Primal and Paleo play in the same playground, but while Paleo folks are making sure the sandbox is gluten and dairy free we are doing back flips off the jungle gym. Simply, Primal is a lifestyle following the primal eating habits, movement patterns and mental aspects of our ancient descendants. Paleo is more focused on the diet of the Paleolithic Period, hence the term Paleo. We incorporate the Paleo diet into the Primal lifestyle, but with some tweaks, which I think makes the diet part easier to follow.
(As taken from www.garytaubes.com/biography) Gary Taubes is an award-winning science and health journalist, and co-founder of the non-profit Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI.org). He is the author of Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It (Knopf, 2011) and Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control and Disease (Knopf, 2007). Taubes is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research, and has won numerous other awards for his journalism. These include the International Health Reporting Award from the Pan American Health Organization and the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Journalism Award, which he won in 1996, 1999 and 2001. (He is the only print journalist to win this award three times.) Taubes graduated from Harvard College in 1977 with an S.B. degree in applied physics, and received an M.S. degree in engineering from Stanford University (1978) and in journalism from Columbia University (1981).
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Recently you have probably heard the term “Primal” used, most often interchangeably with “Paleo.” You might know a little about Paleo, but is it the same as Primal? If not, what are the differences between the two.
Primal – Is based on the Paleo diet, but with some tweaks and philosophical differences. The primary difference is that Primal is not a diet, but a lifestyle. It is the more holistic approach to health encompassing mind, body and sole. Primal is the melding of our ancient ways of eating, movement and engaging in mindfulness.
When it comes to the diet nuances, Primal believes in the primary eating concepts, but allows small amounts of organic preferably raw dairy products. In addition, Primal believes in eating fairly large amounts of saturated fats found in animal meats, dairy products and coconut oil.
What is important to understand is that Primal and Paleo, though not truly interchangeable, definitely play in the same playground. Can you be Paleo and Primal? Absolutely! I believe, though different, they coexist in the same genre and belief of optimal health.