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How many eat a paleo diet?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Does anybody out in cyberspace know what percent of Americans eat a largly paleo diet?

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 22, 2012
at 12:31 PM

maybe he meant 1 million in the world, americans sometimes have trouble making that distinction

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on December 15, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Agreed, Curmujeon. Doesn't sound right, does it? Plus, how many folks "tried" it as another one of their fad diets and decided it "didn't work for them"?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Raw? Paleo is raw? Man, I have been screwing it up big time! I blame it all on Richard Wrangham.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 10:56 PM

When paleo just becomes common sense, we are done.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 15, 2011
at 09:57 PM

Just for clarity, though, I don't eat raw meat although I'm fond of raw fruits and veggies and water kefir teeming with "raw" probiotics. :-))

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 15, 2011
at 09:56 PM

+1 to offset -1, because I agree it is a lifestyle/philosophy not just a diet. In fact, people new to the community don't seem to get that right away, but it's probably the most important idea to absorb because then it starts to affect your life overall rather than just your shopping list and your menus.

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on December 15, 2011
at 08:31 PM

Looks like we're letting quite a few into the tent these days. Though some really don't want into the Paleo tent!

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on December 15, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Shiver! At the mention of Norway in December! About Paleo becoming a major trend? . . . not so much.

A1a0baccef58499acf9ceb3c874997f2

(675)

on December 15, 2011
at 06:04 PM

I second the shiver.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Yeah, I was in an Indigo the other day and the Diets display table was overarchingly Paleo- Wheat Belly, Paleo Solution, Primal Blueprint, Good Calories Bad Calories etc.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Check out google trends for "paleo diet". It has doubled every year since 2008. We are on to something big. Very big. Big enough to cause a butter shortage in Norway...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Check out googl trends for "paleo diet". It has doubled every year since 2008. We are on to something big. Very big. Big enough to cause a butter shortage in Norway...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:26 PM

It's enough to provoke attacks by the MSM (fronting for big Med/big Pharma/big Ag).

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on December 15, 2011
at 05:19 PM

I find it hard to believe that 1 in 400 in the US eat Paleo. Love Rob, his book and podcast.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Oooh, I'm trendy!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 15, 2011
at 04:22 PM

the same number of people who have honey badgers living in their backyards?

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:38 PM

Four of the top 20 books on Nutrition/Health on Amazon have paleo in the title. Robb Wolf made the NY Times bestseller list. There are enough people doing this to support a number of paleo gurus financially (Sisson/Wolf/DeVaney). If you add in Primal/WAPF/Ancestral, it's huge. If you consider low carbers that eat pretty clean, others who are gluten/wheat free, people on GAPS, CRON - heck even raw vegans are doing a subset of paleo.

Almost everyone I talk to is aware of at least two of the three NADS - whether or not they do anything is another matter. Sugar, duh! Even CW says cut back a little. Most people have heard of gluten intolerance or the wonders of omega-3 (if not the dangers of omega-6).

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on December 15, 2011
at 08:31 PM

Looks like we're letting quite a few into the tent these days. Though some really don't want into the Paleo tent!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 10:56 PM

When paleo just becomes common sense, we are done.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:53 PM

Yeah, I was in an Indigo the other day and the Diets display table was overarchingly Paleo- Wheat Belly, Paleo Solution, Primal Blueprint, Good Calories Bad Calories etc.

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on December 15, 2011
at 06:15 PM

Technically, no one. It should just be a real/whole/unadulterated/raw lifestyle.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 15, 2011
at 09:57 PM

Just for clarity, though, I don't eat raw meat although I'm fond of raw fruits and veggies and water kefir teeming with "raw" probiotics. :-))

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 10:58 PM

Raw? Paleo is raw? Man, I have been screwing it up big time! I blame it all on Richard Wrangham.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 15, 2011
at 09:56 PM

+1 to offset -1, because I agree it is a lifestyle/philosophy not just a diet. In fact, people new to the community don't seem to get that right away, but it's probably the most important idea to absorb because then it starts to affect your life overall rather than just your shopping list and your menus.

1
9b735d8176e2b8276c7f58d4b211b02d

on December 15, 2011
at 04:58 PM

Rob Wolff once said that approx. 1 million in the US do so.

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on December 15, 2011
at 05:19 PM

I find it hard to believe that 1 in 400 in the US eat Paleo. Love Rob, his book and podcast.

F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on December 15, 2011
at 11:57 PM

Agreed, Curmujeon. Doesn't sound right, does it? Plus, how many folks "tried" it as another one of their fad diets and decided it "didn't work for them"?

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on August 22, 2012
at 12:31 PM

maybe he meant 1 million in the world, americans sometimes have trouble making that distinction

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6cdc6b1e75690cfcc4804a6c9eaa910a

(2171)

on December 15, 2011
at 03:30 PM

0.0001 per cent....or said in another way, if you eat Paleo, you are 1 in a million!!!

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F2b33b60f7887ce155aadeb141d60e6b

on August 22, 2012
at 08:45 AM

I've been eating paleo for 3 weeks now. I'm only eating raw fruits, raw veggies and cooked meats. That's the only part of my food choices I'm not happy about (cooked meat) because I feel like cooking it alters it, but until I find a farm where I agree with their methods of raising livestock, I won't be eating raw meat yet. I have zero cravings and my energy has SKY ROCKETED!!! I've lost 12 lbs, that's without exercising, and the dark circles under my eyes are starting to fade. I was diagnosed with a whole host of medical problems including PCOS, Hypothyroidism, IBS, indoor/outdoor/seasonal allergies, just to name the big ones.. I have been through years of taking medication for these diseases with no improvement.

I was trying to lose weight, since my doctor said I had to lose weight along with the medication in order to correct my problems.. Well, I took my pills, I went to the gym, worked out for hours a day, and after about 6 months of eating the "right" foods, taking my pills and exercising several times a week, I didn't lose ONE single pound, and NONE of my symptoms went away!!!!... That was the first time I said, "there has to be something else that these doctors don't know about.."... After years of research and listening more to the "crazy" holistic people instead of modern medicine, I've come to understand that my health problems exist because I have been unknowingly poisoning my body with everything I have been told was good for me!!

I heard of gluten free living and decided to do a test run. I went gluten free for 2 weeks, still ate the same amount, still ate carbs and junk food, but completely cut out anything that contained (or was suspected of containing) gluten. 12 lbs, poof gone, in two weeks, no exercising, no cutting back on portions. I even read that there's a big chance that adrenal fatigue is the underlying factor to all my health problems (especially PCOS), which is caused by too much stress on the body, stress caused by things like food intolerances.. I researched and researched and researched, but now I've decided, a raw paleo lifestyle is the best way a human being can eat, this lifestyle I'm certain will heal my body and bring me back to my whole, perfect self, back to the way my body is supposed to function.

I'm not eating any oils or sugar/sweeteners, nothing processed, no matter how "pure" people say it is, no legumes (faux nuts.. did you know that cashews are poisonous when raw?), to me, that is not true paleo. Also, aside from me thinking it tastes terrible, I doubt cavemen squeezed olive oil out of an olive and put it on their lettuce, or mash up macadamia nuts just for the oil and then discarded the nut... Maybe I'm just being a snob, but IMO, if you give yourself any slack, then where is the line drawn? Adding things that cavemen truly didn't eat makes it non-paleo, and opens you up to poison foods again.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:07 PM

Well, it did get ranked the year's #1 weight-loss trend (shiver) in Shape magazine. So maybe the number is growing....

http://www.shape.com/weight-loss/weight-loss-strategies/top-10-weight-loss-trends-2011

A1a0baccef58499acf9ceb3c874997f2

(675)

on December 15, 2011
at 06:04 PM

I second the shiver.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:19 PM

Oooh, I'm trendy!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Check out googl trends for "paleo diet". It has doubled every year since 2008. We are on to something big. Very big. Big enough to cause a butter shortage in Norway...

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 15, 2011
at 05:28 PM

Check out google trends for "paleo diet". It has doubled every year since 2008. We are on to something big. Very big. Big enough to cause a butter shortage in Norway...

5eecec35b0d849efbadd5527465928a0

on December 15, 2011
at 08:28 PM

Shiver! At the mention of Norway in December! About Paleo becoming a major trend? . . . not so much.

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