Thanks for sharing the article. Yes it is very light-weight and misguided, but bringing words like Paleo to the "light-weight" reading public is one more way to spread the word. This is certainly not as negative as some things I've read, does emphasize some positives, and may just get some people to look for more information. As they say, "each one teach one" : any conversation starter is a good thing.
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My fervent hope is that "we", as a society, will look for far more substantive information on which to make decisions - I know I am preaching to the choir hear, but a quick survey of where most people get there information, it will be sounds bites, headlines and articles like this.
I agree, the article wasn't negative, and people do need to start somewhere on the path to better health, but somewhere in all of this, the disseminators of information have a responsibility as do consumers. I guess I would like to see the bar raised a little bit.
OK - that's my rant for tonight - Mr. Cranky is going to bed.
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It's a very light article-short on science. No explanations as to why this is good and that is bad as far as Paleo goes. I do agree that you don't have to go whole hog. If folks would give up processed food and sugars, add more protein and eat more vegetables they would get most of the benefits.
I guess I have been more of a "lurker" on this team, trying to learn more about the paleo lifestyle, because I am more generic "low carb" and haven't made the switch. So, while I do follow most of the paleo guidelines, I do not restrict legumes (eat peanuts/peanut butter occasionall, beans occasionally) and or dairy (eat Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, and whey protein regularly). I do not seem to have problems with these items and have been unwilling to give them up, so I guess I'm okay with what the article said - it seemed like they were highlighting far more positives than negatives.
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My first superficial thought is that the article is a very superficial look at the Paleo diet.
A couple of quibbles - they mention that whole grains are a good source of nutrients but fail to mention you can get those nutrients elsewhere. Oh yeah, quinoa is not a grain - but now I just being difficult.
Legumes are a source of protein, but not tolerated by many people and protein can be obtained elsewhere.
As to the hunger issue - that comes from a carb-centric paradigm. I used to be hungry or thinking about food all the time until I switched to Primal - now I can go many hours without feeling hungry. I suspect there are lots of reasons for this, but almost sure one of them is fat. When I eat lots of fat, I feel sated.
So - back to my original thesis - the article is a very superficial look at the Paleo diet, probably designed to sell magazines, not dissect the health benefits of the plan.
Trouble is, the only thing getting press is the word 'Paleo'.. the article as it's written assumes that the 'cons' are negatives, and neglects to really explain why eliminating these things is integral to a Paleo diet.
The article starts with the implied assumption that a Paleo diet is 'fringe' and unnecessarily extreme. It's actually biased against Paleo right off the bat. I'd like to see popular magazines start with the idea that Paleo may actually be the best thing that's ever happened to you, and start refuting 'conventional wisdom' LOL! Now THAT I'd get excited about!
On one hand, I'm excited that it's getting press. I think that paleo eating is healthier than Atkins and yet Atkins is so widely known, yet, people haven't heard of paleo.
RAMONA you make some great points... At this point I can't see myself not eating paleo. But everyone does have to revamp their own styles of eating. I keep dairy and dark chocolate in but others take it all out.
To each is his/her own I guess :-)
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Off the top of my head... wrong-headed/focussed article, LOL!
Yes, "You donít have to go full force to incorporate healthy aspects of the Paleo diet." (The article's bottom line... though I would argue that the 'cons' listed are actually 'pros'.)
However, there are a miraid of health benefits to actually eating Paleo over a 'healthy' SAD diet that the article doesn't address... and it really does hinge completely on what you choose to believe. Will you be doing yourself a favour to eat as the article suggests? If you're eating a highly-processed, sugar-laden, freggie bereft, protein depleated diet already, absolutely. Any and all movement away form such a diet are going to be good for you.
Can you improve your health even more by eliminating grains, legumes, dairy, nightshades and incorporating a much higher ratio of healthy (saturated) fat into your diet (while balancing your omega 6s/3s)... i.e. truly eating according to Paleo guidelines... I believe you can, and I have experienced the difference.
For over 20 years I ate as the article suggests... clean, unprocessed, fresh. I got fat, and more and more ill as the years went by. I started eating Paleo/Primal and I've lost 50 lbs. and my health improves daily. The same goes for my husband, and my 8-year-old daughter.
Something to note is that women respond slightly differently to a Paleo diet than do men... not as dramatic, and it makes sense to do your homework on Paleo women's sites.
I'm looking forward to what others have to say! Thanks for sharing the article!
P.S. Incidentally, comparing the suggestions in the article to Paleo is like comparing apples to oranges... and it all hinges on how you define 'healthy'. Nothing will ever again convince me that eating grains, eliminating eggs, consuming grain-fed meat/dairy and eliminating saturated fat is my best interests.
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