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Future of paleo movement

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Created February 17, 2010 at 3:26 PM

Look at "paleo diet" on Google Trends: Google trend for "paleo diet"

With the dramatic growth in popularity in 2009, what do you think the future of the movement will be like? Stores specifically catering to our demographic in 5-10 years? Mainstream in a generation or two?

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on September 21, 2010
at 06:21 PM

spend a little time online and find some of these excellent family ranch operations committed to organic grassfed and direct ship (no middle man) we buy from a **wonderful** ranch in idaho - save our pennies, get less expensive cuts and get incredible quality beef - still ain't cheap but the nice thing is that the ranch gets the hole buck we spend and helps them keep on keeping on - YUM!

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on July 04, 2010
at 09:43 PM

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on May 07, 2010
at 04:01 PM

Exactly! I think I'd rather be in an informed minority despite having to justify myself when asked questions, than be in a sort of watered down version of paleo.

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on May 07, 2010
at 02:57 PM

+1; look at what happened to organics...

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on May 07, 2010
at 02:09 PM

@Blue I agree with the above, but I hope you are not really helping your genes, but in fact are helping your kids! Remember, your genes are using you for their reproduction. Evolution is about reproduction, but we can choose different goals in life. ;-)

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on May 07, 2010
at 02:08 PM

@Blue I agree with the above, but I hope you are not really helping your genes, but in fact are helping your kids! Remember, your genes are using you for there reproduction. Evolution is about reproduction, but we can choose different goals in life. ;-)

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on May 07, 2010
at 12:51 PM

@AnnaA I disagree that you are "done" spreading your genes. By eating Paleo you are much more likely to live a long, healthy life and thereby influence those vehicles of your DNA (your kids and grands) to eat more paleo and thereby live longer, healthier lives. I realise that we no longer have to worry so much abt actually dying before we're old enough to reproduce, but the SAD is responsible for many infertility problems via obesity, soy, etc. By eating Paleo and raising my 5 kids to eat whole foods I'm helping ensure that my genes - and hopefully my healthy habits - are passed on.

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on May 07, 2010
at 11:13 AM

Anna, maybe, it is similar to evolution, but not natural selection of genes, but of memes. They change much more rapidly!

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on February 19, 2010
at 02:10 PM

I hope not--their meat is already pretty expensive. But I'm more concerned that they will reduce the selection, especially the grass-fed cuts!

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on February 19, 2010
at 04:33 AM

If, due to our diet, we end up healthier with less heart damage etc., yes we are! Except those like me, who are already honorary great-grandmas and actual grandmas, and have been there, done that.

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at 10:43 PM

We're not more likely to reproduce actually.

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89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

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on May 07, 2010
at 11:02 AM

Just a couple of thoughts:

You know, when your favorite, but little known band or book, reaches a bigger crowd, you are happy because they/it deserve(s) it, but also, it is somehow a little sad, because you liked it when it was your special band or book. Same with the paleo 'movement'. You like to tell everyone, but don't like it to get mainstream, isn't it?

I think some aspects of paleo life could get mainstream more quickly:

  • more and more 'experts' are changing their position on saturated fats
  • more awareness of importance of sunshine
  • changes is fitness: popularity of crossfit
  • barefooting and minimalist shoes are booming

I can imagine that the ancestral health memes could spread quite quickly (like a fad), reaching some kind of tipping point. But let's hope it will be here to stay.

I also can imagine the paleo diet to be held (in the future) as the 'new' healthy standard. But like the 'contempory common wisdom standard' (you know, food pyramid etc.), a lot of people will keep eating crap (and feeling dito).

I just know that the evolutionary framework is really strong. I never had any real health issues, never was overweight (not even a bit), felt good, and just ate 'normally'. But after reading Art De Vany's essay and just a little further reading, I knew that I was going to change (and I did). It makes so much sense...

One more thing. Nassim Taleb is a great spreader of the ancestral health meme, outside the immediate paleosphere. I think that paleo deserves a few other great meme-spreaders (is that a word?). I'm not really talking about celebrities, but more about intelligent people, capable of reaching a bigger audience. People like Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, EO Wilson, Steven Pinker, Jared Diamond and the likes.

But hey, Scarlett Johansson would be OK too! ;-)

Oh, that, and a TED-talk on paleo/ancestral living, that would be nice.

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on February 17, 2010
at 03:34 PM

Mainstream in a generation? I doubt it. However, there's a perfect storm brewing that could influence how people eat: slow food, localvores, energy conservationists, and ancestral health. I could see a sigificant shift in how people eat a generation from now, moving closer to whole foods in their natural packaging. I don't think you're going to see every bakery going out of business, however.

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on May 15, 2010
at 07:18 PM

Let me tell you precisely why we want this to flourish:

The diabetes epidemic is out of control. It has been hypothesized already that children born after 2000 will not outlive their parents for the first time in history. Why? Diseases associated with insulin resistance causing an early death. 1 in 3 children will have type II diabetes, 1 in 2 for minorities. These are our future children.

The industries that profit the most from the sick are the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture giants, junk food retailers and even the mainstream media. If America gets healthy with good nutrition, each of these industries would suffer considerable losses in revenues. They depend on disease for their very existence, so eliminating (or greatly reducing) disease will have a devastating impact on them.

Who does this benefit? The nation as a whole. Productivity will increase with health, and money won't be spend on filling the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies and health insurance companies, it will be spent stimulating our economy, and we will become strong again.

The gap between the rich and the poor is widening. The implications of the middle class becoming obsolete are scary. The poor who cannot afford healthy food buy McDonalds hamburgers and fries. Then they spend all of their money trying to afford healthcare because there was no preventative maintenance. It is in fact cheaper in the long run to eat healthy. But how many people know this?

We have the Food Pyramid that everyone sees and thinks is accurate. It's not. That needs reform now. The Paleo Diet needs to be mainstream so we can save future generations to come, and to save our economy.

The best solution I could come up with is creating a buzz, and a system to help people identify real Paleo food. I will make it happen or die trying.

I am the CEO of Paleo Approved Inc. We are a Certifying Agency like USDA Organic, but we actually have a conscience. I will ONLY certify products that are 100% Paleo, and if they're 95%, they don't fit the bill and don't get the certification. Why am I in this business? Well, the Paleo Diet saved my life.

But I swear, I will never be swayed by the likes of Monsanto or Tyson.

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on May 07, 2010
at 06:51 AM

We should also be asking the question of whether we want it to be mainstream at all.

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on May 07, 2010
at 04:01 PM

Exactly! I think I'd rather be in an informed minority despite having to justify myself when asked questions, than be in a sort of watered down version of paleo.

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on May 07, 2010
at 02:57 PM

+1; look at what happened to organics...

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on May 07, 2010
at 01:28 AM

The trends can be understood by factoring in the fact that I became Paleo at the end of 2009 and have been Googling the S*** out of it ever since.

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on February 19, 2010
at 05:57 AM

Oh God, is paleo a movement now? Well, that sucks. All that will do usually is add confusion as food marketers try to cash in--like "free range" or "organic". There essentially is no profit in paleo, since it is all about unprocessed & inconvenient food. If anything other than freezing or drying or refrigerating has happened to the food, it's far from paleo! When I shop, it's fruit & produce isle, seafood & meats, eggs. The outer limits of the grocery store. I think the most processed thing I buy is walnuts and raisins! Okay, maybe oil.

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on February 18, 2010
at 10:37 PM

Very interesting google trend... The paleo diet certainly looks to be becoming a little bit of a 'fad' right now, but I am interested on if it will maintain its momentum rather than a bubble high and then a slow decline like nearly all other health fads.

Of course I take issue whenever I see the paleo diet being called a fad, I mean sure it may slowly be becoming in fashion but its certainly the first diet concept that goes back to fundamental axioms (as they would say in maths) so essentially if you ever agree with the paleo diet then you also accept that there can't ever really BE another diet, or concept (at least not for another few decades when we really start understanding human metabolism). Theres no getting around evolution!

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on February 17, 2010
at 09:40 PM

I think very soon we will see some major conflict regarding farmer rights and the ability for small time organic or natural food producers to do their thing. The corporations have a lot to lose if the centralization of food production starts becoming unprofitable.

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on May 07, 2010
at 01:57 AM

i hope it leads to voters sacrificing their tax money for farmland preservation, and the farmers on the these small parcels of land will be able to make a living because the demand for high quality produce, meat, and eggs will just keep rising.

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on February 18, 2010
at 10:13 PM

This Paleo movement is somewhat similar to evolution itself- it will happen at a snail's pace because most people aren't that receptive to drastic change.

But like evolution, the people who clue in and do change will be the fittest and therefore the ones who become the *gene pool!

*PS Not me- I quit already!

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on February 19, 2010
at 04:33 AM

If, due to our diet, we end up healthier with less heart damage etc., yes we are! Except those like me, who are already honorary great-grandmas and actual grandmas, and have been there, done that.

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on February 18, 2010
at 10:43 PM

We're not more likely to reproduce actually.

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(10299)

on May 07, 2010
at 11:13 AM

Anna, maybe, it is similar to evolution, but not natural selection of genes, but of memes. They change much more rapidly!

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on May 07, 2010
at 02:08 PM

@Blue I agree with the above, but I hope you are not really helping your genes, but in fact are helping your kids! Remember, your genes are using you for there reproduction. Evolution is about reproduction, but we can choose different goals in life. ;-)

89e238284ccb95b439edcff9e123671e

(10299)

on May 07, 2010
at 02:09 PM

@Blue I agree with the above, but I hope you are not really helping your genes, but in fact are helping your kids! Remember, your genes are using you for their reproduction. Evolution is about reproduction, but we can choose different goals in life. ;-)

8e75344356f4a455185ee52da0b90bf2

on May 07, 2010
at 12:51 PM

@AnnaA I disagree that you are "done" spreading your genes. By eating Paleo you are much more likely to live a long, healthy life and thereby influence those vehicles of your DNA (your kids and grands) to eat more paleo and thereby live longer, healthier lives. I realise that we no longer have to worry so much abt actually dying before we're old enough to reproduce, but the SAD is responsible for many infertility problems via obesity, soy, etc. By eating Paleo and raising my 5 kids to eat whole foods I'm helping ensure that my genes - and hopefully my healthy habits - are passed on.

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on February 17, 2010
at 05:50 PM

On the other hand, Whole Foods just decided to start pimping vegetarianism as a new corporate policy.

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on February 17, 2010
at 04:57 PM

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on September 21, 2010
at 06:16 PM

look - any relationship with whole foods (or any soul-less corporate beast) is a love/hate thing - but we're talkin' sliding scale with virtually every other corporate entity waaaay over on the hate end - whole foods has to do their marketing/please their shareholders - if/when paleo gains that much ground, then WF will market to us as well - they are just doing what is to be expected of any corporation - (re: fable of frog and scorpion....)

... thing is - they also are doing things like adopting the sustainable seafood labeling from Montery Bay and treating their employees pretty OK - and face it - would you really want to spend your money at safeway, albertsons or smiths and walk out the door with a lot more crap for less money all the while feeding the very corporations responsible for our miserable processed food supply??

kinda antithetical to our whole idea, yes?

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on May 16, 2010
at 01:25 AM

in the future paleo savy consumers will push farmers at the farm markets to pay attention to the quality of their soil. farmers will learn how to replenish their soil to pro'duce 'produce that has high levels of minerals like iodine in it. i asked my farmer brothers about improving soil quality so that vegetables would have more minerals in them and they had no idea what i was talking about.

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on February 19, 2010
at 01:31 AM

so... if Whole Foods is pushing vegetarianism will that influence their price of meat in a beneficial or detrimental aspect for us? do you think they'll hike the price as a personal tax on those of us who eat protein that had a face?

03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

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on February 19, 2010
at 02:10 PM

I hope not--their meat is already pretty expensive. But I'm more concerned that they will reduce the selection, especially the grass-fed cuts!

4c65d35d658921a3821ced115391ba1d

(70)

on September 21, 2010
at 06:21 PM

spend a little time online and find some of these excellent family ranch operations committed to organic grassfed and direct ship (no middle man) we buy from a **wonderful** ranch in idaho - save our pennies, get less expensive cuts and get incredible quality beef - still ain't cheap but the nice thing is that the ranch gets the hole buck we spend and helps them keep on keeping on - YUM!

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