Wikipedia defines the “Paleolithic Diet” as: “a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various hominid species habitually consumed during the Paleolithic era—a period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture.”
In summary, all food that comes from agriculture, and/or is processed, is not Paleo so no bread, pasta, oats, milk, rice, pulses, soy and our most recent friends: pizza pops, ice cream, corn dogs, and mayonnaise. Ask yourself: “Was this around in cavepeeps time?” If so then it’s probably alright. Don’t be cheeky and phrase it “Would a cavepeep eat this?” because I’m sure if they found a fresh steaming pizza on the floor it would go straight in!!
Wikipedia explains that the Paleolithic diet “consists mainly of fish, grass-fed pasture raised meats, vegetables, fruit, fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.”
Can’t decide what is Paleo, and what isn’t? You can use the following flowchart to decide! (Originally spotted at http://pastortimjacobs.com/2012/07/21/why-i-eat-paleo/ )
When in doubt: