Ancestral Foods 101

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Sneak peek!  The first Real Nutrition RX free eBook will be released soon.  It includes a 3-step process for starting and consistently following an ancestral diet - without a ton of extra work!  This infographic is one of several that it will include.  Join the newsletter (in the margin) to get first access to this simple system for revolutionizing your health!

Want more on 'paleo pantry' basics?  Check out the following quick primer on ancestral foods.  Remember, you don't need to spend hundreds of dollars on a pantry make-over just to get started.  Here are the BASICS you need to get going, whether you're going it alone or starting a Real Nutrition RX plan:

  • Eliminate: flour

Also known as: white, wheat, cake, or self-rising flour, bran, pancake mix, bread, bread mix, cereals, and baked goods

Purchase: Coconut flour and Almond flour (start with the beige flour and not the brown meal)

  • Eliminate: refined sugar

Also known as: white sugar, brown sugar, syrup, and powdered sugar

Purchase: honey and real maple syrup

  • Eliminate: soy

Also known as: soy sauce, meat substitutes, tofu, tempeh, and soy milk

Purchase: almond and coconut milks (check ingredient labels! Avoid sugar and carrageenan), coconut aminos

  • Eliminate: industrial seed oils

Also known as: vegetable or canola oil, margarine, shortening, butter "substitute", spreads

Purchase: coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, and grass-fed animal fat/lard

  • Eliminate: legumes

Also known as: beans, peanuts, and peanut butter

Purchase: almonds, walnuts, almond butter, and cashew butter (check for no added sugar)

  • Eliminate: dairy proteins (note - you may tolerate some forms of dairy, but I recommend starting out eliminating it, then seeing how you feel once you add it back to an ancestral diet template)

Also known as: milk, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, cream, and butter

Purchase: Ghee, coconut cream, coconut milk, and almond milk

And that's a good starting place!  Of course, there's more to add, and quality is an important issue - stay tuned for more details on that.  Bottom-line, you don't have to be perfect and spend a fortune to change your diet - and your health.  These are some great first steps to take.  Don't forget to join the newsletter and check out our plans for an easy, personalized way to use all your new pantry items!