The Top 20 Paleo Acronyms

by Suz on February 27, 2012 · 15 comments

in Paleo, Reading

There is so much jargon used in the Paleo-sphere and people often ask what a particular abbreviation means.  This is my list of what I think are the 20 most commonly used terms.

Paleo List abbreviations jargon Acronyms

1.       N=1   This is used to indicate a personal experiment; your own experience

2.       SAD  The Standard American Diet (but I think this works just as well with Australian or Anglo too) – i.e. the western diet.

3.       CW  Conventional Wisdom, generally of the “eat more whole grains” variety

4.       GF  Gluten-Free

5.       IF  Intermittent Fasting (though often used talking about any type of fasting, event a regular daily fast – which seems to miss the point of “intermittent”?)

6.       NAD  Neolithic Agents of Disease; Dr. Kurt Harris’s phrase for un-Paleo foods

7.       WAPF  The Weston A Price Foundation

8.       MUFA/ PUFA  Mono-Unsaturated Fat(ty Acids)/ Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids

9.       CLA  Conjugated Linoleic Acid; A beneficial MUFA

10.   SFA  Saturated Fat(ty Acids)

11.   LCT/ MCT  Long Chain Triglycerides/ Medium Chain Triglycerides

12.   EVCO/ EVOO  Extra Virgin Coconut Oil/ Extra Virgin Olive Oil

13.   CLO  Cod Liver Oil

14.   HDL/ LDL  High Density Lipoprotein/ Low Density Lipoprotein

15.   CHO  Carbohydrates (Carbon Hydrogen Oxygen)

16.   LC/ VLC/ ZC  Low Carb/ Very Low Carb/ Zero Carb

17.   CF/ WOD  Crossfit/ Work-out of the Day

18.   HIIT/ HIT  High Intensity (Interval) Training

19.   PWO  Post Work-out

20.   VFF  Vibram Five Fingers barefoot shoes

So, what’ve I missed off the list?  Which Acronyms and Abbreviations keep cropping up in your reading?

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Shannon February 27, 2012 at 9:29 am

YMMV – Your Mileage May Vary
(i.e. – your experience may not turn out the same as mine!)


Suz February 27, 2012 at 9:43 am

Ah yes, great one Shannon!


Kelly February 27, 2012 at 4:30 pm

what about CAFO?


Suz February 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

(Meat from) Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations – good call Kelly!


Gaby February 28, 2012 at 8:51 pm

FOC = fat of choice. Very popular in Paleo recipes.


Suz February 28, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Gaby, I forgot about that one!


Screen name (required) March 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

CIH = carbohydrate-insulin hypothesis.


Suz March 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

That’s a good one too – thanks!


Screen name (required) March 6, 2012 at 10:38 pm

GM = Genetically modified
GMO’s = Genetically modified organisms


Suz March 7, 2012 at 9:42 am

That’s one we sadly hear more and more!


Screen name (required) March 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

CICO – calories in calories out.


Screen name (required) March 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

CICO – calories in calories out.

ps. I bookmarked this page so I can keep coming back here everytime I read a new one.


Suz March 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Another good one! There are so many aren’t there, it’s good to have them all in one place!


Bridget March 9, 2013 at 6:08 pm

SCOBY symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts, for brewing kombucha


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