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Paleo in the News

March 25, 2011

A roundup of paleo-related articles in various mainstream sources over the past couple of weeks.

“Changing eating habits for a healthier family”

A woman who doesn’t want to pass her lifelong struggle with weight onto her children starts eating paleo, while encouraging her kids to eat primal-ish.

“I also wanted to teach them a way of eating that they could carry with them through their lives, not a “diet” they would follow until they reached some magical goal weight.”

Seems like her household’s heading in the right direction, although clearly they’re very loose in their adaptation of the paleo diet. It’s interesting how her kids actually enjoy eating paleo foods:

“Honestly, I expected grumbling, but even when talking with them recently about how they felt about the changes, they were critiquing my methods of cooking asparagus (not enough seasoning) rather than that they had to eat it.”

Forget all you think you know about food

Loren Cordain spoke at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition. Still fat-phobic (“no fatty meats, goodbye, bacon)” although the article did say “lean (grass-fed) meat” which is an improvement over just “lean meat”. And it’s always good to spread the message about the dangers of vegan and vegetarian diets:

“Of 229 documented hunter-gatherer societies known to science, he said, ‘we couldn’t find a single vegan-vegetarian diet.’ He called it ‘lethal’ without access to modern supplements.”

GOOD Asks the Experts: Is The “Paleolithic Diet” Really Better?

The panel’s answers vary, with 2 leaning more towards plant-based diets. But one of the others makes an interesting point about hunter-gatherers eating a fair amount of meat:

“We require a diet that is more energy-dense than other primates and historically, we may have reached that point by incorporating more meat. It’s reflected in evolutionary changes in our face, our teeth, and in our gastrointestinal tract. Indeed, the GI tract of modern humans looks more like a carnivore’s than a large primate’s. Because early humans increasingly used tools to hunt, we don’t show the same kinds of dental adaptations as modern carnivores.”

Living Like a Caveman in New York City

John Durant got the word out on the health benefits of the paleo diet:

“Anybody with a lot of inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, they would do very well on the paleo diet. Anybody overweight, I mean, name your medical problem–I feel like a snake oil salesman.”

Eat like a caveman on paleo diet

A paleo-diet cooking class was hosted by San Francisco’s LaLanne Fitness. It was Cordain-style paleo though (lean meat, no butter), with cheat meals being encouraged,

“…it’s the only way for people to stick with the diet long term.”

I was also puzzled by the comment, that these paleo followers are

“ selective and realistic, unlike certain extreme paleo-dieters who exercise barefoot, fast for days and then gorge on raw meat to mimic a true paleo lifestyle of subsisting by hunting and gathering. “

So, they’re  paleo, but not like those crazy paleos out there that you hear about, you know, the kind that workout barefoot…..

Have you seen the paleo / primal lifestyle mentioned somewhere in the mainstream lately?

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