Primal Diet Food List

Primal Diet Food List

by laura on January 26, 2012 · 1 comment

primal diet food listMy Adventure, Primal Diet Food List

I am not big on the old cliche’ of New Years resolutions. On the other hand I do find that making changes in my diet is easier to do after the holidays are over.

This year I decided to try something new. The idea had been rolling around for some time. I kept reading about the Primal way of eating. It appeals to me because I tend to prefer a diet heavy in protein and fats. I have also put on some extra weight over the last year or so. My activity level really dropped due to illness and injury. I found that I was eating more carbohydrates and sugar out of boredom and possibly a desire for mood elevation.

So, shortly after the new year began, I started on my Primal diet adventure. So far, it has been the most effortless, craving free,smooth sailing diet that I have ever attempted. I have to say that I am very pleased. I have already dropped 10 lbs and I am feeling great. I suspect that removing the sugar and wheat from my diet has served me well.

More on that later, now lets get down to business and talk about the Primal Diet food list.

Primal Diet Food List, Protein Packed!

The Primal diet food list is low in carbohydrates. Therefore protein takes on a stronger role.  There are many great choices of protein. Some of the most recommended sources of protein in the Primal diet food list are:

  • Bison
  • free range chicken
  • grass fed beef
  • free range turkey
  • deer
  • elk
  • wild salmon
  • shellfish
  • organ meats

As you can see there are many choices of meat based protein in the Primal diet food list. Free range and grass fed meats are very important because grass fed beef for example contains different percentages and kinds of fats than beef that is raised cooped up in a tiny stall eating only grains and corn. This diet of corn and grains creates an unhealthy cow and that translates into meat that will make you sick if you eat it long enough. Grass fed beef, milk, and other dairy products are proven to be higher in vitamins and minerals as well as omega 3 fatty acids.

Free range chicken and wild seafood has also been shown to be higher in healthy fats as well as vitamins and minerals. In my opinion, I am happy to spend a bit more for good free range meats. They are superior in quality and that translates to good health and a huge amount of money saved on healthcare in the long run.

Fruits and Vegetables, Primal Diet Food List

The primal diet food list includes a large variety of fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables should all be fresh, not canned. The fruits that are recommended on the diet tend to be lower sugar type fruits like berries, cherries, and plums to name a few. Here is a list of some of the vegetables that you can eat while following the Primal diet food list plan:

  • kale
  • mustard greens
  • turnip greens
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • salad greens
  • cucumbers
  • carrots
  • celery
  • zucchini
  • artichokes
  • yellow squash
  • onions

The list goes on and on. There are a large variety of fruits and vegetable included in the Primal diet food list. Potatoes are also included in the list but are not recommended for those who are trying to lose weight unless they are very active. Sweet potatoes or yams are recommended over white potatoes because they contain more fiber as well as more vitamins and minerals in most cases. If you do decide to add in potatoes I recommend trying different types of potatoes like purple potatoes for example. Purple potatoes are one of my favorite varities. They are sweet and earthy and they are packed with antioxidants.

I have not consumed a large amount of fruits since beginning to follow the Primal diet food list. While fruits are perfectly healthy and necessary to a balanced diet, they do contain sugars. When I do consume fruit, it is usually berries of some sort because they are high in fiber, high in antioxidants, and low in sugar compared to other fruits. For me, berries are an important part of the Primal diet food list.