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Paleo vs Primal vs Zone: You Choose!

We have compiled the information below about Paleo, Primal, and Zone. You can read, research, and decide for yourself what is best for you. This is our simple-minded attempt at a page of information for those interested in changing their eating habits. We are by no means experts and have only just compiled information for you to view and study, and decide what works best for you. Feel free to ask any of the coaches for more information.


The paleo diet essentially allows lean meats, fish, veggies, some fruit, tree nuts (not peanuts) and seeds, little starch, and no sugar. This excludes…grains, legumes, white potatoes, dairy, and corn. Think about it this way… the things that are excluded are the food items that people are more often allergic to or just have issues digesting. White potatoes and corn just turn into sugar.

1. The Beginner’s Guide to the Paleo Diet

2. The Paleo Diet -


The primal plan allows foods like the paleo diet, but includes some dairy. Such as creams, butter, Greek yogurts, and some cheese (but don’t go overboard).

1. The Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan -

2. Getting Started with Mark’s Daily Apple -


This plan is much more rigid. There is weighing and measuring and lots of planning to this one because each meal or snack is in blocks. You have to really lay your meals out ahead of time. This is great for a person who really wants to watch everything they eat and is organized. It does allow for some grains, but some people will choose to do a cross of paleo/zone. This would exclude the grains and only include for the paleo foods. I am honestly not as familiar with this one. I am not organized enough to try it really!

1. Zone Diet Explained -

2. Zone Diet Meal Plans -


A couple of good resources about eating right:

1. The last days of the low-fat diet -

2. YouTube Video – Mind your Mitochondria


Tips for snacks:




4. Just a note – if you are a Costco member, they do have a large containers of almond butter for under $6.

5. Paleo People - - you can order snacks online (I haven’t personally tried it, but let me know if you do).


You can find recipes all over the web. Some are great, some just require too much stuff that I don’t keep in my house. I will gather some recipes and post them online for you to try! If you find a favorite, feel free to share with us!


1. Primal Blueprint Cookbook -

2. Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals -

3. Paleo Comfort Foods –

4. Everyday Paleo – another common one used by a lot of people (she also has a great blog) -

5. Paleo Food – online cookbook -

CrossFit’s Prescription for Eating Right

Eat lean meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar. Keep intake to levels that will support exercise but not body fat.

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