The Lung-Cleansing Mixture

The lung-cleansing mixture for anyone who has ever smoked or still does.

It’s that time of the year where everyone is making new years resolutions, rather its to stop smoking and get healthy to being a better person. My new years resolution is to get healthy and the first step to that is to quiet smoking.  I have smoked for years and have quiet a few times for a year or two, but I always pick up that bad habit. This new year as my wife and I decide to make a life style change I know I need to quiet for good. This lung-cleansing mixture is a step forward to a better life that I’m willing to try.

When you smoke you get a build up of tar in your lungs and over time that can lead to respiratory infections and cancer. Even if you had quiet smoking months ago the build up is still there. The first step is to quiet smoking. I have wrote a post about flushing nicotine from your body. https://www.theholleyhomestead.com/flush-nicotine-body/

Healthy Benefits

All the ingredients in this drink  have healthy benefits to them. Not only will this mixture clear you of this build it, it will help you in other areas.

Onions:  They have a powerful antioxidant and anticancer properties. Not bad for a vegetable that makes you cry and being concerned about your breath.

Ginger: Its most coming for settling an upset stomach, but it can do so much more. It can help reduce mucus in your lungs which is a build from smoking.

Turmeric: Its high in minerals and vitamins and has anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral properties.

How to make the mixture

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp. of Turmeric
    • 4-5 medium Onions
    • about 2 inches of Ginger Root
    • 2 cups Brown Sugar
    • 4 cups of water

Preparation

  1. Mix the sugar into the water and heat until boiling.
  2. Chop the ginger and onion and add them to the mixture, bring back to a boil.
  3. Add the turmeric and lower the heat to medium.
  4. Heat until there is only half the original amount left.
  5. Strain what’s left into a mason jar.
  6. Let it cool to room temperature then place in the refrigerator.
  7. Consume 2 tbsp. once in the morning and once in the evening, at least 2 hours after a meal.

Smoking is very addictive, but it’s never to late to quiet. It wont be easy but the reward will be worth it in the end.

 

Flush Nicotine from Your Body

Smoking is an addiction and when you smoke nicotine leaves the system only after 48 to 72 hours. How ever I have found a solution that can help flush nicotine from your body.

Cream of Tartar and Orange Juice

What is cream of tartar you say. It is a byproduct of the wine making process, and it effectively helps with the elimination of nicotine from the system. Its inexpensive and provides various benefits, even to non-smokers.

To flush nicotine from your body, mixing it with orange juice can really help a lot. Not only can it flush nicotine from your body it can help you no longer stand the cigarette taste.  The high vitamin C content in the orange juice will also help pull out the nicotine as well as restore the lost vitamin amount.

You should mix 1/2 teaspoon with a medium glass of orange juice, and consume it right before going to bed every night for a month.

Flush Nicotine from Your Body

Life Style Change

Over the past year since we started this blog we have been through some ups and downs. We had our hand in homesteading, lots of chickens, fruit trees, and a nice size garden. But lost it all from temp drops and forgetting to water or dogs and a hurricane ending our chickens lives. We realized that we didn’t have everything together and started to look at ourselves and our marriage. We have neglected  our self and our marriage due to work, kids, and everything else. That’s when it hit us. We needed to make a life style change.

We realized we have gotten out of shape and eating all the wrong stuff. I have picked up smoking again and Juli’s health was going down. We needed to make a life style change for us and that’s when we was giving a chance to make a difference. Brandee Bratton over at  http://www.betterbodybyb.com  has a program we are starting to help better our self. We want to blog about our change  have you follow along the way and hope to maybe help you.

Sure we will slowing get back into homesteading and being self-reliant, but we will being doing it together and being healthier. Over the next few months we will still be adding post about our life and what we life. It can be from DIY to heathy eating and exercise to fashion for the season. It’s what we like and find interesting. So subscribe and follow along.

Maintenance for your Gas Furnace

Gas Furnace Maintenance Guide

 

The basic functions of your heating system dictate the best approach for pre-season inspections. Heaters have three basic aspects that determine their efficiency: the ventilation system, electrical settings and blower mechanics. Maintenance will help keep the cost down over time.

All three play key roles in delivering warm air during the cold months. Heating specialists conduct tune-ups and inspections for a nominal fee, but the main culprits of heat loss and inefficiency are often easy to find yourself. Spend some time with your furnace before the winter season, and catch an expensive flaw before it’s too late. Taking the time to prep your furnace helps ensure that you stay warm all season long.

Check the Ventilation System

Your heater’s ventilation system consists of the ducts, air registers and filters. Start with the largest component of your heating system: the ducts. The ducts run throughout your home, and they are responsible for delivering the heated air in an efficient manner. Visually inspect the ducts, and look for obvious gaps, deteriorating tape and blockages.

Despite its stellar reputation as a fix-all, duct tape is not the best medium for sealing duct joints. Over time, it becomes brittle under the changing temperature and moisture conditions of an expansive ventilation network. Instead of duct tape, it would be wise to seal the joints with metal-backed duct sealers. Additionally, you can also keep the connections tight with metal screws where needed.

Unheated areas, such as basements and attics, place added demands on your ventilation system. Keep the connections as straight as possible in these areas. Add insulation or insulating blankets in drafty areas. Major joints in these areas need at least three metal screws securing the ducts. Dampers that direct and deflect airflow must move freely. Replace rusty ducts right away, and look for unusual moisture from nearby pipes or drains.

Replace Air Filters

Air filters are inexpensive, yet often forgotten factors in heating and air conditioning systems. Dirty filters are easy to replace. Sophisticated filters with allergen and odor traps restrict the airflow more than basic filters, but keep your furnace and the air you breathe free of small duct particles and contaminants. All types of air filters require timely maintenance. Insert the filter with the arrow going toward the furnace. Improperly placed and old, dirty filters make your system work harder and reduce its overall efficiency.

Configure Electrical Settings

The thermostat is the brain behind your heating system. Upgrade old, inefficient thermostats with a new-generation smart control system. Smart thermostats allow you to program custom settings that you set and forget. Few consumers have the time to turn their heating system down each night or during scheduled absences. With a smart thermostat, you can set the temperature based on your schedule, adjust the temperature via a smartphone or tablet and save money on your heating bill.

Even a gas-fired furnace has electrical components. An electrical current delivers the message to your burners or heating elements on a regular basis. A simple inspection with a partner ensures that this basic message is working properly. Have a helper turn the thermostat up to trigger demand to your furnace. Watch the burners or heating elements of your system and listen for start-up. Gas burners ignite, and electrical systems have glowing coils. If you have any hesitations on inspecting this area of your furnace, then you should avoid doing so and call a professional.

Inspect the Blower Motor

A heater’s blower motor is a key player in the air delivery system. A properly functioning blower motor delivers heated air throughout your home. This mechanical component requires a clean workspace.

Start with a visual inspection of your furnace room or area. Look for red flags, such as rust or standing water. Keep dust and debris clear of your furnace, especially the blower motor. Small objects and dirt compromise the motor and fans in your system. Heaters are useless without the blowers that deliver the air. Keep your motor running by keeping your furnace room and case clean.

Winter Heat

Check the power of your blower motor by conducting a manual inspection of the air delivery at the registers. A properly sized motor delivers adequate airflow at all the registers as long as you properly seal the ducts and the dampers are functioning properly. Auxiliary motors supplement large systems and require a bit more effort to inspect; they lie in the major junctions of your duct work.

Check the schematics of your systems to locate the blower motors. Leave wiring problems and motor malfunctions to the experts, but the general health of your blower motor is easy to determine.

A squeaky wheel does indeed require attention. Blower motors require well-lubricated parts. It is best to leave the assembly of your blower motor and lubrication of major parts to the professionals, but obstructions and sticky components are easy to spot. Listen to your blower motor as it starts. Take note of any squeaks or stalls upon start-up. A loud blower motor requires professional attention.

6 Simple Maintenance You Can Do Right Now

Now that you have a better understanding of how your furnace works, let’s take a closer look at a few simple, quick and easy things you can do to ensure that your furnace is ready for the cold months ahead.

  • Change Air FilterChanging out your air filter is something you should do often, not just before the winter months. But, it’s a good idea to change it out before kicking your furnace on. This will help ensure that it does not have to work harder to provide the same level of heat, making it more efficient and saving you more money.


Close Blower Door

We already discussed above why you should check your blower, but you’d be surprised how many people inspect it and then don’t latch the door properly. This can lead to damage to the unit. So, we’d like to take a moment to remind you to make sure the blower door is put back on properly.


Visibly Inspect All Vents In Your Home

Walk around the house and make sure all of the vents are clean and clear. If there are any sort of obstructions in the vents, that area will not receive the proper amount of heat it should.


Remove Fire Hazards & Combustible Items

It’s not unusual for a homeowner to store boxes, clothes and other stuff in the same area as the furnace. Before you kick your furnace on for the season, it would be wise to make sure that all of these items are moved away from the unit. If you are storing anything combustible, such as gas or aerosol products, it would be wise to relocate those items to a completely different area of the house.


Vacuum Dust & Debris

When you are inspecting your furnace, be sure to vacuum all of the dust and debris from inside the unit, as well as around it. Cleaning it at the start of the season is not only a smart thing to do to keep it working properly, it’s also an easy way to save money as this is a common service that an HVAC professional will charge you for.


Buy A Carbon Monoxide Detector

This is not a necessity, but we would definitely recommend it. Carbon monoxide detectors are relatively cheap to buy, and even easier to install. It’s a wise thing to have around your home, just as you have smoke detectors. Experts recommend NOT placing it within 15 ft. of your furnace, however, as it may trigger a false alarm.

When in Doubt, Call a Professional

If you have any doubts about inspecting your furnace or making any of the repairs mentioned above, then it would be wise to stop immediately and call an HVAC professional. It’ll cost a little bit of money to have them come out, but that’s still better than you breaking something and then have to pay more for repairs.

If all else fails, you can always buy a portable space heater or a decorative electric fireplace to help you stay warm and cozy, without paying to heat up the entire house. Or make costly repairs to your furnace.

Heaters require the cooperation of many components to work properly. It is wise to conduct regular inspections of the most important parts of your furnace to keep your electrical bills down during the winter months. Consult with a heating professional for a more thorough inspection every other year. Armed with basic knowledge about your heating system, you can help spot the main causes of heat loss and inefficiency before they become an even bigger  bigger problem.

5 Ways to Keep Your Home Cool for the Summer

Cranking up the air conditioner not only depletes the efficiency of the machine but dramatically boosts your electric bill, too. As you look for ways to beat the heat this summer, here are some quick and easy ways to keep your home cool and keep your costs low.

Reduce and reflect sunlight

Reflecting sunlight can make a sizeable difference when it comes to keeping your house cool. Since sunshine contains ultraviolet radiation and infrared heat that quickly travels through windows, it’s important to reflect that as much of that light away from your home as possible. Here are a few ideas:

  • Close your drapes. Even mesh shades installed over the outside of your windows can block sunlight.
  • Add exterior shades and awnings. Although these refurbishments require a bit of an investment, properly designed awnings can even stay up all winter.
  • Go green with trees and shrubs. Foliage placed in the right spots will allow sunlight in during the winter and block sunlight during the summer.

Insulate outlets and switches

Here’s the problem: thin plastic plates aren’t enough to prevent air from leaking through interior and exterior walls. Luckily, it’s an easy and affordable fix. Pre-cut foam gaskets cost around 10 cents at a home store, and can save you up to 20 percent in energy use. Simply remove the screws from the outlet, fit the gasket over the opening and replace the cover.

Caulk doors and windows

Air leakage wastes as much as 30 percent of the energy used in our homes, with doors and windows being one of the most significant areas of loss. Although insulation is an upfront investment, it will pay for itself quite quickly since it will save you money all year long. Run a bead of caulk along interior and exterior doors and windows to create a seal, minimize airflow and keep your home as cool as possible.

Regularly program your thermostat

Most AC units can be set to a certain temperature while you’re home, asleep or away. A tip of advice: do not maintain a super-cool home when nobody’s there! Programmable thermostats save tons of energy by automatically regulating your home, so you don’t have to worry about your temperature (or your bill) skyrocketing. You can save as much money as 10 percent per year on your bill by simply setting your thermostat back at least 10 percent for eight hours. Try the Honeywell RTH8500D 7-Day Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat

Keep up with general maintenance

It may seem like common sense, but routinely keeping up with air conditioner maintenance can help prolong the life of the device and save you money in the long run. Check out this article https://www.theholleyhomestead.com/maintain-central-air-conditioning-units/ Add the following to your maintenance checklist:

  • Clean condenser coils. Dirty coils can reduce your system’s ability to cool your home, causing the system to run longer.
  • Change your air filters. According to Energy Star, airflow problems can reduce efficiency by as much as 15 percent.
  • Check your refrigerant levels. Too much (or too little) can cause the unit to work less efficiently.

Before you give in to blasting your energy-burning AC, reflect on these cost-effective, easy-to-implement practices to keep your bills down and your home cool – all summer long.

How do you keep your home cool for the summer?




How to Maintain Your Central Air Conditioning Units

Cut your cooling costs considerably with these tips.

There are many behavioral changes you can make to improve the efficiency of your home’s central air conditioning system. Turning on a ceiling fan, which costs little to run, can make you feel up to 4° F cooler. Closing curtains and blinds during the hottest time of day is another easy way to lower the demands on your central AC. While these small tips can add up, you won’t see maximum savings unless the central air conditioning units themselves are running at peak efficiency. The following tips from me will see you through the rest of the cooling season.

Step 1: Conduct Seasonal Checks

As the summer growing season grinds on, shrubs, trees branches, and the like can start to encroach on your central AC’s outdoor unit. That can affect the efficiency of the condenser. Clear debris from around the unit and keep vegetation at least 2 feet away. When you mow around the outside its important to blow the grass clippings away. Rising down the outside unit of dirt and debris will increase the efficiency. It’s also important to clean indoor grills and replace filters on a monthly basis or as needed.

Step 2: Turn Up the Temperature

Raising the thermostat a single degree could shave 3 to 5 percent from your cooling costs. If your home doesn’t have a programmable thermostat like the Honeywell RTH8500D 7-Day Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat , consider making the upgrade. By automatically adjusting temperatures when you’re asleep or away from home, the device can pay for itself in a few short years.

Step 3: Call in the Pros

Once a year, have a licensed professional perform a full inspection on your air conditioning units. This will involve cleaning and flushing the condenser coils, draining the pan and drainage system, vacuuming the blower compartments, and checking the refrigerant and mechanical parts.

It’s also worth asking them to check the ductwork, especially if your cooling bills have been higher than normal. Up to 30 to 40 percent of energy can escape through leaky or uninsulated ducts. And if your home also has forced-air heat that uses the same ductwork, sealing leaks and adding insulation could end up paying for itself in just a few years.

Ready for an Upgrade?

Today’s central AC equipment is much more efficient than it was just 10 years ago. Updating or even replacing a system that’s older than that is another way to curb cooling costs, especially if you choose an Energy Star qualified model.

Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot, BER

Blossom end rot (BER) is when a dark area that looks like rot forms on the bottom end of the fruit (the blossom end). It is a fairly common condition with several possible causes, but it’s usually not a big problem. The first thing you’ll need to do if this happens is to pick and get rid of the affected fruit, which is the bad news. After that, consider what might have been the cause; the good news is that it most likely won’t be a problem for long:

Variety

*Variety: Some plants are resistant to this condition, while Roma tomatoes are notorious for developing BER before the plants are fully mature. Early in the season they may not yet be able to absorb a proper amount of calcium, and blossom end rot is the result. The condition usually corrects itself while you wait it out until the plant matures a bit more. Sometimes people put TUMS or other supplements in the soil to add calcium, happy when it seems to have fixed the problem, when in reality it was the maturing of the plant that took care of it, as maturing enabled the plant to utilize calcium (and other nutrients) already in the soil before any extras were added. Just give it some time.

Watering

*Heavy rain, inconsistent- or over-watering: Too much water dilutes the calcium in the soil, making it hard for plants to absorb it. BER may be the result. Calcium absorption is also difficult if the soil is too dry. You can’t control rain, but watering is easy to adjust.

*PH: If the PH levels of the soil are too low (acidic), there can also be problems with the absorption of calcium. You can easily take a soil sample to a garden center to have it tested; bring in a good cup or so if you do. Testing is easy and pretty cheap.

Fertilizing

*Over fertilizing with nitrogen during the early fruiting stage: Too much nitrogen will cause tomato plants to grow too rapidly, with resulting BER due to an inability to absorb enough calcium. Do you see the pattern here, yet? “…inability to absorb calcium…” I feel like a broken record!

A balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 is convenient to use overall in a vegetable garden, also for tomatoes. These three numbers tell you the ratio between different nutrient in the package. For tomatoes though, the ideal is for the middle and last number to be higher than the first. If there is also calcium added, this would be a bonus. The first number shows nitrogen (N), the middle represents phosphorus (P), and the last one is potassium (K), so you want it to be a little lower in nitrogen.

Tomato-tone Organic Fertilizer – FOR ALL YOUR TOMATOES, 4 lb. bag, which is organic and also contains calcium and other macronutrients, has the N-P-K ratio of 3-4-6.  So, in other words:

3-4-6
=
Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium

Fertilize before planting and also throughout the season, following the instructions of the package.

*Depleted soil: This is not a typically cause of blossom end rot; the fact that people also usually see BER in the early season rather than late, suggests that it’s a nutrient absorption and maturing problem rather than lack of calcium. However, if you really believe the soil lacks nutrients, it is time to reapply fertilizer through the roots to allow the plants to distribute nutrients throughout. Using a fertilizer with calcium before planting, then every few weeks, should help if depletion is the problem.

It may seem like a good idea to use natural resources such as crushed egg shells and the like; however, it takes too long for them to break down and for calcium to become available. If depletion is the problem, you need a quicker fix than that. I would add a manufactured fertilizer with readily available nutrients. This fertilizer by Bonide supplies calcium and is mixed with water before applying, making the nutrients immediately available.

 

Hurricane Season

Are you ready for a Hurricane

Hurricane season begans June 1st, and lasts until November 30th, with the peak between August and October.

Are you ready for a hurricane?

Hurricane Watch vs Hurricane Warning

With a hurricane watch, you have a bit more time to prepare- a watch is issued when the storm is predicted to arrive within 36 hours.  By the time the hurricane warning is issued, you will be fighting for supplies:  hurricane warnings are issued within 24 hours of a the storm’s arrival.

Easy Steps to Prepare

Emergency Kit

Most people already have a number of supplies lying around their house.  The key is to gather them up and make your kit.  Include at least a week’s day supply of the following:

    1. water (one gallon per person per day)  and a way to purify water
    2. food – Include food that is easy to prepare in case you lose power.  Don’t forget comfort food such as chocolate, chips, tea and coffee; special needs foods such as baby formula and food
    3. disposable eating utensils so you don’t need to wash dishes
    4. lighting – plenty of flashlights, batteries, lanterns

  1. cooking backup such as a propane stove
  2. battery powered or crank radio
  3. cash in case debit or credit cards are not working
  4. clean clothes (Wash clothes before the storm hits)
  5. hygiene and personal care items, toilet paper
  6. trash bags
  7. first aid, including prescriptions
  8. pet food and supplies
  9. entertainment that does not require electricity
  10. basic tools in case of fallen branches or minor repairs:  ax, saw, duct tape, rope, plastic tarp

If you are planning to buy a generator, set it up now, or hire an electrician to do it as it takes time to get it ready to use.

Emergency Plans
  • If you have leaky windows or any other maintenance issues, have them fixed or file a maintenance request with your landlord, before the problem gets worse.
  • Get rid of any overgrown trees or branches that could fall on your home in case of high winds.  After a hurricane, tree trimming services charge a lot more than usual rates.
  • Decide ahead of time what you will do in case you have to evacuate.
  • Plan your route out of the city.
  • Create your emergency texting tree and designate your out of state emergency contacts.
  • Make sure your cell phone is charged
  • Create your important documents binder
  • In case of flooding, have an emergency or bug out bag for each person in the family in case you have to evacuate your home.
  • Fill up your gas tank or at least keep it half full
Financial Issues
  • Read your homeowner’s insurance so you know what’s covered.  If you rent, make sure you have renter’s insurance
  • If you own your home and live in a flood plain, consider flood insurance
  • Make a home inventory, including photos or videotape of your possessions
  • Have extra cash in case you need to stay in a hotel

Getting ready before that first hurricane watch comes will alleviate a lot of worries and last minute rushing around.  Do yourself and your family a favor and get ready now.

Million Dollar Spaghetti

This Baked Million Dollar Spaghetti from Dinner, then Dessert is going to be your new go-to spaghetti recipe for sure! It is so creamy with a melted cheese center that gets topped with a delicious meat sauce. Put more cheese on top of that and it ends up tasting like a cross between a baked ziti and a delicious lasagna. The best part is that it’s easy to make and so delicious too.

This is such a delicious dinner recipe that you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried this recipe before today!

If you’re looking for alternative flavor ideas to the classic meat sauce here are some fun options we’ve gone with in the past:

  • Chunks of cooked chicken with a creamy Alfredo sauce (optional you can also toss in frozen peas)
  • Italian sausage instead of ground beef.
  • Roasted vegetables like zucchini, eggplant and red onion in place of meat.
  • Spinach, lemon juice and lemon zest with a creamy Alfredo sauce.
  • Pepperoni, chopped bell peppers, onions and sliced olives in place of meat for a combination pizza flavor

Baked Million Dollar Spaghetti

Baked Million Dollar Spaghetti is creamy with a melty cheese center, topped with meat sauce and extra bubbly cheese. Tastes like a cross between baked ziti and lasagna with half the effort!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Author Dinner, then Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 pound spaghetti , cooked two minutes shy of directions and drained
  • 1 pound ground beef (we love Italian sausage)
  • 1 medium onion , chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic , minced
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper)
  • 6 cups Quick and Easy Marinara Sauce
  • 8 ounces cream cheese , softened
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • parsley , chopped (optional as a garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large skillet add the beef, onions, garlic, salt and pepper into the pan and cook on high.
  3. Once browned, turn off the heat, drain the liquid left in the pan and mix in one cup of the marinara sauce.
  4. Add the cooked spaghetti to the remaining 5 cups of the marinara sauce and toss to combine.
  5. Mix the cream cheese and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese in a bowl.
  6. Add half the pasta/sauce to the bottom of a 9×13 pan.
  7. Add the cream cheese mixture and top with the remaining pasta/sauce mixture.
  8. Add the meat sauce mixture on top of the pasta and top with remaining cup of mozzarella cheese.
  9. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
  10. Uncover and bake for an additional 10 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly

Thinking of Trying the Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet ( The Caveman Diet)

We are thinking about trying something new with the family and the Paleo Diet is what we decided to try. For many reasons we need to change our diet for health reasons and to feel good about ourself. From losing weight to controlling what dyes in food affects us. This is what we have found and going to give it a try.

Paleo Diet Food List

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This is the definitive paleo diet food list. In it, you’ll find a list of the paleo diet meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and oils that are allowed on the paleo diet. You can throw these into any delicious paleo recipe (or make up your own) and be 100% sure that you’re paleo diet compliant :). Let’s get started.

For a quick “do eat” and “don’t eat” primer, see our quick reference guide below.

EAT

  • Grass-fed meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Healthy oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

DON’T EAT

  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes (including peanuts)
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Overly salty foods
  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Candy/junk/processed food

If you have more questions on specific foods, we’ve included a comprehensive list of paleo diet foods below. We’ve provided a list of the foods that are allowed on the paleo diet. We’ve also broken this list down into the specific food groups, so you can see which meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fats are on the paleo diet. In addition to all of that, we’ve also included a comprehensive list of foods not allowed on the paleo diet.

There’s often confusion about what falls where, so we’ve tried to clarify that as much as possible. You can click on the links below to jump directly to whichever section of the food list you’re interested in.

Good luck and happy eating!

Paleo Diet Meats

This is a list of paleo diet meats allowed on the diet. Almost all meats are paleo by definition. Of course, you’ll want to stay away from highly processed meats and meats that are very high in fat (stuff like spam, hot dogs, and other low-quality meats), but if it used to moo, oink, or make some other sound, it’s almost certainly paleo (and, yes, that means you can still have bacon). Here’s the full list of paleo diet meats.

  • Poultry
  • Turkey
  • Chicken breast
  • Pork tenderloin
  • Pork chops
  • Steak
  • Veal
  • Bacon
  • Pork
  • Ground beef
  • Grass-fed beef
  • Chicken
  • Lamb rack
  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Clams
  • Salmon
  • Venison steaks
  • Buffalo
  • New York steak
  • Bison
  • Lamb chops
  • Rabbit
  • Goat
  • Elk
  • Emu
  • Goose
  • Kangaroo
  • Bear (good luck getting this!)
  • Beef jerky
  • Eggs (duck, chicken, or goose)
  • Wild boar
  • Reindeer
  • Turtle
  • Ostrich
  • Pheasant
  • Quail
  • Lean veal
  • Chuck steak
  • Rattlesnake

Paleo Diet Fish

Fish are definitely on the paleo diet and they’re chock full of good stuff like omega-3s as well. If it swims and has fins, it’s definitely paleo diet food list worthy. Have it!

  • Bass
  • Salmon
  • Halibut
  • Mackerel
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Red snapper
  • Shark
  • Sunfish
  • Swordfish
  • Tilapia
  • Trout
  • Walleye

Paleo Diet Seafood

Down in New Orleans and want to have a crawfish boil? Paleo. Swap it out for shrimp? Ditto. Heck, even a stop at Red Lobster is good as long as you stay away from the rolls. Check out all the different seafood you can eat on the paleo diet.

  • Crab
  • Crawfish
  • Crayfish
  • Shrimp
  • Clams
  • Lobster
  • Scallops
  • Oysters

Paleo Diet Vegetables

Almost all vegetables are paleo with some exceptions. Vegetables with a high starch content, such as potatoes and squashes, tend to have low nutritional value in comparison to the amount of starches/carbs/sugars they contain.

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Cabbage
  • Peppers (all kinds)
  • Cauliflower
  • Parsley
  • Eggplant
  • Green onions

Paleo Diet Food List Asparagus

Starchy Vegetables*

These vegetables are quite starchy, so eat them in moderation especially if you’re trying to lose weight.

  • Butternut squash*
  • Acorn squash*
  • Yam*
  • Sweet potato*
  • Beets*

Paleo Diet Oils/Fats

Contrary to popular belief, fat doesn’t make you fat; carbs do (and the Standard American Diet contains a ton of them!). Natural oils and fats are your body’s preferred sources of creating energy, so it’s best to give your body what it’s asking for. The following are some of the best types of paleo diet oils and fats that you can give your body if you’re in need of some additional energy.

  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Macadamia oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Grass-fed butter

 

Paleo Diet Nuts

We love nuts and they are decidedly paleo diet friendly. Be careful though, as cashews are high in fat and, for some reason, it’s incredibly easy to eat an entire jar of them in one sitting (that’s not just us, is it?). If you’re trying to lose weight, limit the amount of nuts you’re consuming. Otherwise, have at it. I mean, you can’t beat a good almond/pecan/walnut mix, can you?

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Walnuts

Paleo Diet Food List Mac Nuts

Please note: peanuts are NOT paleo as they’re not actually a nut. They’re a legume! 

Paleo Diet Fruits**

Fruits are not only delicious, but they’re also great for you. That said, fruits (even paleo-approved ones) contain large amounts of fructose which, while much better than HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup), is still sugar. If you’re looking to lose weight on the paleo diet, you’ll want to cut back on your fruit intake and focus more on the vegetables allowed on the paleo diet. However, feel free to have one to three servings of fruit a day. Check out this list of paleo diet fruits and see if you’re not hungry by the end!

  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Blackberries
  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Mango
  • Lychee
  • Blueberries
  • Grapes
  • Lemon
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Pineapple guava
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Tangerine
  • Figs
  • Oranges
  • Bananas*

Paleo Diet Food List Fruits

*While these starchy foods are great for energy replacement for paleo diet athletes who are spending long periods of time exercising and who need some of the starchier foods to sustain their energy levels, if you’re trying to lose weight on the paleo diet, you’ll want to limit the quantities of these that you’re eating.

**Eat high-sugar fruits in moderation. They’re great for you, but it’s easy to overdo it. Remember, your caveman ancestors didn’t have access to Florida’s orange groves 24/7, so you probably shouldn’t try to eat a bushel of oranges in your next paleo diet meal.

List Of 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.

Dairy

  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Non-fat dairy creamer
  • Skim milk
  • 2% milk
  • Whole milk (sometimes)
  • Dairy spreads
  • Butter – this is debatable in the Paleo community. Some argue that grass-fed butter does have a place in a well-balanced Paleo diet.
  • 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 and are definitely NOT paleo diet friendly.

  • Coke
  • Sprite
  • Pepsi
  • Mountain Dew
  • Etc.

Fruit Juices

Fruit juices are super high in sugar (fructose) and will throw your paleo diet off track. Stay away from these.

  • Apple juice
  • Orange juice
  • Grape juice
  • Strawberry juice
  • Chinola juice
  • Starfruit juice
  • Mango juice

Grains

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.

  • Cereals
  • Bread
  • English muffins
  • Toast
  • Sandwiches
  • Triscuits
  • Wheat Thins
  • Crackers
  • Oatmeal
  • Cream of wheat
  • Corn
  • Corn syrup
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Wheat
  • Pancakes
  • Hash browns
  • Beer (and the world mourned)
  • Pasta
  • Fettuchini
  • Lasagne

Legumes

Don’t know what a legume is? That’s okay because we’ve put together a primer on what legumes are and why, unfortunately, 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
    • String beans
    • White beans
  • Peas
    • Black-eyed peas (and, yes, you should also avoid the band)
    • Chickpeas
    • Snow peas
  • Peanuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Miso
  • Lentils
  • Lupins
  • Mesquite
  • Soybeans
  • All soybean products and derivatives
  • Tofu
  • Caveat – fresh green beans and green peas can be consumed in moderation on the Paleo diet. Compared to other legumes, their phytic acid content is way lower, and these vegetables offer beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Artificial Sweeteners

Bad news – sweeteners aren’t paleo, sweetie. 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 in a pinch) Stevia.

  • Acesulfame potassium
    • ACK
    • Ace K
    • Equal Spoonful (also +aspartame)
    • Sweet One
    • Sunett
  • Aspartame
    • APM
    • AminoSweet (but not in US)
    • Aspartyl-phenylalanine-1-methyl ester
    • Canderel (not in US)
    • Equal Classic
    • NatraTaste Blue
    • NutraSweet
  • Aspartame-acesulfame salt
    • TwinSweet (Europe only)
  • Cyclamate
    • Not in US as per FDA
    • Calcium cyclamate
    • Cologran = cyclamate and saccharin (not in US)
    • Sucaryl
  • Erythritol
    • Sugar alcohol
    • Zerose
    • ZSweet
  • Glycerol
    • Glycerin
    • Glycerine
  • Glycyrrhizin
    • Licorice
  • Hydrogenated starch hydrolysate (HSH)
    • Sugar alcohol
  • Isomalt
    • Sugar alcohol
    • ClearCut Isomalt
    • Decomalt
    • DiabetiSweet (also contains Acesulfame-K)
    • Hydrogenated Isomaltulose
    • Isomaltitol
  • Lactitol
    • Sugar alcohol
  • Maltitol
    • Sugar alcohol
    • Maltitol syrup
    • Maltitol powder
    • Hydrogenated High Maltose Content Glucose Syrup
    • Hydrogenated maltose
    • Lesys
    • MaltiSweet (hard to purchase)
    • SweetPearl
  • Mannitol
    • Sugar alcohol
  • Neotame
  • Polydextrose
    • Sugar alcohol
    • (Derived from glucose and sorbitol)
  • Saccharin
    • Acid saccharin
    • Equal Saccharin
    • Necta Sweet
    • Sodium Saccharin
    • Sweet N Low
    • Sweet Twin
  • Sorbitol
    • Sugar alcohol
    • D-glucitol
    • D-glucitol syrup
  • Steviol glycoside
    • Rebiana
  • Sucralose
    • 1′,4,6′-Trichlorogalactosucrose
    • Trichlorosucrose
    • Equal Sucralose
    • NatraTaste Gold
    • Splenda
  • Tagatose
    • Natrulose
  • Xylitol
    • Sugar alcohol
    • Smart Sweet
    • Xylipure
    • Xylosweet
    • Anything that says “artificial”

Fatty Meats

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 (if you do eat them, eat them in moderation)

Salty Foods

These overly salty foods fall outside the paleo diet guidelines.

  • French fries
  • Ketchup

Snacks

These easy, cheap, and pre-packaged snacks could last years on their own. That means they’re definitely not paleo.

  • Pretzels
  • Chips
  • Triscuits
  • Wheat Thins
  • Cookies
  • SunChips
  • Pastries

Starchy Vegetables

While these starchy vegetables are still vegetables, you’ll want to stay away from them due to their high starch content.

  • Potatoes
  • Yucca
  • Batata
  • Butternut squash*
  • Acorn squash*
  • Yam*
  • Beets*

Paleo Diet Food List

Energy Drinks

These are not good for you and are definitely not approved for our paleo diet food list. Stay far, far away.

  • Red Bull
  • Monster
  • Rockstar
  • Starbucks Refreshers
  • Mountain Dew MDX
  • Vault
  • XS Energy Drink
  • 5-Hour Energy
Alcohol
Unfortunately, almost all alcohol does not work with the paleo diet. Yes, this includes, but isn’t limited to:
  • Beer
  • Whiskey
  • Tequila
  • Rum
  • Vodka
  • Alcohol and mixers
Paleo Diet Food List

Sweets

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. You might want to take a moment to say goodbye to them, before you start your paleo diet journey.

  • Candy bars
  • Snickers
  • Snickers Peanut Butter
  • 100 Grand
  • Butterfinger
  • Milky Way
  • Reese’s (NOOOO!)
  • Payday
  • M&Ms
  • Skittles
  • Red Vines
  • Twizzlers
  • Hershey’s
  • Nestle Crunch
  • Almond Joy
  • Mounds
  • Reese’s Fast Break
  • Reeses’s Pieces
  • Twix
  • Twix Peanut Butter

Any other refined sugars.