When Paleo isn’t so paleo

I found this great article by Robb Wolf and I have a feeling it is going to hit home with a few of you!

Paleo is Printed on the Label but…

The Paleo lifestyle is getting BIG and so is the market for ‘’Paleo” convenience foods and snacks.  There are paleo bars, paleo treats, paleo cookies, paleo granola – you name it.  Now granted, I wasn’t around to know for sure but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Paleolithic man did not have the luxury of rolling into 7-11 and grabbing a quick snack.  We’ve got it easy compared to our ancestors and while, for the most part, that’s a good thing it can lead to some major problems.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received food logs that look something like this:

Breakfast: Paleo Pancakes (made with coconut flour), Almond Butter (on top of pancakes), Bacon

Lunch: Salad with chicken, dried cranberries, walnuts and balsamic dressing

Dessert: Paleo cookie

Snack: Coconut water, Paleo energy bar or paleo banana bread, Handful of almonds

Dinner: Steak, Sweet Potato with butter, Broccoli

Dessert: Paleo brownie

Okay, so yep, this person is eating a seemingly paleo friendly diet – but he or she is likely not seeing earth shattering results.  Why?  Well, like they say – “You can paint a turd gold, but it’s still a turd.”  A cookie is always a cookie, a pancake is always a pancake, and sugar (whether it be honey, agave, or coconut nectar/sugar) is still sugar; and the body is going to treat it as such.  Now, don’t get me wrong, ingredients matter too – gluten, dairy, and soy free are important, and it’s perfectly okay to indulge and enjoy a ‘treat’ – sometimes.  The problem comes in justifying a paleo snack or sweet as a daily, totally innocent (like meat and vegetables) food, while expecting to see major body composition and/or health improvements.  Nutrient density matters.  Steak and vegetables are going to do a lot more for you nutritionally than any bar, cookie or ‘healthy’ paleo treat.


Product #1 Product #2
Serving Size 50.7 grams 56 grams
Calories 250 260
Total Fat (grams) 12 g 14 g
Saturated Fat (grams) 9 g 1 g
Cholesterol (mg) 5 mg 0 mg
Sodium (mg) 100 mg 0 mg
Total Carbohydrate (grams) 33 g 30 g
Fiber (grams) 1 g 2 g
Sugar (grams) 24 g 26 g
Protein (grams) 2 g 6 g
Vitamin A (% Daily Value) 0% 0%
Vitamin C (% Daily Value) 0% 0%
Calcium (%Daily Value) 4% 2%
Iron (% Daily Value) 2% 4%

So here’s the take-home message –  80 to 90 percent of the time eat the good stuff: meats, vegetables, good fats, some fresh fruit.  Reserve (paleo or otherwise) pancakes, cookies, bars, etc, for times of indulgence and don’t be fooled by the seemingly innocent appearance of a ‘paleo’ treat.  Gold turds will do you no favors!

** Product #1 = Twix Bar**

**Product #2 = Paleo Cookie**


Read more from Robb Wolf here



About hcfchallenge

The Paleo diet is simple yet remarkably effective for fat loss and halting or preventing a number of degenerative diseases. To reap the benefits of the most effective nutritional strategy known, one need simply build meals from the following: * Lean proteins (ideally) grass fed meat, free range fowl and wild caught fish * Seasonal fruits and vegetables * Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, and coconut oil Our 6 week challenge will help you ease your way into the Paleo Diet. Regardless of your fitness or health goals, you WILL look, feel and perform your best on the Paleo diet. For most people the fact the Paleo diet delivers the best results is enough. Improved blood lipids, weight loss and reduced pain from autoimmunity is proof enough. Many people however are not satisfied with blindly following any recommendations, be they nutrition or exercise related. Some folks like to know WHY they are doing something. Fortunately, the Paleo diet has stood not only the test of time, but also the rigors of scientific scrutiny. View all posts by hcfchallenge

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