THE PALEO DIET & LIFESTYLE
The Paleo and Ketogenic diets are not the same thing, though they share in common the belief that dietary fat is not the main cause of weight gain and diet-related disease. Both diets include higher-than-average amounts of fat, including animal fat, and both completely exclude sugar- and flour-laden processed foods. Because of this, paleo and keto may be considered similar eating patterns.
Paleolithic dietary patterns are based on whole foods that were eaten for most of human history prior to the widespread adoption of agriculture about 10,000 years ago. The Paleo diet is not a "diet" in the traditional sense; rather, it's intended to promote a shift in eating habits for a lifetime. The basics are outlined below.
EAT: Vegetables // Fruits // Nuts & Seeds // Meat, Fowl, Fish and Seafood
AVOID: Sugar // Flour // Industrial seed oils // Packaged or processed food items (things that come in a box or bag in the grocery store, as they are likely to contain the items listed above) // Grains Also AVOID Legumes and Dairy IF they are problematic.
Paleo is an overall approach to healthy living that is not just about diet. It includes being physically active on a regular basis, spending time in the outdoors, getting enough sleep, practicing stress-management techniques, and disconnecting from electronic devices every once in a while. To learn more about Paleo lifestyles check out Paleo Magazine.