Health Paleo By Monica Pullman / June 5, 2017 Share Tweet Pin Share Paleo might seem alien to some and within this guide, we hope to clear up any questions you may have about all things paleo, such as, what foods are permitted within the paleo diet and what food you should be avoiding. This is where we will introduce you to the Paleo Food Pyramid, making things much simpler to understand and giving you a quick overview of what foods are allowed. People are used to trawling the internet, studying books and watching videos, so the paleo food pyramid is an extremely handy tool to have. Let's get stuck in to understand all the ins and outs of this popular new diet and see how the paleo pyramid differs from other food pyramids. What Is The Paleo Diet? The paleo diet is relatively new and so there is some skepticism associated with eating strictly paleo. To follow a paleo diet, your foods should fall into certain categories like no gluten, dairy, soy or preservatives. In short, absolutely nothing processed! The bottom line is, if cavemen were able to forage for it, you can eat it. What Foods Are On The Paleo Pyramid? The paleo food pyramid is just like that food pyramid we all learned growing up, showing the main food groups at the bottom and the foods we should eat less of at the top. Now, contrary to popular beliefs following a paleo diet is actually pretty simple, the main confusion mostly stemming from which foods are allowe. With the paleo food pyramid, that confusion is practically eliminated. The food categories within the pyramid are as followed, beginning with the best foods to eat at the bottom of the pyramid, working up to the foods we should eat far less of.VegetablesFill up on plenty of these for the obvious reasons, vegetables were easily found and foraged for. Including a variety here is key as each different type of vegetable brings its own nutritional values.Pastured Meats, Wild-caught Fish & EggsAnimal meat was a large component of the caveman's diet.FruitsWild figs, grapes and a variety of dates would have been available and are as natural as they come, bringing with them natural sugars for energy, a sweet taste and a whole host of beneficial antioxidants.Nuts, Seeds, Healthy Fats & OilsAgain available to eat and very nutritious, although these are high in fatty acids hence why they are at the top of the pyramid. They are permitted, however don’tt gorge on them.If you’re looking for the next step up from the paleo pyramid than Visit this link and get the Paleo App straight to your phone, also featuring diet plans, recipes and challenges find your inner caveman! What Are The Benefits Of Adopting This Diet? Aside from the fact that by following the paleo food pyramid you will be eating natural, healthy, whole foods, there are actually anti inflammatory benefits from eating all those fruits, vegetables, oils, nuts and seeds. Also, consuming red meat will mean you’re increasing your iron intake, and as this diet is quite high in protein you will be left feeling fuller for longer, sounds great for a diet! The paleo diet is a low carb diet overall, and just eliminating processed foods will substantially reduce your intake of carbohydrates and fuel weight loss. Aside from all the benefits mentioned each individual fruit, lettuce, nut etc will bring their own value to your health, so pick and choose depending on your needs. Who Is This Diet Designed For? This is a great diet for anyone looking to cut out all processed foods, junk foods and are looking to get healthy and gain the benefits we mentioned. However this wouldn’t be a very useful guide if we didn’t mention some of the downfalls, the paleo diet isn't all that suitable for let's say, athletes, and this is due to the restrictions on carbs, so to avoid fatigue etc athletes may want to consider varying this diet slightly. Conclusion There really shouldn’t be many reasons you can't follow the paleo diet and food pyramid or at least use it as a base guide for your dietary choices. After all, it’s the new exciting and popular craze right now, so why not give it a go and you might be surprised! Now, you can impress others and tell decisively what are paleo foods and what definitely are not paleo foods, simply by referring to your Paleo Pyramid.