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Impression on my professor? (Paleo Nutrition Survey)

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 21, 2011 at 12:03 AM

Background:

I'm currently enrolled as a Nutrition/Dietetics student at an accredited university where I often find a frustratingly enormous canyon of a disconnect between my curriculum and the principles modeled by the Paleo Diet. Without going into details, let's just say that Paleo is considered a fad diet by most university professors here. I hope that's not true everywhere because we need them to educate and train a future army of doctors, nurses, dietitians, etc.

I'd really like to hear from you and get your prospective on health. I want to bring this new (actually ancient) science into the classroom if for only a brief momentous ripple in time.

Our class has been asked to conduct a brief survey for a course described as Life Cycle Nutrition where we are required to interview three different generations, asking 5 questions to each member of a different generation.

I could interview my mom and other relatives but I already know what they eat and most of them are not strict Paleo like myself plus the very last thing I want to do is pass on status-quo information considering I'm trapped in a status quo academic forum at school.

If you believe participation in this anonymous interview is a worthwhile cause and you're willing to take the time to fill out one of these surveys, please know that I greatly appreciate your contributions.

Thank you so much.

Heregoes...

Please state your age and participate if you are ages 18-33

1)What is your primary health goal?

2)Do you consider the Paleo Diet a fad diet?

3)Why do you consider the the Paleo Diet superior in helping you achieve your health goals compared to other diets you have or have not tried?

4)What is one source of information where you obtain most of your nutrition education and guidance? Why do you believe this source is both credible and trustworthy?

5)How does your knowledge of nutrition impact family decisions or influence the health status of other family members?

6)Identify the primary reason why you believe an epidemic of obesity persists in the United States despite the efforts of the USDA?

7)The number one thing that prevents me from eating the way I want to eat is (blank).

Please state your age and participate if you are ages 34-48

1)What is your primary health goal?

2)Do you consider the Paleo Diet a fad diet?

3)Why do you consider the the Paleo Diet superior in helping you achieve your health goals compared to other diets you have/have not tried?

4)What is one source of information where you obtain most of your nutrition education and guidance? Why do you believe this source is both credible and trustworthy?

5)How does your knowledge of nutrition impact family decisions or influence the health status of other family members?

6)Identify the primary reason why you believe an epidemic of obesity persists in the United States despite the efforts of the USDA?

7)The number one thing that prevents me from eating the way I want to eat is (blank).

Please state your age and participate if you are ages 49-63+

1)What is your primary health goal?

2)Do you consider the Paleo Diet a fad diet?

3)Why do you consider the the Paleo Diet superior in helping you achieve your health goals compared to other diets you have/have not tried?

4)What is one source of information where you obtain most of your nutrition education and guidance? Why do you believe this source is both credible and trustworthy?

5)How does your knowledge of nutrition impact family decisions or influence the health status of other family members?

6)Identify the primary reason why you believe an epidemic of obesity persists in the United States despite the efforts of the USDA?

7)The number one thing that prevents me from eating the way I want to eat is (blank).

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

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on September 21, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I love how all these cases are so unique and how your stories reveal the far-reaching benefits of the original human diet.

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Yes, do post! And I love the idea of including blood & lipid panel numbers. Mine, too, were excellent (and greatly improved over my pre-paleo numbers, not surprisingly).

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Yes Nancy, please participate! Not only will my professors see it and circulate it amongst staff, these survey results will pop up on search engines. In one of my research classes, one group is doing a study comparing Myplate.gov to fad diets and the librarian (used to work for the National Institutes of Heath) suggested they compare it to "Paleo" as a fad diet.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:13 AM

Please post your prof's reaction! I'd love to read it, hehe :D

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

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on September 21, 2011
at 01:11 AM

We need to be kept in separate buildings at all times. You're going to bring out my wild side. I don't think the guest speakers would appreciate my antics. I concocted the loincloth idea in a sober state, mind you

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on September 21, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Nancy64: I think it is really important that you answer. Even if, for whatever reason, you fall out of the survey's age paramenters, I feel sure that these responses will be read and I think older voices need to be heard! (I'm one of them too, although I do fall within the range.)

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on September 21, 2011
at 01:02 AM

so much birthdayaing to celcebtsrte!!! TEll your proff I saisddd that'H!

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:00 AM

My mistake! I should have posted a plus sign by the 63+ will edit...

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:59 AM

3+7=10 glasses of wine

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:56 AM

A+!!!! Thank you for these responses!!!!! The good people of this website are schooling my professor!

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on September 21, 2011
at 12:51 AM

and i will be turning 37 the week before AHS '12. perfect timing, y'all.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:49 AM

I'm turning 37 in November. Drink to that at Harvard?

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Oh, also I am 37. This is going to be a great thread!

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:38 AM

These responses are picturesque. I wish the people of this website could teach my LifeCycle Nutrition course.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:21 AM

LOL Are you always this funny? This is going in the books, verbatim.

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3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:31 AM

Please state your age and participate if you are ages 34-48

I'm 47 years old, female.

1)What is your primary health goal?

Avoiding the diseases that crippled and killed both my biological parents and their siblings: Cancer, obesity, and autoimmune disease.

2)Do you consider the Paleo Diet a fad diet?

Not at all. It's a template, a way of thinking about healthful food (and other lifestyle choices) that looks first to evolutionary biology for guidance, and then to bench science.

3)Why do you consider the the Paleo Diet superior in helping you achieve your health goals compared to other diets you have/have not tried?

I eat an ultra-ketogenic diet to resolve obesity and other health issues I've had (depression, seizures, autoimmune joint pain), and eating such a diet within a Paleo framework assures me that I'm avoiding -- as much as possible -- "experimental" foods such as seed oils whose effects on human physiology are almost entirely unknown at the present time.

4)What is one source of information where you obtain most of your nutrition education and guidance? Why do you believe this source is both credible and trustworthy?

It is only one source of many, but the book that initially encouraged me to try a ketogenic, and ultimately Paleo, way of eating was Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. It's a fully referenced critique of modern nutritional conventional wisdom, and I return to it time and again to look up papers and cites for particular issues (such as the relationship between dietary fat and heart disease).

5)How does your knowledge of nutrition impact family decisions or influence the health status of other family members?

My (adoptive) mother, a diabetic who has been on medication since the 1960s, has recently (at age 81!) been able to stop taking her bg control meds, on her doctor's (very startled) advice. Her improved bg control can be attributed to a drastic cut in her bread and sweets intake, and a new emphasis on meat in her diet.

6)Identify the primary reason why you believe an epidemic of obesity persists in the United States despite the efforts of the USDA?

Cheap, refined carbohydrates (flour and sugar), coupled with the addition of high fructose corn syrup in an enormous number of packaged foods.

7)The number one thing that prevents me from eating the way I want to eat is (blank).

Nothing. I'm very lucky to live in a town surrounded by eco-conscious ranchers, and have access to lots of grass-fed beef and pastured eggs. Even more fortunately, my husband is a hunter, and we just filled our chest freezer with the cow elk he shot opening weekend. Life's good.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:38 AM

These responses are picturesque. I wish the people of this website could teach my LifeCycle Nutrition course.

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:19 AM

1)What is your primary health goal?

To NO LONGER look like I am in the 34-48 range. ALSO I would like to live for such a long time that my kids' kids' kids can get to know me.

2)Do you consider the Paleo Diet a fad diet?

Nope - I consider it the original Human Diet.

3)Why do you consider the the Paleo Diet superior in helping you achieve your health goals compared to other diets you have/have not tried?

No ratio measuring. It seems to be more attuned to optimal nutrition no matter where the macros fall.

4)What is one source of information where you obtain most of your nutrition education and guidance? Why do you believe this source is both credible and trustworthy?

There is no once source for me. But I guess I use the INTERNETS widely. So, my source would be the INTERNETS.

5)How does your knowledge of nutrition impact family decisions or influence the health status of other family members?

I do the cooking shopping lunch packing - so it affects all food choices in my house. My husband, kids and I enjoy vibrant health as well. We are lucky!

6)Identify the primary reason why you believe an epidemic of obesity persists in the United States despite the efforts of the USDA?

Because the Industrial/Manufactured Food Industry is in bed with the overseers. Just like Big Pharma is with the FDA.

7)The number one thing that prevents me from eating the way I want to eat is (blank).

Money, access to nose to tail pieces of animals and the tropical climate I need to grow the veg/fruit I lOVE!

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:49 AM

I'm turning 37 in November. Drink to that at Harvard?

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:11 AM

We need to be kept in separate buildings at all times. You're going to bring out my wild side. I don't think the guest speakers would appreciate my antics. I concocted the loincloth idea in a sober state, mind you

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:43 AM

Oh, also I am 37. This is going to be a great thread!

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:02 AM

so much birthdayaing to celcebtsrte!!! TEll your proff I saisddd that'H!

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:21 AM

LOL Are you always this funny? This is going in the books, verbatim.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:51 AM

and i will be turning 37 the week before AHS '12. perfect timing, y'all.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:59 AM

3+7=10 glasses of wine

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:10 AM

36 year old female and have been on the paleo diet for a year.

1)What is your primary health goal? primarily the management of multiple sclerosis and secondarily weight loss.

2)Do you consider the Paleo Diet a fad diet? no- this is the way that humans have consumed food for most of our existence. i think that "The Paleo Diet" is marketed in such a way that it might appear on the surface to be a fad diet, but it does not take long for one to realize that there are a lot of variables in this way of eating. hearing the testimonies of so many people who have seen such dramatic changes in their health and wellbeing is validating of my belief that this is the way we all should think about nutrition.

3)Why do you consider the the Paleo Diet superior in helping you achieve your health goals compared to other diets you have/have not tried?

because it is the only thing that has worked for me. and not only has it been effective in managing my MS and the systemic inflammation related to that, but i also lost 40 pounds without really thinking about it, had a surge in energy, and a general sense of peace and simplicity about food that i have not had ever before. and i have achieved all of this without any side effects. the medication that i was taking for my MS cost $30K per year, and was going to increase another 20%. it caused fatigue, headaches, flushing, pain and itching at the injection site, anxiety, changes in skin and adipose tissues around the injections and weight gain. im off medication, totally asymptomatic since giving up grains, sugar, legumes and industrial vegetable oils, my MRI shows no new lesions in a year and two lesions have disappeared. i attribute this to my diet changes.

4)What is one source of information where you obtain most of your nutrition education and guidance? Why do you believe this source is both credible and trustworthy?

i never rely on only one source.

5)How does your knowledge of nutrition impact family decisions or influence the health status of other family members?

i do most of the shopping and cooking. my family may not be "paleo", but they are all eating more fat, more traditional foods, and less processed foods. we never relied on many processed foods at all in the past, but we ate a vegetarian, low fat diet with a heavy reliance on soy products, so it was a dramatic change in that way. i would say that my family is about 80% paleo.

6)Identify the primary reason why you believe an epidemic of obesity persists in the United States despite the efforts of the USDA?

corn and soy subsidies, large "food deserts", lack of access to food that has not been processed, Big Ag interestes over public health interests, lack of nutritional education in medical school curriculum.

7)The number one thing that prevents me from eating the way I want to eat is (blank).

sometimes the cost can be prohibitive, and it can be time consuming. sometimes i get tired of cooking and just want something easy. but, in the end i know that its worth it, so we make sacrifices elsewhere.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:22 AM

I love how all these cases are so unique and how your stories reveal the far-reaching benefits of the original human diet.

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(11157)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:48 AM

29, Female, 5'4", 115lbs. Weighed 125 when I started Paleo, with intention of maintaining current weight, am now back down to my high school weight without even trying. Went strict Paleo for first 6 months starting August of '10, am now more Primal.

1)What is your primary health goal? To maintain weight and prevent oxalate kidney stone formation.

2)Do you consider the Paleo Diet a fad diet? It's only regarded as a fad due to the attention (often derisive) it's been getting over the past few years. It's a perfectly healthy and natural way of eating.

3)Why do you consider the the Paleo Diet superior in helping you achieve your health goals compared to other diets you have or have not tried? I have not tried any other "diet". I started out with a low-oxalate diet after undergoing a lithotripsy in November of '09. Cutting out beans, certain vegetables and sugary foods, as well as cutting back on my sodium intake, was a step in the right direction. When I found Paleo, I was looking for a maintenance diet that would allow me to get maximum nutrition, and addressed all of the dietary elements that I'd been concerned about. High oxalate foods were, for the most part, Neolithic foods (legumes, grains, processed foods, etc). Cutting them out altogether seemed to be worth a try.

4)What is one source of information where you obtain most of your nutrition education and guidance? Why do you believe this source is both credible and trustworthy? I joined CavemanForums.com when I first started eating Paleo, and while they're hardcore over there, the articles and research paired with the personal experiences of the other members there has really been helpful and informative and reinforced that Paleo is a natural human diet.

5)How does your knowledge of nutrition impact family decisions or influence the health status of other family members? Because I don't buy junk food (or if I do, it's Primal junkfood like 85% dark chocolate, local-sourced honey or palm sugar for my coffee. As a result, my boyfriend ended up buying Neolithic junk food a la Sam's Club: Brownies, ice cream, cookies, etc. Over time he saw my health improve, my sleep improve (I'd been taking melatonin and Tylenol PM every night and was able to wean myself off of them), and the fact that I've been stone and UTI-free for going on two years now. My boyfriend also needed to lose weight and had never been able to stick with a diet because he would never see results and would give up too quickly. After he listened to podcasts by Paleo and Paleo-friendly bloggers and doctors, he began eating low-carb Primal and has since lost 30+lbs over the last 60-90 days. With neither of us buying or eating junk food, it's even easier to stay on track with our individual WOE's.

6)Identify the primary reason why you believe an epidemic of obesity persists in the United States despite the efforts of the USDA? Because our society's reliance on grains has become embedded in our culture. It is a cheap way to feed millions of people and livetock (to fatten them for slaughter--isn't it ironic?), and the byproducts from processing grains go into just about every other processed food product on the shelves of grocery stores. While whole grains might not be terrible per se, there is nothing you can't get from them that you can't get from natural, whole food sources. Everywhere you look, you have fat, diabetic and hypertensive people following the recommended nutrition plans for their particular disease, and none of them are able to reverse/alleviate their condition, nor take the weight off. Instead, they're put on a multitude of medications of varying dosages, told to exercise and eat more whole grains and stay away from red meat. Also, the mineral-binding phytates present in grains and legumes leads to calcium and magnesium deficiencies, forcing the RDA of said minerals to be much higher than should be necessary. 1,000-1,200mg/day of calcium? Do they think primitive man went around licking oyster shells and eating whole birds' eggs all day? LOL

7)The number one thing that prevents me from eating the way I want to eat is (blank). Money is always an issue, as well as not liking the tastes of certain foods which I know are GREAT for me, ie offal. I try and incorporate them when I can, and continually look for different ways to prepare them which I might find more appetizing.

EDIT: Also wanted to make mention that my last blood & lipid panel came out excellent, and if you'd like I can send you a .pdf scan of the results to use in your argument. I'm sure others have similarly good numbers to present! I plan on getting tested again this December, just make sure everything is good to go.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 12:56 AM

A+!!!! Thank you for these responses!!!!! The good people of this website are schooling my professor!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:13 AM

Please post your prof's reaction! I'd love to read it, hehe :D

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:18 AM

Yes, do post! And I love the idea of including blood & lipid panel numbers. Mine, too, were excellent (and greatly improved over my pre-paleo numbers, not surprisingly).

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on September 21, 2011
at 01:18 AM

I'm 32.

Maintenance of strength and avoiding any sickness.

I do not consider the paleo diet a fad.

I consider the pale diet superior because it's very simple. For me it's avoiding grains, legumes, and dairy, and generally not eating processed food.

The one source I rely on the most if probably Wolf's podcast and his book.

I have had great influence on three family member's eating which makes me happy.

People eat too much processed food is the biggest I think. They are too sedentary. People eat out too much, they never cook.

Although I do eat pretty much the way I want to, I would eat grass fed beef if I could afford it. I'd eat eggs if I could get ones that I trust, too.

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on September 21, 2011
at 12:52 AM

Sorry BamBam...As you can see by my name I am over the age limit. Why no seniors?

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:00 AM

My mistake! I should have posted a plus sign by the 63+ will edit...

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on September 21, 2011
at 01:03 AM

Nancy64: I think it is really important that you answer. Even if, for whatever reason, you fall out of the survey's age paramenters, I feel sure that these responses will be read and I think older voices need to be heard! (I'm one of them too, although I do fall within the range.)

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on September 21, 2011
at 01:14 AM

Yes Nancy, please participate! Not only will my professors see it and circulate it amongst staff, these survey results will pop up on search engines. In one of my research classes, one group is doing a study comparing Myplate.gov to fad diets and the librarian (used to work for the National Institutes of Heath) suggested they compare it to "Paleo" as a fad diet.

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