegetables, fruits and nuts. And I wouldn't specify grass-fed. You may think that's preferable, but many folks don't have access to it or can't afford it, and all that does is alienate them.

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on June 20, 2010
at 04:47 PM

Paleo doesn't only eliminate grains, legumes and sugars. It also emphasizes good food sources. Therefore, Grass-fed is optimal; but it is not the only option. I think it's important to mention it because most paleo folks believe that it is optimal.

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on March 17, 2011
at 04:47 AM

I agree completely. If you aren't eating grass fed beef, you ideally ought to supplement with fish oil. Gilliebean, your pyramid is super awesome. Any chance of getting an .ai of it? :]

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on June 12, 2011
at 06:16 PM

Hi Rico! Do you still want a HiRes of the pyramid? Go to my blog and contact me there. I can get you one. :)

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on April 29, 2014
at 10:51 AM

This one is simple for me.

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on April 29, 2014
at 02:38 AM

I really like the paleo "base camp" of fruit/veges, meats, nuts and seeds. I"ve found by following this eating principle on an 80/20 basis, I'm a much happier person and feel so much better every day. However, everyone is so unique and individual that experimenting with what works for each person's body is important. High quality yoghurt, cheese, kefir, ghee and butter are awesome from a health perspective and taste bloody fantastic, so if you suffer no intolerances, why not eat them....in moderation of course. Same goes for grains - especially for high level athletes. Rice and quinoa are great carbs and satisfying - although as you probably know, quinoa is from the grass family and not a grain.

At the end of the day, the paleo pyramid is a solid foundation which should be tweaked to each individual's unique needs.

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on April 11, 2014
at 12:43 AM

This is Primal, but check out this Primal Food Pyramid.

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on July 29, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Benjamin is just a hunter and does not like to gather.

Don't be mean to him.

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on January 16, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Last time I checked my dad died of a heart attack from eating to much bacon and eggs, not steamed rice, veggies and fruit. You guys are trying to tell people that meat is good for them and whole grains, fruits, and starchy vegetables should be eaten sparingly? Not only would I die prematurely from eating that way I would perform so poorly in sports that I wouldn't be able to play anymore. Do some more research and get educated.

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on April 29, 2014
at 07:35 AM

Yes, meat is good for you. Also fruits and starchy vegetables - other veg as well too. Grains? Well, wheat, rye, barley etc are just not good. Reading on here will be a good place to start.

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on June 18, 2010
at 01:23 AM

these are all awesome. seriously good work guys (well, i knew the grok one but awesome seeing all the others.

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on April 14, 2012
at 05:11 AM

I think vegetables should be compltetly trashed, its been proven agriculture was started in eygpt about 10,000 years ago, before that (and for many people even after so) it was primairly, MEAT,eggs fish & fruit. I really don't beleive excessive reliance on agriculture is healthy for humans, the earth or plants. admittedly, some plants are useful to humans.

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on April 14, 2012
at 07:23 PM

So we should completely trash something that is admittedly useful? Helpful.

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on June 13, 2012
at 10:58 AM

So what the heck was the gather part of hunter gatherer for? Collecting a few eggs and some fruit?

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on July 29, 2012
at 10:13 PM

Benjamin is just a hunter and does not like to gather. Don't be mean to him.

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