Paleo FAQs

 

So you are still thinking about taking the plunge and going paleo however, you’ve a few nagging questions in your mind.  Trust me,  I know  there is a lot of confusion and conflicting information out there when it comes to the Paleo diet. I mean lets face it with dozens of self-proclaimed experts, and hundreds of interpretations of what it means to eat Paleo, it’s only natural that this would happen.  So here is an attempt to answer and clear-up some of the confusion.

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Q: What makes Paleo different from any other diet?

Paleo, unlike most fad diets, is sustainable over long periods of time and promotes health, well-being and longevity. A lot of diets focus on a specific goal like weight loss, athletic performance or disease management. Unlike those diets, Paleo promotes positive gene expression, hormonal balance, and homeostasis, which lead to ideal general health, well-being, body composition, and athletic performance.

Q: Is Paleo better than Atkins?

For many, the Atkins diet will provide results in the short term, but as far as long-term stability goes the Paleo diet seems to be more effective.  It has a strong focus on bringing your eating back to a simpler time and using high quality ingredients. For that reason, in regards to sustained weight management and health, Paleo comes out on top.

Q: Is Paleo the same as gluten free?

Paleo is inherently gluten-free because it is grain free, and that includes wheat. It’s possible to eat a gluten-free diet that isn’t Paleo, because dairy, legumes, and other foods are gluten-free but not allowed on the Paleo diet.

Q: Can I shop at my local grocery store for the paleo diet or do I need a Whole Foods-esque store?

All you need to eat on the paleo diet is fresh food. Any place that has that will do. You don’t need a GNC, Whole Foods, or Trader Joe’s to eat well. You just need to eat the right foods. The easiest way to get the right food is to stay in the outside lanes of the grocery store. You’ll find most of the fresh food there. The aisles tend to have the processed, sugary, and grain-filled foods you want to avoid.

 Q: Is it gonna be a easy switch to the paleo diet?

 How easy the transition to paleo will be depends. Most people tend to have a “carb crash” the first week. During this time, your body is relearning that it doesn’t have to have carbs 24/7 in order to have energy. If you can survive that carb crash (which isn’t nearly as deadly as it sounds), you’ll probably prefer how you feel when eating paleo, compared to how you felt before.

 Q: If I go out to eat is it going to be difficult to order something and stay strictly on the paleo diet?

It depends on where you go out to eat. Some places are better than others, but the best way is to plan ahead and be prepared. Read this post to find out more about eating out on the paleo diet.

 Q: Can I still drink a beer on the paleo diet?

 Beer is a no-go. However, eating paleo 80-90% of the time and having a beer or two for the big game isn’t going to kill you.

Q: What are the most common foods I can’t eat on the paleo diet?

 The most common food that you’ll stop eating is bread, or, actually, grains of any kind. Also, if you’re straight paleo, you’ll usually cut out dairy – cheese and milk – and any large quantities of fruit. However, if you focus on what you can’t eat, it’s easy to become discouraged. I recommend focusing as much possible on the foods you do get to eat – like bacon, avocado, dark chocolate – and the transition to the paleo diet gets easier and easier.
 

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