Feb 3rd, 2013
Author: CrossFit CDR
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PALEO AND STRUCTURED PALEO?
You don’t have to be at CDR long to hear the words “paleo” and “Structured Paleo” being tossed around. You’ve probably even seen references to paleo in the popular media recently. But what is Structured Paleo, and how is it different from paleo? Paleo refers to eating meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. From there, experts disagree on the finer points, such as lean meats versus fatty meat. Often referred to as the caveman diet, there is usually an emphasis on eating lots of meat.
Over the last few years of eating and teaching paleo, we’ve learned a few things. We refer to our unique approach to paleo as Structured Paleo. We’ve found that by starting with specific proportions of meat, vegetables, and fat, we can ease some of the nasty transition symptoms commonly associated with starting a paleo lifestyle (headaches, moodiness, fatigue, forgetfulness). Calling for specific amounts of vegetables, including dark leafy greens, ensures that carb levels are higher than traditional approaches to paleo. And recommending two to three sources of fat per meal helps keep you full and satisfied. Energy levels increase sooner and cravings subside within 30 days. When the structured approach is followed, we see amazing results without the hunger and deprivation common with dieting. Structured paleo can set up good habits that can be maintained as a long term approach to healthy eating while still having opportunities to enjoy non-paleo foods.
If you haven’t already, check out Paleo Thrive at CrossFit CDR Redlands on Facebook for Structured Paleo recipes, advice and ideas.
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