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Is "PALEO" giving Paleo a bad name?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

I think the term Paleo gives the diet a bad name because people will think of a stone-age diet, and that is not appealing -- images of man in mammoth skin underpants, holding club and saying "UG" alot. When in truth, it's simply a natural human diet. PaNu is somewhat better, being somewhat abstract, but I propose The Huga Diet (HUnterGAtherer), because these diets are eaten TODAY by real live humans in real live tribes in real live wild places.

Perhaps better still, we could simply call it the Human Diet, and then carry on deciding what that is, with reference to pre-agriculture as well as modern tribes to guide us.

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on July 03, 2012
at 08:52 AM

Peoples image of paleolithic times are formed by bad fiction movies. Thats a fault of poor imagination and lack of critical thinking. I very much doubt that paleo people said "ug". If they did where did our amasing genetic language capability come from? Paleo people buried there dead, made traps, spears, simple technology, worshipped things, spoke language. They had far more depth of culture than pop movies recognise them for. Additionally, our modern society has far less depth of culture than people assume.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 22, 2012
at 11:31 PM

You're showing your gross inexperience.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 22, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Most people needs are very generic and a eat what a caveman would (paleo) recommendation easily gets the point across.

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:50 PM

and being on any "diet" gives it a bad name, be it low fat, atkins, south beach, or cabbage soup. How about not telling people you're on a diet and just eating the foods that you are comfortable eating.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:47 PM

Someone already calls it "the HUman Diet," and he is a bodybuilder by the name of Rene Endara. It consists of fruit, meat, and vegetables.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 22, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Damn it! Paleo IS giving paleo a bad name. We need to ban paleo from paleo.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 22, 2012
at 07:07 PM

Paleo is as plaeo does...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on June 22, 2012
at 07:06 PM

That's it. I'm going on the "Haggas Diet".

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on June 22, 2012
at 06:40 PM

And for four years, I've seen this type of talk lead either nowhere, or to stupid little pissing contests. I'd rather see the umpteenth newbie repeat question about how to lose weight. Random questions about personal problems occasionally yield new insights. This meta stuff just causes problems.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on June 22, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Aw, shucks! Thanks.

8508fec4bae4a580d1e1b807058fee8e

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on June 22, 2012
at 06:13 PM

Snicker, Chortle, Laugh - Huga sounds like "huge," - in my native language it sounds a lot like hagu- it means feces LOL

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:58 PM

+1 million. I'd vote you up more if I could.

C3f9730405f7885f9ccaad364404c433

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:41 PM

"Primal" is quite good though :-)

C3f9730405f7885f9ccaad364404c433

(412)

on June 22, 2012
at 05:40 PM

"I'm not sure referencing hunter gatherers really brings things into the 21st century." TRUE :-)

C3f9730405f7885f9ccaad364404c433

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Erm... I think it's relevant because it puts the problem with the name on people's radar, so when their friend or cousin, or dad says "I don't want to be back in the paleolithic" or whatever... you get me? I agree we can't control the language though.

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:24 PM

How would you pronounce "huga?" I'm not sure it rolls off the tongue nicely.

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:47 PM

Forget the label. Eat real food that works for your body, set a good example for your families and friends, and let others live their lives.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:58 PM

+1 million. I'd vote you up more if I could.

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on June 22, 2012
at 06:14 PM

Aw, shucks! Thanks.

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99ac392257e444e014be6d4da6a900e4

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Why do so many people care what other people think about paleo? Seems like some insecurity issues. Who cares?

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:24 PM

Please stop being meta. Ask a real question.
We cannot control the language.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on June 22, 2012
at 06:40 PM

And for four years, I've seen this type of talk lead either nowhere, or to stupid little pissing contests. I'd rather see the umpteenth newbie repeat question about how to lose weight. Random questions about personal problems occasionally yield new insights. This meta stuff just causes problems.

C3f9730405f7885f9ccaad364404c433

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Erm... I think it's relevant because it puts the problem with the name on people's radar, so when their friend or cousin, or dad says "I don't want to be back in the paleolithic" or whatever... you get me? I agree we can't control the language though.

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:22 PM

Huga or Panu makes it sound like some fad diet.

That might be good in some ways because the sheep are always attracted to the newest fad diet out there and they will find that they benefit from the Paleo way of eating. On the other hand, it might mislead or deter educated and curious people who are trying to better their health.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 03, 2012
at 01:22 AM

I've never found the name "paleo" to be in any way disreputable or confusing.

It's short, succinct and naturally lends itself to meme status.

Also, it's not tied up with trademarks and people's names and other sources of conflict of interest and bias.

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1bbcd2122d9c75b07440f22ef57d6448

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Let the damn diet speak for itself. Nobody in their right mind is going to scoff at someone losing huge amounts of weight or performing feats of strength because the nutrition philosophy they ascribe to has a funny name. Call it the "Eat crap and die" diet if you like (which isn't entirely untrue), and you'll do just as well on it. Actions speak louder than words, and group of healthy, thriving "cave-people" says a lot in a world filled with obesity and diet-related health problems.

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05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on June 22, 2012
at 08:51 PM

i just say, eat non-allergenically by self-experimenting with different types of high quality foods based on individual needs and reactions. i don't think "paleo" is useful at all when you get into helping people eat for their specific needs.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on June 22, 2012
at 09:37 PM

Most people needs are very generic and a eat what a caveman would (paleo) recommendation easily gets the point across.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on June 22, 2012
at 11:31 PM

You're showing your gross inexperience.

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Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

on June 22, 2012
at 05:30 PM

I'm not sure referencing hunter gatherers really brings things into the 21st century. We have ancestral and evolutionary as more generic terms.

C3f9730405f7885f9ccaad364404c433

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:41 PM

"Primal" is quite good though :-)

C3f9730405f7885f9ccaad364404c433

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:40 PM

"I'm not sure referencing hunter gatherers really brings things into the 21st century." TRUE :-)

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