Is there a good source for referencing specific foods regarding how they are categorized paleolithically. Being new to this way of eating, I find there are times when I'm not certain if a food choice is great, terrible, okay, or depends. Ideally, I'd like to know of a resource to access which would summarize the reasons behind why the specific food is considered so (ie: tomatoes are not eaten by some - because of being "nite shades.")
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on August 04, 2011
at 10:28 PM
First of all, welcome to the community -
There is not one consolidated source that is going to answer your question. And if look at some of the recent posts here on PH, there is considerable debate regarding "what is Paleo" which will confound the situation.
My personal bias is with the Archevore school of thought (Dr Kurt Harris)
- First I would read this post - http://www.archevore.com/panu-weblog/2011/3/30/paleo-20-a-diet-manifesto.html
- Then I would consider this as a path for implementation - http://www.archevore.com/get-started/
I would like to add more to my answer, but it would be really helpful if you provided a little background as to what brought you to Paleo-land
- Metabolic derangement
- Modest weight loss
- Fitness and performance
- Something else?
This will influence who/what/where you take your inquires.
Last comment - use the Search function in the upper right corner with the relevant keywords. Everything from nightshades to hacking female genitalia has been discussed here, so the probability is high that someone has already asked a question you have as a newbie. So actually I take my opening comment back - your one consolidated source is this website!
on August 04, 2011
at 10:57 PM
I think Aravind's answer is great.
I also think Robb Wolf's Get Started guide is pretty good. Here's some quotes:
The Paleo diet is built from the healthiest, most nutritious foods available:
- Lean proteins...
- Fruits and vegetables...
- Healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olive oil, fish oil and grass-fed meat.
And for fat loss:
We recommend the majority of your meals look something like this:
- 4-8 oz of lean protein such as chicken, lean beef, turkey, pork loin or seafood.
- Then add several servings of multicolored vegetables, either raw, steamed or lightly cooked.
- Finally, round out the meal with good fats from Avocado, olive oil or a handful of un-salted nuts such as almonds, pecans, macadamias or walnuts.
Make sure to have 3-4 meals like this each day. Give it 30 days and then let us know how quickly and easily it is to lose unwanted body fat, all without hunger and cravings. Until you reach your desired level of leanness we recommend you keep your fruit intake to 1-2 servings per day and make these choices mainly from berries and melons.
And finally, for auto-immune conditions (this may help clear up your confusion about tomatoes):
Emerging research has made clear the link between Neolithic foods (grains, legumes and dairy) and autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis and a host of other less well know conditions. Many people have found significant improvements in autoimmune disease by eliminating the Neolithic foods and building a diet around nutritious Paleo options. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease we highly recommend you start a Paleo diet and let us know what your results are. To give your body its best chance to heal we recommend that you initially limit the following foods:
- Tomatoes & eggplants
- Peppers including bell peppers and hot peppers
- Spices such as curries, paprika, and chili powder.
Some of these otherwise Paleo-friendly foods have been shown to be problematic in individuals with autoimmune issues. We recommend you fully remove not only these foods but also all Neolithic foods (grains, breads, potatoes, beans and dairy) for at least a month to see if they pose a problem for you.
It's not a list; but most unprocessed foods will fall within these categories.
Hope this helps!
on August 05, 2011
at 10:35 AM
I put a shopping list on my web site that's a good starting place.
Keep it simple and don't let anyone overcomplicate it for you. It's so easy.
Eat animal proteins (and the fat is fine).
Eat vegetables (green ones are best) but you can also include things like yellow squash, zucchini, cucmbers, etc...
If you are not trying to lose weight then potatoes and winter squashes are fine too because they are nice carbohydrate sources but not bad ones like grain. Eat nuts and seeds (great energy source if eaten in moderation - don't go overboard if you are trying to lose weight. Eat some fruit. Again, not too much if you want to burn a few pounds.
I personally stick with beef, chicken, pork, and ack gag yukk fish + all kinds of green vegetables for 5 days straight. Then for 24+ hours, eat whatever I want...this is when I have my fruits and starches.