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What's the difference between Primal, Caveman and Paleo?

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Created February 12, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Sorry if I sound ignorant, but would like to know your view on it. Me an my gym buddies can't seem to agree. Is it lifestyle or food related? Thanks a lot.

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just a quick note. (1) Dairy is a primal "gray" area which is left up to each person to figure out what works best for them; (2) That overview uses Cordain's "The Paleo Diet" as the basis for Mark's assumptions. Cordain's diet is not what most of the people in the paleo community consider "paleo"

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unfortunately it is trademarked: http://paleohacks.com/questions/170574/what-do-you-think-of-loren-cordain-trademarking-the-paleo-diet/170580#170580

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The terms paleo and caveman are usually used interchangeably. Primal is a variation of paleo which permits food groups like dairy.

Here is an overview from Mark Sisson: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/whats-the-difference-between-primal-and-paleo/#axzz2Kgu4Gelw

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on February 12, 2013
at 02:02 PM

just a quick note. (1) Dairy is a primal "gray" area which is left up to each person to figure out what works best for them; (2) That overview uses Cordain's "The Paleo Diet" as the basis for Mark's assumptions. Cordain's diet is not what most of the people in the paleo community consider "paleo"

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on February 12, 2013
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I think that Primal is Mark Sisson's trademark.

Caveman does not exist, only journalists refer to it as the caveman diet.

Paleo is, so far, a non-trademarked term for the diet.

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on February 12, 2013
at 01:58 PM

unfortunately it is trademarked: http://paleohacks.com/questions/170574/what-do-you-think-of-loren-cordain-trademarking-the-paleo-diet/170580#170580

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on February 12, 2013
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i always thought they were the same thing. i don't get into labels but for people to understand my diet, i just say i eat a lot of meat and a little fruits/veggies and some dairy.

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