The biggest difference between a gluten free diet and paleo diet is their limitations – or what foods are eliminated from your diet.
With a diet without gluten, you are removing all sources of wheat, barley, rye and triticale. You are removing all sources of gluten from the food that you eat.
With the paleo diet, you eliminate wheat, gluten, and dairy which leaves you with a food that consists of lean meat, organ meats, fish, poultry, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and nuts.
But, it is not necessary to go this route unless that is what you and/or your body needs.
Let me explain…
When should you consider either one?
Eliminating wheat is safe and healthy for you but it can also be a challenge. Gluten and wheat are not always apparent in many of the foods that you eat. It is fairly easy to be wheat free but a little more difficult to be gluten free.
It is important for anyone that suffers from celiac disease, gluten intolerance or gluten sensitivity, wheat intolerance or wheat sensitivity, or wheat allergy to make a change to healthy eating.
A bonus that comes with eating less (or no) wheat is that there is a good possibility that you will lose some of the extra weight that you may be carrying.
The paleo diet is popular with athletes – especially athletes that are into extreme sports. Athletic people need to eat a diet of lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables – that is essentially what paleolithic meals are all about.
But before embarking on this type of healthier eating, you really need to know and understand what your body needs or you could trigger some other problems. Both are excellent ways for healthy eating as long as you follow the guidelines and understand what you are doing.
What got us started on this healthy path was after we read the Wheat Belly book. That was quite an eye opener! I would highly recommend this book to anyone, whether you have digestive problems or not.
There are really two important parts to living a healthy life.
One is taking care with what you put in your body (what you eat). The second is taking care of your overall health. Although they go hand-in-hand, the only way to live well is to take care of your inside and your outside — take care of yourself and your body.