Picking Up Paleo: Let's Talk Basics

In recent months, we here at EAT Club started noticing more and more of our members requesting Paleo meals. As the requests started gaining some steam, so did our curiosity about Paleo. We started looking into it, and wow, is there a lot of info out there! We took the liberty to boil the ocean a bit, and here's what we found.

The Paleo Pyramid from www.balancedbites.com The Paleo Pyramid from www.balancedbites.com

At its most basic, eating Paleo follows the principles of a balanced diet full of veggies and lean protein. But the bigger premise of Paleo is its intent to mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors, which featured:

  • Lean meats
  • Seafood
  • Veggies
  • Natural oils (coconut, olive, etc.)
  • Nuts
  • Fruits

Surprising as it may seem, our ancestors did not eat Twinkies. They also didn't eat much from these food groups:

  • Dairy
  • Grains
  • Legumes
  • Fatty meats
  • Refined sugar

Now, when it comes to Paleo dishes at EAT Club, we're taking a very moderate approach by always including stuff from the top list and sometimes including slight amounts of stuff from the bottom list. For example, you'll find some dishes that feature a super lean protein (herbed chicken with kale), while others have a little more indulgence factor (redwine braised shortrib). Both will keep you on track but feed different needs, something we think any good diet should do. While not all of our Paleo meals will conform to the strictest of Paleo dietary requirements, we do think they give you an option of eating a good, Paleo-friendly meal when you're needing one.

For those most in-the-know about Paleo, are there any basics we missed? Let us know in the comments, or better yet, show us!