Frequently asked PALEO questions


Short answer: No. It isn’t real food. Whey is also dairy (milk protein).

Does that mean you can’t have it? No. While some Paleo experts, such as Diane Sanfilippo & Robb Wolf, recommend eating real whole foods for pre-workout and post-workout fuel, they understand that some people may need to bend the rules sometimes and that’s ok. It is encouraged in the Paleo community to refuel with real food first like dense protein and healthy carbohydrates instead of protein in powder or non-food forms. Then if you are still feeling like you are not getting enough energy from food and/or if you are an extra hard-hitting athlete that needs extra protein to maintain your muscle mass, or if your goal is to make massive gains then consuming protein in powder/bar form is okay.

There are different qualities of protein powder: grass-fed organic whey protein or egg white protein powder. Here are a few that Diane Sanfilippo has mentioned (these are NOT cheap):

Raw Organic Grass-Fed Whey Protein

Organic Grass-Fed Whey Protein

100% Egg White Protein Powder

100% Organic Egg White Protein

*I personally take Progenex protein powder after workouts to help my muscles recover as I do Crossfit approximately 4-5x per week. I don’t find that it bothers my stomach when I take it and it has helped me make #GAINZ so I have no problem taking it.


Ghee is purified butter (a little different from clarified butter). It is made by boiling butter and removing all the milk solids (lactose, casein, whey). So you get all the healthy fats that butter provides without the possibly harmful effects from the dairy. To see a long explanation of why dairy isn’t Paleo-approved, read The Paleo Mom’s explanation here: http://bit.ly/SZsrNF.

Ghee is commonly used in traditional Indian cuisine. Ghee’s smoke point is also higher than lots of other cooking oils/fats. Its smoke point is the temperature at which the ghee begins to break down glycerol & free fatty acids and turns it into smoke. This also is the point where the nutritional value and taste starts to degrade. You will notice when cooking food in ghee vs. olive oil, for example, you will be able to pan fry your food a lot longer in ghee than with olive oil, where food tends to burn pretty quickly. Ghee’s smoke point is 485 degrees whereas olive oil’s smoke point is 375 degrees.

*My favorite ghee brand is OMGhee!


Main diff is the Primal diet allows for dairy in moderation, preferably raw, grass-fed dairy. The Primal diet also puts a stronger emphasis on health and lifestyle habits (such as sleep, fitness, stress level). It also allows for certain indulgences like red wine, chocolate and coffee. The Paleo diet puts a little more emphasis on leaner cuts of meat.  To read a lot more about this, check out Mark’s Daily Apple: http://bit.ly/17vDpPT.


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