By now, you all know that I’m a big supporter of the paleo lifestyle. I’ve experienced the benefits myself, so it’s easy for me to get behind this way of eating. If you’ve done any amount of research into paleo, you’ve no doubt come across the word primal along the way.
Perhaps you’ve heard paleo and primal tossed around interchangeably.
The paleo and primal lifestyles are both based on evolutionary science that states that the diet we westerners are eating nowadays is nothing like what our ancestors ate a hundred thousand years ago. That’s because an agricultural revolution took place roughly ten thousand years ago and we started eating food that our bodies couldn’t digest properly. Both the paleo and primal lifestyles say that if we eat what our ancestors ate, we’ll be healthier.
Similarities between paleo and primal lifestyles include:
• Eating tons of veggies
• Eating lots of protein
• Avoiding grains
• Eliminating gluten
• Doing away with corn
• Avoiding high fructose corn syrup
• Avoiding sugar
• Eliminating processed foods
• Enjoying the occasional wine and beer
• Exercising regularly
While they are very much alike, however, paleo and primal have specific rules that differ for each.
Differences between paleo and primal philosophies include:
• Paleoistas avoid dairy (many making an exception for grass fed butter). Primal folks enjoy raw, fermented dairy once in awhile.
• Some paleo folks avoid saturated fats and limit their intake of fatty meats, eggs (6 per day) and butter. Not me. I eat plenty of butter, grass fed beef and coconut oil! Primal eaters are not afraid of saturated fats, and eggs are enjoyed freely.
• Primal allows fermented soy products and organic edamame, while paleo has its followers avoiding soy.
• Primal allows for occasional intake of legumes, while paleo says no.
There is a lot of information floating around out there regarding what’s primal and what’s paleo. Depending on which “expert” you follow, you may get some contradictory information. In my experience, everyone who eats this way has their own variation of a caveman-like diet and I say that’s fine! The one thing, though, that everyone agrees on is that it’s real food all the time — no pseudo foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce!
To help those who are curious along this path, I created a 30 Day Paleo Challenge (and the brand new Summer version is just getting started!). The Challenge has 30 days of paleo dinners, breakfast, lunch and snack ideas. Plus, we have a private Facebook group where we share tips, answer questions, and help guide you on this new journey! This is perfect for both paleo beginners as well as paleo veterans! Join us here!
Leanne Ely, Your Dinner Diva
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