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Ideas for sneaking paleo lifestyle/exercise into the popular media?

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Created March 31, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Who's the best media-friendly paleo-movement expert out there?

And if you could spread only one tiny, watered-down paleo lifestyle tip to the general public, what would you include?

I eat paleo (my one-year anniversary next month!), run trails in VFFs, and am really drawn to MovNat/Crossfit/Primal Blueprint kinds of approaches to functional exercise.

I'm also a freelance science journalist for a large national magazine that publishes a website/e-newsletter with very short healthy-lifestyle tips for women aged 35 to 55.

I'd love to include some primal tidbits in this broad-based publication. But the expert "voice" is the real key. I need someone who doesn't mind tailoring their message to, say, a 50-year-old woman in Kansas who doesn't know Grok from Adam. And who can do so without being condescending.

I think movement is the easiest place to start -- partly because countering misconceptions about SAD would take up room that I just don't have, and also because exercise can be a fun message even when diluted. Maybe encourage people to do more barefoot gardening, practice more third-world squats, or something else. What do you think?

And who to talk to -- Greg Glassman, Mark Sisson, or some less-well-known trainer? Thanks for any ideas!

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on April 01, 2011
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You're right--if people catch on, the demand for "our" stuff will go up, and so will prices for it. Next thing you know, growing a garden and foraging will be illegal without a permit. We'll have to get our dandelions from the store just like our meat, where it has been FDA/USDA inspected (supposedly). All exercise activity must be done in approved gyms, where they can charge us arms and legs to do it--everything else will be outlawed.

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on April 01, 2011
at 02:49 PM

I don't think you have to do anything--I've had no trouble finding Paleo stuff in the daily Google news. If you want to see it on TV, that's another matter...try TLC. They could use a tasteful and educating reality show!

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on March 31, 2011
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Queenie! Nice to see that you've found PaleoHacks on your own without my instigation. In keeping with your desire to keep the piece short, mainstream and articulated, I'd recommend Robb Wolf since his gym has the credentials of "voted one of the top 30 gyms by Men's Health magazine" or whatever exactly the title is, and he seems to have a very nicely tailored message of both diet and training.

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on March 31, 2011
at 07:42 PM

SHHHHHH!!! I think we should keep this a secret. The reason being is that Paleo isn't sustainable....

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on April 01, 2011
at 02:54 PM

You're right--if people catch on, the demand for "our" stuff will go up, and so will prices for it. Next thing you know, growing a garden and foraging will be illegal without a permit. We'll have to get our dandelions from the store just like our meat, where it has been FDA/USDA inspected (supposedly). All exercise activity must be done in approved gyms, where they can charge us arms and legs to do it--everything else will be outlawed.

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on March 31, 2011
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I think Robb Wolf is your go-to guy here. He has a new book and everything and is a great Stregth and conditioning coach.

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on April 01, 2011
at 02:15 PM

A visual---walking barefoot on the beach---makes you feel soooo good, it "grounds" you and there is people stating how it is good for you to be barefoot.

A city person, how often are your bare feet touching soil?

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on April 01, 2011
at 01:39 PM

Robb Wolf -- of course! Hope he doesn't mind speaking nicely to conservative aging women.

I'm going to need to work hard to get the primal-exercise message in, though. When I talked with my editor about it yesterday, she was less than enthusiastic -- since she doesn't like to walk barefoot, because her high arches hurt. Sigh.

Paleolady, excellent simplified tip! Wish I could quote you directly. Even a broad-based woman's mag can go for that message.

Bobby, yes, I'm spreading my paleo internet wings. Paleohacks is unexpectedly awesome.

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on March 31, 2011
at 07:37 PM

My one tiny paleo tip would be: eat fresh food. Nothing in a box. That's pretty much paleo, simplified. You want something that is recently alive, not sitting in boxes on a shelf. Meat, veggies, fruit, even nuts - which have a longer shelf life, but still go bad. The fresher the food, the better the nutrition. And the freshest food is local!

And yes, Robb Wolf is The Man.

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