Part of successfully following the Paleo Diet is having the right foods at your disposal. Once youâ€™ve cleaned out your cupboards and gotten rid of anything non-paleo, itâ€™s time to head out to the grocery and stock up.
Stick to the perimeters of the grocery store for most whole foods. Ignore all other aisles â€“ they are notorious for housing all kinds of processed foods that you donâ€™t need. Most importantly, donâ€™t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Youâ€™re just asking for trouble if you do. Fill your belly with a delicious Paleo-friendly meal before heading out to do your shopping.
If you have a chance, start shopping at your local farmerâ€™s market, where you are sure to find the freshest meat and produce around. Not only that, but youâ€™ll also be supporting local farmers. Aside from the farmerâ€™s market, you may want to check out health food stores and specialty food stores for items that are hard to find.
Below is a list of general items that you may need to get you started on the Paleo Diet. Make it a habit to plan your meals for the week and base your grocery list on this menu plan to save yourself some guessing.
Meat: Animal protein such as lean beef, chicken, and game meats. Buy fresh if possible.
Fish: Always buy wild-caught fish over farmed. Bass, cod, flounder and tuna are all excellent choices. Eat canned fish such as tuna very sparingly.
Eggs: Cheap and an excellent source of protein. Eggs are versatile and can be used in a number of dishes.
Vegetables: Most vegetables (especially dark and leafy ones) are permissible on the Paleo Diet. Remember to consume potatoes and sweet potatoes in moderation.
Nuts and Seeds: These are excellent for snacks or can be thrown on salads for extra crunch. Almonds, pecans, walnuts, flax seed, pumpkin seed and sesame seeds are all allowed. Consume in moderation because even though nuts and seeds are good for you, they are high in calories.
Healthy Fats: Oils such as coconut, flax seed and olive oil are excellent for cooking and a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Avocado is also very healthy â€“ make some guacamole and serve with vegetables.
Liquids: Water is the beverage of choice on the Paleo Diet. You should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water per day. Tea and coffee are acceptable in moderation. Almond milk and coconut milk are useful if you like to make smoothies and do some baking.
Sweetener: Sometimes, youâ€™ll need a touch of sweetness in your dishes. Unprocessed honey and stevia serve well for this purpose.
Miscellaneous: As I mentioned earlier, you may find yourself baking some paleo-friendly treats. Ingredients that you may need to include on your list are almond flour, coconut flour, coconut flakes, flax meal, whey protein and a variety of different spices.
Shopping for the Paleo Diet doesnâ€™t have to be a complicated event. If youâ€™re organized and you have a list, youâ€™re way ahead of the game. Just remember to always check food labels if in doubt to make sure it fits the Paleo criteria.