After discussions with a friend of mine one day last month about the difference between Paleo and Whole30, we both were a tad confused.
We must have flipped through dozens of articles and information out there, and both decided an ‘all in one place’ reference was greatly needed. There’s a lot of information out there, but so much of it is very confusing!
The Difference Between Paleo and Whole30
I hope this comparison helps for those looking for clarification as well! We did our best in compiling all the information, though not that we aren’t nutritionists or ‘experts’.
What is Paleo? The Paleo diet has been around for quite a few years though picked up a lot of steam in 2014. Many athletes who do CrossFit exercises found that eating the way our ancestors did through the Paleo diet, enhanced their performance.
Mainstream society then started to take notice of this way of eating, but it is more a lifestyle, really. Basically, when eating Paleo, you can eat anything that our caveman ancestors would have had available to them back then.
What is Whole30? Much more recently Whole30 came onto the diet scene. In basic terms, it is the Paleo Vegan diet, or so many have called it. It eliminates out even more foods than Paleo, most specifically dairy, grains, sugars, and alcohol.
How are Paleo & Whole30 Similar?
Both programs focus on clean eating with real food, eliminating anything from your daily diet that has been processed. If it comes in a box or can with ingredients you can’t pronounce, toss it out! Both focus on getting people healthy, not necessarily to lose weight, but that is often an added side effect.
Making the body perform at its best is the primary goal of both programs. They each want to eliminate grains, legumes, and dairy. On Paleo, you can drink tequila, but on Whole30 they recommend steering clear of all alcohol.
How are Paleo & Whole30 Different?
Whole30 doesn’t allow sugar of any kind and Paleo rules out just refined sugar. Paleo suggests only eating grass-fed meat as it is more sustainable and closer to the meat that our ancestors ate. With Whole30, that isn’t as big of a deal.
Lastly, when eating the Paleo-way, they suggest using approved ingredients to recreate your favourite processed foods. Whole30 on the other hand strictly advises against this.
Paleo Food List
You CAN Eat This On Paleo:
- Fish and seafood
You CAN’T Eat This On Paleo:
- Refined Sugar
** Here is an easy to follow Paleo Meal plan.
Whole30 Food List
You CAN Eat This On Whole30:
- Clarified Butter or Ghee
- Fats from nuts, seeds, oils, and fruits
- Fish and seafood
- Some fruit, but not all
You CAN’T Eat This On Whole 30:
- Sugar – real or artificial
Here is an easy to follow Whole30 Meal plan.
Are you following a Paleo or Whole30 eating lifestyle?
I’d love to know your thoughts on this eating plan, and what are some ways that have found which make it easier to follow it.
After all, learning about a program is only half the battle. Then we have to get into the groove of following it.
I have introduced some Paleo meals into our regular routine, many of which I’ve shared here on My Organized Chaos. A few examples of delicious Paleo recipes are: Roasted Maple Cinnamon Butternut Squash, Lemon Pepper Asparagus, and Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast.
Yet it can be especially tricky if not everyone in your household follows the same eating plan.
How do YOU manage this chaos? Let me know in the comments if you have nay favourite recipes that follow either of these meal plans.