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What should my next Paleo project look like?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 06, 2010 at 1:06 AM

Not too long ago, PaleoHacker Adam Crafter asked what a Paleo magazine would contain --- I am thinking along those same lines and I need your help.

I am working on a BIG project whose mission is to responsibly steward the Paleo Diet into the mainstream and will bring the best voices and personalities of the Paleosphere together in the form of a group-blog/online magazine.

Ergo, what should it look, feel, and smell like?

Leave your answers below and/or fill out my survey.

If you are feeling extra energetic, feel free to retweet this tweet or link to my survey from your blog.

Thanks. You guys rock!

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on September 07, 2010
at 02:15 AM

Many people ask me about what diet I followed to lose wt (50 lbs then gained ~10 lbs muscle) but as soon as I mention giving up mochas, bread and rice, they back away slowly and have a glazed narcotic-withdrawal look on their face. wtf. No one wants to give up their daily bread. Or fattening-rice. Or fructose-laden cornsyrup Starbuck frapucchinos! Forget it. Mainstream is exactly currently like the the folks in WALL*E, the movie. They want the BLUE PILL and no such thing as enlightenment (even despite cancer and/or other horrific diseases caused by modern food).

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

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on September 07, 2010
at 02:10 AM

Yes -- I've run out of lunch ideas! And hot breakfasts!

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on September 06, 2010
at 06:16 PM

I got the name all figured out.... :)

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on September 06, 2010
at 06:14 PM

Looking forward to hearing about your "ninja" methods....

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on September 06, 2010
at 04:15 PM

A TED-talk would be huge, they've gotten so influential lately. Any other viral-type clips would help spread the word as well.

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on September 06, 2010
at 03:06 PM

I agree, more anthropological stuff. You could try to get good people writing articles about it that have an eye towards health aspects.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on September 06, 2010
at 01:37 PM

It is an uphill battle, and we are outsized, but were fitter!

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on September 06, 2010
at 12:17 PM

And, I think I mentioned this before on paleohacks: try to get one (or more) paleo people to do a TED-talk. Or use celebrities. Personally I would suggest Scarlett Johanssen. And maybe better, intellectual celebrities, the likes of Dawkins, Dennett, Pinker, EO Wilson, ... They are true darwinians and should that a paleodiet is utterly obvious. Maybe let them have a 30-day challange...

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on September 06, 2010
at 10:57 AM

I believe I have Ninja-like-way for introducing paleo to the masses. More after the 20th when school's out

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on September 06, 2010
at 07:00 AM

Exactly what I was going to say. Although I can imagine that some people would, for the benefits of the history-deniers (as Richard Dawkins likes to call them), try to convince as much people as possible to change to a paleo inspired lifestyle, whithout pushing the evolutionary message too much. Maybe first change the eating behaviours, and then the brain fog of all these history-deniers will disappear? Wouldn't that make the world a better place? ;-)

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on September 06, 2010
at 06:24 AM

@Earl Cannonbear -- in some ways, it is worse than you state when folks who ostensibly believe in evolution (doctors, pharmacists, other healthcare providers) don't think that the Paleo Diet makes sense.

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on September 06, 2010
at 05:52 AM

Yes more about Paleo for kids

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on September 06, 2010
at 02:24 AM

Would love to see a feature on raising kids paleo-style - so many of us as parents are struggling to turn the ship around, as it were, and we're mired in a culture of classroom birthday parties, nonfoods marketed to our kids, sedentary lifestyles, and so on.

Ideas for topics within this feature:

  • Paleo birthday parties for kids
  • Summertime fitness for the entire family
  • Paleo lunchbox ideas
  • Paleo holiday traditions / healthy holiday celebrations
  • Dealing with nonpaleo family members (such as the grandparents) on the issue of feeding your kids
  • Road-trippin' paleo style (yes, I realize adults could consider intermittent fasting, but imagine cooping up your small children in a car for hours on end and telling them to consider it an opportunity to fast ;-) )
  • Developing healthy attitudes toward food
  • Promotion of breastfeeding and whole foods solids for babies/toddlers, with nursing items and recipes
  • Feeding middle-schoolers and high-schoolers paleo food that they'll actually want to eat

I would readily subscribe to a publication with this feature! All of my current magazine subscriptions (Women's Health, Parenting, American Baby, Good Housekeeping, etc.) promote sandwiches, baked goods, pastas, low-fat dairy (ergh!), 100-calorie-portioned snack foods, and other cringe-inducing menu ideas.

286a4ff7c362241c5c4b020df4972212

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on September 06, 2010
at 05:52 AM

Yes more about Paleo for kids

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on September 07, 2010
at 02:10 AM

Yes -- I've run out of lunch ideas! And hot breakfasts!

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on September 06, 2010
at 07:06 PM

Whatever you do, please keep in mind what tends to happen when a good idea goes mainstream: it gets dumbed down, corrupted, commercialized, bastardized. We're already starting to see "Paleo-friendly" products and the like. Some of them are great, others not so much.

The cheapening of Paleo into a fad diet is inevitable to some extent. Endorsements from celebrities! Talk show coverage! This may even be desirable as it will increase awareness and genuinely change some people's lives for the better. Still, if we could actively stave off the bastardization as long as possible, that would be great.

Sorry, I don't have any brilliant suggestions for you regarding the specifics. Haha.

[Edit] See this article on how Reddit went from excellent to merely entertaining, for example.

http://www.amerika.org/technology/the-entropy-of-reddit/

It???s sad ... but inevitable because once anything gets popular, it becomes a trend and then people get onboard who have no idea what made it originally valuable. They then make it into what is convenient for them, which since they lack direction and live in denial, is whatever doesn???t offend their lifestyles.

This is already happening with CrossFit as thousands of affiliates are opening with no real idea of how to coach or program.

I remain impressed with the average level of discussion here, and I hope it stays that way for a long time.

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on September 06, 2010
at 03:04 PM

This particular idea is less oriented towards attracting new people to paleo and more about providing something light and fun, but:

A monthly feature: "What's in my refrigerator?" You get a prominent paleo; you take a nice, big picture of his or her refrigerator; and then have him or her discuss what's in there and why. Can't you just imagine Stephan Guyenet or Richard Nikoley or Michael Eades talking about their fridges? I for one would be hooked.

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on September 06, 2010
at 10:13 AM

A Better resource for Offline Community. Not a commune or farm

A way for likeminded people to get together locally. Face to face paleo groups.

An improved Meet-up.

Or

Regional connections like WAPF does

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 06, 2010
at 03:30 PM

Have a special edition just for those most vain creatures-teens!like teen cosmo! Do lots of appealing to vanity and highligt teen stars who are say gluten free or sugar free (r there any?) let's start young! Paleo vending machines in the schools!!!

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on September 06, 2010
at 12:57 PM

Just don't replicate Paleo For Life, which seems likely to attract only those already aware and online (it's a good site, though). It seems to me that to go mainstream, the effort would have to have a strong offline component, as Stephan-Aegis suggests.

It's very difficult to break through to people on this subject. I know from personal experience. After I lost more than 20 pounds in a couple months, I thought people would would be all over the diet, but it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, and requires a paradigm shift. On that note, here is a powerful post by Robb Wolf.

This is an uphill battle.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on September 06, 2010
at 01:37 PM

It is an uphill battle, and we are outsized, but were fitter!

3864f9a2af09b1b447c7963058650a34

(3703)

on September 07, 2010
at 02:15 AM

Many people ask me about what diet I followed to lose wt (50 lbs then gained ~10 lbs muscle) but as soon as I mention giving up mochas, bread and rice, they back away slowly and have a glazed narcotic-withdrawal look on their face. wtf. No one wants to give up their daily bread. Or fattening-rice. Or fructose-laden cornsyrup Starbuck frapucchinos! Forget it. Mainstream is exactly currently like the the folks in WALL*E, the movie. They want the BLUE PILL and no such thing as enlightenment (even despite cancer and/or other horrific diseases caused by modern food).

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on September 06, 2010
at 10:05 AM

My thoughts:

  • healthy environment advice on: what should your house/flat look like? What to use for cleaning and washing, what to remove, what to buy.

  • the paleo home of the month

  • paleo for elder people

  • paleo clothing/footwear

  • paleo holidays (feasts, treats and sweets)

  • vacations for true paleos

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on September 06, 2010
at 09:19 AM

I like reading anthropological literature, from the scientific, academic kind to the more pop-science books. I think are great for sketching a more general framework for a paleo-lifestyle. And they are fun to read. Maybe an idea to include some of this?

Another thing that could be interesting is expanding the evolutionary view. Not only adjusting the mismatch between current en paleolithic times, but also adress some of the other aspects of evolutionary medicine.

Good luck with this very promising website!

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on September 06, 2010
at 12:17 PM

And, I think I mentioned this before on paleohacks: try to get one (or more) paleo people to do a TED-talk. Or use celebrities. Personally I would suggest Scarlett Johanssen. And maybe better, intellectual celebrities, the likes of Dawkins, Dennett, Pinker, EO Wilson, ... They are true darwinians and should that a paleodiet is utterly obvious. Maybe let them have a 30-day challange...

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on September 06, 2010
at 03:06 PM

I agree, more anthropological stuff. You could try to get good people writing articles about it that have an eye towards health aspects.

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on September 06, 2010
at 04:15 PM

A TED-talk would be huge, they've gotten so influential lately. Any other viral-type clips would help spread the word as well.

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on September 06, 2010
at 05:27 AM

What makes the Paleolithic model of achieving optimal health and longevity so compelling is that it is utterly obvious when you understand the basic evolutionary science behind it.

If you want to make Paleo eating mainstream then you must first deal with this unfortunate fact:

"In the U.S., only 14 percent of adults thought that evolution was "definitely true," while about a third firmly rejected the idea. "

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 06, 2010
at 06:24 AM

@Earl Cannonbear -- in some ways, it is worse than you state when folks who ostensibly believe in evolution (doctors, pharmacists, other healthcare providers) don't think that the Paleo Diet makes sense.

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on September 06, 2010
at 07:00 AM

Exactly what I was going to say. Although I can imagine that some people would, for the benefits of the history-deniers (as Richard Dawkins likes to call them), try to convince as much people as possible to change to a paleo inspired lifestyle, whithout pushing the evolutionary message too much. Maybe first change the eating behaviours, and then the brain fog of all these history-deniers will disappear? Wouldn't that make the world a better place? ;-)

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on September 06, 2010
at 03:07 AM

Recipes with pictures of food.

Before & after testimonials

Posts about health & nutrition

And "hot topics" such as relevant current events and controversial diet issues.

Go for it....

Your hardest decision will be figuring out by what name to call the site...lol...

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on September 06, 2010
at 06:16 PM

I got the name all figured out.... :)

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