What’s wrong with the paleo movement?

What's wrong with the paleo movement

As a certified Primal Health Coach and paleo advocate for almost 5 years, I live and breathe the paleo world. That being said, I have my concerns.

There’s one question I see asked over and over again that I believe completely misses the mark of what the paleo movement should be about…

Is _____ paleo compliant?

That’s not the point.

It’s not about strict rules and rigid guidelines. There are many shades of paleo and many definitions. People who start the paleo diet are often confused because there isn’t a consensus on a variety of foods (such as dairy, white potatoes, coffee, etc.). When it comes to diet, many like rigid rules. They want to know what to eat and what not to eat. Unfortunately, biology is a lot more complicated than that.

The reason there’s so much confusion is that the paleo diet is only a concept and isn’t about whether a caveman physically ate something or not. Taking a look at what our ancestors ate provides us instruction on what to eat, it’s not a definitive script. It points us in the right direction as to what is likely to contribute positively to our health and what is likely to be harmful. However, we are all unique individuals with unique biology.

For instance, healthy fats contribute positively to most people’s diets but some individuals have a hard time tolerating them. Dairy can be a great addition for many people but it also wreaks havoc on the health of others. What works for one person might not work for another. We are all different and we should all have our own paleo template to eat by.

Often times people focus so much on the details that they miss the bigger picture. The question shouldn’t be, Is _____ paleo compliant? It should be…

Will _____ contribute to my optimal health?

If it doesn’t contribute to your optimal health, it should be consumed sparingly. The nitpicking and rules get in the way of people achieving their health goals.

Let’s get rid of the rules and start asking the right questions.

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By |2017-12-20T20:00:25+00:00December 20th, 2017|Nourish|7 Comments

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Hi, I'm Ania. I'm a natural living, primal advocating mom of a crazy toddler.


  1. Angela @Paleomomoftwo December 20, 2017 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    Love!! <3 This is a very positive way of looking at the Paleo 'diet.' I live, breathe, and preach Paleo but I find myself enjoying a glass of wine or two… hell, maybe three some nights! No, it's not Paleo but I like to think it contributes to my optimal health. 😉

  2. Nick December 28, 2017 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Well said! After years of paleo, this is what I have found to work best also.

  3. Vian January 1, 2018 at 2:54 pm - Reply

    This is such a good post!! Love your views 🙏🏻

  4. Patti January 2, 2018 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Great post! My husband and I were just discussing the merits of a paleo diet when I saw your post! Thanks!

  5. Shelby @Fitasamamabear January 2, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    I like this view! It depends so much on what works for your lifestyle,sanity and health!

  6. Denise January 2, 2018 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Well said! As an advocate of and real food blogger, I appreciate how you steered the often debatable niche food issues. I get the same questions regarding the Whole30.

    Thanks for the insight.

  7. Jennifer February 10, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    I absolutely love this article. This is why my tagline is “Discover your shade of paleo”. There isn’t a one size fit’s all approach, nor should there be. Thank you for saying this!

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