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Paleo food pyramid

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 09, 2013 at 10:31 PM

I think I have some grasp on what foods are Paleo, but I don't have as clear a picture about what the proportions are. I get the impression that it may be best to change what you "find" from day to day, but if you were making a percentage breakdown, what would it be?

I'm looking for something like

__% grass-fed beef
__% fish and seafood
__% leafy vegetables
__% of _______ other kinds of vegetables
__% eggs
__% fresh fruit

And the best answer is probably a range, but I have a clearer picture of what foods are Paleo than what to consume for optimum energy.

Thanks in advance,

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:31 PM

He also says there are no essential fatty acids...LOL.

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:09 PM

Ray Peat says coconut meat isn't digestible

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:47 AM

Oh and "safe starches" like tubers on the wrung beside fruit - more than treats but less than coconut oil (healthy fats) probably :)

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:14 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/157033/paleo-food-pyramid

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:27 PM

I think it's technically a superset. ;-)

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on March 10, 2013
at 12:20 AM

I'd recommend instead that you create a diverse pool of nutritious whole foods that you enjoy and eat them in the ratios that you find to be satisfying. If you want sugar, you eat whole fruit, if you want fat, you eat meat, eggs, avocados etc. If that somehow fails, try to make minor alterations from there. If someone tells you for some arbitrary reason to not eat fruit and it's on your mind constantly, then the diet has failed right out of the gates.

There's a strange tendency in this community to trade one refined ingredient for another. Even if coconut oil is better than canola, coconut meat is better than both.

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:31 PM

He also says there are no essential fatty acids...LOL.

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(4176)

on March 11, 2013
at 04:09 PM

Ray Peat says coconut meat isn't digestible

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on March 09, 2013
at 10:39 PM

here's a "food pyramid" i like, from the Perfect Health Diet folks (a subset of Paleo):

http://perfecthealthdiet.com/the-diet/

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on March 09, 2013
at 11:27 PM

I think it's technically a superset. ;-)

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:38 AM

I personally think that vegetables should comprise the "bottom wrung" (i.e. the bulk of one's diet that one can eat liberally), followed by different kinds of meat and/or eggs. Following that would be healthy fats like coconut oil. I also think that fruit should be incorporated but I'm not sure where I would place it on a hierarchy. Stuff like nuts and paleo treats would comprise the little triangle at the top. Focus less on the hierarchal aspect (though it should be followed roughly) and more on incorporating variety - different kinds of veggies, fruit and meat/fish - so you are getting a variety of nutrients :)

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:47 AM

Oh and "safe starches" like tubers on the wrung beside fruit - more than treats but less than coconut oil (healthy fats) probably :)

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on March 10, 2013
at 12:26 AM

There's not one Paleolithic diet. Different places had different percentages. So it all depends where you live, what's in season, and what your genetic background is (some people have more genes than others to digest starch properly, for example). So you'll have to experiment to find what works for you.

Speaking for myself alone, I like to give shellfish (especially oysters) and fish and offal priority compared to meat, and I believe that vegetables should have 2/3s of the weight of each dish compared to meat. And that fruits should not be removed completely. And I find home-made goat kefir very good for my gut. All that works for me.

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on March 11, 2013
at 04:12 AM

Hi Jonathan, For you it's probably the easiest way to follow a professionally "pre-designed" meal plan so you don't have to invest time for calculating it yourself. Learning by doing - while getting the results you want. I there are some good Paleo meal plan books out there. I just finished with my husband the 8 week meal plan I got from Tim's blog (http://timreviews.com/paleo-recipe) - Overall great results paired with many insights on Paleo. Hope this helps, Eloise

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on March 10, 2013
at 01:00 PM

Make them all add up to at least 90% (not too much cheating) and you'll fine. If you make the meat + fish + eggs add up to at least 20% you'll be even better off. From the Inuit to the Kitavans you'll find a gigantic range. Some certain range may be optimal, but as long as you're not eating much harmful foods and having at least some animal protein, you'll be fine.

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