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4 Paleo Essentials for a Caveman Diet

The Paleo diet is about downsizing your diet to just meats, leafy greens, nuts, fruits, and veggies powers the body’s performance and helps create the most optimal body composition for agility, athleticism and longevity. You’re stripping your diet of extras and additives and consuming foods that naturally come from the earth to emulate the caveman lifestyle and primitive ways of eating to drive the body with natural fuel. The only types of foods to eat in this diet include meat, fish, poultry, fruits, and vegetables. Foods to avoid include refined sugar, dairy, legumes, and grains, according to U.S. News & World Report.

While you’re prepping those meats, cooking savory meals and replenishing the body with a rainbow of fruits and veggies, you need the right tools. Although Paleo aims to replicate the caveman way of life, you can use sophisticated cutlery and appliances, rather than a club and fire, for making food. As a modern-day hunter and scavenger, you’re going to need a Crock-Pot, hearty appetite, willpower to cut carbs, and the following Paleo essentials:

Wüsthof Knife Set

Cutting meats and chopping vegetables with Wüsthof knives will feel like a dream. The high-carbon-steel blades and keen edges can effortlessly slice into any type of raw or cooked meat. Triple-riveted synthetic handles provide a comfortable grip for secure and balanced handling. Slicing cooked roast into cubes is controlled, and chopping carrots is painless for any Paleo devotee. After using a Wüsthof knife for the first time, you’ll want to slice, chop and cut everything in sight. (Available on Amazon)

Cred: ambergrace via flickr

Cred: ambergrace via flickr

Vitamix Blender

Drink your fruits and veggies as a delicious beverage for breakfast or as an on-the-go snack. As soon as your start reinvigorating your body with fresh green juices, you’ll never crave sugary soda again. This high-powered juicing machine blends and churns all superfood ingredients into a nourishing drink that will drench the body in vitamins and antioxidants. Add kale to your juicing recipe for a boost of nutrition or beets for a unique, sweet flavor. (Available at Macy’s)

Cred: Gauravonomics via Flickr

Cred: Gauravonomics via Flickr

Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator

To cure those hunger pangs in between a green smoothie and chicken fajitas, you’re going to need emergency snacks. Introduce the food dehydrator to your kitchen, and make homemade grass-fed beef jerky and kale chips to nom on in between meals. Paleo addicts, like ThePaleoMom.com, have even used the gadget to make salmon jerky, fruit leather, coconut flour, and sweet potato flour. (Available on Amazon)

Cred: Kale Chips by Well of Health via Flickr

Cred: Kale Chips by Well of Health via Flickr

Enameled Cast Iron Casserole & Skillet

Slow cook pot roast and chicken vegetable stew in a stove-top classic dutch oven, and you’ve cooked dinner for the week. If you’re ridding your body of processed grains and refined sugars, then you might as well rid you kitchen of Teflon and nonstick cookware full of toxins. Eat clean and cook clean by making sausage and bacon stir-fry in a cast iron skillet. Throw on a pair of heat-blocking mitts, heat some coconut oil in the pain and put on your chef’s hat. Visit NomNomPaleo.com for a full guide on cast iron skillets. (Available at Macy’s)

Cred: Photo by J.D. Thomas via Flickr

Cred: Photo by J.D. Thomas via Flickr

By Denise Simons

*Denise is an accomplished home chef with a knack for sauces, tapenades and homemade cocktail mixers.

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