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nope. Paleo means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Yes, they are more likely to be compliant than many other types or recipes, but you still need to check the ingredients to be sure there is nothing off-plan. Also make sure they meet the recommended meal template and are not a desert/treat/baked good/bread/etc.

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I've seen quite a few Paleo recipes that call for honey.


Yes, many paleo people will use honey or maple syrup or agave nectar. A few may even use dairy, especially in the form of butter or heavy cream. None of those are compliant with the Whole30. If it's a minor part of a recipe, you may be able to leave it out and still use that recipe.


There are also paleo recipes for things like pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, ice cream, coffee creamer, and granola that would not be okay for a Whole30, even if by chance they don't call for any off plan ingredients. These are not okay, per the rules:


Do not try to re-create baked goods, junk foods, or treats* with “approved” ingredients. Continuing to eat your old, unhealthy foods made with Whole30 ingredients is totally missing the point, and will tank your results faster than you can say “Paleo Pop-Tarts.” Remember, these are the same foods that got you into health-trouble in the first place—and a pancake is still a pancake, regardless of the ingredients. 

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*A few off-limits foods that fall under this rule include pancakes, bread, tortillas, biscuits, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, pizza crust, waffles, cereal, potato chips, French fries, and this one recipe where eggs, date paste, and coconut milk are combined with prayers to create a thick, creamy concoction that can once again transform your undrinkable black coffee into sweet, dreamy caffeine. However, this list is not limited to these items—there may be other foods that you find are not psychologically healthy for your Whole30. Use your best judgment with those foods that aren’t on this list, but that you suspect are not helping you change your habits or break those cravings.


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