Foods Not Allowed On The Paleo Diet
This is a complete list of foods not allowed on the paleo diet. It’s a sad day when you first have to say goodbye to these foods but, once you start, it’s much easier and you find there are even better paleo substitutes for these foods. The first few weeks might be tough, but if you stick with it over time, it’ll be worth it. We promise. Here’s the ultimate list of foods not allowed on the paleo diet.
|Non-fat dairy creamer||Skim milk||2% milk||Whole milk (sometimes)|
|Dairy spreads||Cream cheese||Powdered milk||Yogurt|
|Pudding||Frozen yogurt||Ice milk||Low fat milk|
|Ice cream||Soft drinks|
Soft drinks, pop, and Coke are packed with sugar and high-fructose corn syrup. NO WAY ON THIS.
|Mountain Dew||Fruit Juices||Grape juice|
|Apple juice||Orange juice||Mango juice|
|Strawberry juice||Starfruit juice|
|Fruit juices are super high in sugar (fructose) and will throw your paleo diet off track. Stay away.|
You should avoid anything that has a grain in it. Yes, anything. If you pretend that grains are the devil, you’ll find it’s much easier to avoid them.
|Oatmeal||Cream of wheat||Corn||Corn syrup|
|High-fructose corn syrup||Wheat||Pancakes||Hash browns|
Don’t know what a legume is? That’s okay because they’re not paleo diet friendly. For the paleo diet, legumes are not on the menu. Sorry. Here are the ones you should avoid.
|All beans||Black beans||Broad beans||Fava beans|
|Garbanzo beans||Horse beans||Kidney beans||Lima beans|
|Mung beans||Adzuki beans||Navy beans||Pinto beans|
|Red beans||Green beans||String beans||White beans|
|Sugar snap peas||Lupins||Peanut butter||Miso|
|All soybean products and derivatives||Any other beans.|
|Black-eyed peas (and, yes, you should also avoid the band)|
Bad news – sweeteners aren’t paleo. All artificial sweeteners are, by definition, artificial and not paleo. If you’d like to sweeten your foods, use honey, maple syrup, or (if you’re really really really in a pinch) Stevia.
If you’re going to eat meat, go ahead and spring for some steak. Stay far away from these non-paleo foods.
|Spam||Hot dogs||Other low-quality meats|
These starchy vegetables are still vegetables, stay away from them due to their high starch content.
|Batata||Butternut squash*||Acorn squash*|
Unfortunately, almost all alcohol does not work with the paleo diet. This includes
|Rum||Vodka||Alcohol and mixers|
These are not good for you and are definitely not approved for our paleo diet food list. Stay far, far away.
|Starbucks Refreshers||Mountain Dew MDX||Vault|
|XS Energy Drink||5-Hour Energy||Alcohol|
Sugar is almost always manufactured and should be avoided on the paleo diet.
This means you’ll need to cut out the delicious but destructive sweets and sugars that are standard in the Standard American Diet. The rule of thumb here is: if it contains a ton of sugar, it’s probably not on the paleo diet friendly. That said, here’s a specific lists of sweets that are not on the paleo diet food list.
|Candy bars||Snickers||Snickers Peanut Butter||Butterfinger|
|Milky Way||Reese’s (NOOOO!)||Payday||M&Ms|
|Nestle Crunch||Almond Joy||Mounds||Reese’s Fast Break|
|Reeses’s Pieces||Twix||Any other refined sugars.|
These overly salty foods fall outside the paleo diet guidelines.
|French fries||Ketchup||not paleo.|