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  • Paleo vs Primal Blueprint

    I was wondering if anyone has tried both Paleo (Robb Wolf) and Primal Blueprint and any observations in regards to energy, general health etc

    Thanks

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    I have read both books. They are very similar. They both adhere to excluding processed foods, sugar, bad carbs and promoting weight training, moving slowly, sprinting/burst activity 1x per week, and sleeping well. One of the main differences I have seen is that Rob Wolff recommends lean cuts of meat more often. I incorporate both of their books into my overall lifestyle and I have had some dramatic results. I was always pretty active but I did too much chronic cardio. In order to fuel all the miles I was logging I needed to consume a lot of starchy carbs. I was constantly crashing at work and needed coffee to be functional. After revamping my diet paleo/primal style my energy levels are really stable and I never crash unless its bed time. I have been primal/paleo for about a year and I don't see myself changing any time soon. On top of that a lot of my allergies, IBS, migraines are gone too.
    "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

    People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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    • #3
      I also believe both are very similar.

      One detail, though : I recovered "taste" thanks to Paleo diet, and now, whenever I don't eat at home, I find meals are too heavily seasoned (salt and pepper) [is it a good thing ? ]
      I hardly ever use salt. Whereas some primal recipes say "salt and pepper to taste".
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      • #4
        Strict Paleo does not permit Dairy, that's the BIG difference. Also Robb reccomends no eggs for folks with auto-immune problems like MS, Lupus etc.. Not sure if he considers Hypothyroid in the AI disease catagory to limit eggs. I sure hope not because I'm Hypo and LOVE eggs!

        I plateued on Primal and when I shifted away from dairy I started to lose weight and change shape for the better again. but it's frackin hard! I love Cheese.
        Last edited by Karma; 12-07-2010, 03:05 PM.

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        • #5
          Paleo is such a HUUUUUUUUGE blanket of ideas that ranges from pretty strict, to almost identical to Primal Blueprint.

          I do agree that Robb's Paleo considers limiting dairy, nightshades, eggs and salt more seriously, but this is all dependent on what a person sees as beneficial for themselves. Both Robb's Paleo and the PB seem to have a "find out what works for you" mentality.

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          • #6
            Yes, they both emphasize the fact that it is more about the lifestyle than anything else. If you know what's good for you, then it's alright
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            • #7
              i think pb is a facet of paleo.

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              • #8
                And let's not forget Grok!

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                • #9
                  I have seen none of Wolf's stuff and I don't consider myself primal because I don't exercise.

                  I started by reading Dr. Kurt Harrises's blog.
                  Started my journey on May 22, 2010:

                  Beginning weight ~180
                  Current weight ~145

                  Nov. 9, 2009........Nov. 9, 2010.....Jun. 17, 2011
                  LDL 155...............LDL 176............LDL 139
                  HDL 39................HDL 66..............HDL 95
                  TGL 154..............TGL 77..............TGL 49

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                  • #10
                    i see primal as a part of paleo too.

                    we have only been doing this for a few weeks, so i can't compare the too, but just looking at the materials, one is far more strict than the other. so, we went with the less strict version. it allowed us to ease in. also, we feel good. it's crazy how quickly primal worked. I literally lost 1/2 inch off my waist in a week, and i wasn't being strict and hadn't really started in on the exercise (his way of doing it; just doing what i do normally). i'm already looking leaner, too, but haven't done the BFP test yet. I'm going to wait another week or two. give it one month. LOL

                    anyway, i think it's all pretty cool, and you just have to figure out what works.

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                    • #11
                      Primal is a part of Paleo. The term 'paleo' wrt a biologically appropriate diet based on that of our paleolithic ancestors was actually coined by Cordain. Wolff has been a proponent and has written a book but....he's just one of the players in a pretty big field.

                      Most will find primal more tolerable over the long term, but it seems likely that the closer we eat to our paleolithic ancestors, the more benefit we will reap...and vice versa. The further away we get from the (a) diet of the environment of evolutionary adaptation, the more health problems we will encounter.

                      K



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                      • #12
                        I have found a combination of the principles to work best for me. I have severe autoimmune disease and find a paleo diet (no dairy, eggs, nightshades, etc) is necessary to alleviate inflammation. However, the increased fat intake encouraged in PB works much better for me. On straight paleo I am always hungry and craving crappy food - the fat in PB promotes normalization of food intake for me.
                        Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                        http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                        • #13
                          Primal = reform
                          paleo = conservative
                          whole9 = orthodox
                          Apathy is tyranny's greatest ally.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Balance View Post
                            I have read both books. They are very similar. They both adhere to excluding processed foods, sugar, bad carbs and promoting weight training, moving slowly, sprinting/burst activity 1x per week, and sleeping well. One of the main differences I have seen is that Rob Wolff recommends lean cuts of meat more often. I incorporate both of their books into my overall lifestyle and I have had some dramatic results. I was always pretty active but I did too much chronic cardio. In order to fuel all the miles I was logging I needed to consume a lot of starchy carbs. I was constantly crashing at work and needed coffee to be functional. After revamping my diet paleo/primal style my energy levels are really stable and I never crash unless its bed time. I have been primal/paleo for about a year and I don't see myself changing any time soon. On top of that a lot of my allergies, IBS, migraines are gone too.
                            From listening to Woff's podcasts / The Paleo Solution book, the recommendation for leaner meats seems to stem from the kind of meat that the average person buys, which is conventional factory farmed meat. He advocates eating much more animal fat if the source of the meat is 100% grass fed. He basically says that he wanted to get the basics across in this first book, for the average joe, rather than getting into the importance of grass-fed meats, etc. and muddling the base message.
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                            • #15
                              The sample menues Rob Wolf recommends aren`t tasty in my opinion. Plus, 217 g of protein for a female seems excessive to me. In one sample menue he recommends 300 g (about 9 ounces) of salmon with cucumber for breakfast. This is just dry and not at all appealing to me. I could not stomach 300 g of pretty much anything in one sitting. The sample menues at the end of the book (I believe for 30 days, don`t remember) are just as boring, too full of protein, no variety of food, adequate amounts of fat missing). I would rather have dinner with Mark...

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