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The 8 Ins and Outs of the Paleo Diet


The term ‘Paleo’ has to be one of the biggest buzz words and diet trends in the health and wellness industry over the last year. It seems to have worked its way into every facet of life, taking it from a diet trend to an entire way of living life. While you’ve probably heard the word plenty of times (because let’s face it, Paleo is EVERYWHERE right now) you may not be familiar with what the diet is actually all about.

The Paleo Diet has earned a bit of a reputation, or even a stigma, sort of the same way the Atkins Diet did between 2003 and 2004. However, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around out there. It’s for this very reason that I want to set the record straight by explaining the ins and outs of the Paleo Diet…

1. Paleo Diet Methodology

First of all let’s go through the many names that get thrown around, but all refer to the same diet: Paleo Diet, Paleolithic Diet, Cave Man Diet, Stone-Age Diet…all of these names refer to the Paleolithic (aka Paleo) Diet. It’s a diet based primarily on the foods that were available to humans in the Paleolithic era of history, also known as the Stone-Age.

The roots of this diet methodology can be traced back to Walter Voegtlin, a Gastroenterologist who wrote the book “The Stone Age Diet” in 1975, or to American Scientist Loren Cordain who’s best-selling books have popularized the diet in recent times. Though the core principles of the diet remain fairly consistent, there is a wide variability in the way the diet is interpreted by those who practice it. This varying interpretation has led to the formation of the term “Paleo-ish” referring to a rough adherence to the original diet principles.

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