Paleo Diet Food List

Paleo Diet Food List

Lets start with the shorter version of this paleo diet food list – to give you a general overview.

Want to get right into the nitty gritty? Scroll down to read the  in-depth paleo diet food list.


Eat This


Fish & Seafood




Good Fats 



Don’t Eat This

These categories aren’t mutually exclusive. With processed foods, you often get processing, genetically modified ingredients, bad fats, grains, and artificial sweeteners all in one bite. Five for the price of one!!!

Processed Foods

Genetically Modified Foods

Bad Fats


Artificial Sweeteners

White & Brown Sugar


Dairy – (with some exceptions)


Just a Little!

Natural Sweeteners

Starchy Carbs

Nuts and Seeds


In-Depth Version

The short version of the paleo diet food list simply tells you which foods to eat and which to avoid. But, of course, it’s a bit more complicated than that. For example, under the heading of “meat”, you could have anything from cheap salami loaded with additives and chemicals and produced from beef raised in a factory farming setting to a steak that comes from grassfed beef. Sure, these two products fall under the same heading, but they’re very different.

Let’s take a deeper look at what to eat and what not to eat. Here we go!

Eat This

Meat & Poultry

  • All animals should be raised humanely in appropriate conditions. Beef, goats, sheep – grassfed; poultry and pigs – pastured. Organic is a plus.
  • Try to include organ meats; they’re the most nutritious parts of the animal.


Fish & Seafood

  • Go for fresh, not farmed.
  • Fish roe is especially nutritious.

Meat & Fish Recipes



  • From pastured, free-range chickens.

Egg Recipes



  • Buy organic and local whenever possible.

Vegetable Recipes


  • Buy organic and local whenever possible.
  • You may want to limit fruit intake if you’re trying to lose weight.


Good Fats

  • Organic coconut oil
  • Butter and ghee from grassfed cows
  • Organic, extra-virgin olive oil
  • Lard from pastured pigs
  • Sustainable palm oil
  • Animal fat from humanely raised animals


Don’t Eat This

As mentioned before, these categories aren’t mutually exclusive. A processed food will often contain genetically modified ingredients, bad fats, and artificial sweeteners! Oh, joy!

No Processed Foods

  • No ready meals, no instant anything.
  • No soft drinks/soda/pop/fizzy drinks – whatever you call it in your neck of the woods. Not even diet soda.
  • No boxed cereals, even organic. The extrusion process damages the grains.


No Genetically Modified Foods

  • No products with GMO foods in the ingredient list.
  • Any processed food that has a soy or corn derivative (soybean oil, soy lecithin, high fructose corn syrup, etc.) is very likely GMO.


No Processed Meats

  • No cold cuts, hot dogs, hamburgers, beef jerky, bacon – unless made from pastured meat and all natural ingredients.


No Bad Fats

  • No corn oil, soybean oil, canola oil, margarine, trans fats, vegetable shortening.


No Artificial Sweeteners

  • No sweetener that was cooked up in a lab: In particular, avoid high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, aspartame, agave (agave is not a natural sweetener).


No Grains

  • No grains, including wheat, rye, spelt, barley, etc. – not even whole grain.
  • No wheat pasta, bread, cookies, beer, and cakes (but there are grain-free versions of all of these)
  • No corn. It’s actually a grain
  • No white sugar or brown sugar
  • No legumes
  • No beans
  • No hummus
  • No peanuts. Yup, they’re legumes.


Just a Little

Natural sweeteners

  • Small amounts of raw honey, organic maple syrup, naturally made cane sugar, coconut sugar, rice syrup, molasses, fresh stevia.

Dessert Recipes

Nuts and seeds

  • Either eat small amounts or find out how to prepare them properly to make them more digestible.


It Depends


  • Ghee should agree with pretty much everybody.
  • Butter, ghee, kefir, and yogurt – preferably homemade – and other forms of fermented dairy agree with most people.
  • If you don’t have a dairy sensitivity (and lots of people do), you can buy artisanal cheese made with raw milk and all natural or organic ingredients, but if we’re being technical – paleo proper is a no dairy diet.



  • Some people do better with rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and other starchy root vegetables in their diet, and other feel better and lose weight when they on a very low-carb version of paleo, without these starchy carbs.


Extras You Should Include

Bone Broth

  • Nutritious, delicious, and cheap – the perfect paleo food.

Free Bone Broth Download

Fermented Foods

  • Eating small amounts of fermented foods on a regular basis keep the gut’s ecosystem balanced.

Fermentation Recipes


Want to know even more? Get the Step By Step Paleo Diet Plan. It’s the guidebook that will walk you gradually through the changes.

Paleo Diet Plan











2015 Primal Life Kit

Step By Step Paleo  Guidebook

Paleohacks Cookbook