More on What is Paleo…

The answer to that certainly varies depending on who you ask, but as far as the Paleo Scoop is concerned, Paleo is just a way of eating and living that maximizes the probability of good health.  The basics:
EAT nourishing, nutrient dense food:  meat (organic and free range is best), seafood, vegetables, eggs, nuts, fruits, fat (such as ghee, coconut oil, beef tallow, duck fat, olive oil),
as much or as little safe starch as works for you (potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice, etc.)
as much or as little full fat dairy as works for you (butter, cheese, cream, yogurt, sour cream)
and dark chocolate of course.
AVOID food that is harmful :
industrial seed and vegetable oils (such as soybean, canola, corn, safflower, peanut oils),
gluten and most grains
refined sugar
highly processed foods
improperly prepared legumes
Everyone is different and what works well for one person may not work so well for another.  Think of paleo as a template (as Chris Kresser would say), not as black and white rules.  Some of the most convincing voices in the Paleo community are people (scientists and not), who have overcome their own serious health issues after traditional medicine has failed them.  Here are some of our favorite quotes about paleo in general:
From “The Perfect Health Diet” by Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet:
“Most people’s diets are deficient in some nutrients, provide an excess of others (often ones that feed pathogens), and rich in toxins.  These dietary errors cause ill health.  Hippocrates, then, was right to declare, “Let food be thy medicine.”  Given the proper diet, the human body has amazing recuperative powers.”
“The premise of “Paleo” diets is that foods hunted and gathered by our Paleolithic (“Old Stone Age”) ancestors represent the healthiest human way of eating, while agriculturally-produced foods may be dangerous to well-being.
There’s solid evidence backing this idea.  Direct evidence for the superiority of Paleolithic diets comes from archaeological studies of ancient skeletons.  These studies tell us that until the modern era, with our reduced rates of infectious disease, the Paleolithic was the healthiest epoch of human history.”
From “Your Personal Paleo Code” by Chris Kresser:
“Like it or not, we humans are animals.  And like all animals, we have a species-appropriate diet and way of life.  When animals eat and live in accordance with the environment to which they’ve adapted, they thrive.”
From Mark’s Daily Apple:
“Our ancestors evolved over millions of years under certain environmental conditions. These conditions (the foods they ate, the amount of sun they got, the sort of movement that was required of them to survive, etc.) shaped their genome. While the world has changed in innumerable ways in the last 10,000 years (for better and worse), the human genome has changed very little and thus only thrives under similar conditions. Simply put, if you want a good future you better listen to the past.”
From Nom Nom Paleo:
“Paleo is really just shorthand for eating real, nourishing foods that don’t wreck our metabolic, digestive, and immune systems.”
“the caveman’s just a mascot.”