Foods that are not allowed in the Paleo diet, aka Paleo no-go foods
In this chapter, I will address the foods you must avoid if you want to make it through the AP protocol successfully. Below, I have gathered a list of Paleo n0-go foods, and the reasons for their acceptability in the Paleo diet.
Grain has brought forth civilization, the colonization of the entire planet and prosperity to humans. It is, however, a double-edged sword.
Because grain, particularly modernly grown and no longer fermented grain, is anything but healthy. It contains numerous irritants that damage the intestine, immune system and body.
It can, furthermore, cause many problems. You can find out more regarding this particular topic in the article about gluten.
Sugar and sweeteners
For millions of years, people only knew sugar in the form of honey or berries and fruit in summer. Now sugar is very inexpensive and easy to obtain all year round.
One can find it in numerous processed products, such as in baked goods, sweets, sugared drinks and many food items, which do not classify as sweets, include hidden sugars as well.
Sugar damages not only the teeth but also the intestine, the liver and leads to obesity in the long run. More on this under foods that damage the intestines.
Sweets are a special matter, of course, and many people eat them daily. I know that the temptation with chocolate, donuts, ice cream, cookies, and other pastries is great.
However, we should make sweets an exception and only enjoy them in rare cases, on special occasions. Because although they are readily available and tasty, they damage your health in the long term.
Food, beverages & tobacco
Soft drinks and fruit juices
Soft drinks contain artificial additives and sugar. But fruit juices will surprise some readers: They contain no fiber and no significant vitamins.
These concentrated fruit juices are, therefore, nothing more than soft drinks. You’d better trust real fruit and berries and make your own OJ at home.
Humans have enjoyed fermented fruit (wine) for a long time, but only in small quantities. Today, however, alcohol has become part of our daily menu: beer, wine, liqueur.
Alcohol also damages the gut, liver, immune system and health in the long term. A glass of dry red wine every now and then should be fine. But try to avoid alcohol as much as possible.
In a raw state, legumes are inedible and sometimes even very toxic. That should give you the hint that legumes are not suitable for human consumption.
Legumes should germinate and after that process soak in water for a long time, and you should only eat them well boiled and occasionally.
If this is too expensive for you, then it is better to remove legumes from your eating plan. They also don’t have a lot of nutrients to offer.
Dairy products have not been part of human nutrition for a long time, yet. We can see that from the fact that a surprising number of people still suffer from lactose intolerance and milk protein intolerance.
Milk is not as essential a source of calcium for strong bones as most people think. Calcium is also abundant in green vegetables and fish.
Processed food and artificial additives
In addition to avoiding grain and sugar, probably the most important reason why Paleo is so special is that processed foods have no space on the menu.
Whenever a food no longer corresponds to its natural form (apple versus apple tart, chips versus potato) and additives accumulate, it is not suitable for Paleo.
Refined, industrial edible oils and fats
The oils and fats that follow are either artificial or contain chemical additives or fats in an unhealthy combination. You should also avoid these and replace them with healthier oils and fats.
Avoid rapeseed oil, soybean oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, grape seed oil, wheat germ oil, corn oil, palm fat.
Industrially processed meat
This meat is chemically and physically modified in such a way that it no longer has much to do with meat in its natural form.
Especially since it mostly comes from factory farming. Prepare meat yourself, raw and avoid all types of processed meat and sausage (alternative: make sausage yourself).
Avoiding unfavorable and unhealthy foods is also important at Paleo, and, hopefully, you now have a good overview of the foods.
Below follows the article that contains a link to our downloadable PDF with a complete list of permitted foods (foods for Paleo).
Now, it is very much a matter of practice and getting used to which foods play a role at Paleo and which do not. I am sure that you soon will know well which ones belong to the Paleo no-go foods list.
What has not yet been clarified is where the Paleo diet comes from and who came up with the idea of eating like 10,000 years ago. This topic we will talk about in our next article.
I recommend you download the file with the Paleo foods and keep it around until you feel comfortable enough to purchase and eat foods without questioning if they are fit for the Paleo diet, or not.
I truly hope this helps many of you on your path to become healthy again. If you have any questions or need further help and/or advice, please, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m more than happy to assist you.