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How should we refer to Paleo folks?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 19, 2010 at 9:12 PM

It's well known what it means to be a vegetarian or a vegan. Is there a good term to refer to people who follow a Paleo lifestyle? In order to increase public awareness, we should have a good name to refer to ourselves, i.e. "I am a ...", as opposed to "I follow a ... diet", which makes it sound like a fad.

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on April 09, 2011
at 02:03 PM

my students call me a carnivore :) they've heard enough from me to make their own minds... :D

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on March 21, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I don't like the 'caveman diet' term either, seems rather derogatory based on the way 'cavemen' are viewed today. Though I think it was the Neaderthals and not Homo sapiens that were believed to live more in caves ...

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on January 03, 2011
at 10:15 PM

Carnivore could still work because being a carnivore doesn't mean you don't eat plants. A lot of obligate carnivores eat plants.

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on June 15, 2010
at 03:46 PM

In a similar vein, how about combining hunter-gatherer into "hungarian"? :)

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on February 19, 2010
at 10:20 PM

Though we like to refer to ourselves as carnivores, we do eat plants, so by definition, we are technically omnivores. But regarding our specific diet, there's lots of terms:

  1. paleolithic diet
  2. primal blueprint
  3. evolutionary fitness
  4. caveman diet (I loath this one!)
  5. stone-age diet
  6. hunter gatherer diet
  7. ancestral diet
  8. very low carb
  9. zero carb

So we could call ourselves:

  • primals - confusing...
  • paleos - this is my preference
  • carnies - anyone want to call themselves a clown?

But let's dig deeper...

From Wiki, about the term 'vegan':

The word vegan was coined in 1944 by Donald Watson, who combined the first three and last two letters of vegetarian to form "vegan," which he saw as "the beginning and end of vegetarian."

So if we combine one of those phrases from above, we could get:

  • hugans!

It's from hunter gatherer. I guess that was obvious. So even though I'm perfectly happy calling us all "paleos"; my submission for a new name is official:

Hugans. Like human, but healthier.

7bea72ef073e8f76b5828727f1460900

(2718)

on June 15, 2010
at 03:46 PM

In a similar vein, how about combining hunter-gatherer into "hungarian"? :)

Eafee106d73d49bdaec8cb3dae41d514

on January 03, 2011
at 10:15 PM

Carnivore could still work because being a carnivore doesn't mean you don't eat plants. A lot of obligate carnivores eat plants.

B1fcaceba952861d0324bdb291edbbe0

(3159)

on March 21, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I don't like the 'caveman diet' term either, seems rather derogatory based on the way 'cavemen' are viewed today. Though I think it was the Neaderthals and not Homo sapiens that were believed to live more in caves ...

A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

(4896)

on April 09, 2011
at 02:03 PM

my students call me a carnivore :) they've heard enough from me to make their own minds... :D

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on February 19, 2010
at 09:22 PM

The general catch-all which seems to encompass paleo, primal, EvFit, etc. which I think works well is: "ancestral diet"

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on March 11, 2010
at 03:04 AM

I think focusing on the fact that we are adapted through evolution to this diet/lifestyle is the key. It's how we are supposed to eat. That's what we need to capture.

It also means that we have the high ground, so let's claim it!

The natural human diet.

The metabolically natural human diet.

Eating what we are adapted to eat.

The original human diet.

The foods that humans are designed to eat.

...Something along those lines.

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on January 03, 2011
at 10:19 PM

i say I am a healthy eater when people ask, and that healthy eating entails eating a paleo diet.

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on January 03, 2011
at 09:55 PM

We are healthy.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 09, 2011
at 04:40 PM

Something catchy... Say, keto-blasters or fat-o-philiacs.

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A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

on April 09, 2011
at 02:10 PM

I generally say that I am paleo, or more descriptive, with "no grains, no processed foods", or "mostly meat and veggies" line. I do think of myself as a carnivore, as that's majority of what I eat. When I talk to Jews it's easier to explain by "basically I keep ashkenazi Pessach all year round, without the matza". My students heard many times pieces and chunks on what I eat, and some of them call me a carnivore.

Sometimes I also use the "evolutionary diet" b/c I like to emphasize the evolution part in the logic.

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on April 09, 2011
at 12:30 PM

I'm cave man 2.0, now with grocery store technology.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on April 09, 2011
at 11:26 AM

Am I EVO, yes I am. (sung)

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on January 04, 2011
at 04:34 AM

I am an aspiring centenarian. That is why I eat eat healthy and what I tell people when they ask how I eat.

I'm in it for the long haul, optimal nutrition. Paleo is just the closest "diet" to explain to people in the know, that I avoid processed and want a high nutritionally dense whole food lifestyle. A Centenarian's diet

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on January 04, 2011
at 03:31 AM

Why do we need a label? I just tell people I don't eat processed foods or grain products.

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on January 04, 2011
at 02:08 AM

I like to think of myself as a hunter gatherer

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Eafee106d73d49bdaec8cb3dae41d514

on January 03, 2011
at 10:16 PM

There's always the old standby "flesh eater."

Paleos works for me.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on January 03, 2011
at 09:42 PM

I follow the Old School, New Science way of life, but I fear that is not catchy enough.


I'm an optimal-ist, to play off of what stephan said.

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on March 10, 2010
at 10:43 PM

what about a Pre-Ag's as opposed to Post-Ind's? Pre-Agriculturalists as opposed to Post-Industrialists ;)

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