What is Primal?

Primal eating isn’t a million miles away from Paleo nutrition – both follow a lower carbohydrate (by avoiding grains), higher (good) fat, better quality protein lifestyle with vegetables as the main nutritional base.

I’m more Primal than Paleo because it makes (slightly more) sense to me, is very well backed by extensive research, and ultimately it suits my body’s needs better.

There are differences: if you follow a Primal lifestyle for example, you can:

eat full fat dairy products, in moderation

use butter and coconut oil (not so popular with Paleo)

have unlimited eggs (restricted under Paleo)

only use alternative sweeteners in moderation 

consume small amounts of alcohol (primarily organic or biodynamic red wine)

For more on following a Primal lifestyle, you should start by visiting Mark Sisson’s website, Mark’s Daily Apple or head over to the Directory page and take a look at the Clean Living Experts page.

As a rough starter for ten, here’s a list of foods to eat and foods to avoid if you want to follow a Primal lifestyle:

You should eat:

  • Meat (grass-fed & pastured) – particularly game & organ meat
    Fish & Shellfish (wild-caught)
    Vegetables (NB: potatoes, wild rice, sweet potatoes, yams in moderation)
    Fruit (berries – plentiful. Other fruits in moderation)
    Dark chocolate (in moderation)
    Nuts & Seeds (in moderation)
    Full-fat cheese, cream & yoghurt (in moderation)
    Healthy fats/oils – Avocado Oil, Macadamia Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Butter, Ghee, Lard & Tallow
    Raw honey (in moderation)
    Coffee (in moderation)

  • You should avoid:

Processed food
Grains – all grains except except Quinoa and Wild Rice (in moderation)
Legumes – lentils, beans, peanuts
Refined sugar
Alcohol (except the odd glass of red wine)

You can get a more comprehensive, printable list in our FREE Paleo transition programme download - check it out!

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