Shopping List for The Carb Cleanse Program- the best cleanse ever! ( and just pretty smart in general)

So here is a fantastic ABBREVIATED list of food items that are appropriate for year round basic Paleo AND the Cleanse program I offer.  If you know you have allergic reactions or food sensitivities to some items on this list, avoid them.  The first thing you might notice is that there are very few packaged items on the list- YES, the fewer opportunities for additives and processing, the more nutritious the food likely is.


Avoid gluten containing foods, all grains, all legumes, dairy, soy products and proteins, simple and complex sugar foods (breads, GF breads, pastas, GF pasta, rice, bagels, cookies, cakes,crackers, or candies) and any “easy to prepare” boxed foods.  I like to purchase meats and fishes in large quantities on sale and freeze them in smaller portions for later use.  If you decide to try this, you will find a delightful smorgasborg of meaty bites for that awkward Tuesday night when you were too busy to go to the market after work!  My categories are structured a bit different, but you will understand why soon enough!


Green, Leafy Vegetables that grow Above the Ground

  • Arugula
  • Butter lettuce
  • Basil
  • Mint
  • Thyme
  • Cabbage, green or red
  • Broccoli
  • Broccolini or Rabe
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Bok Choy
  • Celery
  • Cilantro
  • Green Onions
  • Kale, dinosaur and lacinto varieties
  • Swiss Chard, rainbow or green
  • Beet Greens
  • Spinach
  • Romaine lettuce

Starchy Roots and Tubers that Grow Under the Ground

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Radishes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Parsnips

Low-Glycemic Fruits 

  • Apple
  • Avocado
  • Wild Blueberries, frozen organic
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cherries, fresh or frozen
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Raspberries
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Strawberries, frozen organic
  • Zucchini

Seeds and Nuts

  • Almonds, soaked overnight and peeled
  • Almond butter
  • Sunflower butter

Animal Protein Sources

  • Wild caught sustainable seafood, frozen or fresh
  • Wild caught sustainable shellfish, frozen or fresh
  • Eggs, pastured organic
  • Bacon, additive free
  • Beef, grass fed is ideal or keep high fat cuts like rib eye and short ribs grass fed and leaner cuts like flank steak conventional
  • Chicken with the skin, either whole or cut in pieces, organic and pastured
  • Lamb, organic and pastured
  • Turkey, organic and pastured
  • Liver, organic chicken, calf or lamb.  Organic  is very important for organ meats.

Fat (not for cooking, except coconut oil)

  • Avocado Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Olives
  • Walnut Oil
  • Flax Oil
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Duck fat
  • Pork fat
  • Ghee

Flavors and Condiments

  • Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Coconut Nectar (natural sweetener)
  • Stevia (natural sweetener)
  • Honey, local and raw unseparated
  • Cacao powder
  • Coconut milk, full fat and canned in non BPH lined cans
  • Almond Flour
  • Mustard
  • Sea salt, celtic, fleur de mer, himalayan
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Almond, Hemp, Walnut Milk, unsweetened