Paleo vs Primal vs Zone: You Choose!

This is my simple-minded attempt at a page of information for those interested in changing their eating habits. I am by no means an expert and have only just compiled information for you to view and study and decide what works best for you.

PALEO:

The paleo diet essentially allows lean meats, fish, veggies, some fruit, tree nuts (not peanuts) and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. This excludes... grains, legumes, white potatoes, dairy, and corn. Think about it this way... the things that are excluded are the food items that people are more often allergic to or just have issues digesting. White potatoes and corn just turn into sugar.

PRIMAL:

The primal plan allows foods like the paleo diet, but includes some dairy. Such as creams, butter, greek yogurts, and some cheese (but don’t go overboard).

ZONE:

This plan is much more rigid. There is weighing and measuring and lots of planning to this one because each meal or snack is in blocks. You have to really lay your meals out ahead of time. This is great for a person who wants to really watch everything they eat and is organized. It does allow for some grains, but some people will choose to do a cross of paleo/zone. This would exclude the grains and only include for the paleo foods. I am honestly not as familiar with this one. I am not organized enough to try it really!

A couple good resources about eating right -

Tips for snacks:

Recipes:

You can find recipes all over the web. Some are great, some just require too much stuff that I don’t keep in my house. I will gather some recipes and post them online for you to try! If you find a favorite, feel free to share with us!

Cookbooks:

More Resource Links

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Shopping affordably (farmers market, coop, bulk)

I realize that when you make this change, you will spend more money. And, while organic and grass-fed are optimal, I know that it isn’t always feasible or affordable.