Paleo Versus Clean Eating

With the introduction of eMeals’ Paleo plan and Clean Eating plan, we’ve had lots of questions about what Paleo is and how it is different from Clean Eating. The above chart has a breakdown of what Clean Eating is, what Paleo is, and what their similarities and differences are.

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If you’re looking for further guidance, our Paleo and Clean Eating meal plans give you seven recipes and side dishes each week. You get the meal plan via email or our FREE smartphone app. These meals include an itemized grocery list, and help you stick to the way you want eat weekly to help you accomplish your goals.

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If you need help getting started, try our FREE 7 Day Paleo Challenge and a FREE 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge! You can also sign up for the eMeals 14-day free trial. Let us help provide you with recipes, information and the tools you need to achieve a healthy lifestyle. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to post them below or on our Facebook page!

27 thoughts on “Paleo Versus Clean Eating

    1. Beyonder34

      Both Dairy and grains are highly inflammatory. Thus causing and inducing major joint/body aches and pains. Also they agitate healthy digestive tracks/asthma in asthmatics. Not to mention other allergic reactions that most pple have to them!

  1. Carrie

    I’m so glad you all have added a Paleo option! This is huge and will make my family meals much easier!

    Just as an aside, Paleo can be low-carb, but it’s usually not. Fruit, tubers, and lots of vegetables are not low in carbs, and are still encouraged in this way of eating. I don’t want anyone to avoid this plan if they’re wary of the low carb world.

    1. Heather

      Carrie is absolutely correct. Paleo does not have to be low carb, although the eMeals menu does tend to be. Adding more fruits, tubers and vegetables to both the dinner menu and in general will keep it from being low carb if you aren’t interested in a low carb diet. The paleo menu is also great if you don’t necessarily follow a paleo diet but lean more towards ancesteral or WAPF diet and need fairly quick dinners that don’t involve a long process of fermenting grains and legumes..

  2. Erin

    I was just wondering, since you don’t allow beans and legumes in the Paleo option what would you offer to a vegetaian for a source of protein.


    1. Heather Brown

      It would be difficult to get enough protein while following a vegetarian Paleo diet. If you choose this eating style, you will need to consume enough protein from eggs, some nuts and seeds, and include limited dairy (which is sometimes included in Paleo diets, and sometimes not). The protein recommendation is about 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day for adults. That means that a 150 lb woman needs about 55 grams of protein per day. To keep things in perspective, 1 egg contains 6 grams of protein, and 1/4 cup of almonds contains 8 grams of protein. If you have been following a vegetarian diet and switch to Paleo, be sure to increase your intake of eggs, nuts, and keep the dairy, to compensate for the elimination of beans, soy, and legumes. This will make your diet higher in fat though, so be ware that you may exceed your calorie needs.

    1. Heather Brown

      Hi Meghan,
      On average Paleo runs about $145 per week. Similar to the Clean Eating because of the use of fresh ingredients, etc. Weeks will vary some based on seasonal produce and the grocery store. Hope this helps. Have a good day!

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  5. Kathy of Paleo Lifestyle

    Thanks for this post. I ‘m currently on Paleo diet, but unlike other true blue paleo ( just my term) , I succumbed to the temptation of eating carbs ( grains) and my other non paleo cravings every once in a while. However after reading this post and seeing the similarities and dissimilarities I am tempted to shift towards clean eating. Will this be a wise move? Weighing the pros and cons, which among the two do you think have more cons? Please advise. Thanks so much for this very informative article.

    1. doris martinez

      Kathy.. I change my life style to clean eating… my friend from crossfit do paleo diet which I can’t. . .I love chesses and grains .. iam Latina.. but I do eat very clean I lost over 40 pound just eating clean and exercises. .. I do a few paleo recipes like 3 times a week.. I will never pride myseft for the delicious daily and grains out there . My quote eat everything in the pyramid but in moderation..

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  7. Lynn

    My husband was recently diagnosed with NASH ( non alcoholic sorosis of the liver. He excersises faithfully 5 days per week, alternating cardio, weight training. He has not lost any weight in an entire year, and is getting very frustrated. Which diet should he be doing, to lose belly fat and protect the liver from more damage.



    1. Heather Brown

      Hi Lynn,
      Sorry to hear that! Our meal plans are meant to serve as a guide for general healthy eating. Always seek the care of a physician and/or Registered Dietitian for an individualized nutrition care plan. Check out the Low Calorie meal plan for a calorie-controlled approach to general healthy eating. Thanks so much!

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