Ever wondered how Beyond Diet compares with the paleo diet? I've taken a closer look at the popular diet to give you the straight scoop on what it does well and where our philosophies differ.
The Paleo Diet
What It Is: In a nutshell, dieters limit their meals to foods generally available 10,000 years ago.
- Emphasis on natural, whole foods, similar to how our ancestors ate
- Eliminates sugar, refined salt, preservatives and all processed foods
- No dairy, wheat or gluten
This diet is basically a call to eat only foods that would have been available to people living 10,000 years ago. Since paleo-people were hunters and gatherers, this means a diet comprised primarily of meats, healthy fats, and most vegetables and fruits (but not all). Focusing your food choices on real food, grown by mother nature, is always a good thing.
But even with its greatest benefit being its emphasis on real wholesome food, the restrictive nature of the Paleo approach may make following a healthy eating plan a bit challenging for some people (not to mention, a bit of a turnoff as well).
In my opinion, if you are effectively balancing your meals with good proteins and fats, there's really no reason not to include healthy grains (rice, quinoa, millet) in moderation. If you find that your body tolerates dairy well, there's no reason to completely skip out on raw cheese or organic yogurt either.
For a lot of people, being so restrictive can be a bit of a turn-off and make healthy eating seem to difficult. Creating a plan that makes you feel great and sets you up for long term success is really the goal.
The Paleo diet also offers quite a challenge for vegetarians, who need to rely a bit more heavily on beans to ensure they are eating adequate amounts of protein each day. Beans can be a wonderful food choice, especially if they are sprouted.
Bottom Line: The advice this book offers on what is acceptable is fantastic. Go with it - but don't be afraid of healthy whole grains, legumes, and raw dairy products just because they weren't available to Fred Flintstone.