Paleo Diet Cheat Sheet

Below is a shortcut to eating Paleo. The general rules (we know everyone does it differently) are all laid out in a colorful scroll for you to send to your loved ones or keep in your manpurse/purse. Enjoy!


  1. how much is my coffee intake hurting my weight loss goals.. i really cannot do without 2 cups a day..with a dollop of skim milk…also, i made some awesome almond flour choclate chip cookies to satisfy my sweet craving..i am having 2 a nite after that cool? thanks

  2. This is the best and coolest cheat sheet I’ve ever seen about paleo. Very good indeed for people who are just beginners with this lifestyle. Very useful, thank you!

  3. Great cheat sheet, thanks! Do cravings really only last 10 minutes? Mine seem to last much longer, whether I’m craving junk or food that’s good for me.

  4. Ok done paleo cheat sheets say you can hanger peanut butter and popcorn and done say you can’t have any butter, but this list is different, how do we know which list is the real one

    1. Hi Courtney!
      I know it can be confusing…there is a lot of conflicting information on the internet! The Paleo diet eliminates all grains, legumes, and dairy, and minimizes the use of other ingredients. Our chart here is correct, but here is a complete Paleo diet food list for your reference:

      To answer your questions:

      Peanut butter and peanuts in general are not allowed on the Paleo diet, because they are legumes (beans).

      Popcorn is not allowed on Paleo because it is a corn product, which is a grain.

      Butter is technically not allowed on Paleo, because it is dairy. However, many people choose to consume butter and ghee (clarified butter) after they have removed it from their diets for long enough (6+ weeks) to make sure they don’t have a hidden sensitivity to dairy.

      Our meal plans make it a breeze to eat Paleo, and we provide you with shopping lists, recipes and instructions for how to do everything. Here’s a link to our free 2 week meal plan trial –

      I hope this information is helpful!

      In good health,

      Kinsey Jackson, LMP, MS, CNS®

  5. Just curious, what is the purpose of the point system? It’s not like I can redeem them for anything and their value is arbitrary. Please teach me how you use them.
    Do you know of a similar visual for AIP Paleo?
    Thank you!

    1. The point system is a simple way of grading your progress. You are correct that the points are in fact non-redeemable but they can be valuable when you try to evaluate your paleo success.

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