Skip to content

Paleo FAQs

What is the paleo diet?

The Paleo Diet is a return to eating the same foods that were widely eaten in Paleolithic times, aka the Stone Age. Prior to the Agricultural Revolution, most people ate nutrient rich foods like fruits, vegetables, meats, and seafood.

Unlike the typical modern diet, the Paleolithic diet lacked stuff like refined sugars and grains, trans-fats, salt, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods. All of that stuff is bad for you, which is why many people have returned to the paleo diet and the paleo movement continues to build.

Paleo also encourages people to skip Dairy and Grains in favor of more nutritious fruits and vegetables.

What does paleo stand for?

Paleo stands for Paleolithic.

The Paleolithic Age was a prehistoric period of human history distinguished by the development of the most primitive stone tools discovered, and covers roughly 95% of human technological prehistory. It extends from the earliest known use of stone tools, probably by hominins such as australopithecines, 2.6 million years ago, to the end of the Pleistocene around 10,000 BP  (Paleolithic, Wikipedia).

Why is it called the paleo diet?

Paleo is just short for Paleolithic, as covered above.

What is the caveman diet?

Some people refer to the humans from the Stone Age, or Paleolithic Age, as cavemen.

What is the paleo diet plan?

Basically, the Paleo diet plan is to eat fruit, vegetables, meat, and sea food in the same way people in the Stone Age ate those things (aka grass fed meat, wild fish, natural and organic fruits and veggies, etc).

How is the paleo diet different?

The Paleo diet is different than other diets in that it cuts out dairy, grains, and processed foods.

What is paleo food?

I’ve put together a massive list of Paleo Food for you.

Are potatoes paleo?

The simple answer is that sweet potatoes are and white potatoes aren’t.

Now, I should clarify that while white potatoes were around thousands of years ago, they are not part of the Paleo diet for the following reasons; they’re dense carbohydrates, they make your blood sugar fluctuate a lot, they may exacerbate autoimmune conditions, and they are commonly used in unhealthy foods like French Fries, Tater Tots, Hash Browns, etc.

For more information about white potatoes and paleo, check out Are White Potatoes Paleo by Steph at StupidEasyPaleo.

What is Whole30?

Whole30 is a diet plan in which you adhere to a strict diet that is based on Paleo for 30 days. You can find out more at the Whole30 website.

Is the Paleo diet gluten free?

Paleo is inherently gluten free, as it doesn’t allow for whole grains when you follow it strictly.

Can paleo help me lose weight?

Paleo cuts out all processed foods and only allows for the most nutritious foods. If you simply follow Paleo, you will be eating healthier and more nutritiously. Cutting out bad foods that you regularly eat should help you to lose some weight. Eating more nutritious foods will give you more energy to exercise. However, it really is a matter of portion size and balancing food groups, along with some exercise. You can’t just eat steak every night and expect to be healthier.

What are health benefits to paleo?

According to Loren Cordain, PhD.:

“The carbohydrates (unlimited fruits and veggies) in The Paleo Diet are of a low-glycemic index, meaning that they cause slow and limited rises in your blood sugar and insulin levels. Excessive insulin and blood sugar levels are known to promote a cluster of diseases called the Metabolic Syndrome (obesity, hypertension, undesirable blood cholesterol and other blood lipid levels, Type 2 diabetes and gout). The high fiber, protein, and omega-3 fat content of The Paleo Diet will also help to prevent the Metabolic Syndrome.

Because of the unlimited amounts of fruits and veggies permitted on The Paleo Diet, your body will be slightly alkaline – meaning that diseases and disease symptoms of acid/base imbalance (osteoporosis, kidney stones, hypertension, stroke, asthma, insomnia, motion sickness, inner ear ringing, and exercise-induced asthma) will improve.

The high soluble-fiber content of the Paleo Diet will improve most diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, and the high omega-3 fat content will improve most of the “itis” or inflammatory diseases.”

With Paleo, will I get enough calcium without eating Dairy?

Paleo experts contend that health isn’t just based on calcium intake, it needs to consider the balance of intake to calcium excretion. The US has some of the highest calcium intake in the world, yet we also have the highest osteoporosis rates. That is because calcium excretion has to do with the balance of acidic/basic foods in the diet. The Paleo diet provides a balance between acidic and basic foods, which should result in healthy calcium levels in otherwise healthy adults.

With Paleo, will I get enough fiber without whole grains?

Paleo experts say that you get more fiber from the foods in the Paleo diet, like meat, seafood, fruits and veggies than you would from eating whole grains.

With Paleo, doesn’t eating so much meat promote heart disease and high cholesterol?

Recent studies have indicated that high-protein diets are more effective in improving blood cholesterol and other blood lipid levels than are low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. With the Paleo diet, you should try to eat grass fed, free range, or organic meat. You also need to consider serving size.

How expensive is the Paleo Diet?

Readers typically think Paleo is more expensive as it requires buying lots of organic fresh fruits and veggies, along with free range, grass fed meat and wild fish.

However, I think the Paleo Diet could be close to being the same price as your current diet when you consider what you are substituting out.

Instead of buying that one pound bag of chips for $5, you can buy a one pound piece of fruit for $1. That is quite a savings and you are eating healthier. Soda and Alcohol are expensive, and swapping those for water, homemade natural juice, or tea is a huge savings. The only thing that definitely will be more expensive is your expenditure on sea food and meat.