Similarities and Differences
Whole30 is a diet designed to reset the way your body functions by completely eliminating foods that may be causing problems for 30 days. The rules are firm, and there’s no room for cheating, because it would defeat the resetting process. Paleo, on the other hand, is an ongoing style of eating, and occasional, non- Paleo food is generally considered part of a realistic routine.
The basics of Paleo apply to Whole30: eat whole, unprocessed foods; avoid legumes, grains, and dairy ( although Whole30 does allow ghee or clarified butter). Things that may be acceptable in a Paleo diet but not in Whole30 include alcohol, any form of sweetener, any legume- derived ingredients ( including soy lecithin in packaged foods), and pseudo- grains such as quinoa. Whole30 also frowns on recreating grain foods, such as pancakes or muffins made with coconut flour or other grain alternatives, during the 30- day regimen.