If you talk to someone who “eats clean” and someone who follows the “Paleo Diet,” you’re going to notice some differences. While both diets aim to cut out the bad stuff – processed foods, refined foods and added sugar; each diet has its own focus.

What is the Paleo Diet?

Basically, the idea of the Paleo Diet is to revert back to the habits of early humans – eating a diet high in healthy fats, protein (in the form of natural, lean, grass-fed meat, as well as eggs, fish and nuts) and fresh fruits and veggies. Our personal trainer Ro (aka Pal-E-Ro) is a great resource for answers about the Paleo way of eating.

What is the Clean Eating?

Clean eating encourages organic and lean meat as well, just not in the same quantity. Like the Paleo diet, clean eating has a lot to do with simplicity. Clean eating allows a wide range of foods and food groups, as long as they are organic, fresh and unrefined.

The Paleo Diet and eating clean both reduce dairy consumption to some degree. While a Paleo diet typically cuts it out completely, people who are eating clean will limit their dairy intake to low-fat in small amounts.

The Paleo diet excludes grains completely, which can be pretty tough to give up for some people. Since there are proven health benefits to whole grains, the sacrifice may not suit everyone. However, for people who have gluten allergies, the Paleo diet is the perfect fit.

If you’re considering a change in diet, it may be easier to start out with simple, clean eating. The Paleo diet restricts a wider variety of food groups so it will be a bigger transition. But both diets are backed with studies on health benefits and we will dive deeper with upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned!