What is the Paleo Diet?
Basically the paleo diet is all about eating healthy, non-processed foods that are easy to digest and free of the many toxins that are prevelant in many foods popular in today’s diet. Here are the basics:
|Okay To Eat||Avoid|
|Lean Meats||Processed Food & Sugars|
|Nuts & Seeds||Starches|
Obviously not everyone follows the exact same parameters, and some people are more strict about things like what meats they eat, or including some starches such as potatoes.
What is the difference between Paleo and Primal?
To answer this question I really like the way the folks over at The Food Lover’s Kitchen describe it. They say “Primal generally refers to Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint way of eating which is very similar to Paleo, but allows some leeway with certain types of dairy and has fewer restrictions on saturated fat intake. Throughout this book, we use “Paleo” and “Primal” as interchangeable terms. Generally speaking, the Paleo Diet is a high protein, moderate fat diet, and the Primal Blueprint is considered to be a high fat, moderate protein diet. Many people who follow this way of eating consider the terms to be one and the same. How ever you personally decide to “title” the ancestral diet that you abide by, both stem from the core principle of eating the foods our bodies were designed to eat: plants and animals”.
There’s a really good article about the difference’s between the two at Mark’s Daily Apple that you should check out!
What diet do I follow?
I am personally closer to the primal side of things if we are getting technical, because I do eat some dairy and am more lenient on things, but honestly sometimes I eat grains as well. Really I think everyone has a little bit of a different twist to the diet and you should go with what works for you! I mostly try to listen to my body and eat things it responds well to and stay away from the things that seem to upset it. My diet also has changed recently due to my increased training load, so I am eating more starchy carbs like sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash.