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    Confused!

    I have read so much about Paleo and read this forum daily. I don't understand the inconsistencies that keep showing up. For instance, according to the PaleoDietFoodList, plain full fat yogurt, cassava, cashews and sweet potatoes are not allowed. Then why do they show up in the Paleo recipes? I'm not trying to lose weight - just want to eat healthier. What gives?

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    those things are allowed on primal.

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    Paleo and primal are two different things.

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    oh yes that too.
    paleo is much stricter, ie no dairy, and says to have leaner meat generally. Primal allows dairy, and fattier cuts of meats are suggested (if grassfed/hormone free).

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    Paleo is strict no sugar, no dairy, lean cuts only. Primal is its more relaxed little brother in that it allows dairy and fatty cuts of meat.

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    OP, I think the the two terms just get intermingled, even though they are different in what is and is not accepted. People make exceptions on both plans. Paleo is much more stricter.

    This thought below has always buggd me. Can you help clarify?

    Correct me if I am wrong here with my thinking. With Primal, grass fed is the first choice. Mark says if one must buy grain fed meat buy leaner cuts. Grass fed meat is leaner ~ 25% and has a higher O6/O3 nutritional value. Grain fed is fattier and if you are going to buy this cut then buy leaner cuts. I know this is partly stated because the fat in meats is where the toxins are held, and that the O6/O3 ratio is lower. So, to me primal meats that are grassfed or pastured raised are leaner naturally. Sometimes, I think there is an excess in the amount of fats Primal eaters really need to eat. I get adding a slice a butter to grass fed, but not tons of fat when grain fed meat has a ring of 1/2"-1" of fat.

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    No the point about that is that nasties are fat soluble, so if you buy just ordinary meat, then cut away the fat.

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    There are a lot of kinds of paleo too, some of which are higher fat than others. Cordain-style paleo is lean meats, but Robb Wolf is macronutrient agnostic. Paleo pretty much always excludes dairy, and some people also exclude nightshades. I consider myself more paleo than primal mostly because I avoid dairy (except butter, which is generally accepted as okay).

    Also, in my experience, a lot of paleo folks are actually less fearful of natural sweeteners and fruit than I find many primal people are on MDA, but again, that's not consistent and you will meet VLC/ZC paleo types.

    Basically, there's a wide range in the ancestral diet world, and you'll encounter a lot of debate. The main theme is to eat real food, avoid things like grains and legumes (or in some cases only eat if traditionally prepared), and steer clear of stuff like refined sugar and industrial seed oils.
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    From what I understand, the Paleo diet is not just one specific diet; there are dozens, if not hundreds of versions of it that can range from strictly raw meat and animal fat to soaking beans and grains for 30+ days. Primal Blueprint just happens to one version of a Paleo diet. It's important to remember that there are no absolutes in the Paleo diet other than avoid highly processed nutritionally-void foodstuff, poorly farmed meats, and known toxins/allergies, and anyone who claims to know the absolute perfect diet, and know exactly what prehistoric man ate on a daily basis is full of it. All we know is that they didn't eat modern-day processed junk food, everything else varies by climate, terrain, and geographic location. There is no right or wrong, there's only right and wrong for you and your health.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmodell View Post
    I have read so much about Paleo and read this forum daily. I don't understand the inconsistencies that keep showing up. For instance, according to the PaleoDietFoodList, plain full fat yogurt, cassava, cashews and sweet potatoes are not allowed. Then why do they show up in the Paleo recipes? I'm not trying to lose weight - just want to eat healthier. What gives?
    Measure your own blood sugar response to the various foods and it'll be more clear for yourself.

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