Is the Paleo Diet Nonsense?

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According to most of the media, the Paleo diet is nonsense.  

See the latest example by clicking right here.  

They make statements like “the low-carb interpretation of the paleolithic menu is probably all wrong. The researchers posit that our cavemen and cavewoman ancestors loved—and needed—carbs as much as we do, even if they gathered them instead of cultivated them.”

 

My Mom sent me that above article and wanted to know what I think….

WHAT DO I THINK?

I agree with most of the points they are making, and so will most Paleo dieters.  If you google “Paleo Diet” you’ll see long lists of foods you CAN’T eat, and all these strict guidelines.  You’ll also see plates full of t-bones and bacon.  Then, when you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that the most notable leaders in this ancestral health movement (such as Chris Kresser, Mark Sisson, and Robb Wolf) will say there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to the Paleo diet, and white potatoes, for instance, are more than okay for anyone with healthy blood sugar regulation.  Most Paleo advocates focus on eating as many vegetables as we can; veggies first, meat second.  Oh, and note to all: veggies are carbs.  

I follow the Perfect Health Diet which is a variation of the Paleo Diet, also based on history and science.  This diet focuses on maximizing nutrients, and minimizing toxins;  preventing disease.  Most of our ancestors thrived on a paleolithic diet which included tubers and white rice.  

So, I am not “low-carb”, and I think many Paleo dieters are the same way.  Depending what your goals are – weight loss, fighting disease, healing from autoimmunity, or overall good health – you will not eat the same Paleo diet as another.  In fact, one’s version of the Paleo diet may change several times in their own life, in order to suit their current needs (like when I HAVE switched to low carb, for a brief period, to stimulate weight loss).  

The Media should look through a wider lense, and they will see there is so much more to Paleo than at first glance. The diet they are referring to is NOT the Paleo Diet that most of us believe in, and practice.  Besides, Paleo is much more than a diet.  

-Marisa Moon

3 Responses

    1. How nice of you!! I’m pretty sure you’re the first person to ever call me wise. I’m gonna remember this moment forever, and tell my husband at the appropriate time. Ha! 😉

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