The USDA “myPlate” food recommendations are heavily flawed and based primarily on politics rather than science. I thought it would be a good idea to make a “Paleo Plate” that would serve as a simple visual of the Paleo nutritional guidelines.
Please keep in mind that Paleo is highly individualistic, and each person’s “plate” should be slightly different than everyone else’s. But I hope this serves as a good starting point!
The majority of your calories should come from protein – meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, etc. Make sure to choose organic, pasture-raised and as natural as possible.
Vegetables should be the next biggest source of calories (they might beat protein in sheer volume though). Try to eat a wide variety of veggies when they are in season. Try to go for local, organic, or pesticide-free whenever possible.
You should always try to include some healthy fats in your diet, such as avocados, animal fat, ghee, butter, coconut and olive oils.
Lastly, you can have fruits and nuts in moderation, as they make great snacks and curb sugar cravings. However, remember that nuts are high in calories and fruits have a lot of fructose, so don’t get carried away!
Some people may choose to include some types of dairy, while others will avoid it altogether. Other food groups to exclude are: legumes (peas and beans), grains, refined sugars, artificial ingredients, and any kind of junk food.
Most importantly, the Paleo Plate is about eating wholesome, natural, and nutritious food that contributes to healing and thriving. Whether you follow these guidelines or some other ones, eating natural and fresh food is always better for your body than processed junk!