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Is whey protein OK for a Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans.

whey protein and paleo

For many people, the number one goal of a “diet” (diet being an individuals healthy way of eating/meal planning) is to maintain a healthy body, free of disease, and one that runs as clean and efficiently as possible. For many people, eating a Paleolithic (Paleo) Diet is one that works for their body, and their nutritional needs. The Paleo Diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans (some 15,000 years ago). The diet consists mainly of meat (fish, red meat, chicken, pork), fungi, roots, and nuts, and excludes what are perceived to be agricultural products; grains, legumes, dairy products, potatoes, refined salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

"The Paleo Diet is a modern nutritional plan based on the presumed diet of Paleolithic humans"

One of the best things about the Paleo Diet is that you are encouraged to eat REAL food that has not been processed, nor has any man made ingredients in them. When the body is given REAL FOOD, proper sleep, and regular exercise, the risk of disease is greatly decreased, and ones physical (and mental) state is most likely to run at an optimal level.

But what does one do when they are following the Paleo Diet, and REAL FOOD options are not an option? Would grabbing a processed piece of lunch meat to snack on be an ok option? The answer would be no, but at the same time, one might say that grabbing a nutritious, whey protein smoothie would not be ideal either because of the fact that whey protein is made from a dairy product. For anyone (from elite athlete to weekend warrior) the ultimate goal when fueling (and supplementing) your body is to give it highly nutritious, natural products as often as possible-and with Bare Blends natural proteins and super food products, there is now a range that will compliment your REAL FOOD program, to help achieve optimum nutrition and health. Have a read what the girls at Paleoish Princesses say about our whey protein isolate powders.

Primal Junction & Bare Blends

At Bare Blends, we work with a wide range of fitness and nutritional professionals, and recently, when the question of whey protein for someone on the Paleo Diet came up, we reached out to Lizzy Marsh and the team at Primal Junction to see what is being prescribed to those following this diet.

whey protein and paleo

“At Primal Junction, we focus on working with our clients and athletes to assess their lifestyle, with a particular focus on nutrition, inflammation, stress and hormonal health. We’ve realized that it’s not just about the foods you eat (although extremely important), but it’s also about the balance between yin and yang, and those underlying elements that stop us from loving life”.

“When it comes to nutrition, we promote a real-food approach that will vary for every individual, depending on their health, body composition and performance goals. We focus on reducing inflammatory foods like grains, sugar and (in general) dairy products - but we understand that for some athletes, a strict Paleo diet in not always the only answer. Compared to our ancestors, many members of our community are training at higher intensities, and much more frequently. It is often critical for these individuals to ensure that they are achieving proper post-workout nutrition and recovery to be able to perform well at work and back up their next gym or endurance session. For some of us, a busy schedule and minimal time means that a completely whole-food based diet that provides sufficient macro-nutrients and sufficient calories can be difficult to achieve. A clean protein powder can be a helpful addition to get a post-workout refuel that is based around eliminating toxins and poor quality foods applies to supplements. These are concentrated food sources - high quality sources are essential”.

" Our favourite Bare Blends products to recommend to our clients is the Whey Protein Isolate (wpi) range - it has very little lactose and no chemical fillers. "

Bare Blends protein has a much shorter ingredients list than most, and we love that we are supporting an Australian company that holds sustainability and community high among their values. Their Bare Greens and Bare Berries have also been popular for both recreational and elite athletes to bring more alkalinity and balance to an often acidic and stressful lifestyle. When REAL food is not an option, or one is needing to up their nutrition for any given point of the day, without hesitation, we recommend Bare Blends natural protein and superfood products!”

whey protein and paleo

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