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Well, seeing as you asked, what is the difference, you actually first have to define what is Paleo. I am an admitted information junkie and tend to over-research. I have come to the conclusion that Paleo is a framework - depending on what author, or blogger, you are reading, they will have different approaches. So even defining Paleo can be a challenge.
Seems the same goes for Primal - every author has their own take - are legumes OK, just sometimes, never, what about dairy, is it OK if it is raw and grass-fed, and on and on and on.
I felt like I was chasing my tail trying to find a definition of what I was doing - then it occurred to me - why do I care about defining it. My goal is not to be able to describe what I do in one word, my goal is better health.
So I just started by taking what I thought was the most reasonable concepts from the authors, and from others here on SP and incorporating them into my plan. Most of it has worked, some hasn't, I just keep tweaking. My goal is "ever better" and I have given up on labels.
The other thing I have noticed is that it seems everyone is different. Our physiology, our experience, our history are all factors in what works, so what works for me, may not work for anyone else. Ramona is a frequent contributor on this board and she has done a lot research on how the genders seem to respond differently to this nutritional plan.
And on and on it goes - we are an experiment of one.
So my encouragement is to use the framework and figure out what works for you and what doesn't. I would encourage you to do some of the things for at least 21 days (Mark Sisson) or maybe 30 (Whole30) to find out. A little here and a little there is better than not changing at all, but probably won't give you the data about your body that would be useful to deciding what to do long-term.
Here's some of the framework as I understand it.
Eat clean - whole foods when possible, grass-fed beef and dairy, wild-caught salmon, organic or ABF chicken.
Fat is not bad, including sat fat(trans-fat is a frankenfood from which you should run). Processed foods (this includes wheat and grains) and sugars are to be avoided. As are legumes and other grains.
What to eat - lots of raw veggies (limit fruit as fructose spikes insulin), animal protein (eggs, meat and dairy - the latter, if tolerated) and lots of fat. There were some great responses to a recent post on this blog asking about fat - here's the link.
Contrary to Conventional Wisdom (CW), fat does not cause us to get fat. Seems it may be more complex than just one class of nutrients, but that's a topic for another day.
Most followers of Primal/Paleo will find a balance of macro nutrients that work for them. For the last few months I have gotten my calories in these ratios - 60%fat, 25%protein, 15% carbs (almost all from veggies). I have recently been working on getting my fat number up to about 70% and my carbs down to 10% and protein to 20%. So far it seems to be working.
Well, those are my thoughts. Bottom line - you can't do it wrong, just find what works for you and label are only necessary if you are selling something. What's the name of my diet - I just tell people I avoid processed foods and sugars - enough said.
Have a good day - feel free to ask questions and share your stories - we are all learning from one another
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