Food List To Avoid On The Paleo Diet (And Alternatives)

by admin on April 28, 2015

The Paleo diet has never been a new idea, a trend or a fad. The Paleo diet is more of a memory of what our ancestors did before us. The Paleo diet is like the young boy who walks daily through the paths of an ancieFood List To Avoid On The Paleo Diet (And Alternatives)nt forest, takes a new path, gets lost, and he then realizes that the smartest thing to do is to go back to the last place that he knew where he was.

In terms of diet, the last place where our food wasn’t the number 1 cause of death was the paleolithic era. So a clever human continues on using this extremely useful modern technology, but takes a more traditional route with the foods that he/she puts in their mouth.

List Of Foods That Paleo Dieters Shall Avoid

These are foods that we, for the most part, were not adapted to consume through the bulk of our evolutionary development.

There are some exceptions, but these foods should certainly be avoided in the beginning phases of ones healing path. As your gut heals, it becomes more adaptable and tolerable. At this point, your should tailor your diet to your own specific needs.

Lets shall we begin?


GRAINS/LEGUMES- There is evidence that wild grains and legumes were consumed seasonally by paleolithic humans. It is not hard to believe as we were extremely opportunistic foragers. Here is the issue, wild grains and legumes are MUCH different than modern domesticated grains and legumes. Wild versions of wheat had only 2 pairs of chromosomes and a digestible gluten. Modern wheat has been so deeply hybridized, it now has 6 pairs of chromosomes and has developed new forms of gluten which are troublesome for anyone to digest.

Also, eating grains (and other foods) seasonally allowed humans to avoid food sensitivities which comes with eating one food every day of the year.

Alternatives? For flour, coconut flour is the healthiest while still being tolerable to the palate. I always use a balance of coconut, almond and chia seed meal to make sure that any one flour doesn’t overwhelm the recipe. Nuts in moderation is also okay, but not too many! Nuts contain some of the same anti nutrients as grains and legumes, they also contain high amounts of inflammatory omega 6 fats.

DAIRY- Some people digest milk relatively well, but dairy is no walk in the park to digest. Those who can digest the sugar in dairy are called lactase persistent. This means that, into adulthood, their bodies continue to produce the enzyme that breaks down milk sugar. In the paleo era, everyone was lactose intolerant, this was the norm. In reality, lactase persistence, or the ability to consume milk as an adult, is not the norm, but a new abberation of the human body. What is normal in nature is for the mammals to cease milk consumption once they are weaned from their mothers.

An equally troublesome issue for many, myself included, is the sensitivity to the protein in milk called casein. Casein is used to make glue, similar to gluten, so you can see why it is going to be an issue to digest this cleanly.

Alternatives? Coconut milk! Any other nut milk is okay but coconut milk is healthiest since it doesn’t deliver a truckload of inflammatory omega 6 fats.

REFINED SUGAR/FRUIT JUICES- When you remove sugar from the package nature delivers it in, and consume it in large quantities, your body will become a war zone.

Our bodies are designed to slowly unravel sugar from a fibrous package. When machines isolate the sugar and we eat it as a pure pharmaceutical, it immediately enters the blood stream. With blood sugar through the roof, your pancreas will release all the insulin it has at the ready! The insulin transports sugar into the cells, but the problem is, since blood sugar spiked so high, too much insulin was released. Now you have low blood sugar. Guess what you are craving? That’s right, more sugar!

Things to avoid include all fruit juices, refined sugar in all forms, processed foods (all contain sugar and other poisons), conventional soda, energy drinks and other processed snacky foods.

Alternatives? Stevia leaf extract, xylitol (from birch trees) and yacon syrup are all great option. Keep in mind, you will have to get used to their unique sweetnesses. Once you do, you’ll never go back to the dark side!

You can make delicious herbal teas and sweeten them with stevia. If you can’t go without soda, try water kefir sweetened with stevia. It is not only a sweet fizzy refreshment, it is an awesome probiotic!

OVERLY SALTED/PROCESSED FOODS- The biggest issue with processed and overly salted foods is that they taste too yum. Haha, that is how it seems, but really, these foods are designed in labs to over-ride our feelings of satiety. The result? Massive overeating. Refined salt, MSG, corn syrup and other chemicals that increase dopamine spikes in the brain are all ingredients of foods on the dark side that should be avoided.

Alternatives? Just eat whole foods! What is the paleo diet other than a whole food diet? Whole foods, generally will not bring your body out of balance.

BAD OILS- Certain vegetable oils are perhaps the most damaging substance one can introduce into their body. For example, the corn oil you buy at the store is already at least partially rancid. This and others like canola, peanut, soy, safflower and other oils are bleached and deodorized to hide the fact that the fragile polyunsaturated oils are oxidized and rancid.

If you are going to extract the oil for later use, the oil needs to be stable. There is no worse fat than a rancid fat.

Along with being rancid, these oils are extremely high in omega 6 fatty acids, which as mentioned before, is highly inflammatory in the body.

Alternatives? Stable fats safe for cooking include coconut oil. palm oil, lard and ghee. Olive oil is not stable for cooking but is indeed very healthy for consumption as a salad dressing for example.

This is not a complete list, but it will get you started nicely. Remember, the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step!

Now, I need to go do some sparring, I recommend you get busy too, and remember to spend plenty of time in nature!



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