Why the Paleo Diet is Stupid

by Chloe Jeffreys · 304 comments

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Ringo-Starr-CavemanI’ve held my tongue long enough, but I can’ts hold it no more!

The Paleo Diet is just plain stupid!

Think about it.

Supposedly we have these ancestors–not any recent ancestors, mind you–not our subsisting-on-worm-riddled-potatoes-and-whatever-else-they-could-scratch-out-of-the-hard-ground ancestors, or, going a little further back, not our banana-eating-picking-delicious-high-protein-head-lice-out-of-their-friend’s-scalp ancestors–no, not any of those ancestors–we’re talking about our prehistoric, Paleolithic ancestors. Apparently, these Paleo ancestors didn’t have the plague of modern man: Death.

According to certain nonsensical food faddists, our Paleo, cave-dwelling ancestors were living the good life, roaming the steppes during the day, doing it doggy-style at night, all while dining on the yummy and, Oh, so healthful, woolly mammoth.

Yep. We’re talking about guys like these:

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These ancestors–pictured above as they actually appeared in this rare and previously unpublished photograph–had it going on. Dietarily speaking anyway.

The Paleo Diet Explained

The theory goes that our fur-clad ancestors had heart health down to a pre-science.

These lucky progenitors, who weren’t corrupted by the evil food products that are contained in your local Piggly Wiggly, lived an idyllic life eating meat, and meat, and a totally unprocessed diet of meat. And then they had some more meat with a big side of meat. And they finished off their big and tasty meat platter with lots and lots of more meat. And maybe a handful of berries. Non-GMO berries, of course, because Monsanto back then was just a twinkle in Satan’s eye.

Anyway, we’re told by these naturally-and-artificially-fruit-flavored-jelly-filled-donuts-for-brains food fascists that our meat-a-vore ancestors never got heart disease!

Humph. Really?

How do people come up with this stuff?

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I Call Bullshit!

Paleo fanatics say they are using science to come up with their cockamamie theory. Paleos say that our ancestors evolved on this diet of meat, and if we all went back to eating this utopic smorgasbord of meat we’d eradicate all the ills of our First World Krispy Kreme diet, like diabetes, and just plain being too damned fat to live.

What they leave out from this idealized version of the caveman lifestyle is the fact that we can extrapolate some idea of life expectancy of a caveman with this little tool the cavemen didn’t use called statistics.

Using past actuarial tables–and evidence derived from scientific studies done at universities on the longevity of hunter and gatherer peoples–it’s pretty clear the average life expectancy of a caveman was less than 50 years old.

And what we do know for sure is that even today very few people under the age of 50 die from heart disease no matter how shitty their diet is.

See, up until about 40, your body has all sorts of ways to survive no matter what you eat. But after 40, nature doesn’t give a rat’s ass about you. As far as nature is concerned, once you’re done procreating, you’re on your own.

From nature’s point of view, you and me, we’re just a life-support system for our genitalia. Our only biological purpose is to walk around living and breathing long enough to make other bipeds who walk around living and breathing long enough to make other bipeds who walk around living and breathing long enough…get the idea? It’s called the Circle of Life, and it’s a bitch.

The entire concept of old age as you and I know it is brand spanking new. Not that there weren’t a lucky few in history who did live to be old. But old was anything over 50. Don’t believe me? Just a little over a hundred years ago, in 1900, the average life expectancy for a woman was 47.

That means that if I was alive in 1900, I’d have already been dead.

The Importance of Terror

What is also left out of the above Paleo Diet concept is the role of terror.

Sheer, stark terror.

Not the, “Oh shit, my house has lost 43% of its value in the last seven years!” terror. Or the “Will there be any Social Security for me when I retire?” terror.

No, real terror.

Like, “If I can’t run any faster right this second, I’m going to get eaten by this lion that’s chasing me” terror.

Paleo Combined with the Right Exercise

I posit that the only way the Paleo Diet can really be effective is if you completely recreate the caveman lifestyle by incorporating the proper exercise regime that would include some of this life-sustaining terror.

So, occasionally, like three or four of times a week, go out onto the freeway, and run as fast as you possibly can in front of cars that are barreling down on you at 55 miles per hour (the average speed of a cheetah).

Now that’s living like a caveman!

And I promise you that if you do that you will never die from heart disease.

 

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70119 July 8, 2017 at 7:57 am

Agreed. Just another bunch of idiots making money off Americans looking for the magic bullet to help them live to be older than methuselah. It’s a wonder the rest of the planet makes fun of us. Just eat like the Italians in Italy and walk everywhere and you’ll punch your ticket to 100. That’s meat, vegetables, fruit, oils and wine as well as bread, pasta and shellfish and dairy. Wait, the four food groups?…. maybe those teachers in the 70s had it right. Then again someone needs to make a dollar off stupid Americans

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Staton April 30, 2017 at 5:25 pm

I just want to point out that the paleo diet isnt meat meat and more meat. It’s meat, veggies, fruit, nuts, and seeds. So no more pasta, cereal, etc or candy. Wow so crazy right

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Sylvia January 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

After meditating for years and eating intuitively I was led to a plant based diet. Although I currently have a little animal/eggs/milk from time to time I have never felt so ill like I did on a paleo diet. It was actually disturbing. I find those paleo people deluded and totally out of touch with their bodies. Their people that just enjoy eating so much meat and will use any flawed or false science to justify there bad habits of eating.

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Tom Dudek January 9, 2017 at 5:18 pm

I have been vegetarian for 35 years and have had a lot of health problems, but I was still eating meat when they started. I have been battling yeast overgrowth all these years. The root cause was the mercury in my fillings. I gradually started getting better when I had them removed and did a lot of chelation to remove it from my tissues.

But all of that yeast has wreaked havoc on my gut. I am now following a modified GAPS diet, no meat, only fish and eggs. I am convinced that these things are required for healing the gut, in conjunction with leaving off alcohol, grains, beans and industrial, uncultured dairy.(and of course sugar and junk food)

So this is similar to a paleo diet, but it is for healing. If I wasn’t poisoned by mercury, fluoride, chlorine, chemtrails, antibiotics and a multitude of other nasty things that are put in so many foods, I would be strictly vegetarian and will be when I heal.

I would not be vegan though. That diet is lacking in too many things, which are substituted with too many bad things. It is mean and unconscious to continue to allow animals to be slaughtered by the billions. The whole world needs to be overhauled; our government, economic system, medical system, false religion system, agricultural system etc.

What bothers me, is perfectly healthy people who feel they need to abuse animals to live. This is what paleo means to me. And it is based on wild speculation anyway, like evolution. Evolution is another lie. There have been advanced civilizations on the Earth for millions of years.

In that light, paleo is just dumb, though there may be a time when some animal products are needed for healing.

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Steeve Gusman March 11, 2017 at 9:03 pm

Hey man I came across your comment and I felt like giving you an answer coz its still a recent post 🙂 I have like you problem with mercury poisoning in my body coming from dental fillings which are fairly worn out – I had the same type of health issues : leaky gut, candida overgrowth, electro-sensitivity, multiple food allergies, muscles pains & stiffness, brain frog and so on …’N of course no one in the medical system was able to give me even the beginning of an explanation [Right or Wrong] !!! I realized after extensive online researches and self experimentation that these issues were caused by the mercury and the Candida yeast or fungi that proliferate into my body tissues …the gluten was also deeply involved into these symptoms as i was eating a bunch of pasta everyday since my childhood being an italian descent — Then i decided to quit on eating any kind of wheat & grains except organic whole rice & wild rice plus a little bit of Basmati rice (fortunately my wife is asian o_O) coz grains are too hard to digest and require too much enzymes to be processed – As the mercury kinda poisoning inhibits enzymes activity, its better to avoid foods which actually requires all these enzymes to be digested *** I you switch on a kind of Paleo Diet it means that you will need a lot of enzymes to digest well all the animal proteins that you are going to consume everyday (coz meat does’t contains any enzymes at all which are only found in living plants) but as I said you cannot afford anymore to use these enzymes to digest this very hard to digest type of food. You probably already knows that the meat needs up to 72h to be digested in the gut …but if you are healthy !! So lets imagine what is going to happen in your gut if you consume these animal proteins everyday N every meal …its gonna be the hell in your intestine with all the bloody putrefaction which is going to feed a lot of parasites and yeast & fermentation bacteria and such – So what I choose is to become a Raw vegan N believe or not but ive been now Vegan for almost a year …and so far IVE NEVER FEEL SooO GOOD in my WHOLE LIFE …everyday im enjoying (which should be) the natural state of mental clarity, laser focus mind, great physical energy, peaceful heart N most of all amazing positivity & great outlook on all type of events that may occurs in my life which wasn’t the case before 🙁 I am what is called a RawTill4 fella it means that i eat fruits N nuts during the day + a bunch of Superfoods like Spirulina, Carob, Raw Cacao, Maca powders i have kind of various daily routines during the day ‘N i eat a lot of steam cooked veggies or huge salads (depend on the weather) or Miso soups with a bunch of seaweeds (fresh Dulse,Wakame,Nori,Kombu) and Tofu or Tempeh …and believe me you don’t need anymore meats or any type of animal proteins anymore which doesn’t mean that i cannot eat on certain occasions some fish or eggs or even chicken coz i wanna stay social and not lock up myself in a die-hard sate of mind – I still have these dental fillings coz where i live its very hard to find a qualified dentist who has the proper equipments and skills (IAOMT trained) to remove them without any harm since its better to keep them than to remove them without certain precautions that you probably know …Im just taking OptiMSM + Chlorella and i eat a lot of raw garlic, ginger, turmeric and drink some Aloe Vera gelly + Curcumine, Quercetine, Astaxanthine, Boswellia supplements …it works pretty well !! …coz your body and especially your liver is able to remove these bad stuffs from your bloostream since you are giving your body the right nutriments and you don’t put to much pressure on your organs with toxic/junk foods. Superfoods are also highly advised to provide extra N very rare nutriments to your system + green veggies juices on a daily basis …With all these amazing stuffs you are good to go (+ some light HM chelation procedure)

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Steeve Gusman March 11, 2017 at 9:31 pm

I forgot to mention that Coconut is a must-eat-food for anyone experiencing Candida overgrowth : coconut water, coconut oil N coconut meat …you can buy also some Caprylic acid (from Samson suppl. or Now) – Daily self massages with Coconut oil, Castor oil, Neem oil, Teatree EO, Eucalyptus, Pine, Frankincense, Ravintsara, Cinnamon leaves, Rosemary, Origano EO is also very effective N revitalizing for the body and soul as well // You can try as well the Turpentine & Sugar protocol (Dr. Jennifer Daniels …just google this) it removes all the biofilm build by the candida in your body tissues 100% safe if you just take th right amount (3 sugar cubes with Turps poured onto) ..make sure to get on Amazon the 100% Pine Sap *DiamondGForest* Turpentine — Peace out

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Chris October 10, 2016 at 8:31 am

Hi everyone,
Not sure if our ancestors ate the way Paleolithic eaters say they did, but the diet has changed my life, as well as my wife’s life. My wife was diagnosed with Graves disease 5 years ago and became very ill as she fought to regulate her thyroid levels. After going on the paleo diet, her levels normalized and since then hasn’t had any issues with her thyroid. My Cholesterol levels have always been 240+ all my life. After jumping on the band wagon with my wife, I was able to lower my levels below 200 naturally and without the harmful effects of Statin drugs. We also have a family friend who’s daughter suffered from eczema. After going on the diet her eczema disappeared. So, my opinion on this subject is that its not necessarily what humans ate 10,000 years and earlier that is important, it is how humans began eating processed foods and excessive carbohydrates in the last 50 years that has become problematic. I say forget about studying people from thousands of years ago and begin looking at the modern day hunter-gatherer. Research shows that most modern day hunter-gathers enjoy a life free of disease, ideal body weight, and a life expectancy of about 75 years.

Enjoyed the post,

Chris
Charlotte, N.C.

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DELMAR GEARY August 28, 2016 at 7:46 pm

Great post here! 🙂 I understand that everyone’s bodies are different and some diets will work great for some people, but I find this paleo lifestyle very unique in a different way. I must also say that we have a lot of helpful commentary here. By the way, if you requires to merge PDF files , I found a service here “http://goo.gl/KVpMh4“.

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NCB May 26, 2016 at 3:47 am

Funny.

Not everyone who follows that sort of diet eats mostly meat, though. I followed it for a time, but I mostly ate vegetables, fruits, nuts, berries, and seeds. I didn’t really eat much meat, which mostly consisted of organs, skin, and the dark cuts. These are the places where the nutrients lay.

Studies done by professionals state that the liver alone contains a huge array of nutrients you can only find in sparse amounts elsewhere.

The “paleo” diet depends on location. Many who follow some form of it say one must do as their racial background dictates. This makes sense. Just look at the Inuit. Their traditional eating habits consist of nearly one hundred percent meat, often entirely raw. Those who still follow it are in excellent condition.

Contrast that with a Southern European and you’ll see what I mean. As for the Paleolithic era, we know so little about it that any notion of there being a particular diet back then does not compute. In fact, I’m fairly certain there were long periods of starvation for particular groups of people.
It’s not always the food itself that matters, in the end. It’s the nutritional value of whatever it is that is being consumed. That said, eating things as close to their natural state of being as possible works wonders.

Further, I currently eat many things that certain strict “paleo” dieters do not. Not once has any of it harmed me or compromised my good health. In fact, I’m in even better condition than ever being on that… fad…? Of course, that isn’t taking away from the many good habits of people who follow this.

I’m certain that most humans today are no longer geared for eating and behaving in the same way as the “caveman” physically, mentally, or spiritually.

If people really want a window into that distant time period, hunter gatherer populations are probably the best bet. Even so, most don’t fit into the fantasy dreamt by many who follow this “lifestyle”. Not one that I’ve met actually lives like a caveman or a hunter gatherer, nor would they be willing to.

Anyways

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Dum bass May 2, 2016 at 1:08 am

I want to be just like the men in that rare and previously unpublished photograph..those cavemen…nay..brilliant men. Somehow they were able to take a rare photograph hundreds of years before a camera or any form of photography at all was ever made. Now I thought about going paleo but then I read the article say it was bs and I know that an article with a rare and just now published photograph that was taken hundreds of years before there was even pencil and paper is just to darn credible to not believe. Good thing I can think for myself and don’t have to have the Internet tell me what’s right and wrong!

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Justin April 11, 2016 at 7:58 am

I was just sent this article from a co-worker, and I have to admit – it’s pretty hilarious, your writing style is awesome!

Now, please don’t hate me, but I will admit I eat a Paleo diet. I actually decided to ‘go Paleo’ by researching the healthy effects of eating whole grains vs processed grains, and by trying a whole grain, healthy carb, low saturated fat diet – and felt like crap. Going Paleo has take away my headaches 100% (used to get them 2-3 times per week, now I only get them when I eat grains) and I feel better than I have since I was 22.

I think your article misses something – the Paleo diet is not about eating meat. It’s about eating food your body can process effectively and provide the most nutrients per calorie. I came across this and was wondering what your thoughts are: http://robbwolf.com/2015/04/28/infographic/ ?

Basically, this helped me visualize how a Paleo diet should be and how many more nutrients I’m getting by eating this way. Of course, I’m continually looking to improve my diet and how I feel and would honestly love your thoughts on this aspect of the Paleo diet.

Thanks!

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Matt October 19, 2016 at 5:54 pm

Probably because your idea of complex carbs isn’t complex carbs. The “standard” American diet contains basically zero complex carbs. Hence, any old fad diet can come along and say carbs are bad, you eliminate carbs, and your health improves, even though carbs are extremely important. My dad thinks he has changed his diet to only eat complex carbs. He eats zero complex carbs. Sadly, most people are not detail-oriented enough when they analyze their diet.

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Mary January 5, 2016 at 12:32 pm

I’m so with you…. I googled “why paleo is a joke” & it brought me to your page. When the paleo-ers hit 50 they’ll probs have heart disease~ as I saw the “Paleo Foundation” selling straight beef tallow & pig fat in jars as a recommended cooking oil… Then i got really pissed and started googling. Seems just like an excuse to justify a meat based diet in a different package.

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Chloe Jeffreys January 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm

It’s craziness, Mary. There is excellent evidence that a plant-based, grain-based diet is the best for almost everyone.

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Arrow November 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

I always felt that the Paleodiet was an invented myth . While it has some good things to its credit like avoidance of refined sugars and oils etc , its easy to overlook its many errors and inconsistencies – Its based on sexist lies , catering mainly to men that spent all their days hunting , chopping ,grilling and eating meat , banging their women at night and fighting with other bands of men ( ‘Warriors’ duh) – Trust me , if all men of that age really followed that lifestyle , there would have been NO civilization. And i find it funny that guys who drive gas guzzling SUV’s to work, buy ‘grass fed’ meat or ‘insect fed’ poultry with money earned from a desk job in the comfort and convenience of an air conditioned supermarket claim to be living like uncivilized brute ‘warriors’ who supposedly inhabited the wild Eurasian steppes 15,000 years back or so. Also the weird fact that these folks in the cold steppes had no freaking access to coconuts -which surprisingly is another saturated fat ridden ‘mainstay’ favored by those on the fictitious Paleo diet.

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Tara January 5, 2016 at 11:49 am

Im laughing my ass off right now!!! Just wanted to tell you that and AMEN SISTA!! now back to work….

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Chloe Jeffreys January 26, 2016 at 8:44 pm

Thank you, Tara!

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Redwing December 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm

So I’m a bit late to the party (got here from a google search). Nice article that deals with the cargo cult of paleo with a good dose of biting humour.

After having the same kind of debate I’d expect to have with a religious doorknocker from one of my wife’s friends who’s recently converted to the cult of paleo, I realised I’ve heard this all before. Paleo has just been the thing to jump from the world of fitness pseudoscience to the mainstream. Not needing to invest in bucket-sized tubs of powders and various horse-pills to achieve physical perfection helps the illusion of ‘accessibility’. Add to that some airy-fairy first-world guilt that comes with good health care, sufficient agriculture that ensures a steady supply of food and power to keep a comfortable living, and it’s just the thing to feel you’re making a positive difference.

The thing is, the package is new, but the message is old. I can remember muscle-heads preaching the virtues of eating like a Spartan warrior, or eating right for your blood-type or just generally showing how baffled by BS they were as they waffled on about how healthy modern-day primitive tribes-people are. The common theme was always some iteration of how bad our modern diet is for us and that people were healthier in pre-industrial times. Always without any actual scientific evidence and washed back with some kind of highly processed, ‘muscle-building’ protein shake and a chaser of ‘macro-nutrient’ horse-pills – things our ancestors wouldn’t have had access too. Much the same as paleo and the foods on their menu. In fact, were it not for agriculture, many of the foods on the menu for today’s modern paleofanatic would not exist.

However, many of the health conditions paleo claims to prevent were just as accessible to our ancestors as they are today. Arthrosclerosis, heart and kidney disease existed back then. Shorter life expectancy due to environment, illnesses, diseases and injury (such as the kind you’d get when a predator with a top speed of 55 mph catches you) meant that those conditions didn’t get a chance to kill our ancestors.

Ah well, I can only live in hope that common sense will one day prevail and people will embrace the real wisdom of the ancients (namely my grandma) and realise that “everything in moderation and a walk to help the meal settle” is the best approach to sensible eating.

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Sreb November 16, 2015 at 11:38 pm

I laughed so hard…I literary googles ‘Why is Paleo diet so stupid’ and this came up….as a massage therapist and a wanna be vegetarian (I slip here and there) I support healthy living and eating, and the paleo is exactly the opposite of that. Eating a bunch of meat, then avoiding entire food groups…not only retarded but also very dangerous and unhealthy. I wish people would just…try to be healthy without being ass holes about it and shoving their preferred diet in everyone’s face. There is not a single disease that calls for such extreme measures….Thanks for the funny article 🙂 You are awesome.

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Chloe Jeffreys November 27, 2015 at 12:30 pm

Thank you, Sreb! I am so sick and tired of sanctimonious eaters.

The funniest thing is the hate mail I’ve received over this piece and people accusing me of wanting people to be unhealthy and eat processed foods. Really? Where is that in this piece?

What I want is people to think for a change.

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Adelaide September 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

Love this! It’s spot-on, clever, hilarious, (& all TRUE)!! Wonderful!! Genius! Thanks for writing and sharing it. Marvelous stuff I’m dying to show to 2 crazy wack-job paleo-dieting colleagues. They worship at the feet of their chiropractor who set them on this ridiculous course.

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nt September 19, 2015 at 9:24 am

Love the article and love all the comments (pops non-gmo,non-paleo corn, adds locally made, organic butter and locally harvested sea salt). I have been on many diets over the years and, you know what? All of them work, but are they healthy? I can answer, without having done any research at all, probably not.

I opt for making changes a few at a time until they become habit and retraining myself to shop and use more organic, whole, locally sourced foods and less processed foods and sugars. The goal for me is a sustainable way of shopping, cooking and living w/o eliminating entire food groups.

Check out 100 days of real food…..

Zealots of any sort, diet or religious (and they are similar) annoy me. Hyprocrites even more so…. bacon, salami? really? Soooooooooo cavemen has smoke houses? And many of those smoked products are totally processed and full of harmful chemicals. In addition, I know several people on this paleo diet who do not purchase grass fed, free range meats….. so if that’s the goal it’s not happening. It’s a good goal but it’s not the reality for many, probably due to cost. Can’t blame folks but there it is…

Anyway, have a great day!
N

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Jessica September 15, 2015 at 10:23 am
Rachel August 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm

The me 3 years ago would have been totally pissed off by this, but the current day me finds it hilarious

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Audrey August 17, 2015 at 10:25 am

The paleos I know are very angry and persistant in changing everyone elses way of eating.Must be all that energetically bad farm raised meat their eating.Oh to be sooooo stupid!

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Mika August 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm

Hi this is an awesome article! i wish some of my US friends came across it earlier. Its really scary that intelligent people can get lured into the idea of ‘ cave men’ diet in XXI century, that has no merits whatsoever and bet its sponsored by meat producing industry. Eating like paleo man in XXI century? with the goal of what? living 40+? Paleo men didnt eat for pleasure and the entire food industry now in developed countries is focused not on sustainability but pleasure. Have fun ‘ new paleans’ eating heaps of processed meat, thinking you are doing a favour to yourself. You are not only destroying your health but our planet and the only winning party is factory meat owners and pseudo dieteticians peddling this rediculous and dangerous trend! BRAVO! the article is GREAT!

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Derek July 8, 2015 at 9:32 pm

This is the stupidest/funniest/saddest thing I’ve ever read. Thank you for the laughs I appreciate it. I really can’t believe people are taking this article seriously and that anyone would ever think these things.

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Bekah July 9, 2015 at 7:23 am

Completely agree. I honestly wonder if there was any research conducted to write this article at all. If you were to just google search “paleo diet” once, you would find the complete opposite information that you have written here. Do you really think people on the paleo diet want to be exactly like the cavemen? obviously not. I promise you this, we are living a hell of a lot healthier lifestyle than you are. It makes me sad seeing someone so misinformed. Please make sure you research next time, best of luck in the future

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Anon June 26, 2015 at 7:28 am

Enjoy your jelly-donuts, obesity, and diet-related diseases. Idiot.

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Lynne September 3, 2015 at 12:24 pm

I’m working for a very fanatical paleo employer, who knows she is always right…yeah sure! Her husband and three children do not like paleo, her kids dread lunch…who wants nuts and fruit for lunch with warm coconut milk. Yum!! 🙁
I recently started working here and the food is crapola on a plate. Salt is frowned on, unless it’s unprocessed sea salt that looks dirty, then use very little. White potatoes are now evil, along with legumes and grains. Tell me how did cavemen eat bacon and salami, but not grains and legumes? I don’t get this horrid diet. Intelligent people blindly following a fad is very sad.

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Frederick Entenmann June 12, 2015 at 6:21 am

I was researching Paleo and came across your article. I love it. As a mind, body, life specialist and former professional athlete I find this society increasingly Paleolithic in thinking. Just give them a little or LOT of dose of ‘fear’ and they will abide by all means necessary. At any rate, I found your article a hoot. Great work.

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Chloe Jeffreys June 18, 2015 at 9:02 am

Thank you, Frederick! I’m glad you liked it. The funny thing is that I eat a very non-processed diet as much as I can, but diet fascists really tick me off. Eat in moderation. That alone would help much of the nutritional ills we face in this country.

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JohnG May 21, 2015 at 6:42 am

Excellent article, rich in highly nutritious common sense. Paleo faddists seem to be oblivious to the fact that diets of ancient peoples simply consisted of whatever the hell they could get their hands on, as living from day to day was too precarious to allow any fussiness. I highly doubt that they were cutting carbs to stay ripped, but rather they were killing everything they could get their hands on as an alternative to starving to death within a matter of days.

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Trendy Eaters Anonymous May 12, 2015 at 2:16 am

You are a TOTAL scream!!! I don’t know what’s funnier—your article, or all the paleo faddists throwing a clot over it. XD I ran across it originally after Googling “the paleo diet is bullsh**”–and VOILA! There it was! LOVE your writing and common sense–I’ll be sure to check out your other stuff! Thanks for the laughs!! 😀

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Trendy Eaters Anonymous May 12, 2015 at 2:16 am

P.S The pic of Ringo is priceless! 🙂

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Mika August 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm

ditto!!! finally some common ( and not so common ) sense!

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Jennifer April 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Agreed, the paleo diet is incredibly stupid. Not only because of the extreme quantity of meat, but because it’s built upon the false premise of it being similar to a caveman diet!
Here’s what a typical caveman diet would look like:
Day 1: Berries and some nuts
2: Berries and some seeds, plus fruit
3: A bit of Squirrel
4: Vegetables, fruit, seeds
5: No food available today
6: A whole f**cking deer
7: Berries and some nuts

You get the point. Meat four times a day is not what a caveman ate. Unless he was an american caveman who had all his meat imported to his local wholefood store.

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Doltsbane April 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Of course you lose weight on the Paleo Diet, and all the other fad diets out there. Anytime you remove whole categories of potential foods, you will, at least temporarily, cut down on the calories you take in. Eating lots of steak sounds good at first, but not after weeks of doing so. Restricted choice leads to boredom, boredom leads to less eating, and less eating leads to weight loss. Especially when following some diet with all sorts of fiddly rules making it too much trouble to bother eating. I wish I could remember who said it (and I paraphrase) but if you can only shop in one aisle of the grocery store it doesn’t matter which one.

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Chloe Jeffreys April 24, 2015 at 12:53 pm

I love this comment. All diets will “work” for a short time, but no diet ultimately works. Eventually, the dieter feels deprived and deprivation leads to binging behaviors. And before you know it you are more unhealthy, and usually fatter, than before you started.

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Jose Antonio March 27, 2015 at 12:55 pm

You’re good! Love the writing style!

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Peter March 21, 2015 at 10:03 am

Don’t pay or listen to diet fruit cakes. I’ll give you the hot tip on how to lose weight without suffering, without changing your exercise level. It’s called, Lightly Trim Your Inputs to Match Your Average Effort. I lost about 35kg this way in about a year or so.

1. It helps if you already have bad habits like eating sugar in coffee or tea (if you don’t, don’t start now, it’s not what I mean lol).
2. Cut down from 2 to 1 tsp of sugar in coffee.
3. Weight yourself after a week or two.
4. If you’ve dropped 1/2 a kilo or so, good. Keep doing that and wait, after a year you’ll lose about 20-25 kilos, not have suffered in any way and find continuing your “diet” very easy.
5. If you haven’t dropped, barely trim something else bad back you do but DO NOT ELIMINATE IT. Do this til you get the 1/2 kilo drop then keep doing that.

This is how you lose weight without suffering and without having to pay money to some conman for a diet that won’t work anyway because it demands excessive change.

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Julie March 13, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Hi Chole,

I found your blog while looking for Blue Zones and longevity diet. I promised a friend I would try the Paleo for a week. I’m day 4 into it and I’m one weak, cranky Beeach. This is the first time I’ve ever gone on a diet in my life. No wonder they don’t work. I’ve eaten more meat and less fiber than I would normally eat. I’m sure everyone is different, but for me, when I deprive myself completely it’s trouble. I ate a really healthy diet of whole grains, fruits, veggies, and some lean meat before. Now I’m craving the worst kind of garbage food I can get my hands on. And I don’t even like that stuff. Thanks for the humor, as I am humorless and starving right now.
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Chloe Jeffreys March 18, 2015 at 12:41 am

Your comment made my day! I’m glad I could spread some cheer in your otherwise gloomy and carb-free day. Take care. And find that Blue Zone website. That’s where longevity lies not in faddish diets based on make-believe cave people who all died young anyway.

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sex January 17, 2015 at 1:17 am

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about The paleo diet.
Regards
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Teddy G January 6, 2015 at 11:55 am

Interesting research report on red mean intake. Maybe useful in this discussion

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0309174014001922

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donk January 3, 2015 at 4:34 am

hey pal, the paleo diet is not about matching one’s food or lifestyle to that of a supposed ‘caveman’. It’s about removing the processed crap we eat on a daily basis such as GMO products, fast-‘food’, non-raw dairy and pesticide ridden veggies. People who it this stuff are just buying into smarter guys’ businesses. If you really want to contest the simple truth that switching to a diet of wild fish, wild game and organic vegetables combined with moderate exercise would cure most health issues, you are welcome to do so with your own life. To me ‘paleo’ is just a word used to describe common sense eating.

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Lynne September 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Is that why salami and bacon are paleo, they certainly are fatty, let’s not forget the approved bacon oil or duck fat. If you really want me to believe that man was picky about his food thousands of years ago, please wait for the second Tuesday of next week.

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Janine Cockes January 1, 2015 at 12:07 am

You are my new favorite person! Paleo is annoying. I need to lose 30 pounds, I’m 44 year old mom with 2 teenagers, and the hardest part is just discipline to eat healthy and make the time to exercise. I know what to do, keeping track of calories helps…. Point is most Americans can make better food choices, it is a matter of attention and time! Not eliminating grains! That just makes you cranky! Thank you for this post. People who eat Paleo because they want to-go for it, but it is not scientifically superior. This is obvious to anyone who can read and does a little research on nutrition. Yeah for healthy grains and dairy and beans! And fruits and veggies and meat! Boo for donuts and Doritos and coke. I get it. Now to do it, which I suspect is the real problem for most people. Wish me luck!

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paleo cereal December 12, 2014 at 6:53 am

Fantastic blog you have here but I was curious if you knew
of any community forums that cover the same topics discussed in this article?
I’d really like to be a part of online community where I
can get comments from other knowledgeable individuals that
share the same interest. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.
Many thanks!
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Porfirio November 18, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Hello there! Quick question that’s entirely off topic.
Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My site looks weird when browsing from my iphone 4.

I’m trying to find a template or plugin that might be
able to resolve this problem. If you have any recommendations, please
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Stepanie October 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm

It’s hard to find educated people for this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about!
Thanks
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Paradise Lost Télécharger September 22, 2014 at 6:57 pm

WOW just what I was searching for. Came here by searching
for The paleo diet
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Lucille Short September 22, 2014 at 1:17 pm

Hahahahaha! Seriously, you are funny! But it’s true though… any form of diet that is way beyond what we presently are accustomed to should be coupled with the proper activity that complements that diet. So is it safe to say that I can just drink all the supplements in the world and be a couch potato all day and wait it out to see the effects? Of course not… but while I rant to complement your ranting, this has been fun. More power to your blog and your humour. I’ve just become a fan! LOL

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Candace September 16, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Yea for you. How many Cro Magnon ancestors did these paleo experts autopsy to find out if they had heart disease, diabetes, or whatever? Duh, and according to these same experts it is okay to eat carrots but not a potato. Carrots weren’t cultivated until approx. 1000 years ago, while the potato goes back 11,000 years. Rice is probably most like the ancient seeds cavemen ate and while they didn’t have stainless cooking pots I am willing to bet they ground stuff up and ate it. Jeez Louise, what a crock of crap this newest fad is. If these paleo enthusiasts are serious let’s all start eating raw meat and wearing skins. Give me a break. Thanks for the humor.

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Yaz August 21, 2014 at 8:28 pm

Oh my… this post is hilarious! I agree the Paleo Diet is f-ing annoying, especially if you’re a vegan! Seriously?!? No beans?!? How are vegans supposed to get protein? That’s just plain stupid! I think it’s a damaging food fad when we consider that raising all those animals to consume is actually harming the Earth and it’s a very cruel business to boot! Plus, the science behind it is extremely lacking, yet it’s become so popular! They claim dairy is bad, because the cows aren’t healthy, but they’re healthy enough to eat? Doesn’t make sense. I say grow grains, fruits, veggies and legumes and let the animals be! Why are they so afraid of carbs anyway? Processed foods are the problem, not your oatmeal!

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Chloe Jeffreys August 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Exactly. The longest loved people on the planet eat plant-based diets. It’s really add simple as that. I think paleo had become synonymous with unprocessed, but it isn’t. The Paleo Diet eliminates entire food groups that are known to be not only healthful, but better and more sustainable for the planet. Thanks for your comment. I agree, it’s not oatmeal and milk that are killing us. It’s eating too much, and too much fast and processed foods.

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Kashif Ansari August 14, 2014 at 2:23 am

yes you have said it in the best manner possible. i went on the paleo diet and it sucks!

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Oscar August 13, 2014 at 11:41 am

I’m not sure which came first (based on comment dates I think this one did), but someone is plagiarizing nearly an entire blog post: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/food-wine/food-news/10354470/Crimes-against-food-Paleo-schmaleo

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Chloe Jeffreys August 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Thank you, Oscar!! What an a-hole. He stole entire paragraphs. I’ve let them know and requested they fix it or I’m reporting them to Google for copyright infringement. I love my readers!
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Aileen August 9, 2014 at 6:23 pm

This is hilarious, but I also think life expectancy was a lot lower because of “death by misadventure” if you will. Not because of the health reasons that kill us. But, hey, we have to die of something.

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Chloe Jeffreys August 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

I think “misadventure” was a big problem when something like a simple splinter could lead to death from infection. I live in an area that wants to romanticize the “good ole days” of pre-antibiotics and vaccinations and pretend that everybody lived to be as old as Methuselah back then.

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AJ July 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm

This post is awesome. I’m so with you. Except running on the freeway. That shit is TERRIFYING.

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liz June 14, 2014 at 5:12 pm

I loved your rant. I agree with so much of it and I’m glad to know someone else is thinking what I’m thinking. I eat healthy, like no dairy, tons of veggies ect but I never want to be grouped with Paleo! Its not what they eat but WHY. Plus shouldn’t they be not cooking their food to really get the full effect?

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Chloe Jeffreys June 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Thank you, liz. Like you, I try to eat well, and the comments about how I must be living on Krispy Kremes have cracked me up. Really? It’s either Paleo or Krispy Kremes? Eliminating entire food groups that are the dietary staples of many long-lived peoples is just silly. And once anyone starts making a dogmatic religion out of their diet they’ve jumped the shark. People seem to forget that starvation/subsistence has been the #1 diet of man for most of his existence.

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veggiegirl June 11, 2014 at 7:23 pm

This article made me a little bit sad. I was just looking up a recipe for organic beet salad and somehow landed here. Clearly this was not a site for my beet salad. Nonetheless, I thought to take this as an opportunity to understand this counter-movement, or resistance, against my non-intrusive “paleo” lifestyle.
People are mean. Just let me eat my effing beet salad in peace. When I turn down the doughnut or pizza that you have offered me, and then ask me why I did… I just say” I eat healthy, I eat clean”. When you then proceed to ask what healthy means.. I say” oh I do Paleo”. Not that I plan on scavenging the woods for my effing dinner, its just easier to say “paleo” because I don’t want to explain my eating habits to you in detail by saying.. oh I eat strictly organic, non-dairy/soy/gluten/grain food. With the exception of this particular moment, I prefer to go on living my life than explain all of this to someone who thinks that I AM the crazy one for NOT eating the artificially processed genetically modified food that is dominating our grocery stores.
Please by all means, have your rant to the public about how people who eat healthy are crazy. Say all you want, the majority of us don’t give a crap about the ancestral accuracy and integrity when achieving this lifestyle… “paleo”is just an easy term to use. I just hope that such negativity, and lack of research doesn’t deter someone who could have truly benefited from this lifestyle. That would be the real travesty.

Also, I just want to remark that this lifestyle consists mainly of veggies and fruit. Not just meat,meat,and more meat! Come on – really?!! did you even research this at all? I say this with all sincerity, I challenge you to do us all a favor and write an article after you go a month with just eating organic veggies, fruit, lean meats, eggs and nuts… I bet you would have a completed different opinion 🙂

Ok that is it for tonight.. for all of you lovely souls out there that agree with this article, enjoy your pop tart and impending, but completely preventable, health issues. Awesome!! I just found and article for beet salad.

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Austin February 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm

THANK YOU!

Let people eat meat, seed, veggies and hell even their kripsy kremes and stop poo-pooing on other peoples life choices.

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Vee May 6, 2015 at 12:19 am

Personally, as someone who studies food, what I dislike about the paleo diet are the false claims that it is the epitome of diets. I eat healthy, but I don’t eat paleo diet. I eat veggies, fruits, whole grains, non-meat protein, meat, and dairy. Do I eat everything GMO-free, no. There is really no conclusive evidence on the GMO topic. To me, it’s just the people who always talk about it and advertise that it is the healthiest, also vegans do this too (and I feel the same way about them).

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Chloe Jeffreys May 6, 2015 at 2:18 pm

People who make a religion out of food bother me. I see them behave in the same way fundamentalists often do and it is very off-putting. Plus, most of these food faddists are wrong and the diets they are devoted to are a whole lotta hoopla without much substances. Thanks for commenting. It means a lot to me.

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Trendy Eaters Anonymous May 12, 2015 at 1:40 am

I’d kill to see what fad diet you’ll be following a few years from now… Bet you’re into yoga, too. 😉

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Laurie Conrad May 5, 2014 at 11:03 am

Refreshing article. Especially after receiving a flier from my local grocery store advertising a paleo cooking class where I can learn how to bake brownies, prepare chicken enchiladas and cook cowboy hash browns. I didn’t know the paleo era had cowboys!!! I have friends who eat paleo. It’s always interesting to see them order the cheeseburger and fries and claim it is paleo. Meanwhile I am ordering the salad with nuts and cranberries. And yet she is the one eating paleo . . .

(Sigh)

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Chloe Jeffreys May 5, 2014 at 11:11 am

Oh my. I recently saw a recipe for a “Paleo Blueberry Tart”. It had some “paleo” crust. Wouldn’t a “paleo” blueberry tart just be a handful of berries?

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Rudy April 27, 2014 at 10:16 am

Excellent and very funny. Well done! In addition to all that, it’s good just to hear the jerks profiting from their fairy tale theories called out for the charlatans they are.

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Stacy April 25, 2014 at 1:32 pm

If this diet makes a person feel better and live healthier, then by all means, I am for it. What I hate, personally, about this diet is how incoorect historically it is. The anthropological side of me is in tears by all the bull this diet is propagating. Once again, follow this diet for the health benefits if it works for you, but please, for the love of history (I know, I’m such a nerd), don’t be misled into thinking this is what our paleolithic ancestors ate. (below video is pretty informative)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMOjVYgYaG8

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Chloe Jeffreys April 25, 2014 at 1:59 pm

I couldn’t have said this better myself.

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mamaof3 April 23, 2014 at 10:22 am

I don’t really get articles like this. They are usually written by heavier people who seem to take other people’s health choices as a personal attack on their poor choices in life. I don’t mean to be snarky. I just don’t get the purpose of this. What are you hoping to achieve here?

If a paleo lifestyle helps someone feel healthy and reverse health issues, why do you care? How does it impact your life (other than making you a bit jealous)? In my case I have reversed my hypertension, corrected a thyroid condition (caused by eating too much of the standard American diet) and healed intestinal problems that have plagued me since childhood. Am I stupid for being happy about this? It’s not just a fad. It has saved my life.

I also understand that paleo is not for everyone (or even most people). I also understand that my anecdotal evidence is hardly conclusive proof that paleo is great. But it’s great for me. It would be excellent for a diabetic. It helped me think more about what I was putting in my body and how it effected me.

If you want to be glib about healthy eating and being overweight, I find that to be truly stupid. As someone who has paid the price already for my bad choices earlier in life, I can’t afford to be glib anymore. If that makes me “stupid” in your eyes, so be it. If energy, good blood pressure numbers and a renewed love for life is stupid, I’m a complete moron!

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Kasia May 10, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Welcome to the club. I’m a complete ‘moron’ as well and happy to be so. I’m not perfect at doing this diet, but I have realized in the year since I started it that I am healthier and happier and I weigh nearly 40 pounds less. I eat much less sugar and salt, and am more conscious of what I put in my body. If all goes well, I hope to continue being a healthy ‘moron’ for the rest of my life.

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Trendy Eaters Anonymous May 12, 2015 at 1:53 am

“I don’t mean to be snarky.” Of COURSE you do, sweetie, or you’d have left off the entire first paragraph. But nice try… 🙂

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Duncan Green April 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Hi Chloe,

You make some very interesting points though perhaps in a slightly aggressive stylee! 🙂 It is worth remembering that many of those experimenting with the Paleo diet are battling debilitating and life long conditions, often with very limited support from conventional medicine. I would suggest, far from being being stupid or faddish, the worst you could accuse them of is desperation. They are easy targets as currently all of conventional, reductive science stands opposed to these ideas.

Like many cases against Paleo you seem to be taking issue with the authenticity of the modern attempts to eat like cavefolk rather than with the efficacy of the diet itself. I can see your point. I would expect a true Paleo diet to involve more rotten meat and grubs to be honest. I strongly agree that calling this Paleolithic is a bit daft as, as you rightly point out, diet is only one factor in a sea of complex interactions. We no longer run from sabre toothe tigers for example (the idea of playing chicken with the nearest freeway was funny 🙂

I am interested in the case against Paleo but I do feel healthier following something similar. I was wondering how do you account for the radical improvements in some peoples health after changing to this style of eating? In some cases, it seems a long stretch for the Placebo Effect. Rather than battling the semantics of this approach wouldn’t it be more constructive to isolate the valuable from the noise, the scientific from the quackery? For all our sakes.

Just a thought. Good luck!

Duncan

p.s Are you really of the mountain? 😉

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Chloe Jeffreys April 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Thank you for your comment and insights Duncan. I really appreciate what you are saying.

And yes, I do love on a mountain.

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Martin Taggart April 7, 2014 at 6:59 am

Great article, and while I disagree with your conclusions, I appreciate your perspective. I follow the Paleo diet, minus the fruit. I’ve lost weight and have enjoyed the process. That’s not exactly a scientific case study, and I suppose another change in behavior might have worked as well, yet this is what worked for me.

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amanda April 6, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Um, do your research before you blast something. Eating paleo or primal isn’t just about eating meat at all, that would be terrible. ALL of nutrition is subject to what works best for an INDIVIDUAL including their bio-makeup, brain chemistry, and lifestyle. Dismissing and putting down something different simply because the idea of it ruffles your feathers without looking into it is impractical and bad advice, where some people out there reading this might actually really benefit from eating primal but you’re puting a stigma on it. Fad diets? Yes they are ridiclous and costly and dangerous, bash away. But Variant tried and true approaches to nutrition, no.

Someone who studied paleo-anthropology for 4 years at NYU and has hands on experience foraging speaking here. On your longevity note paleolithic people were living a drastically alternate lifestyle, for which the only modern equivalent of the kinds of injuries men & women were sustaining on a daily basis are rodeo riders. They weren’t sitting behind desks obviously. And in that line of reasoning, entirely based on logic and practicality, as well as nutrition science– a full paleo diet (without even complex grains) serves ATHLETES best. Primal diets compliment active life styles and augment your body’s ability to deal with them like a well oiled machine. They can also be used to serve a myriad of other individual issues including dopamine deficiencies, though preferably with physical activity added as well. I have shifted to eating completely paleo/primal for the past 8 months– I was a little worried about all of the blatant protein/fat (fish, beef, avocado, coconut oil, eggs, bacon, butter, etc) consumption bc I’m NOT exercising regularly, though i have an athletic body-makeup — and my blood work from last week does not lie. Everything that indicates health in heart, kidney, liver, cholesterol, electrolytes, etc etc function is ABOVE AVERAGE in terms of where it should be.

It’s pretty silly to bash something just based off of your preconceived notions of what it is and why you don’t like it. If it possibly has something to do with you personally being oriented as a vegetarian or a vegan you should know that vege is essential and JUST as important as meats and animal fats in a paleo diet. The ethical animals – as – food thing is a COMPLETELY different conversation and has nothing to do with whether paleo as a diet in itself is beneficial or not. It is not for everybody, just like vegetarianism isn’t. What may save one persons mental-physical-spiritual life may very aggressively harm another’s.
Just some food for thought.

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Eric April 4, 2014 at 11:25 am

Your article just made me laugh, and laugh, and laugh. Very well done! I got here by typing “Paleo diet is…” into Google and the autocorrect added the word “stupid” at the end. Bless them.

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Chloe Jeffreys April 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

Yes, Eric! Bless Google. They know a silly fad when they search for one.

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Jack April 4, 2014 at 10:29 am

I’d be happy to go live like a caveman for a while. It would give me an excuse to act out the road rage in my head and to not have to worry about paying tuition, mortgage etc.

Sometimes that sounds more attractive than you know.
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Chloe Jeffreys April 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

Jack, we’ve given up so much for convenience. Like the ability to just kill people who piss us off. I’m sure if we could we’d all need a lot less anti-depressants.

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Rudy May 10, 2014 at 3:21 pm

Yes but I don’t like that killing idea. I would have been dead years ago, probably as a child!

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Trendy Eaters Anonymous May 12, 2015 at 1:59 am

ROFLMAO!!!!!!!!! OMG–best comment on this page!!!! XD

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nt September 19, 2015 at 8:57 am

Try out for naked and afraid……

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Bill March 31, 2014 at 10:40 am

Your writing is pretty boring but that article on hunter-gatherer life expectancies was cool!

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Chloe Jeffreys April 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Your comment wasn’t exactly riveting, but your compliment was nice.

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Holly March 30, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I’m not a fan of the caveman references but I’m a huge fan of eating clean and I don’t believe we need the 6-11 servings of carbs that our govt. agency tells us to eat when they subsidize those farms. I believe in eating as many fresh, clean sources of meat, poulty, fish, veggies, etc. I run and cycle A LOT and my favorite sources of carbs are sweet potatoes and white rices. I agree, do what works for you but eating this way has 1. cleared up my eczema, 2. cleared up my acne, 3. made it easier to maintain weight and good health, and also improved my mood and energy levels. I don’t believe it’s fair to call any diet or way of life ‘stupid.’ Respect every one’s opinion and lifestyle if they feel it is making them healthier!

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amanda April 6, 2014 at 12:26 pm

signal boost

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Paul March 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Hi all,
I was 20kgs overweight back in Aug 2013, I found out about Paleo and decided to try it, lo and behold I’ve lost 16 kgs, after doing more research and self testing I’ve added good organic full fat dairy and white rice back into my diet, everyone’s different find out works for YOU. I now laugh at bloggers and podcasters who say A diet is bullshit and you should be eating B diet, if Dukan works for YOU and your happy, stick to it! If your happy being a vegan and your not hungry, well stick to it! In other words find a WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!

Cheers

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P.Wong February 18, 2014 at 3:07 pm

Thanks for the witty repartee. Was researching information on Paleo because a Paleo diet pal is constantly preaching to me on the evils of eating rice. He claims that grains will shorten my life.

Well, the life span and population of the ancient Chinese exceeded those of the nomadic tribes of the steppes when they discovered the benefits of organized agriculture and the resulting necessity of fortified cities. No more roaming the wilderness in the winter competing with predators for non-GMO scraps.

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Chloe Jeffreys February 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

“Preaching” is such an interesting word. There is an element of the religious to those who seem most enthralled with the Paleo Diet even though is is a scientifically proven fact that people groups who eat grain-based diets live statistically longer, healthier lives. Anyone interested in a diet that is linked to longevity should check out: http://www.bluezones.com/

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amanda April 6, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Correlation between diet and longevity is entirely PERSON based and subjective, which is why you could just as easily find contradictory articles stating the same thing for a myriad of different “diets” out there. It’s not a good idea to blast one thing that could help certain people when your beliefs and experiences and can ALSO help people. Everybody’s biological, mental, and spiritual makeup is different and we all have individualized brain chemical and body process imbalances. One system is just not going to cut it for everyone, and medicine just doesn’t work that way. It’s an outdated mode of thinking in the medical world to throw one thing at everyone’s problems. The “religious” thinking your referencing if something that happens everywhere with people clinging onto a group concept that either A) they think can help them because they’re desperate or B) truly HAS helped them in their lifestyle when they were desperate so now there is a magical quality to its cultural existence. In ANY alternative or general lifestyle change there HAS to be an element of constant ritualism to apply the change consistently and make it STICK in your life, and that is not a bad thing. People generally “preach” about something, whatever it is (veganism, paleo, a really good tv show, christianity) because they honestly believe it has or will help them, and are motivated from some core place to communicate it to and help others in the same way, rather than simply focusing on themselves.

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outonalimb February 5, 2014 at 11:48 am

I love this article! Any diet that tells you not to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, and low glycemic carbohydrates (beans, whole grains, etc. is a poor diet.

This is proven beyond the shadow of any doubt by the longevity of people on the mediterranean diet.
http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/study-supports-heart-benefits-from-mediterranean-style-diets-201302255930
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats-full-story/
(Read the references at the bottom of the second link)

The only exception that I know of to this is if you have diabetes. It took me about 30 seconds to determine that the link posted by Jeffrey robinson was in favor of a paleo diet for diabetics.

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Kris January 13, 2014 at 1:31 am

Your post : no one scientific research reference
Random paleo blog post : a dozen of scientific research paper references

Not difficulty to know who is right between you and science. Obviously it isn’ you =)

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wgreens January 11, 2014 at 9:21 am

Your stupid

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Chloe Jeffreys January 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I guess you told me, huh? Feel better?

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Nishi January 31, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I bet you are fat.

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Chloe Jeffreys January 31, 2014 at 2:38 pm

You found me out!

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Suzanne February 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Nishi, Baseless suppositions such as this reveal a reduced capacity for reasoning.

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Suzanne February 11, 2014 at 4:23 pm

wgreens – A paleo diet obviously does not improve your intelligence…or would you have written “you’re intelligence”.

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John January 9, 2014 at 11:33 am

Holy bread and lugens! All the Paleo and “We must live like nature wants us too!” people came out in full force.

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amanda April 6, 2014 at 12:37 pm

people can live whatever way they want as long as it makes them happy and doesn’t hurt anyone. the problem may be that this article was tagged in or came up under a “paleo diet” categorization in aggregates or whatever. Therefor a lot of people led to this are those who actually eat primal or are interested in learning more about it, and by nature this article is intrinsically juvenile and uninformative, because it’s a rant.

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Elena Brown January 2, 2014 at 7:10 pm

You don’t really understand the statistics involved in life expectancy data. Just a hint: infant mortality rates in 1900 of 100 deaths per 1000 live births account for a 5+ year downward shift. Pandemic flu also figures in. Modern medicine is what accounts for longetivity. Not modern diet.

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Tina December 31, 2013 at 11:04 am

Chole,

I just totally LOLed the whole freeway comment….HILARIOUS. I really loved this article – it is so common sense. I think this whole thing is ridiculous too…something about it has never quite rang true to me. These food blogs out here will make you CRAZY and convince you if you don’t make a change in your diet ASAP, you WILL die an early death. Always, in the back of my mind, I’ve been like uhhhh what about the cenetarians in the Mediterranean and all their grain-eating, evil ways???? I think, hopefully, most of the food blog nut-jobs can agree that a minimally processed, veggie-rich, nutrient-rich diet is the way to go without swinging through the jungle of massive food group eliminations. I don’t even know what that means. Thanks again for your article 🙂

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Kris January 13, 2014 at 1:35 am

Well, some cenetarians said they didn’t eat veggies and eat almost only processed food …. So if we follow your logic, your argument has the same value as the arguments of paleo eaters

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Traci Johnson December 31, 2013 at 9:19 am

This is hilarious! Thanks for putting into words everything my mind has been thinking.

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Jeffrey Robinson December 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Hmmm took about 30 seconds to find a journal article showing the benefits of a paleolithic diet. Seems like somebody doesn’t do research before they start blabbing…..
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2787021/

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Chloe Jeffreys December 30, 2013 at 8:14 am

You are right, Jeffrey. There are plenty of articles out there expounding the benefits of the paleo diet. This article that you’ve linked to refers to two VERY short-term studies (3 months!) regarding the health benefits of a paleo diet for sufferers of Type II Diabetes compared to the typical diabetic diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association. Anyone familiar with the ADA diet knows that the ADA diet is CRAP! Any diet that allows you to drink all the Diet Pepsi you want is ludicrous. The thing with the ADA diet though is that the sole focus of it is carbohydrate control, not overall healthful eating.

I do not doubt that anyone who stops drinking Diet Coke for three months will improve their health.

If you are interested in real dietary science, there are thousands of centenarians (those are people who live to 100) who’ve been doing, well, hundred year studies on the best diet for long term health and longevity and it isn’t paleo. http://www.bluezones.com/

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Jeffrey Robinson December 24, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Wow is all that comes to mind… You have managed to make yourself sound like a complete idiot. If you took maybe five minutes and did some more research you would find that this diet is supported by biochemists, nutritionists, doctors and on and on and on and on. Not only is it supported by people in every sector of the nutrition field but there are also HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of Journal studies that show the benefits of this lifestyle. Before you decide to post another absolute ignorant article do some research and present the argument with legitimate evidence. Try talking to the hundreds of thousands of individuals that this diet change has literally saved their life and tell them its bullshit, see how that goes. Clearly your just another close minded zombie who believes every piece of crap the government and corrupt organizations tell you. MORON

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Jessica December 30, 2013 at 12:00 am

Actually, there’s way more proof that a (healthy) vegan diet is the healthiest…I’m not vegan, but if you actually do real research, that’s what you’ll find.

And also, you need to CALM DOWN. Agree or not, chill out, you’ll live longer. It’s just someone’s opinion.

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Chloe Jeffreys December 30, 2013 at 8:23 am

Yes, in terms of longevity, there is a lot of good science out there that supports a vegan diet. Thanks for commenting!

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Kris January 13, 2014 at 1:37 am

Not one human civilisation on the histoty of earth lived only on veggies/fruits … That speaks a lot

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Adam January 31, 2014 at 11:03 am

Some societies had access to meat, others ate tiny amounts, others ate none. You’re wrong… that speaks a lot too.

Kel January 19, 2015 at 10:39 pm

We’re omnivores for a reason… We work best eating a wide variety of different foods. You could have a diet with meat that was just as healthy or healthier than a vegan diet. As long as you’re getting the nutrients you need, that’s what matters. There is no reason to completely avoid animal foods. Lessen our consumption? For many, that answer is yes. But meat has certain amino acids that are less efficient or hard to come by in nuts and vegetables. Some cholesterol is necessary in a healthy diet. But there really aren’t many arguments for everyone to stop eating animal meat. It’s how we evolved.

There is no proof that vegan or vegetarian diets are necessarily better than other diets. The ‘studies’ that come out for any of these diets (not just vegan ones) are usually observational, they are not controlled trials. I would argue that there is no ‘best’ diet. What works for one person will not necessarily work for another person. We are all different and our bodies respond differently to different things. For some people, cutting meat out might be best for them. For others, it might be less healthy.

I have no problems with people who are vegetarians and vegans as long as they don’t try to force or guilt-trip people into doing the same. We don’t demonize lions for eating antelope, neither should we do the same to humans who eat meat; it is a natural part of our lives.

Suzanne February 11, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Jeffrey, would it be possible for you to actually post links to any of the “hundreds of thousands” of research citations. A quick google search does nothing. It all depends on the parameters of the search and you have to be very specific. You don’t mention whether you are using google or google scholar. It does sound as though your own search and conclusions are a little light on rigour.

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Kel January 19, 2015 at 10:47 pm

That’s because there are no scientific studies with controlled trials that has any evidence supporting the idea that a Paleo diet is better than other diets. The premise of the Paleo diet and it’s argument that we have not evolved to our current diet is unfounded. There is much evidence that Paleolithic humans consumed grains and legumes.

We humans are omnivores who can lead healthy lives on a wide variety of diets. We are actually very flexible eaters and can subsist on what some people consider terrible food. That doesn’t mean we should eat fast-food all of the time, but there are many diets that offer a healthy lifestyle, and there is no one specific diet that reigns supreme above the rest. Any of those claims are just propaganda.

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Ariella Abbott November 27, 2013 at 12:35 pm

It shouldnt even be called a Paleo diet!! I highly doubt our ancestors cookd their food, and most recipes you see advertised as “paleo” is cooked and sauteed with this and that, the blended in this food processor and then lightly cookedwith this and yadda yadda yadda. It should simply be called EATING HEALTHY!!! Not this stupid term “paleo”. I hate it when people advertise gluten free sweets as “paleo” too! I dont think our paleolithic ancestors baked pumpkin pie!!

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Kel January 19, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Our ancestors also lived much differently. They were chased by predators and we are much more sedentary. Their average lifespan was also much lower…

More than the Paleo diet itself, the fact that people consider it Paleo is what irks me the most, I think. Archaeologists disagree with the term as well.

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Rudy-in-la October 23, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I thought the article was funny. I tried eating high fat lesser carbs and my blood sugars got better, but my blood pressure started going up. I went back to my old diet. Super-ultra-minimal (almost none….seriously) processed food. I don’t avoid any food group at all. I don’t overdose on any food group either. I don’t know if this is a vegan/vegetarian website, but I won’t eat that way either. If you watch nutrition films starting in the late 30’s, many available on YouTube, you see a pretty well balanced diet with maybe a bit of excessive dairy as I think most of them are sponsored by the Dairy Association and it’s producers. The WWII military dietary films are especially interesting to me. Talk about a tough job. Properly feeding a country, a lot of the rest of the world, and a HUGE military! Two things I noticed. I have never heard or read anywhere else where the body converts fat and proteins to carbohydrates. Glucose yes. Carbs? Interesting. Also, I think Okinawans and people in the Mediterannean eat a lot more meat and fish than the media represents to us. Okinawans eat a LOT of pork, as well as seafood. Mediterraneans eat a lot more meat and seafood as well. Anyway, interesting debate here.

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Natosha Womack October 13, 2013 at 7:14 am

One, I would like to point out that your piece has several writing errors. Two, whether people today follow a “true” Paleo diet or not, that does not inherently make it “stupid”. I have an older friend that has an autoimmune disease. The doctors told her that she would never walk again in her life and they wanted to start her on steroids right away. She politely declined and said that she wanted to do a little research first. Ten years later she is happy and healthy. She cannot only walk, but on a daily basis she lifts 15 pound bags of clay for her art students. What did she change? Her diet. She switched to a Paleo diet and it made all the difference in the world. The Paleo diet has been scientifically proven to reduce inflammation (helping those that suffer from arthritis or fibromyalgia), reverse the effects of Type 2 diabetes and limit the effects of autoimmune disorders, just to name a few. S0, Chloe, if I were you, I would continue to bite my tongue.

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Spartacus November 15, 2013 at 11:44 am

That’s ONE case. What you’ve said here isn’t substantiated by any trend. Also, lifting boxes of clay constitutes exercise. Sit down. You’ve said nothing of merit.

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K November 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

I work in an organic food market and the stories I hear of chronic inflammatory diseases being rectified by this diet are almost unbelievable. I have had more than 5 customers comment to me, unprompted. It may not work for some people but for others this diet has changed their lives greatly for the positive.

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Kel January 19, 2015 at 10:59 pm

But anecdotal references aren’t very reliable. I would like to see a double-blind controlled trial with a large sample size, if we are going to be comparing diets this way. That way, unknown variables can be limited and the placebo effect is eliminated.

Furthermore, I am certain that there are other diets that would also improve these people’s health. For example, I’ve heard the same things about people who went on the Atkin’s diet or similar diets. These people might have also changed other bad habits besides their eating style. I’m not saying it’s not a good alternative for some people. But I wouldn’t be so quick to declare it a treatment for chronic disease without sufficient evidence to support it.

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Mitch September 27, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Entertaining article and at times funny…..

But the use of Strawman arguments weakens your position.

Also it’s clear the reasons for average life expectancy have not been properly researched.

If you address the above two issues you find you haven’t presented any arguments to support your stance.

But I understand that the article is geared more toward entertainment and humor than boring facts and details, so the goal was achieved.

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Chloe Jeffreys September 28, 2013 at 9:14 am

Mitch, thank you for commenting! I always get excited when I see a new commenter. It really does make my day.

I’m sad thought that you weren’t impressed by my link to the study done by UC Berkeley on the estimated life expectancy of prehistoric peoples. I thought that was pretty scientificky.

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Kasia September 11, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Chloe: Thank you for not holding to your blog’s sell-by date. As you can see, not everyone reads your blog the minute it gets posted. Sometimes people discover blogs they’ve never read quite a while after someone has written it. 🙂

Now to the nitty gritty. I wrote my reply only targeting a couple of points. If only you could have responded to those only without falling back on your inaccuracies. (primarily with your equation that Carbohydrates = Glucose, i.e., one and the same thing, and that Carbohydrates, a supplier of glucose can be created by a different supplier of glucose).

I never did argue that glucose was not needed by the brain. I fully agree, based on everything I’ve read so far, that human brains seem to need glucose to function. Which is why the body has a process called gluconeogenesis. I did however say ““…. oh really? So, the three main macronutrients: Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate are, in reality, only one or two macronutrients: Fat/Protein or Carbohydrate? Because if your body can make carbohydrates from Fat and Protein then there is no need at all to eat any carbohydrates. I think you are mistaking the fact that Carbohydrates are converted 100% into Glucose (a sugar for energy) and any excess glucose that your body doesn’t need for energy is then stored as fat, which can be released (in the absence of ‘adequate’ carbohydrate/caloric intake needed in a day) be released to convert back to glucose for use in the body. But….Please do correct me if I am wrong and Protein and Fat actually do convert to Carbohydrates in the body. “.

Yet, you did not acknowledge that Carbohydrates (a macro-nutrient) cannot be created by Fats and Proteins (two other macro-nutrients). Instead you continued to state that “It is true that your body can break down fat and protein to manufacture the necessary carbohydrates you need to surf the internet and comment on blog posts–that’s just how important they are for function–but they are an expensive way to get the glucose you need to live.”. So….

do you really believe that proteins and fats can CREATE carbohydrates?????? Because if you do….. and if they are able to create carbohydrates in your body, THEN no-one needs to eat carbohydrates at all… Because all someone would have to do is eat fats and proteins, and their bodies would then MAKE Carbohydrates.

I hold that fat and protein have no way of breaking down into carbohydrates. They can, however, break down into useable glucose.

Basically, Glucose is needed in the body. It is still very debatable if the source of that glucose is from carbohydrate or fat/proteins is the most important factor. There are a number of persons who live quite well while eating fats and proteins in higher percentages than the government recommends.

And regarding the Blue Zones. Yes, there are five groups of peoples (out of all the groups of peoples on the earth) that have been noted for their longevity. These five do seem to have a plant-based diet…..

But one that is dramatically different from the plant-based and vegetarian diets that modern society is embracing. I think a bit more studying will have to be done to do more than it’s current correlation and find out what actually is about their diets that is the primary increaser of life. It is possible that it is less meat, but it may not be only that. It may be that these people do not eat the wheat and other grain products we eat in our society. Perhaps the idea is plant based….. but ONLY if it is plant based off non-grain foods and limits the starchy vegetables to plants like sweet potatoes, etc. Or perhaps it is because their diet imposes a caloric restriction that modern society doesn’t and that caloric restriction, whether plant or meat/fish based is the primary reason/causation of longer life. (because, although a number of vegetarians are living longer than a number of meat-eaters, it doesn’t seem to go hand-in-hand with all vegetarians living to be centenarians).

May you and I both live long enough to find out.

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Chloe Jeffreys September 15, 2013 at 10:51 am

Hey Kaisa,

Carbohydrates are an absolutely essential nutrient. And I’ve written over and over again that our bodies can get the carbohydrates they need from either protein or fat. Carbs are so essential that our bodies know how to turn just about anything we eat into them. And fat can and is made from excess carbohydrates and protein. As far as that goes, protein in unique in that our bodies can’t manufacture proteins from either fat or carbyhydrates. Our bodies need essential amino acids in order to make the proteins that make up us.

But the problem with using protein and fat to make carbohydrates is that it is very expensive both in terms of actual financial cost and its impact on the environment. The planet cannot sustain a Paleo diet for 7 billion people. Only the richest people on the planet can eat this diet, while at the same time the environmental impact from a Paleo diet detrimentally affects the poorest since grains that could be used to feed people are bought and fed to cattle instead.

When our bodies use fat to make carbohydrates, the waste product from that chemical reaction is ketones. Whether or not ketogenic diets are good for you over the longhaul is highly debatable. While some people seem to see immediate results in terms of lowered cholesterol, etc, the long term health effects aren’t known.

For me, at 52, and weighing exactly five pounds more than I did on my wedding day 27 years ago, a diet that promotes healthful longevity is far more important to me than weight loss. I use self-control and moderation to control my weight, and I have for my entire life.

I am not convinced that a high protein/fat low carb diet is the best one for longevity. The evidence we have from the longest lived people groups does not support this hypothesis. In fact, the Blue Zones support an opposite view, that complex carbohydrate diets are more healthful over the long term.

I think the Paleo Diet is more or less healthful, but what I don’t think it is is sustainable over a lifetime for most people because it is a fad; a reworked Atkins Diet Fad wrapped in a pretty Whole Foods organic package. Cutting out entire food groups is never a good idea. It is better to learn to eat food in moderation than forbid ourselves the foods we want. I also object to the superior cult-like attitude from some of its adherents. There isn’t anything more righteous about being Paleo than there is about being a Vegan. It’s food, not god.

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Food Scientist November 15, 2013 at 1:43 am

“When our bodies use fat to make carbohydrates, the waste product from that chemical reaction is ketones.”

Completely and utterly wrong. The body is INCAPABLE of synthesising carbohydrates from fat. Ketones are NOT a waste product – they are a primary fuel, along with glucose, for the nervous system.

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Chloe Jeffreys November 15, 2013 at 3:23 pm

You’re not really a “Food Scientist” right? You’re just playing one on the internet, right? Because if you really were a “food scientist” you’d know that our bodies dern well do break down fat and proteins to create carbohydrates. That’s what weight-loss really is all about. When we take in too many calories in the form of either fats, carbohydrates, or protein our bodies store that excess in the form of fat. When you go on a diet your body breaks down the fat to make the carbohydrates it needs to function. The only thing your body cannot really manufacture very well is proteins. For that you need the amino acid building blocks.

Now, it is true that the brain can become ketoadaptive and use ketones in lieu of carbohydrates. There is even some benefit of this to epileptics.

Here’s some actual science for you: http://medical-base.com/presence-of-ketones-in-urine-its-causes-and-how-to-reduce-it, http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/cellular-microscopic/fat-cell3.htm, And here’s an article from the American Diabetes Association on ketones: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/ketoacidosis-dka.html. While too many carbs will make you fat, too many ketones can kill you. Ketones are a “secondary” source of fuel, only used by the body if there aren’t enough carbs available. They are not a primary or desirable form except under certain medical conditions.

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Kel January 20, 2015 at 12:29 am

If I might weigh in here, I will start by saying I am no food science expert. I am a chemist, and I only claim basic knowledge of biology. So bear with me if any of my explanations seem inaccurate (and, please, tell me so that I may correct any erroneous conclusions).

The argument here seems to be whether or not fats and proteins can break down into carbohydrates. I think what the difference here is a difference in definition of a carbohydrate. Glucose is a monosaccharide and is the simplest of carbohydrates. The body can use fat and protein as sources of energy, being hydrolyzed in the body via enzymatic reaction to produce energy. Obviously, for complex carbohydrates, it is another matter completely. But those will also break down into simple sugars and glucose and ultimately give way (after a series of complex cellular reactions) to carbon dioxide, water, and energy. No, it isn’t 100%, but carbohydrates can only be stored in limited quantities, which is why our bodies are so eager to use them for energy.

Chloe is correct that obtaining glucose via the fats and proteins is much more energetically expensive. There seems to be agreement all around that humans need carbohydrates in their diet. It is our main source of energy and unlike plants, we do not readily generate this ourselves. We get the overwhelming majority of our carbohydrates by eating them.

I realized (after writing this post) I am late to the party. I’m not good in keeping up with the current fads are, which is slightly embarrassing, as young as I am. I only heard about the Paleo diet a few months back. (The terminology of which confuses me, as I see nothing similar about the diets of the Paleo dieters and actual Paleolithic humans).

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Kasia September 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

Chloe:

You have a number of things ‘wrong’ in your blog as well as being quite drifty with your arguments. I don’t think you know what you are talking about, nor do you understand the Paleo diet. But….. just to work on a couple of points you made (not in the blog but in your replies to other commenters): You said (after someone pointed out that you offered no information on the Paleo Diet) “David, not everything has to have a point.”, but then went on to say to someone else: “My point exactly. The Paleo Diet eliminates the primary non-animal sources of protein: legumes, whole grains, and dairy. That means that in order to get one’s required amount of protein, and other calories, you have to eat lots of meat. Meat is delicious, and I love meat, but meat isn’t this new health food. That’s just crazy talk. All of the longest-lived people groups (see Blue Zones) eat plant-based diets, not animal-based.

Carbs are not bad. That’s simply untrue. Our brains and muscles need carbohydrates to function properly. Carbohydrates are so important that our bodies know how to take any other energy source, protein or fats, and turn them into carbohydrates. When you eat a high-protein/low carbohydrate diet you are in essence substituting protein for your carbohydrates. Your body then has to break down the protein to make the carbohydrates it needs. This is extremely expensive in terms of the planet since it takes much more resources to make a protein molecule than a carbohydrate one. Therefore the Paleo Diet leaves a significantly larger carbon footprint in its wake.”

According to http://extension.usu.edu/files/publications/publication/FN_191.pdf the author, who states she a food and nutrition specialist states that “It should be pointed out that vegetable protein is less well digested and
utilized than animal protein. If the main protein source is from vegetables, 65 grams per day is
recommended as compared with 45 grams per day when animal products provide the primary
protein source.” This kind of flies in the face of your statement that “My point exactly. The Paleo Diet eliminates the primary non-animal sources of protein: legumes, whole grains, and dairy. That means that in order to get one’s required amount of protein, and other calories, you have to eat lots of meat.”. If Meat protein is a better utilized by the body than plant protein, so much so that you have to intake approximately 1/3 more plant protein to get the equivilent of animal protein, then your statement should read something on the order that to get one’s required amount of protein and other calories, you have to eat lots of plants and other non-meat sources of protein.

Also, in your second paragraph you said “Carbs are not bad. That’s simply untrue. Our brains and muscles need carbohydrates to function properly. Carbohydrates are so important that our bodies know how to take any other energy source, protein or fats, and turn them into carbohydrates. When you eat a high-protein/low carbohydrate diet you are in essence substituting protein for your carbohydrates. Your body then has to break down the protein to make the carbohydrates it needs. “…. oh really? So, the three main macronutrients: Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrate are, in reality, only one or two macronutrients: Fat/Protein or Carbohydrate? Because if your body can make carbohydrates from Fat and Protein then there is no need at all to eat any carbohydrates. I think you are mistaking the fact that Carbohydrates are converted 100% into Glucose (a sugar for energy) and any excess glucose that your body doesn’t need for energy is then stored as fat, which can be released (in the absence of ‘adequate’ carbohydrate/caloric intake needed in a day) be released to convert back to glucose for use in the body. But….Please do correct me if I am wrong and Protein and Fat actually do convert to Carbohydrates in the body.

You might want to read http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201104/your-brain-ketones. It has some informative statements regarding gluconeogenesis and ketone bodies (which can throw a body into ketosis….. not the same as ketoacidodis)…..

Just an idea…. as a fluff piece of non-intelligent writing, your blog piece was funny and hit the mark as LOL. As a writing that shows your knowledge and perception of what is actually going on with a Paleo diet and the processes the body needs, etc. — not so much. You just might want to go back and actually educate yourself.

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Chloe Jeffreys September 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Kasia,

At first I wasn’t really going to respond to your comment because I’m feeling like this post has passed it’s sell-by date, but since you took such time and care I felt I should say thank you for commenting. I really do know quite a lot about nutrition, as a matter of fact.

Your brain absolutely has to have glucose in order to function. It can’t metabolize any other nutrient for energy. The Krebs cycle in each and every one of your mitochondria needs glucose to create ATP, the energy you live off of, and needed to write this comment.

It is true that your body can break down fat and protein to manufacture the necessary carbohydrates you need to surf the internet and comment on blog posts–that’s just how important they are for function–but they are an expensive way to get the glucose you need to live.

Every long-lived people group on this planet live on a carbohydrate-based diet. For more information about longevity and diet, please check out the Blue Zones I’ve linked several times in my comments: http://www.bluezones.com/
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Kelly August 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

You know something is funny when you laugh out loud as your reading something by yourself. This is extremely witty and fun to read. I’m sharing on my FB. lol.

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Chloe Jeffreys August 21, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Thank you! I’m glad you found it entertaining.

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Kat August 13, 2013 at 8:01 pm

I’ve been sitting here reading your blog all day… And this is the funniest post!
And I have tried to make this argument with my “Paleo” loving friends but you say it best!
Thank you!
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Chloe Jeffreys August 15, 2013 at 10:56 am

No, thank you, Kat! This is the sort of comment a blogger lives to read.

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Ana August 9, 2013 at 4:40 pm

This was a hilarious read! I understand that everyone’s bodies are different and some diets will work great for some people, but I find this paleo lifestyle SO STRANGE! At least vegetarianism and vegan-ism have a purpose – to save animal lives!

My grandma is Japanese and eats a mostly white sticky rice and seafood diet, and look! She’s a strong 99 years old! Still tending to her garden, and walking home from the grocery store with her groceries in hand. No injuries, no health problems. I expect she’ll live to 1000.

It’s all about portions and balance, and living an active lifestyle, people. Why limit yourself? Will cheese and bread really make your life that miserable?

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Chloe Jeffreys August 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Hey Ana! So glad you came by and left this great comment. The longest lived people on the planet eat diets like your grandma, grain-based with small amounts of meat/fish with vegetables and fruits. From what I can tell, this Paleo Diet thing is just Atkins respun. I don’t understand how people can think they can eliminate entire food groups without experiencing dietary deficiencies in the long run.

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Karine August 7, 2013 at 2:57 am

Hi Chloe, since my comment is awaiting moderation could you please reject it and possibly accept this modified version :

I totally agree with Jonathan. By the way, I am from France and over here healthy & lean people have a non-restrictive diet rich in fruit and veggies, grains (most people do eat bread at each meal – my great grandfather has eaten a baguette per day for as long as he can remember : he will turn 99 in December and is in pretty good health), meat, fish from the fish market and the butcher, olive oil and cheese (many people finish their meal with a yoghurt). Having spent more than 4 years in the US, I ve noticed that in France we eat smaller portions, far less processed food and artificial stuff (our bread is made of flour, water, salt and levain and nothing else, our salad dressing is oil, vinegar and a bit of mustard (which itself does not include anything else than ground mustard seeds) etc., we sit down to eat at regular times -two to three times a day.
I personally prefer to eat what my body “has evolved to eat” depending on who my recent ancestors were and the sort of gut bacteria I have to help me digest my food. It required experimenting with food. I found out that my body is at its best on a varied daily diet (one that includes fruit and colorful veggies, whole grains (specially none or low gluten ones (buckwheat, rice, millet but also einkorn and oats) (during the few times I have suffered from gastro-enteritis or food poisoning, I could still fuel my body with muesli&soymilk- nothing else would agree with me but these) , olive oil, nuts, a bit of animal protein, a bit of vegetal protein (i.e a mix of pulses & rice & nuts ), yoghurt and a piece of dark chocolate).

🙂
K

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Chloe Jeffreys August 7, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Thank you for bringing a balanced and educated opinion to the discussion, Karine. Sorry it took so long to moderate your comment. I hate comment moderation, but I have to because of all the spammers.

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Orville Banks August 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm

For me personally, I don’t like the idea of always eating pork, beef or chicken and only one type of fat like coconut oil. Those foods are certainly good for you, but can lose their appeal if you eat too much of them. I try to eat a diversity of foods and choose cuts of meat I wouldn’t choose normally, even though I oftentimes have no idea how to prepare them. This is, in my opinion, what puts the fun back in eating and makes us more conscious of where our food comes from and what it does for us. This is the reason why this paleo diet food list includes meats, vegetables or fruits that are less popular, but still easy to get at a fair price .
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Teddy G August 6, 2013 at 11:38 am

wow, lots of comments since i was here last! At least there’s discussion.

Thought this link was worth sharing.

http://www.sott.net/article/242516-Heart-surgeon-speaks-out-on-what-really-causes-heart-disease

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David August 3, 2013 at 8:33 am

What is the point of this blog/rant? You offer no information at all pertaining to the Paleo diet.

No i am not a Paleo.

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Chloe Jeffreys August 3, 2013 at 10:46 am

David, not everything has to have a point.

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Christopher James July 31, 2013 at 2:31 am

Diet all boils down to eating a healthy meal, avoiding junk foods and doing exercise regularly. That’s enough diet for me.
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sarah July 27, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Thank you! At least I know there is at least one other sane person in this world! I think this diet is stupid to, but I think all diets that severly restrict carbs is stupid. Why? Because your body NEEDS carbs. Glucose (broken down carbs) is the main ingredient in ATP (the body’s energy source) We need ATP for almost everything and lots of it. Plus your brain runs exclusively on glucose. When I mentioned this to a paleo follower he told me that the liver can make more glucose then the brain needs. Ok no basic chemistry/physics. Energy can not be created or destroyed only changed. The liver does not make glucose. The brain can tell the liver the turn amino acids (from proteins) into glucose under times of stress. However doing this releases ketone bodies which are toxic to liver, and if it is continued the liver will fail. Its fun being a science major.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 29, 2013 at 11:32 am

Sarah, I wanted to send you a bouquet of flowers for this comment. The non-carb people are completely ignoring biology. We absolutely have to have carbs to function. Our bodies are so desperately in need of carbs that it knows how to break down fats and proteins to get them. But using animal proteins and fats to get carbohydrates is extremely expensive in terms of the environment. I also think that over the long run these diets are not sustainable, and that eventually people return to their normal eating without having learned anything about portion control.

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yourkindmustrot July 19, 2015 at 4:39 am

Have you read about HT-2c receptor knockout mice? Maybe you know a similiar effect could be reached by using SSRI. Read anything about prader Willi people? I guess not but like the typical spoiled bourguoise your’e too arrogant to acknowledge not everyone is having the same capacity for “portion control”.

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Brain Haynes July 26, 2013 at 5:49 am

Our highly processed, carb-obsessed eating pattern is the culprit behind many of our biggest health ills, so why not go back—way back—to the Paleolithic period of more than 10,000 years ago, when our diet wasn’t full of junk food and pasta ? Paleo advocates say we should eat the way we ate when we were hunting and gathering: animal protein and plants.
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Irongramps2012 July 20, 2013 at 7:50 am

Are kidding me with this stupid monologue? The idea of paleo is to get back to eating whole – NON PROCESSED – foods.
People are dying for many reasons and most of them today are preventable and self inflicted.
Understand the idea of paleo not the details of the bug eating aspect.
Get educated.

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Lynn July 20, 2013 at 6:54 am

Hush!
#freak

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Andres A. Carroll July 18, 2013 at 6:38 am

A group interested in the Paleo diet, learning and sharing more about the Paleo diet, new research, books, recipes and food sources. Meetups will often be at some restaurant where paleo-style recipes can be enjoyed or other venues of Paleo value.
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Agustin Castro July 16, 2013 at 4:28 pm

For general day to day meal construction, here is a pie chart representing ratios (by volume of food) you should strive for. Of course, this can be tweaked to your particular needs and preferences, but it can give you an idea of where you stand, especially if you don’t feel as good as in the beginning and wonder why. Often it’s just a matter of a food group like nuts and seeds or fruits slowly creeping up and replacing healthier meat, fish or vegetable choices. There is about as many ways to eat a paleo diet that there is people though so feel free to more or less of everything, especially if you’re experienced enough to know your needs and to listen to your body.
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Gold Price July 14, 2013 at 11:48 pm

For me personally, I don’t like the idea of always eating pork, beef or chicken and only one type of fat like coconut oil. Those foods are certainly good for you, but can lose their appeal if you eat too much of them. I try to eat a diversity of foods and choose cuts of meat I wouldn’t choose normally, even though I oftentimes have no idea how to prepare them. This is, in my opinion, what puts the fun back in eating and makes us more conscious of where our food comes from and what it does for us. This is the reason why this paleo diet food list includes meats, vegetables or fruits that are less popular, but still easy to get at a fair price .
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Kristin July 11, 2013 at 7:37 am

Ok…with all due respect, there is not much that is accurate or true in this article. What is true is that it is offensive to intelligence to assume that because you say it on a blog, it counts as fact. Those choosing a paleo diet never idealize Paleolithic life. It is, in fact, based on genetics, physiology, and nutrition, not statistics. The fact is that our bodies rely on enzymes to process a vast majority of our food. These chemicals are produced by our bodies as well as a number of bacteria living in our guts. Processed foods contain compounds that our bodies do not have the enzymes to break down. This is what happens to people who do not have the gene to make the enzyme that breaks down lactose (dairy sugar). Im sure you’re familiar with this idea. In turn, they unfortunately are absorbed and often stored in fat cells hoping to be broken down someday, somehow. You derive no nutrition from this.

One of the major benefits of a paleo lifestyle is maximum nutrition per calorie. Any diet can be misused and lead to weight gain. Hypertension, heart disease, and metabolic disorders ensue when nutrition is ignored. If you wait until you’re 40 to give a shit, you may not have the choice much longer. It’s a big mistake to assume a diet is only for vanity.

At the end of the day, the dominating force is calories in vs. calories out. The paleo (wo)man would have sustained him/herself on fruits and vegetation for a major portion of his/her diet. Hunting (aka meat) was hit or miss (literally). You can’t find any unfortunate extrapolation of an unfounded study to counter that veggies are really good for you. Add an intense, heavy resistance, endurance sport like Crossfit to a HEALTHY diet: holy cow…you might get fit!

But fit people follow their nutrition carefully, no matter the title of the diet, and most paleo diet followers are completely dedicated. But if you researched more than conjectured, you’d know that.

The fear point…pleased don’t get me started. Our bodies aren’t engineered just to fear. The sympathetic nervous system is geared for quick response to danger. Meaning you can run, you can jump; respond to stimuli quickly in a physical manor. OMG. Could that be exercise? You mean healthy diet and exercise are GOOD for me? Cortisol, the major hormone in fear, is released with stress and anxiety. It is also a fit persons enemy and we get plenty of that dealing with life itself.
So, my point? Do some research before you write bogus speculations that some person, less educated, might actually believe. But my real recommendation: don’t believe me either. Go get educated and learn for yourself.

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MaryB July 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

Why can’t we all agree that just eating REAL FOOD, instead of manufactured, boxed, packaged, processed food is what is important?

THAT is what eating Paleo is really all about…it’s that simple.

I don’t think that is stupid at all! In fact, going Paleo has left me 60 pounds lighter. How stupid is that? 😉

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Lenore K. Frederick July 8, 2013 at 4:17 am

In the multi-billion dollar diet and weight loss industry, fad diets come and go. One of the latest, hottest fad diets to emerge is the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet is supposedly based on what our caveman ancestors ate–a menu considered healthier than what most modern humans eat. However, most nutritionists are skeptical about the Paleo Diet because it eliminates entire food groups essential to good health.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 8, 2013 at 11:55 am

My point exactly. The Paleo Diet eliminates the primary non-animal sources of protein: legumes, whole grains, and dairy. That means that in order to get one’s required amount of protein, and other calories, you have to eat lots of meat. Meat is delicious, and I love meat, but meat isn’t this new health food. That’s just crazy talk. All of the longest-lived people groups (see Blue Zones) eat plant-based diets, not animal-based.

Carbs are not bad. That’s simply untrue. Our brains and muscles need carbohydrates to function properly. Carbohydrates are so important that our bodies know how to take any other energy source, protein or fats, and turn them into carbohydrates. When you eat a high-protein/low carbohydrate diet you are in essence substituting protein for your carbohydrates. Your body then has to break down the protein to make the carbohydrates it needs. This is extremely expensive in terms of the planet since it takes much more resources to make a protein molecule than a carbohydrate one. Therefore the Paleo Diet leaves a significantly larger carbon footprint in its wake.

This diet is an unscientific fad that has grown legs stronger than I knew when I wrote this piece. The Paleo Diet is NOT synonymous with healthy eating. Apparently many people have decided that “Paleo” means whatever they think it means. It doesn’t mean “unprocessed foods” because unless you have a farm and are growing all of your own foods, all the foods we eat have been “processed”.

If this diet were about simply about eliminating high-fructose corn syrup, or fast foods from one’s diet I wouldn’t have written word one. But that’s not what this diet is about.

The Paleo Diet is preying upon people’s insecurities and lack of knowledge about nutrition and how our bodies actually use the food we eat to make energy by using some imaginary time in the past when human diets were perfect. That time, if it did exist, was for a small few. Most of human history has been one of malnutrition and subsistence, not a Whole Foods grocery store full of woolly mammoth and organic bananas. In fact, people who ate woolly mammoth never tasted a banana, and the banana-eaters never dined on woolly mammoth since those two foods were nowhere near each other geographically.

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Anna July 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Is this supposed to be funny “haha”? Because I’m not getting it.

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Cary W. Mendoza July 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm

Some of the worst offenders in today’s diet are what’s actually recommended to consume by governments and nutritionists mainly because years of bad science and economic agendas have demonized things like saturated fat, cholesterol and red meat over the last decades. What we should really be eliminating in our diet are grain products, excess sugar, vegetable seed oils, legumes and dairy, some of which are at the core of the U.S. food pyramid.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm

Cary, I’m glad you have found dietary peace and contentment with eating saturated fats, cholesterol, and read meat. For myself, I’ll stick with the “bad science”.

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Prince Of Paleo July 7, 2013 at 2:08 pm

I still say that Twinkies and Doritos are poor subsistence choices and common sense is needed when “we” walk into the supermarket.

That’s really what Paleo means to me. G.I.G.O…
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Chloe Jeffreys July 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Where in the world is everyone getting that I’m saying to eat a diet of Twinkies and Doritos?!? Nowhere in this piece do I say that.

But a meat-based diet–which by the way eliminates entire food groups that have been proven over and over again to be healthful and linked with longevity–derived some some fantasy ancestors’ imaginary diet is whack. It’s unproven folderol based on wishful thinking and a belief in fairy tales. If there were any cavemen eating the perfect diet they were the exception. Most of human history has been one of deprivation and subsistence eating.

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Rodrick Klein July 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm

This report (Livestock’s Long Shadow) from the World Health Organization is a conservative estimate of the destruction caused by the very foods that the Paleo Diet recommends in abundance. Calculations by the World Watch Institute find that over 51 percent of the global warming gases are the result of raising animals for people to eat. A recent report from U.S. Geological Survey estimates that it takes 4,000 to 18,000 gallons of water to produce the beef used to make one juicy hamburger. Every person that Paleo gurus convince to follow an animal food-based diet brings us one more step closer to the end of the world, as we know it.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Rodrick, thank you for this.

I realize that some here in the conversation feel I pulled a fast one because I didn’t mention the global impact of the Paleo Diet in my post. And that’s because there isn’t anything funny about that.

First, let’s take “processed foods” off the table of the argument because the thrust of the Paleo Diet isn’t simply the elimination of “processed foods” but the elimination of entire food groups, including the two most globally sustainable if we want to end world hunger: grains and legumes.

I wouldn’t have word one to say about any diet that eliminates Krisp Kreme donuts and frozen pizza from the menu. We all would be better off without those things in our diet. But the Paleo Diet isn’t synonymous with “healthy”. It is much more than that. And the basis of the diet, that it simulates what ancient man ate, and what we’re meant to eat, is simply false.

Americans want a diet that eliminates will-power and portion control, and that’s just too darned bad. There isn’t anything wrong with feeling hungry. For most of human history, and even today in parts of this world, feeling hungry is a way of life.

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Barbara Coleman July 5, 2013 at 7:01 am

I feel the same way about the recent bandwagon for the gluten free diet. But that’s just this celiacs opinion! Great post!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

I’m not quite sure what to make about the gluten thing. I believe the people who say they are feeling better are feeling better. But I’m not sure I’m buying that wheat is the bane of our existence, or the root of the dietary ills in the country. I think eating too much is the problem.
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Amanda Fox July 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Finally got a chance to read this post. All I can say is thank goodness I was running – not on, but near – the highway today. I ran fast. Not cheetah fast, but fast. I do something of this nature every day.

Also, I eat mostly vegetables, some meat, some fruit, some grains, very little food that is processed or sugar-filled (except for the occasional cheesecake and chocolate and chocolate cheesecake – YUM!), and I feel pretty damn good.

Lots of good discussion here Chloe!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 9:47 am

As you probably well know, I think exercise is far more important than whether or not we eat cheese and bread.

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Adela July 4, 2013 at 1:27 pm

I saw a blog recently touting the benefits of the paleo diet. I thought it was some sort of joke. I commented along the lines of your blog post. You should have seen the wrath (okay, annoyance) I wreaked.

Seems like common sense: If you want the life expectancy of a caveman, and you are prepared to run from predators to get it, than the paleo diet is for you.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 10:08 am

Exactly! We can’t pick one thing from our idealized notion of Paleolithic peoples and say that’s why they were thin, or healthy. If they were thin it is because they lived on a subsistence diet and lived a life of extreme physical exertion. And whether or not they were healthy is complete conjecture.

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Lori Lavender Luz July 4, 2013 at 10:28 am

“Monsanto back then was just a twinkle in Satan’s eye.”

“we’re just a life-support system for our genitalia. ”

” if I was alive in 1900, I’d have already been dead.”

“if you do that you will never die from heart disease.”

Can’t. Stop. Chuckling!

(Which is surely good for everyone’s health, right?)
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Chloe Jeffreys July 4, 2013 at 11:45 am

I am glad to have brightened you day and increased your lifespan if only long enough to laugh at the absurdity of it all.

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Carolyn Moore July 4, 2013 at 7:02 am

Oh, yay, for saying what we’ve all been thinking about this ‘diet!’ So well written and delivered with your usual wit and humor. And wow, the photo of Ringo drew me in, girl, cause I really didn’t want to read anything else about Paleo. It was you and Ringo that sealed the deal. 🙂
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Chloe Jeffreys July 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I have a secret love affair going on with Ringo. I saw him sing with his All-Star Band in San Diego on September 9, 2001. I will forever remember that warm evening as the last free and happy day in America.

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Jonathan G. July 4, 2013 at 6:13 am

“…the subsisting on worm-riddled potatoes, ”
South American Paleos only.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 4, 2013 at 12:37 pm

All of these aborignal diets (fruitarians, vegetarians, Paloes, etc) leave out the importance of insects in the diet of early man.

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Chris Dean July 4, 2013 at 2:37 am

I can honestly say I’d never heard of his diet until right his very second. And now? I have an overwhelming urge to whack ’em over the head with a club. (Because, that would be totally authentic too, wouldn’t it?)
How dare years of documentaries and tome after tome of boring historical studies have kept this secret of longer, stronger life from me. Stupid Scientists.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Chris, I am glad to enlighten you. Take your club and be well.

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Mary Grace July 3, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Thank you.

No, really. *Thank you.*

I thought I was the only one who saw through this garbage!

Do I have your permission to email this post to everyone whose pins I have ever secretly giggled at on pinterest?

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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 10:27 am

Nope, not the only one.

I do think it is interesting that people become as fanatical about diets as they do about religion though.
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Kate July 3, 2013 at 5:19 pm

I like the approach of humor to a point of view, but I don’t know if I can jump on the bandwagon, here. I don’t understand how eating something that is biologically better for you is bad? “Paleos” aren’t saying you’ll live forever or won’t have heart disease (there is a certain genetic component to it), we’re saying that you just may feel a whole hell of a lot better if you EAT better food. Filling your body with carbs and the wrong kind of fat puts a ton of pressure on your internal organs to filter out the crap. You pancreas will create excessive amounts of insulin to combat the sugar load; your liver will pump out bile to try and flush the fat out; and your kidneys will be working over time to try and combat any other toxins you may have ingested with that delicious doughnut. Yes, medical advances are wonderful and I thank God we have the medicines we do. But poisons like pesticides and preservatives that we ingest every day are not good for you.

Hey, cutting the carbs is hard. DAMN hard. Sugar is one of the hardest habits to kick because it’s EVERYWHERE and in everything. But bashing a healthier life style because of statistics? I dunno…don’t think I can roll with that. Wasn’t it Mark Twain who stated there were three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I don’t agree that diets heavy in domesticated meats and high fat is biologically better. I think the science behind the Paleo diet is wrong. I don’t believe cave people ate a diet that was ideal. I believe they ate whatever was available. I do believe that probably that diet was sparse, and that malnutrition was likely rampant. I think that idealizing a certain time in history is human nature. Of course we want to think that our ancient ancestors were living in some Garden of Eden. But I don’t think that’s the truth.

I do not believe that carbohydrates are fundamentally bad for you. Complex carbohydrates are very good for you. And many people groups have been living on grain/legume based diets for centuries without the current ills we’re seeing in this country. And grain/legume based diets are actually sustainable diets for the planet. Unlike a Paleo diet.

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Kate July 4, 2013 at 7:40 am

Okay, are we talking about sustainable diets for the planet or are we talking about biologically based diets? Because those are two different things.

Let’s look at doggie diets for a moment. Dogs are carnivores. They hunt and scavenge for food. They eat whatever is available. That means that sometimes they eat veggies because no meat is available. They do not go hunting for wheat or rice or soy. They eat what is readily available. Forcing a dog to eat a vegetarian diet is not natural and can actually harm a dog. The same can be said for humans.

We eat WAY too much wheat. It’s really not healthy for us. A lot of people are finding out they are wheat or gluten sensitive. And yes, you can tell. If eating a piece of bread makes you bloat up and have diarrhea for an entire day, you’re probably gluten sensitive.

I think you actually have no idea what a real paleo diet is. You assume it’s meat, with a side of meat, covered in meat sauce and then a desert of a salad and that’s the farthest thing from the truth. A typical paleo meal is a small portion of meat like chicken or beef, a couple sides of veggies, and maybe a small portion of fruit for desert. And even “paleos” enjoy a treat every now and then and have a sugar-loaded, wheat filled cookie or slice of cake. We’re not suggesting every one throw out all the flour and sugar. We’re suggesting you eat healthier foods like vegetables and lean protein.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 10:32 am

Kate, I just wanted to clarify that this is intended as a hyperbolic humor piece. I do know what the Paleo diet is. I was exaggerating to make a point with humor. Paleo is not synonymous with healthful eating, and it isn’t just about eliminating processed foods. Entire food groups, which are healthful for most people, i.e. grain and dairy, are prohibited on this diet. Also alcohol.

Obviously, people who say they are Paleo pick and choose what parts of the diet they are going to adhere to. I’m not speaking to any individual’s interpretation of the diet, but to the diet as defined by the author of the book The Paleo Diet.
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Beverly Diehl July 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

LMAO! Yep, most people could eat healthier – but the Paleo Diet ain’t it. Dodging cars on the freeway would, indeed, keep people fro dying of a heart attack.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

I honestly believe that exercise is much more important than diet, within obvious reason. But look at the food Michael Phelps eats when he’s training for the Olympics.

Carbohydrates are not evil. Sugar is not evil. Our brains need sugar to function. It’s too much of those thing that is bad for us.
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Pam@over50feeling40 July 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

You are right…this is good! I laughed through it because my daughter and her husband just started this diet. And is that first guy pictured RINGO STARR!!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 10:33 am

Who can’t laugh at a picture of Ringo Starr dressed as a cave man?

Luckily, the diet isn’t unhealthful. I’m sure they will feel better, and lose weight, and enjoy all of the other benefits the adherents enjoy. Until this fad falls out of fashion and the next new shiny diet comes along.
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Karen July 3, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Oh, Chloe…you and I think exactly alike on this one. And ditto “Wheat Belly”–it’s all a load of crap, designed to part the overweight from their money, not their pounds.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Karen, so nice to see you! Yeah, I do think there are people who can’t tolerate certain types of foods. I’m finding that my aging belly just can’t tolerate onions and peppers the way it used to. It breaks my heart. I get all gassy and bloated and crampy if I eat too much of that. I remember older people saying stuff like that and me not believing them. But now it is happening to me. But I’m not going to write a book telling the world to stop eating those foods.

If something doesn’t agree with you then stop eating it. But it likely has nothing whatsoever to do with Paleolithic men. Besides, I’ve already beat the biological odds and made it to 51 with all of my teeth. Anything after this is gravy. Yummy, yummy gravy.

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amber July 3, 2013 at 9:25 am

Laughing out loud at this one. It’s too true! Pretty much every strict diet is crazy, but that’s one of the weirder ones.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 11:03 am

Hey Amber! Nice to have you stop by. Thanks! I’m not a fan of strict diets. I think they are unsustainable and that most people end up going back to their previous eating habits eventually. This fad will go the way of all the others. Atkins, anyone?
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Leslie July 3, 2013 at 8:27 am

Hi, Chloe. I’ve never heard of you until today, but the image you leave me of yourself in this post is one of an unhappy and angry woman who needs to point fingers and mock in order to feel good about herself. Regina George in Clueless, if you will.

I’ve done Paleo for over a year, and I am not stupid. I’ll tell you what I am, though:

– down 60 pounds

– totally, utterly migraine free for the first time in 16 years

– totally, utterly acne free for the first time in 22 years

– pronounced “perfect” at my most recent gyno checkup, both in the “down yonder” sense and in the cholesterol/blood pressure/blood sugar, etc. sense

– sleeping better than ever

– focusing on my work, family, and home upkeep better than ever

– able to deal with morons on the Internet calmly and without getting as cranky as they

Just to name a few.

For the record, I actually don’t believe in evolution. At all. I believe the creation account of the Bible. I’m able to look past the origins of this Paleo story to the actual science and nutrition, and I’ve found it to be absolutely correct for me and my family. And I don’t know about your great-grandmother, but mine worked on a farm, grew her own food, lived on a diet of farm-raised meats, veggies, and fruits, never smoked or drank, got plenty of sunshine, exercised through daily physical work, and lived to be 97. My life and diet is modeled after hers, not some caveman I don’t even believe existed.

So, Chloe, you paint with a really broad brush here, and you are incorrect. It’s hard to see past the hubris to what you’re actually saying, but the gist of it, I believe is, “You’re wrong, and I’m right, and I’m going to mock and bully you into seeing things my way.” I feel sad for you.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

I’m so glad you came by and thank you for your comment. It means a lot to me. I am glad that you have found a diet that has made you feel better. I wonder how much portion control and giving up empty calories played a part.

And I appreciate your concern for me. Somehow, despite it all, I am muddling through.

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Leslie July 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

Your snark and belittling does you no favors.

I eat more now than ever before. Lots more. It’s just that it’s quality meat and lots of vegetables. I probably eat more vegetables than your average vegetarian or vegan. Listen with an open mind and you’ll find every primal/paleo person tells you the same thing.

Giving up empty calories plays a large part in any diet success. Those empty calories are found in processed foods, including wheat and grains. The body converts it ALL to sugar. Sugar is what’s killing us, not saturated animal fat.

You’ve made up your mind, though. A legion of us who have taken back our lives could tell you how healthy we are now, and you’d still sit there and mock.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

How do you explain the fact that the Italians, who eat a diet heavy in wheat-based pasta, and the French, who eat a diet almost entirely comprised of wheat bread, have such low levels of cardiovascular disease and diabetes?
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Teddy G July 3, 2013 at 3:17 pm

cardiovascular disease is on the rise in basically every developed country. So while they may have lower levels than the US, the arrow is pointed in the same direction in pretty much every modern country.

Teddy G July 3, 2013 at 3:18 pm

and the French paradox is actually not what you described. It’s actually more on the Paleo side.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_paradox

Kate July 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Actually, a typical Italian diet would consist of a portion of pork or chicken, in the coastal areas seafood, and local veggies. Most of Italy isn’t too big on beef. Pasta is not a staple food found in most of Italy, just the Tuscany area (which has a higher incidence of diabetes than the northern or southern regions). Also, the French do not eat a lot of wheat. They mainly subsist on foul (goose, chicken, pheasant), lamb, and some beef and pork with a mixture of local veggies. Again, this varies by region. Also, the amount of red wines consumed in these countries DOES have an impact on heart disease and diabetes.
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Maganolia July 5, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Wine. And lots of it. Plenty of studies done on it. I’m surprised that you’re asking that question, really.
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Suzanne February 11, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Leslie, Do you really believe in the creation story of the bible , seriously? You would have to be a very stupid blinkered person to do so

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Kel January 19, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Whether or not you ‘believe’ in evolution is irrelevant. It is considered scientific fact as much as gravity and the atomic theory. It has the support of virtually the entire scientific community, and modern biology would quite literally cease to make sense without the principle of evolution. Scientists do not believe in evolution, we simply accept it as scientific fact because of the overwhelming amount of evidence in support of it. It is a conclusion that has been arrived at through reason and evidence, not faith. It is important to note that ‘theory’ has a completely different meaning in scientific terminology. It is not just some random guess or tentative speculation. It is an explanation that has undergone the rigorous process of the scientific method and has been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experimentation.

The astounding number of people in America who continue to deny this scientific fact, simply because they do not like it is discouraging to witness. Our science literacy (or lack thereof) is a problem. If we want to continue to be a pinnacle of scientific and technological innovation, we must address this issue. It’s also dangerous. This anti-science sentiment is allowing previously defunct diseases to re-emerge, because some refuse to be vaccinated. Vaccinations work, it’s why we no longer see polio outbreaks and many other diseases. Why do we need new vaccinations each year? Because evolution is a very real phenomena. Bacteria develop resistance.

For what it’s worth, evolution and creationism do not necessarily have to mutually exclusive. Evolution makes no claim regarding our origins, only what happened afterwards. What I have typically found, is that the people who reject evolution often have misunderstandings about what the principle of evolution actually is. If I might ask, what specifically about evolution do you find to be factually tenuous?

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Geek Girl July 3, 2013 at 8:09 am

Straight talk with laughter mixed in. Love it! Oh and love your videos too! 🙂
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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 10:14 am

Thanks! I always love a visit from a girl with”geek” in her name.

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Angie July 3, 2013 at 7:38 am

Wow.

I stumbled on this post via Pauline’s post this morning, and I take issue with just about everything you said here. I know, I know…I’m just a “naturally-and-artificially-fruit-flavored-jelly-filled-donuts-for-brains food facist [sic]” but I’d still like to correct a couple things here.

First, you don’t eat meat, meat, and a big side of meat. Yes, meat does make up a good portion of your daily intake, but you also eat as many green leafy veggies as you want, as well as fruit in moderation. There’s also a subset of Paleo called Primal, in which you’re allowed a small amount of dairy (that’s the one I’m on).

Second, I didn’t jump on the Paleo bandwagon because I *re-reads comment section* have a lot of “stupidity and wishful thinking.” I heard about Paleo, scoffed at it, then read everything I could get my hands on. I read both sides. I *gasp* fact-checked.

And then I tried it. I’m not going to bother telling you all the ways in which it’s helped, because I suspect you’ve already written me off as an idiot…but the fact is, I do feel physically better.

And I’m not going to let anyone call me stupid, just for eating in a way that makes me feel better.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I am sure I do have some of the details of the diet wrong. But I do wonder though if the Paleo diet would be sustainable on a global scale. Could our planet support 7 billion people eating Paleo?

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Angie July 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

…as opposed to our current system of factory farming everything into oblivion? Over-farming grains with chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and loss of topsoil? Burning tons of fossil fuels to plant, spray, harvest, and transport all those grains around the world?

I’m not saying Paleo is the be-all, end-all solution for 100% of the world’s population. What I took issue with in your post was calling me (and everyone else eating Paleo) stupid or crazy. Sustainability is an entirely different discussion.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I think Paleo is another food fad that is come, and will go. Just like South Beach, Atkins, and all the rest. The diet is stupid because it flies in the face of the real science of nutrition which hasn’t actually changed that much since I took my first nutrition class in 1980. In the meantime, the gurus of it are making a killing selling books, and the people on the diet will end up just like all the people before who hop on dogmatic diets…fatter and sicker than they were before.

This isn’t a slam against you personally, and I do apologize if you feel personally attacked for what I wrote as a humor piece on the ridiculousness of the “science” behind the Paleo diet. The healthiest people in the world eat grain-based diets, with small amounts of meat and fish. That’s just the truth. We really can’t know what Paleo people actually ate, we can only guess. But I’m certain that they didn’t eat fatty domesticated meat and diets high in vegetable fats.

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Jeff July 4, 2013 at 1:55 am

OK, you’ve just shown how little you actually do know about both “paleo” and nutrition. The healthiest people eat grain-based diets? Really? Examples, please! Now I’m calling “Bullshit!” A diet based on eating real food, not processed crap, avoiding factory-farmed domesticated meat, and supporting local, sustainable farming methods is where “paleo” actually leads. This is a fad?

Matt July 3, 2013 at 7:18 am

Whoda thunk that access to modern medicine increases life expectancy? What a shocking revelation! And this relates to to diet…. how?

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

Hey Matt! There are many now who argue that modern medicine hasn’t increased life expectancy, but is killing us instead.

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aimee July 3, 2013 at 7:09 am

Hilarious!! By the way, Chloe, I’m about to go scrub myself down with microbial soap (in preparation for having my uterus and cervix removed at approximately 10:45 this morning) and one of the ways I’ve kept myself from completely freaking out is by reminding myself that you had major girly surgery not too long ago and you didn’t even seem concerned. So thanks for the inspiration and the laughs on one of my scariest days ever. 🙂
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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 10:13 am

Hey Aimee! Your probably in surgery already, but I’m here wishing the best for you and sending you happy healing thoughts. Let me know how it turns out.

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Phill July 3, 2013 at 7:05 am

I have never seen so much misinformation in one place…

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

I’m sure that’s not true. Certainly you have to have caught Fox News or CNN at least once or twice.

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Meredith July 3, 2013 at 7:01 am

This is the most ignorant review of paleo I’ve ever read. You didn’t even try to learn about what it actually is, did you? Paleo does not at ALL mean all-meat, all the time. There’s plenty of vegetables in involved, as well as fruit, nuts, seeds, etc. And it’s not only about the idea of paleolithic diets, either. Read some of the bio/chem research. It’s just about the way our bodies work, in the present tense. Further, it’s not just about life but also quality of life. I no longer live in pain. You don’t need to adopt it or believe it; maybe it’s not for everyone, but don’t make a mockery out of something you know very little about.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 10:06 am

Hi Meredith! Thanks for coming by. I always try to deliver the most for my reader’s time, so if it was the most ignorant then I’ll call it a success. I am glad you are feeling better. That means a great deal. What have you stopped eating as a result of being Paleo, and what foods do you now eat that you didn’t before?

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Teddy G July 3, 2013 at 6:59 am

I think there’s a bit of a straw man here. First, there really isn’t a universally accepted definition of Paleo. And if you read some of the more popular thinkers (Robb Wolf, Mark Sisson), you’d see that it’s not nearly as meat intensive as your post suggests. I view the connection to paleo ancestors as informing our current diet, but not necessarily directly prescriptive.

In fact, I actually think I might eat less meat on Paleo than before. The major change for me was giving up sugar/grains/processed food/etc and replacing it with vegetables, not “meat with a side of meat”.

In fact, I think I eat more real vegetables than many vegans and vegetarians, whose diet can sometimes contain huge portions of soy and grains.

It’s true, most Paleo eaters don’t fear good quality red meat (or good quality meat of any kind). But your description of Paleo doesn’t line up with my experience or that of most of my Paleo friends.

As for my results: I’m a 34 year old man. I’ve been Paleo for nearly 2 years. In the first seven months my weight went from 265 to 195, my total cholesterol dropped 100 points, and my HDL levels increased dramatically, my persistent heartburn stopped, and my sleep improved dramatically.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 10:02 am

Teddy, this is a great comment. I am very happy you have found a way of eating that has improved your health. Do you think you’ve made changes in portion control? And what do you think about the sustainability of the Paleo diet on a global scale? Could the planet support 7 billion people eating a Paleo diet vs a grain-based diet?

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Teddy G July 3, 2013 at 2:28 pm

well now you’re making a different argument. You’ve shifted from an argument that Paleo is ineffective to an argument that Paleo is not a realistic answer to the world’s food problems.

A few thoughts…first, can the Standard American Diet most American’s eat feed the world? You have easy access to fresh meat, vegetables imported to you from all over the country (and world), fruits, packaged goods, and more…all just a minute away at a grocery store. Plus, you have means to purchase it all.

That system completely breaks down in underdeveloped countries. Yet just because everybody can’t eat steak doesn’t mean you can’t take your family out for steak, right?

Should you only eat something if all 7 billion people in the world could eat the exact same thing?

There are huge challenges with solving world hunger. They are real, and they are serious. But…I do believe that paleo principles could be practiced on a global scale. Check the Sisson article for more info

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/can-we-feed-the-world-on-the-primal-blueprint-diet-part-2/#axzz2Y113Z5pZ

Portion control. What’s funny is all this talk about “strict”diets…yet all of these “non-strict” diets are the very definition of strict when it comes to portion control. Weight Watchers: sure! You can eat that cake! But that’s 75% of your points for the day. Aren’t you enjoying this freedom?

In short, calories from fat keep you fuller than calories from carbohydrate. Once I started getting a greater percentage of my calories from fat, I was shocked at how i could control my appetite. Note that a higher proportion of fat calories is NOT the same thing as actually consuming MORE fat. It’s a redistribution of caloric intake. My body changed from burning sugar to burning fat. And it had made all the difference in the world on portion control.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm

I think it is important to talk about global sustainability if you are going to say that this one diet is THE diet all humans should be eating. I didn’t go there in my piece because it’s a blog post, not a book on all the problems I have with the Paleo diet, including the moral ones. This planet cannot support 7 billion Paleos. But there are good studies that show that this planet can support this many people on a grain/legume based diet though if issues surrounding distribution were solved. I think this is a diet that appeals mainly to rich, white Americans with nothing better to do than obsess about their next meal.

Several cultures have lived for centuries on grain/legume-based diets without the ills we’re seeing in this country. I do not believe the problems we’re seeing today in our country have anything whatsoever to do with people eating wheat or beans. I think it’s just not true. I do believe the heart disease/diabetes we’re seeing in this country has entirely to do with Americans eating too damned much food, and too damned much fake food. The one thing I absolutely do agree with Paleos on is that cheap, processed food-like products are very bad for us. Nobody should be eating a diet of pop-tarts, frozen pizza, fast food, crackers, and stuff like that. And anybody who does make those products a large part of their diet is going to suffer the consequences.

My guess is that people do feel better on the Paleo diet because they have eliminated these fake processed foods which are patently bad for us.

But seriously, you can’t be saying that Paleolithic peoples had high fat diets. That simply is not true. Hunter-Gatherers have very low-fat diets. Game is lean, and very low in fat because wild animals have to be able to run away from predators. It’s domesticated meat that is fatty. Plant-based oil was very precious in early civilizations because it was so hard to come by. It is very unlikely that real cave peoples had enough vegetable oil in their diet to make their diets high fat. Nuts are seasonal, labor intensive to harvest and prepare, heavy to carry, and go rancid rather quickly. I’m sure Paleolithic peoples ate nuts when they could find them, but not in the quantities we have available to us today.

Modern meat that we get today is nothing like the meat Paleolithic man was able to get. It’s been genetically selected for centuries for docility and ability to put on massive amounts of weight quickly so they can move from birth to butcher as quickly as possible.

The idea that the human digestive track hasn’t evolved much in 2.5 million years is not scientific. Of course it has. Not only has our digestive track changed from our Paleolithic ancestors, but every single food we eat as changed as well.

The one thing humans have going for us is our remarkable ability to adapt to change. We can live in any climate. We can live off almost any available food. That, and our thumbs, is what has made us so biologically successful.

And any diet that doesn’t include portion control is a fool’s errand. All diets must ultimately obey the laws of physics. Energy in must equal energy out or the energy is stored as fat to bu used as energy for another day. Our bodies have evolved this way–to hold onto excess calories if at all possible–because the history of mankind’s diet is a history of subsistence, not plenty.

No special diet can circumvent the laws of physics. Granted, I will agree with you 1000% that better food is more satisfying. A lovely cheesecake eaten with good friends at a cafe in Paris is going to be way more satisfying than a Twinkie gobbled down in a car on your way between the dry cleaner and the post office.

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Teddy G July 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

I think you should try Paleo for 30 days and see what you think. If you commit for 30 days and decide it’s awful, then you’ll know for sure.

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Anon July 3, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Well said Teddy – spot on

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Which part? The part where he says that France eats a Paleo Diet? Because they don’t. Not even close. They’d be insulted if you insinuated that they eat anything other than a highly refined, well-civilized diet that took centuries to develop.

Teddy G July 4, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Clearly we won’t agree here, and that’s okay. But I’ll end with this:

Unlike many diets, Paleo has many different versions and tweaks. Its about getting it right for you. Unlike lots of diets with detailed prescriptions about what and how much to eat, Paleo offers a set of principles that can be broadly applied to different lifestyles, income levels, and geographic locations.

Secondly, I am certainly not an expert on what paleolithic man, French people, or rich white Americans eat. I mentioned this earlier, our history helps inform my diet choices, but it does not define it. Most diets are about portion control and willpower…how is that working out for us as a society? Is that a sustainable plan?

There are many issues to world hunger and global food systems. I don’t pretend to have all the answers. The issues go well beyond the specific health merits of grains vs vegetables and meats. I can’t address it here except to say that I do believe Paleo principles can be applied broadly across the globe, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy or simple.

Lastly, there’s this:
“I think this is a diet that appeals mainly to rich, white Americans with nothing better to do than obsess about their next meal.”

I care deeply about all the peoples of the world. I would gladly be proven wrong if it meant an end to world hunger, heart disease, and diabetes. In America we’ve had a war on fat for over 30 years. According to some, average per capita consumption of red meat peaked in the late 1970’s (http://www.beefusa.org/CMDocs/BeefUSA/Resources/Statistics/annualpercapitaconsumption-meat-boneless491.pdf)

How’s it working for us? I realize we Paleo people are deemed crazy and stupid, and that’s okay. My posting here is not to win some sort of argument or prove anything. I truly believe that Paleo eating can help people feel better and be healthier. I even believe that science is beginning to validate it (gasp!).

In all seriousness, I wish you all the best in health and in life. Thanks for letting me post.

Pete S August 13, 2013 at 6:18 am

Fantastic couple of posts from Teddy. I’m very sceptical about these new diets (they often seem faddish) but this has convinced me to give Paleo a try.

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pauline July 2, 2013 at 9:54 pm

I promise to play nice in the sandbox, but I’ll be the dissenting voice on this one.
the short story:
* weight watchers made all of my health issues worse because of the reliance on sugar-free, fat-free processed foods that only served to increase sugar & insulin production
* Every doctor I had threw pills at me and said my diet was fine but that I obviously wasn’t exercising enough because I needed to drop about 20 pounds and
* I finally dropped all grains, dairy, and processed foods from my diet because my body just happens to not process those foods in a way that is beneficial to my health.
The long story can be found on AspiringMama. I’m finishing up the post now.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Thanks, Pauline! I like a dissent or two. I can’t wait to read what you have to say.

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pauline July 3, 2013 at 8:57 am

Post is live and I’ve asked my readers to please play nice in the sandbox. 😉
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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 11:01 am

🙂
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nt September 19, 2015 at 9:37 am

You don’t have to eat sugar-free, fat-free processed foods on weight watchers… that’s a choice just like on Atkins it’s a choice to eat all those snacks with what I call Malorea in them. They are not at the core of either diet.

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Elizabeth Lee July 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm

Bwaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaa haaaaaa!

I think a some people feel better on these extreme diets because they’ve finally cut out the foods that make them sick. For instance, someone who is gluten intolerant would feel much healthier and better on the paleo diet because it excludes gluten. But eating paleo because it’s really really healthy? Uh, no.
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Amanda July 2, 2013 at 7:34 pm

*slow clap* this is inspired! Love all these points and its true. It makes no reasonable amount of sense. Don’t over eat, eat good quality foods, exercise, drink water. It’s not rocket science.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I do so love your support, Amanda. I fear the haters will be here soon and the fun and games will end in a fiery blaze. Maybe if they ate an ice cream cone or a nice waffle cake they’d feel better.

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Janie Emaus July 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Too funny! No, because you’ll get hit my a car!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Oh, NOW you’re bringing logic into it.

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Sisters From Another Mister July 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

LOL … diet, no matter how it is hidden is just plain wrong …
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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Amen.

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Anne-Marie July 2, 2013 at 6:14 pm

So, you resisted the Paleo marketing machine? Tough cookie, you!

Or rather, educated, reasoning, balanced, not-gullible cookie, you!

Great piece. Loved every word!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Thank you, Anne-Marie.! I resisted the urge. I might have succumbed if only my local Whole Foods would have started carrying organic, grassfed woolly mammoth like I repeatedly requested. For some reason they continue to ignore my demands. I don’t know why.

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Sheryl July 2, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Chloe, you crack me up. This is so brilliant! Love it. And couldn’t agree more. That’s the problem with most diet fads. People get so sucked into the hope of a ” cure” for being overweight, they’re willing to believe anything!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Exactly! We all want the magic pill or the secret diet. Really, it’s not that complicated, folks.

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Ellen Dolgen July 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

I just climbed back in my cave, because my stomach hurts from laughing so much!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

I’m so glad! Laughter is the best medicine. No matter how long those cave people lived, I’m sure the ones with the senses of humor lived the longest. Or died laughing.

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julia4105 July 2, 2013 at 6:06 pm

You’re killing me. I’m going to send this link to a few of my clients. LOL.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Please do!

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Kristi July 2, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Gee, I knew there was something sketchy-sounding about the Paleo thing. 🙂 Thanks for doing the myth busting! Hilarious!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I do the nasty work so you don’t have to.

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Carol Cassara July 2, 2013 at 4:19 pm

The emperor has no clothes! Preach it, girl!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 4:23 pm

But he’s got a nice rib-eye steak to chomp on.

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Anne July 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

You are on fire! (That’s also excellent incentive for cardio.)
This is the best thing you’ve ever written.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Why thank you! That means a lot since you’ve read a lot of what I’ve written over the past dozen years.

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Anne Louise Bannon July 2, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Snigger – someone also pointed out the salient fact of the life span of said Paleolithic folk some years ago. I confess, I do seem to need a certain amount of red meat in my diet. But all meat, all the time? Yuck!
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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Hey Anne! I agree. Balance is the key to longevity. And good red wine.

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rodalena July 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if you get all kinds of creepy cave-manny hate-mail from those Epic Mealtime Guys. Which makes this post even more awesome. 🙂

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 3:40 pm

Bring it!

I’m stocked up on all the Krispy Kreme donuts I need for this one.

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Julie Chenell DeNeen July 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I randomly get blog crushes, and I think I have one on you.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I love a good girl crush from another blogger who has it going on! Thank you.

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Jean Parks July 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Chloe,

I just snorted wine all over my tablet reading this! Am experimenting with my diet trying to she’d a few pounds & just can’t get with any diet that tells me I need to totally eliminate entire food groups. Weight Watchers will probably be my savior, sensible portions with an eye to fresh fruit & veggies.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

I think Weight Watchers is a very good meal plan. It’s sensible and I know it does work for many people. Enjoy your wine, and thanks for coming by, Jean.

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Laura B. July 2, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Oh my gosh!! Chloe! This is roll on the floor funny! I have acquaintances that follow this, and it NEVER made sense to me. I love how you boil it down to good, ol’ fashion, bullshit.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Thanks Laura! It’s time the truth were said. Do these people even think things through?

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Laura B. July 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Seriously, I doubt it.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Me too. Stupidity–and wishful thinking–knows no bounds.

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Mary anee July 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Oh my god this is soooo true and sooo funny! Pure genius!

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Chloe Jeffreys July 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

Thank you! Now go spread the news so that people will stop this nonsense!

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Alice Kluge May 17, 2014 at 9:24 am

Cannot wait until this diet becomes widely known as the FAD that it is. I wonder how many people back in the day angrily defended their grapefruit diet or their cabbage soup plan! Lol people are the weirdest. Thanks for your article. It was funny and you ARE a great writer unlike what some jerk said above 🙂 let’s all be there when the paleo-proud fall off their high horses. Then we can all look down our noses at them!

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nt September 19, 2015 at 9:31 am

LOL I tried that cabbage soup diet…. totally forgot that one..

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Chloe Jeffreys July 5, 2013 at 10:06 am

I appreciate your engagement on this, Teddy. Time will tell whether the Paleo Diet is a fad or not.

I think Paleo has all the pitfalls of every other diet that has come before it. Entire food groups are prohibited, which can never work over the long haul because people by nature want what they can’t have (the lesson from the Garden of Eden). Tell people they can’t have bread, and eventually they will lust after bread.

Will-power and portion control absolutely must be part of our dietary thinking now that we live in a world of abundance. Why is this a bad thing? The real lesson from the French is that I can eat anything I want, but I can’t eat all of it. That seems reasonable to me.

It seems to me that what Amerians want is a magic cure for their own inability to control themselves and motivate themselves to exercise. This notion that there are these right foods to eat and if only I eat those then I can eat as much of them as I want and stay thin is a fantasy. It defies the laws of physics. Calories burned must equal calories consumed or the extra calories are stored as fat, period. There isn’t any magic food that allows us to defy the laws of physics.

Paleolithic people weren’t thin because they were eating the right foods. If they were thin it is because human history is a story of subsistence on whatever was available, and extreme physical exertion. This is the real story of evolution.

I have nothing against healthy eating, but Paleo isn’t synonymous with healthy eating. My concern is that it’s just another fad that will come and go when it falls out of fashion people will be fatter than ever before, and just that more disillusioned.

But, and I mean this most sincerely, if it has made you healthier now then that is good. Keep it up! I do think moderation and portion control is ultimately the real answer, but if you’e weller than you were before that’s a good thing.

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Jonathan July 7, 2013 at 4:01 pm

From vegans, to primal/paleo, to low carb and gluten-phobics – anyone who won’t shut about about how they eat are insufferable. I don’t care if you have the dietary Holy Grail in your kitchen, that does NOT make you better than everyone else!

The one thing that EVERYONE seems to conveniently forget is that every person’s body is different. One person can be a vegan and become much healthier, another can see little or no change, while a third can become sick. Any ‘food lifestyle’ that touts itself as the absolute truth that everyone must follow to be healthy needs to be discarded at ONCE because that is a lie and always will be. Some people really can’t eat carbs without getting fat, but that doesn’t mean everybody is like that. To ignore the nations that subside on bread, pasta, rice and potatoes is lunacy. This applies to all diets or food theories. We are all different and must choose what works for US, knowing that it might not work for others and might even harm them.

There are plenty of people with alternative diets, but common sense and decency (i.e not being an arrogant jackoff) makes them a delight to be with, allowing them to share their different way of eating with others. I now incorporate numerous vegan techniques and dishes into recipes, and have learned to make yummy low fat and low carb desserts and baked goods!

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John January 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

“I’ve held my tongue long enough, but I can’ts hold it no more!”

Right.

This article was hard to read. There are a lot of bad analogies and the overall composition is quite sloppy. Your indictment that the Paleo diet is ‘stupid’ is never really validated. You go into no serious detail about the diet, or its restrictions and conditions, or its hindrances and benefits. What little information you provide is even further distorted by an inept kind of silliness with too many clumsy references to irrelevant applications. It is also possible that you do not fully understand the diet or its intent. In fact, this seems to be more of a jab at diet trends than at the diet itself.

While I pretty much agree that any diet fad is silly in principle, one which advocates the omission of refined sugars and processed foods in favor of vegetables, fruits, and lean meat is far too rational to be stupid.

It seems your main issue is with meat consumption (which leads me to believe that you are either vegetarian or vegan), and the insinuation that proponents of the Paleo diet are sure to have heart problems is baseless and misleading as the diet suggests a balance between said food groups and does not place favor on one over the other i.e. it is not as ‘meat-heavy’ as you infer.

It is also worth noting that compared to grains and refined wheat, fruits and vegetables (and nuts) offer more variations of soluble and insoluble fiber, healthier carbohydrates, and more vitamins and minerals. Cutting ‘white foods’ from your diet will improve dental health and balance the bacteria in your digestive tract. In fact, a diet heavy on packaged foods and refined sugars will do far more damage to your body than the aforementioned.

Did you know breast cancer has been linked to an overabundance of glucose in the blood? Guess what foods your body turns into glucose.

Overall I think you are way off the mark.

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Mochan January 8, 2015 at 5:41 pm

I tried eating Paleo sometime Q3 last year. I cut out grains, oats, and upped my servings of veggies, fruits, and meat. I avoided milk and dairy. I ate tons of ramen without the noodles — it fits the paleo bill. I gave up my chips and doughnuts.

End result… I became hypertensive last month and my Blood Pressure fluctuates from 110/80 to 160/100 on a daily basis. This isn’t healthy.

I have since reintroduced my staple — loads of oatmeal along with tons of fruit. My blood pressure is now under control I think, but I’m waiting for the results of my blood chem to see how I’m doing.

Paleo does not work for me, and it’s dangerous to see this fad diet taking hold and getting so much transaction and become accepted as “The Truth.”

Grains are not evil. They are your friend. Along with soy and legumes.

The real problem with Paleo is that they gain a ton of converts because of the dubious idealogy — painting the diet as “legit” because “our caveman ancestors did it.” Grok-blah-blah. Utter lunacy.

For those of you who hopped on the paleo bandwagon just because you saw the sense in eating veggies, good for you. But anyone with half a brain knows that veggies are the way to be healthy. The rest of the Paleo idealogy isn’t really the hero here, other than the bit on avoiding heavily-processed food, which I totally agree with.

But please, please, if you are one of those Grok-Idolizing morons, you do deserve to be called stupid.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Jeff, since you obviously know how to use a computer and the internet I’m going to leave the research up to you, but vegetarians and vegans, who enjoy grain/legume-based diets, have extremely low cardiovascular disease and diabetes. I’d start there in your research.

And for logic’s sake, let me just say that good coming from something wacky and unscientific doesn’t make it any less wacky and unscientific.

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Kris January 13, 2014 at 1:42 am

Look at the resaerch and you will see that paleo is much more backed by science than veganism. If veganism was the way human should eat, why vegans have to use supplements to stay healthy (vitamins B12, K2, EPA/DHA, and so on)?

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Have you ever been to France? Because it is simply untrue that the French have a Paleo diet.

The French diet is HEAVY in bread, butter, cheese, fried potatoes, and legumes. Every meal includes bread. Breakfast in France is croissants. A light lunch might be crepes, but often is steak with a nice side of pomme frites. Every corner has a deli with processed meats, cheeses of every flavor (and every district boasts it’s own special cheese), and little delectable desserts made with dairy and wheat. Sauces are made with butter and more butter. And it is all washed down with gallons of wine, which is definitely off the Paleo list.

I’m not sure why the Italian and French diets get brought up in these discussions–I’m guessing it’s because their life expectancy rates are so astronomically higher than ours–but neither country has a Paleo diet. Not even close. These countries have built their civilizations on cuisines that are artful, thoughtful, and sensual, not Paleo.

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Chloe Jeffreys July 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Having been to Italy, I did not find this to be the case.

Every region in Italy has it’s special pasta. Meat is generally served as the fourth course. Most Italians either just eat the pasta course, or stop at the third fish course, unless it’s a very special occasion. Even dishes with meat have very little meat in them. They do eat a lot of seafood, which makes sense given their geography. And they do eat a lot of fresh vegetables. And things like zucchini flowers, which they like to deep-fry, and are yummy! Pizza is definitely a Southern Italian dish, but has spread everywhere.

Bread is served with every meal, and bread products are eaten for breakfast. Panninis are served everywhere for lunch. And the Italians don’t make a bad loaf of bread either. They also make the most amazing and delicious little cakes and other sweet treats. They all have wheat in them, and you can find a shop on early every corner selling them.

I’m not sure how you can say that the French do not eat a lot of wheat. They most certainly do. They eat croissants for breakfast, crepes for lunch, and there are always big baguettes served with every dinner. Desserts, like tarts, have lovely crusts made from wheat, and their chocolate cakes are to die for. The French also eat a lot of cheese. A lot. Like really a lot. Every region has their own special kind of cheese that they are very proud of. And they wash that cheese down with gallons of delicious wine. From my understanding wine would be something that is not on a Paleo diet plan. But, hey, I’m not the one who is dogmatic about food.

Having traveled in Europe I would say that the French “subsist” on cheese and bread. Everything else is gravy to them. The Italians “subsist” on pasta mixed with delectable sauces. They do enjoy an amazing array of fresh vegetables and seafood. If I were choosing a diet that I had to eat for the rest of my life, the Italians would win.

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Kate July 4, 2013 at 8:00 am

Having traveled Europe myself, and not stayed in the big cities but lived with families in the suburban areas, I can say that a majority of France and Italy do not eat that much wheat. Pastas in Italy rarely make up the main course. Personally, I see nothing wrong with cheese. I love cheese and I eat it a lot. I also love deli meats. Maybe I’m not a strict “paleo”, but I try to eat healthy by cutting out the processed sugars and carbs found in bread and pastries. I don’t see how not eating a bowl of spaghetti covered in a sugary marinara sauce is a bad thing? Why would eating a portion of grilled fish and vegetables with a small salad be considered “stupid”?

The problem I have with your argument is not that it’s unfounded-fad diets ARE stupid. The problem I have with your argument is that you don’t understand the fundamentals of a paleo-styled diet. You assume we’re all stupid because we eat the way we do. I don’t think I’m going to live forever. I don’t think I won’t ever get diabetes or heart disease-both run in my family. But by eating healthy (THAT is the focus) and not consuming large amounts of sugar and other grains I have become healthier. I am no longer over weight. I’m not pre-diabetic any more. My recurring pancreatitis is GONE. My constant stomach cramps and bloating have disappeared. Eating crap is eating crap. Sugar is bad for you and there is more sugar found in wheat and processed food than in vegetables and lean meats. That’s just science and common sense.
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Chloe Jeffreys July 4, 2013 at 12:32 pm

Kate, first of all, I really want to thank you for coming back and continuing this conversation with me. I believe it is a very important one we all need to start having because this country is going down the tubes when it comes to health and nutrition. We spend the most on “healthcare” (which really ought to be called “sick care”, but are 51st in life expectancy. There is something seriously wrong with that picture. So thank you. I do appreciate you talking about this with me.

I promise you that I am not calling healthy eating “stupid”. As an RN–and a 51-year old woman who knows she is living on biologically borrowed time–I take health very seriously. But I am calling the Paleo Diet stupid, and a fad that will pass, like all the others that have gone before it, leaving Americans just as sick, and probably fatter, than they were before.

So, for the sake of clarity, here is an image I plucked off PaleoDiet.com:

What to Eat on the Paleo Diet

I probably eat very close to a Paleo Diet, myself. But I know that any diet that prohibits any food groups is destined for failure. I also think the whole concept that this is the diet our cave ancestors lived on is ridiculous.

For the most part, hunter/gatherers did not, and do not, eat a high fat diet with a lot of meat. Eskimos do. The Pacific Northwest Indigenous people groups did. But most of human history, for most peoples, has been one of lack, not abundance. Game is lean, and vegetable oils are difficult to collect in any amounts. This is why our bodies get so fat when they get the opportunity to do so.

I also disagree with the idea that our digestive tracks haven’t changed in 2.5 million years. How can that be when everything we eat has changed? The secret to our biological success is in our extreme adaptability.

So let’s agree that I am not saying that eating healthy is stupid. It isn’t! And I’m not saying that at all.

As a labor and delivery RN dealing first hand with the serous complications in pregnancy that we are seeing today from obesity, diabetes, and blood pressure problems in young women–a group that has traditionally been very healthy due to the natural biological protections of estrogen–I am deeply concerned about this problem.

If my tongue-in-cheek, hyperbolic article did anything at all, it opened up this conversation. And I’m glad for it.

Americans need to change their relationship with food. That much is true. But fads like the Paleo Diet aren’t the way.

I really don’t think we should get into a comparison about who knows more about the French diet. I have traveled in France, I have also lived with a French family, and I shacked up for two years with a French chef and hung out with all his Frenchie expats during that time. My best friend growing up was French, and I spent a great deal of time with her family as well. The French are not Paleo. The French are omnivores. Their diet is known for what it includes, not for what it prohibits. On any given day you might find a hog head boiling on the top of your stove, or blood boiling away in a pot ready to be made into sausage. My experience with French people is that they will eat anything if it tastes good. I’m not sure where you were, but bread was always part of breakfast, always served with lunch and dinner, and frequently crepes were served with berries for dessert in the evening.

And the one shocking difference I found between Italian food, when I traveled to Italy, and American-Italian food is how little sauce there is on the pasta. And sauces aren’t sweet there. They are flavorful. It is obvious that much time and attention is taken to making good food.

What both of these cultures have, that we don’t, is that food is treated much differently. They take time to make their food. They don’t “eat and run”. They don’t expect food to be fast. They don’t expect food to be cheap. They eat for pleasure and joy, not expediency and convenience. And they eat as part of their social life. They also have traditionally enjoyed long mealtimes, with their legendary two hour lunch (which I hear might be going by the wayside) and long, leisurely dinners that can take 2-4 hours.

What I would like to see is a change in our relationship wit food not another fad diet that will be gone in a couple of years leaving people fatter and sicker than ever, just like all the ones before it.

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Tom Dudek August 6, 2016 at 5:26 pm

There is so much misinformation about diet and most of it has some personal interest behind it. It is a huge undertaking to sort all of this out.
I have been studying nutrition, with a passion for decades, out of necessity, searching for solutions to my health problems.

Paleo is both good and bad, but overall, mistaken and presumptuous.

Here are a few conclusions that I have come to:
Refined foods(carbs), vegetable oils and other isolated nutrients(pills), trans fats, inactivity, dehydration and stress are very bad for you.

Cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease. It is the repair mechanism.
But that doesn’t absolved animal products from their part in disease.
Saturated fat may not be bad, per se, but too much will overtax the liver,
block insulin receptors in the blood and encourage yeasts to proliferate to gobble up the sugar that the insulin cannot control.

Meat has been shown to increase the risks of cancer, is destroying the rain forests, the rivers, the peace, the animal’s lives and countless other things. Grassfed meat or even dairy, may be better for YOU, but is a tortured death sentence for the animals and is not sustainable.

There isn’t enough land on the planet to graze that many animals, even after cutting down most of the forests. So it isn’t part of nature’s harmonious plan.

A diet of whole food, plant based, organic, nonGMO foodstuffs is the ideal. You may add in small amounts of high-quality animal products, at least in the transition state, but any more than that, will bring us back to the current situation.

The Paleo diet encompasses a few of the correct things with a lot of incorrect ones. It is grossly foolish to think you know anything about what happened thousands of years ago.

Einstein said “There is nothing that will benefit humanity and increase its chances of survival than the evolution to a vegetarian diet”.
He was absolutely correct. The problems that stem from animal agriculture are vast and innumerable. They are MOST of the problems that confront humanity at this time.

This can ONLY go on because the government subsidizes the meat industry. Otherwise it would not even be POSSIBLE, what to speak of being the ideal diet.

And even if eating meat and abusing/killing cows for food was healthy, is it really what you want to do? What happens on farms and slaughterhouses is hidden from you, by those who have a vested interest in keeping you ignorant.

There is no disputing that eating more organic fruits and vegetables and eliminating refined, fake foods, vegetable oils and the fear hormones of terrified beasts, is good for your body, your soul, the animals and the planet.

And while the Paleo diet, has a few good features, it is largely based on ignorance. And any diet that involves tormenting animals is selfish and will carry serious reactions coming back to you.

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