I just saw this on FB and thought I'd share!
honeydew / 7687 posts
@Kemma: ha! I'm biased because I hate the word paleo and how much it's touted on the interwebs but that article made me laugh! I'm of the mind to eat mostly real foods, and everything else in moderation, and freaking love bread. That was interesting though!
pomelo / 5257 posts
Lol thanks for posting this, I enjoyed it. It reminds me of this other article I read recently: http://www.menshealth.com/nutrition/real-paleo-diet
The paleo diet definitely has its nutritional merits, and I do cook paleo recipes fairly often, but I feel like I was predisposed to be biased against it when I first heard of it because of the name and the explanation. I was looking at all of the various rules and was like, "Oh really? This is what 'cavemen' were eating? Just all cavemen everywhere?" It's clearly all about good marketing, and I think it totally worked
pomelo / 5093 posts
Yeah, I've never understood the name or the point. I wish they'd just call it something else. Seems like something that a lot of people like, so I'm into it - I just can't kind take the silly historical justification.
coconut / 8234 posts
Ha. I'm no fan of Paleo and this is one of the reasons why. If you're going to truly eat Paleo you should be eating foods only grown in the region you live in! Maybe they should've come up with a different name? I honestly cringe every time I hear or read that word, it's like "moist" for me.
@Kemma: So brave of you to post something that is not pro-Paleo on HB. Haha, seems like so many of the Bees are Paleo.
GOLD / coconut / 8266 posts
I love bread! That is all.
@mrsjazz: ditto! 'Paleo' is almost as bad as 'selfie'.
grapefruit / 4291 posts
@mrsjazz: I don't have an opinion either way but I thought it was nicely written
@swedishfish: @scg00387: Bread is both my nemesis and my best friend...
@swedishfish: Haha amen!
@Kemma: @MrsSCB: the thought of not eating stuffing on Thanksgiving is horrifying to me.
pomegranate / 3983 posts
Loved this article!
@swedishfish: Ahh, my worst nightmare!
admin / wonderful grape / 20724 posts
Yah the marketing isn't very accurate. The food isn't too exciting either. Man I love my carbs!
pomegranate / 3382 posts
Ha! No one hates the word/diet more than my anthropologist friends! I'll have to send then this link
coconut / 8861 posts
I cringe when I hear Paleo. A couple I know gravitates towards certain things based off of their pseudo religion. For them, it's Paleo and Crossfit. I think some Paleo recipes are good, but I wouldn't prescribe to it. I like French fries and baked potatoes. I rarely eat bread to begin with.
blogger / pineapple / 12381 posts
I've been waiting for this silly trend to die, just as Atkins and all the other fad diets have faded away.
Moderation in everything is probably a good strategy. Having said that I ate half a bag of Pretzel Flips today!
nectarine / 2750 posts
I go back and forth with the paleo label. I mean, when I see a recipe for "paleo chocolate donuts with coconut frosting" I get very frustrated because that isn't the point.
I wish there was a better name for it because I do think that just eating real food could solve a TON of our nation's health problems, but people are always going to think it is just another fad.
I consider myself paleo, but I know what it means to me and I think the important thing is just eating what makes you feel good and healthy and staying away from foods that don't, and also avoiding food that isn't food (cookies, soda, etc.).
GOLD / wonderful coconut / 33402 posts
@swedishfish: girl, you can't forget the mashed potatoes
@mrbee: The food can be exciting I think I make some pretty good meals for DH.
cherry / 149 posts
It's a funny article, but it's the kind of thing I see people post on facebook pretty often thinking it's factual, and that diminishes my enjoyment of it.
nectarine / 2132 posts
@tlcbaby: i have to say i am always impressed by your food photos. they always seem so elaborate (and of course, healthy!)
@jmarionsmith: Aww thanks
<< I wish there was a better name for it because I do think that just eating real food could solve a TON of our nation's health problems >>
@tlcbaby: Totally agree with you! It's a study in contrasts that processed food constantly uses all sorts of tricks and deceptive marketing to sell its food, and yet normal food gets dinged for using a term like paleo.
@Mrs. Jacks: I think of paleo-style diets as very different from some of the other diets you mentioned? The main message I took away from Paleo is to avoid most processed foods. That's a healthier message than the Atkin's message of, "You can eat as much meat you'd like as long as you don't eat bread."
GOLD / wonderful coffee bean / 18478 posts
LOL. Funny article!
@tlcbaby: We eat largely Paleo! By exciting, I just mean that I miss eating all of my comfort foods.
@mrbee: Yeah, I definitely still daydream about pizza on occasion
honeydew / 7504 posts
@MrsSCB: That was my first reaction re: the cavemen. Really, the cavemen? The same people who were practically bent in half, were 3 feet tall, and lived to be 20? THAT'S whose diet you're basing your diet on?
I have nothing against the diet, and try very hard to do the "shop only from the outer aisle of the grocery store," but I also don't have any problem with shopping in the pasta aisle!
eggplant / 11824 posts
@mrsjazz: haha, yes! The seasonality and geography of food has always been a chief complaint of mine re: paleo.
People have been eating legumes for thousands of years and we've certainly evolved as a species in other ways in that time; seems silly not to think that our digestive systems haven't evolved at all.
@Smurfette: I actually would eat an entire plate of mashed potatoes if that was socially acceptable.
@mrbee: I guess it depends what you take from it. Unfortunately, many people I know default to meat and fruit.
@swedishfish: Just put it in a martini glass, and it's all good!!
@mrbee: classy! Our friends had a mashed potato bar at their wedding a few years ago. It was love at first sight for me.
@Mrs. Jacks: If that's what you're seeing, then I could see how it seems like a fad. That hasn't been my experience though.
pear / 1743 posts
We try and just eat as much real food as possible, leading us to a more paleo diet (although, being pregnant, I'm in more of a "whatever sounds good" phase) but we're certainly not strict on it.
@swedishfish: totally acceptable in my book.
@yoursilverlining: I don't trust any diet that cuts out oats and beans long term!
apricot / 444 posts
@mrsjazz: for reals. Whole grans + legumes = inexpensive, delicious, filling, and nutritious! Now that's a superfood I can get behind.
I reread the article this morning, and it looks like it's a spoof. The author says that he doesn't know "whether it’s made up or not":
He also cites hells-ditch.com, where the original article was published last August:
A few of the commenters there reference a disclaimer which used to be at the end of the article (which has been removed), which used to make it clear it's a satire:
I wasn't totally convinced but just to confirm, if you Google the name of the doctors (Britta Hoyes, Richard Wenkel, Karl Fenst), the only references that seem to come up are re: this article... suggesting they're made up names. Also I know a lot of scientists, and they don't usually speak in awesome soundbites like this! “Look, the diet itself is sound; it’s the philosophy that’s bullshit. Eat what you want. Just leave the damn cavemen out of it.”
Anyway fun stuff but as far as I can tell, it's a spoof.
pomegranate / 3643 posts
I figured it was a spoof. But as an anthropologist myself, I agree with it.
@mrbee: I figured it was satire...but I have read articles written by or including quotes from real scientists about the fallacies of the Paleo diet.
Like this one: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-paleo-diet-half-baked-how-hunter-gatherer-really-eat
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