I Quit Sugar is often compared to our Paleo brethren, thanks to a few shared principles like eating whole, unprocessed foods and (obviously) cutting out sugar.
But while we share some things, there are also a few core differences we’d like to explain further here.
1. What is Paleo anyway?
- The Paleo diet has its roots in what we used to eat in the “Paleolithic” period – 10,000 years ago, before the advent of agriculture, or before we grew grains and farmed animals.
- The Paleo diet cuts out sugar, but it also cuts out grains and legumes, and in some cases (there are different “flavours” of the Paleo diet), nuts and dairy.
- You can read our bluffer’s guide to Paleo for more, as well as 24 Paleo facts you need to know.
2. What are the differences between I Quit Sugar and Paleo?
- While our 8-Week Program tends to be low-carb oriented, that’s not our main focus. Quitting sugar is.
- However, when you cut out sugar, it naturally cuts out a lot of refined carbohydrates from your diet.
- In fact, our Meal Plans incorporate pasta, quinoa, oats, buckwheat, rice, root vegetables and good quality bread (i.e. carbs!).
- The beauty of our Program is that all of our recipes are easily adaptable to be grain-free if needed. It’s just not required like in Paleo.
- Find out more on Sarah’s take on Paleo.
3. Should you quit carbs when you quit sugar?
- We get asked this a lot. Some people report feeling better removing carbohydrates from their diet as well as sugar (to fully eliminate the blood sugar spikes that can keep them on the sugar roller-coaster).
- But our recommendation is this… do one thing at a time.
- Quit sugar first. Detox, get your insides clean and then see if your body wants to try quitting something else.
- Quitting sugar is a big undertaking that will require all of your focus and willpower. Trying to quit other things at the same time could be taxing both mentally and physically.
- But once you’ve mastered quitting sugar and you’re keen to keep going, try cutting carbs for 4–6 weeks and see if it suits YOUR body.
- Don’t get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Experiment and learn for yourself – it’s the only way to truly know if something works for you.