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Because its a more broad term meaning that we believe in the general principles of eating like our long lost healthy ancestors. There are a lot of variations of paleo but since there really aren't a huge number of us... the general term is sometimes easier to throw around. I usually say Primal, but when I search for others or put it on facebook I'll certainly mention paleo. It's almost like the difference between Vegan and Vegeterianism.
The stance on potatoes is pretty moronic, it's real food, eat it. Don't feel morally superior because you eat sweet potatoes either.
Forget about the labels, it's easy when conversing with other "paleos/primals" to identify yourself as one, but don't confine your eating to just what either thing says, especially when it comes to something that gets a bad rep for no good reason.
This doesn't mean gorge on potatoes, but if you're even remotely active, they can't hurt you. Stay away if you're obese or sedentary I suppose.
I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.
Eventually claim that they eat potatoes and greek yogurt etc etc?
for different people primal/paleo might mean different things. Yes, there are some strict guidelines that define paleo, but also there is a big gray area that is open to experimentation and interpretation.
There is nothing wrong with eating potatoes, depending on your goals ofcourse. If you are trying to lose weight, I would probably stay away from them. If you exercise for hours per day and trying to maintain or even gain weight and your body tolerates them well, then there is nothing wrong with potatoes.
Same with dairy, some people handle it well, seek out good sources of dairy such is raw milk and yogurt and do great eating it.