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How did you find out about paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2010 at 3:29 AM

We have talked some about educating others, which can be an uphill battle in the current climate. Perhaps one clue as to how we might help others is to find out more about others helped us. How did you first find out about paleo eating and decide to try it? Was it last resort or reasoned science? Did you hear about it on the news or did a close friend tell you? In my case, an internet friend suggested the book Good Calories Bad Calories. I procrastinated buying it but then she offered to send me a free copy, which made me feel guilty about procrastinating. So I bought it, read it and was scared straight! (Thank you Mr Taubes for writing that book!)

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on August 26, 2010
at 03:11 PM

WAP would be Weston A. Price, sorry.

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on July 25, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Thank you everyone. I like all the answers so I didn't know how to pick just one. Finally, I realized I just like the statement that 'it's the bread not the butter' so I picked this one, even though they are all deserving and I voted you all up! I love to hear about people's stories.

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on July 24, 2010
at 11:48 PM

LMAO! My friend who suggested paleo once told me that she thought 'vegetables taste like dirt,' and I realized that for most veggies, I feel the same. Gotta add a bunch of spice and fat to make them taste better. Then I suddenly realized that if they were sooo incredibly good for us and essential, it makes no sense that many of us don't like most of them. It's just illogical. Sure, some of it can be explained by cultural conditioning, but I don't think all of it can. I still eat some veggies, but only the ones I like! ;-)

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at 05:51 AM

Cool! Followed that link and I didn't know about #4, that saturated fat is important for lung surfectant coating and how problems with lung surfectant and lack of saturated fat might be linked to asthma.

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A68f24168bc0de414a038037e287b581

on July 25, 2010
at 01:25 AM

for me a lot of things begin with a book... :) A friend tried to convince me that it's the bread that is bad, not the butter. I was totally skeptical... but finally borrowed "Good calories, bad calories" from her. Could hardly stop, finally got my own from half.com. After that I got a lot of stuff on low-carb. I read all from Atkins, through Protein Power, Schwartzbein Principle to Eat Fat Lose Fat. And many in between. I decided I wanted to go low-carb, but I was quite confused about the definition of "low" and still had to learn a lot about it all. I had to start somewhere, so I started with kind of Atkins, but with my own spin on it. I started to use fitday to learn about the levels of carbs/protein/fat in foods (never really thought about it before). After a while I was just a "generic" low-carber, but felt I was missing something. Can't remember exactly how (maybe a suggestion in a low-carb website?) but I got to Mark's Daily Apple... then through links to other blogs and websites. The paleo explanation finally gave me the missing link, I had now a full picture, my rational mind in need of very strong logic could be at rest :)

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on July 25, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Thank you everyone. I like all the answers so I didn't know how to pick just one. Finally, I realized I just like the statement that 'it's the bread not the butter' so I picked this one, even though they are all deserving and I voted you all up! I love to hear about people's stories.

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on July 24, 2010
at 03:50 AM

I landed on paleo through crossfit. It is too bad that there was a "split" between Robb Wolf and crossfit because others who are exposed through the mainsite might not get to paleo as fast as they should. I watched their nutrition videos (after subscribing to the crossfit journal), and just followed other links to sites like Mark's Daily Apple, PaNu, Eades, etc...

There are several great paleo podcasts, but I normally just point people to the PaNu get started 12 steps page. It puts things into perspective as generally people hear about it and start freaking out about not having dairy, etc... It helps people realize that there are "generally" 11 things more important than eliminating dairy, and puts things into a sort of "bang for your buck" guide.

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on July 24, 2010
at 04:35 AM

For me it all started with an article on the benefits of eating saturated fats on Tim Ferriss' blog:

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/06/06/saturated-fat/

Gary Taube's book is mentioned in the article and I started to read everything about the book and the principles behind it which eventually lead me to Mark Sisson's Mark's daily apple.

The rest is history!

I think the lesson here is to make the concepts very accessible and not to bother the general population with too much science, but more with logic, common sense and testimonials.

Tim Ferriss has a very large reach since is book, The Fourhour Workweek, became a bestseller and when he says something a lot of ears are listening.

Interestingly, he's in the process of writing a book titled Becoming Superhuman which, I think, will focus on nutrition and physical fitness. I hope he'll be able to tackle the problem in the right angle and reach a ton of people with it. Might be interesting to follow because he might not mention the Paleo diet when talking about the concepts and people might start referring to the diet with other names than the Paleo diet. This is all about branding and I think it will be important to try and keep the name "paleo diet" strong so we can have a central concept where people can look into.

Only the future will tell us how the truth about nutrition will finally get to the public.

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on July 24, 2010
at 05:51 AM

Cool! Followed that link and I didn't know about #4, that saturated fat is important for lung surfectant coating and how problems with lung surfectant and lack of saturated fat might be linked to asthma.

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on August 26, 2010
at 02:02 PM

I owe it all to Melli from huntgatherlove :)

I was active in the raw vegan community around the same time and loved her posts so much, and then I followed her to fabulousforagers when I was first going away from veganism. Then I spent the next year absorbing all the nutritional stuff over there before finally adding ruminants and dairy back into my diet. I didn't find out about paleo until I found out she had a blog! And from there I started reading sites like wholehealthsource, paleonu, and marks daily apple.

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on August 26, 2010
at 01:27 PM

I read this article in January, walked into my kitchen and threw out all grain and sugar, and haven't looked back. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/fashion/10caveman.html

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on July 24, 2010
at 05:05 PM

It started with my eldest child being allergic to wheat and dairy. We had some tests run and the whole family has digestive enzyme issues. My best friend and her children are Celiac's. That's where it started and the journey took us Paleo/Primal about six months ago. I have Cushings (Post Surgical Removal of a brain tumor) and weight issues and depression follow me like a bad ghost. Since going Paleo I have lost 35 pounds. I am through my first 10% goal and half way done with the second...the change in the way I feel is astounding. I have read lots of books and may web related sites, MDA religiously. Currently reading the horrifying tale "Fast Food Nation" and am solidly ensconced in this new/old tradition of eating. Some friends and family think we are a bit off center...but the evidence is clear. Weight loss, better health and blood test numbers don't lie!

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on July 24, 2010
at 12:57 PM

I had to find a way to cure my father pre-diabetes condition, high blood pressure and lack of energy. Google was my friend and so was amazon (bought some books and started getting knowledgeable).

It worked.

I used it for me to improve my training performance about at the same time.

It worked.

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on July 24, 2010
at 11:42 AM

I believe it was a blog post which said something in the likes of "vegetables taste like cardboard. Eat meat". There was also a link to MDA and voila I was hooked (and dehooked from whole grains that I was eating two, three times a day then).

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on July 24, 2010
at 11:48 PM

LMAO! My friend who suggested paleo once told me that she thought 'vegetables taste like dirt,' and I realized that for most veggies, I feel the same. Gotta add a bunch of spice and fat to make them taste better. Then I suddenly realized that if they were sooo incredibly good for us and essential, it makes no sense that many of us don't like most of them. It's just illogical. Sure, some of it can be explained by cultural conditioning, but I don't think all of it can. I still eat some veggies, but only the ones I like! ;-)

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on July 24, 2010
at 09:18 AM

I've always eaten Primalish long before I knew there was a word for it. Except for the grains bit, I guess like most people, I ate bread, I could never consider it a meal unless it was predominately animal products. I'm glad to find out I was instinctively eating right all along.

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on July 24, 2010
at 09:01 AM

Through Sherdog.com which is an MMA website. They have a section for diet and supplements and there was a heated discussion about the topic. Then I read an aricle on the Hadza and my whole world changed both philisophically,and diet wise.

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on September 12, 2010
at 05:41 AM

I decided to raise grass-fed beef (suggestion by my friend who is a vegan, before that I had never heard about pastured) and did some google on the subject and came across Mark Sisson's Primal Blueprint. That opened the eyes' and the door into many more blogs, books, videos, and also loved the Good Calories Bad Calories.

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on September 12, 2010
at 05:03 AM

I happened on Dr. Kurt Harris' blog, PaNu, while looking for info on gluten intolerance.

http://www.paleonu.com/what-is-panu/

I read his "Get Started" list and realized I had already been eating according to several things on the list. The reasoning had the ring of truth to me, and I just continued down the list.

About the same time, I started reading Peter Dobromylskyj's blog, Hyperlipid.

http://high-fat-nutrition.blogspot.com/

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on August 27, 2010
at 11:54 AM

at the Tail End of 2008, I was Very Overweight. A Weight Loss Competition at work prompted me to make some changes. I decided to get healthy, I had to understand what Healthy was. WOW did I open Pandora's Box. I bit into the Apple and Learned Everything I could...

Questioning absolutely everything, because everything is contradicted on the internet... I landed here. With the counter arguments being, nuh uh, or "save the animals"... not in lieu of myself buddy.

I was working out heavily, and reading exercise stuff everywhere, and read about Intermittent Fasting, that rung a cord with me, as I skipped breakfast for lack of time/appetite plenty already... we push IF so much, that its just a given that if you're researching IF, you will run across eating right too. I.E. Paleo/Primal/EvNu.

I read something new about Diet every day... im horribly addicted to learning more about my body, health and diet now. I've lost track of the hundreds of hours of learning ive participated in since 2008.

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on August 27, 2010
at 09:29 AM

I was googling information on calorie-cycling and carb-cycling (for weight loss) and I ended up on this post from Mark Sisson about the carbohydrate continuum. The rest is... ahem, history. ;)

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on August 27, 2010
at 08:42 AM

My 16yo cat developed diabetes and with research I learned that kibble is not "species appropriate", so I gave her grain-free canned food, and within a week she no longer needed insulin. This started the thinking process. I also stumbled upon videos by Lustig and Taubes. Soon after, I found modernpaleo.com and the other great sites.

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on August 26, 2010
at 09:33 PM

I came to paleo very obscurely; through an interview Mark Sisson did with the Rivendell Reader, a bicycle 'zine.

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on August 26, 2010
at 03:11 PM

i was WAP for years and im pretty sure the no-grain segment of that larger WAP population skewed me towards paleo-thinking. From there, just googling a bunch got me all the heavy-hitters: Taubes, Wolf, Eades, Cordain, Harris, etc.

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on August 26, 2010
at 03:11 PM

WAP would be Weston A. Price, sorry.

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