At CrossFit Plett, we understand that making changes to your eating habits is a significant step towards improved health and fitness. To help you make informed choices, we’ve compiled information on three popular nutrition approaches: Paleo, Primal, and Zone. We’ve put together this resource to assist you in making a well-informed decision. Feel free to reach out to our coaches for more information, or book in for an In-Body body composition analysis, diet assessment and nutrition coaching session.


PALEO: Eat Like a Caveman


The Paleo diet focuses on consuming lean meats, fish, vegetables, some fruits, tree nuts (excluding peanuts), and seeds. It minimizes starch and eliminates sugar, grains, legumes, dairy, and corn. The philosophy behind this approach is to exclude foods that are commonly associated with allergies or digestion issues. White potatoes and corn, for example, are avoided because they convert into sugar.

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PRIMAL: A Slight Variation


The Primal plan aligns closely with the Paleo diet but allows for some dairy consumption. This includes creams, butter, Greek yogurts, and limited cheese. It offers a bit more flexibility while maintaining the core principles of a natural, unprocessed diet.

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ZONE: Precision Nutrition


The Zone diet is a structured approach that involves weighing, measuring, and careful planning of every meal and snack. Each meal is divided into “blocks,” requiring meticulous organization. While some grains are allowed, many individuals choose to combine elements of Paleo and Zone, omitting grains and focusing on Paleo-approved foods. This approach is ideal for those who are highly organized and dedicated to tracking their nutrition.

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If you’re considering a Paleo, Primal, or Zone 30-day challenge, here are some tips:

  • Do your best to adapt to the new eating habits. Plan your snacks and meals.
  • Paleo can help identify foods that might cause you issues. You can reintroduce items later if they don’t pose problems.
  • Cravings may surprise you. Some participants find it easier to avoid cheat meals, while others opt for them to curb cravings.
  • Get creative with recipes and try new approaches to familiar dishes.
  • Strive to eat clean during the 30-day challenge, but if you have a rough day, start fresh the next.


Remember, our coaches are here to support and assist you. Feel free to ask us any questions, and let’s embark on this nutritional journey together. Best of luck!



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