Paleo or Whole30: Which one is for you?

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Paleo vs Whole30?

#Paleo, re-created and promoted by Dr. Loren Cordain and #Whole30, created by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, are two awesome nutritional plans, but they are not the same. Learn here which one is best for you!

KEY  SIMILARITY:

THE PREMISE- EAT REAL FOOD

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DietChica’s shirataki casserole pre-cooking
  1. 1. Both diets avoid:  preservatives, sugar, dairy, wheat,  grains and legumes.             2. Both diets what you to: Eat things that are not packed, frozen, canned, or bagged. 3. THEY ARE BOTH LIFESTYLES, NOT JUST DIETS.

DIFFERENCES:

  • WHOLE30 IS A 30-DAY RECONDITIONING PLAN TO RE-LEARN HOW TO EAT FOOD PROPERLY.
  • PALEO IS A DAILY SUBSTITUTION PLAN BASED ON RECREATING THE EATING HABITS OF THE STONE AGE PERIOD 

Whole30: You get 30 days to flush out diet cravings, bad snacking, and bad food choices using their list.Whole30 is a reconditioning plan. Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 10.22.16 AM

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Paleo: you can still eat snacks–as long as you use the allowed list. Paleo is a daily substitution plan

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 Key RULE:

No grains, no legumes, no dairy, no wheat, no sugar

PALEOBOOK
Still looks pretty good to me!

Big difference #1: Salt and Potatoes

#Whole30 now allows potatoes. Not French fries, but potatoes. SALPO

#Paleo does not allow potatoes, or any other starches, because, historically, cavemen would have not eaten them, which is the premise of Paleo.

Salt is another difference. Paleo allows sea salt in the allowed foods list, but Whole30 does not.

Big Difference #2:  Booze

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DietChica’s “Boyfriend Mojito”

Whole30 is a zero alcohol diet.

Part of reconditioning the brain to learn to eat well again includes ridding the body of foreign substances, such as alcohol and other things.

In Paleo, you can drink alcohol, as long as it is alcohol with no sugar added, or distilled from grain.

Rum is allowed. Whiskey, and some kinds of vodka, are not.

Wine is also allowed in Paleo, as long as it is Sauvignon Blanc (driest white), Brut Champagne, or dry red wine.

Keep in mind: Wine spritzers, beer, and mixed drinks are strictly off limits from Paleo.

Big Difference # 3- Snacking and substitutions

Whole30 is a reconditioning program, so you are asked to eat food “as is.” Snacking is not allowed because snacking is eating food assuming that your body is depleted of nutrients.

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The premise of the diet is that, if you are eating the right things all the time, snacking will not even be necessary. Your boy will remain nourished throughout the day.

In Paleo you can eat what you want, and when you want it, as long as you do not deviate from the allowed food list.

Substitutions are essentially what the Paleo diet is about: Substituting fake food with real food, even if it is in the form of a “paleo” chicken nugget.

Big difference #4: Honey!

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In Whole30 sweeteners are not allowed in any form, not even sugar substitutes that claim to be natural.

Fruit juice (natural) can be used as a sweetener.

In the Paleo diet plan, honey is the preferred method for sweetening foods and recipes.

Raw honey, that is.

 

Which plan would work best for you?

Shoot me a line and let me know what u think!

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