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Paleo for everyone

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 19, 2013 at 10:46 PM

I like to think we're kind of a special breed of people here, more open-minded about a (in my opinion) pretty dramatic and significant change in diet. We all get questions from our friends and family and despite our best efforts to present well-reasoned arguments and facts, they just nod while eating a bucket of fried chicken or that ever-loved greasy pizza slice.

So my question to you is, if you could develop a diet plan for the general population, what aspects of the Paleo diet do you think could be adopted and what parts do you think the average person couldn't realistically be able to adhere to?

  • Try to think of people in your geographical region and what you currently all have available to you. I'm not trying to solve world hunger here.

TL;DR: Build a "food pyramid" that everyone can follow.

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on February 22, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Many people are lactose-intolerant!

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on February 20, 2013
at 04:45 AM

Like giving up smoking it's better to replace than eliminate, so it might be helpful for example to say switch from bread and cereal to eggs and bacon, pasta to safe starches, legumes to meat and fish, and sugary foods to fruits and nuts. That way peeps would be well nourished and well fed.

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:06 AM

Disagree. Dairy doesn't cause allergies and many tolerate it just fine.

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on February 20, 2013
at 12:18 AM

I am the chief cook and bottle washer at home AND work full-time outside of the home. It can be done! People need to go back to the days when, regardless of what was going on, you still eat home cooked foods. I do it by cooking for several meals at once and then making creative leftovers later.

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on February 20, 2013
at 12:08 AM

So this is where the real challenge lays, do we advocate gluten-free breads as an "at least it's better" option? What's a fair bar you could set that anyone could adopt?

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on February 20, 2013
at 12:08 AM

This is good. I would still want to include fruits for the variety and convenience they offer.

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on February 19, 2013
at 11:40 PM

I'd say something more along the lines of: 'minimize added sugars'

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

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on February 19, 2013
at 11:39 PM

@Desmond: Would you then classify Maple Syrup or Honey under "sugars"? How about Stevia or the like? A lot of people consider Maple Syrup or Honey to be Paleo because they're natural.

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on February 19, 2013
at 11:05 PM

This is good...I would add in "Not to Eat": processed foods, sugars (seems obvious but some people don't understand nutrition in the slightest)

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on February 19, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Excellent post! The only thing I'd add is to eat when hungry. only when hungry and only until you are almost full.

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on February 19, 2013
at 10:54 PM

This isn't just my "paleo for everyone", it's my "paelo for me" and I think it covers 95% of the cases on PH too. We often gett to involved with minutia an "nutritionalism" here and forget the big picture. So my prescription for anyone is two parts:

What not to eat: No grains, vegetable oil, or legumes.

What to eat: Meat, fat, veggies. (I always word this as: pick your fat, cook the meat in it, add veggies.)

You can get all spun up because I allow dairy, or don't specify grass-fed meat, or am not obsessively counting my 6:3 ratio, or any of stuff that comes up on PH. But that's all just fine tuning and are orders of magnitude less important that what I mention.

This also keeps it simple and easy to teach, and nutrition really is simple, your body is better at regulating you that you are, so give it the right fuels and the right thing will happen.

39311794c054f89a226f33e1afd08721

on February 20, 2013
at 12:08 AM

This is good. I would still want to include fruits for the variety and convenience they offer.

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

(243)

on February 19, 2013
at 11:39 PM

@Desmond: Would you then classify Maple Syrup or Honey under "sugars"? How about Stevia or the like? A lot of people consider Maple Syrup or Honey to be Paleo because they're natural.

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

(243)

on February 19, 2013
at 11:40 PM

I'd say something more along the lines of: 'minimize added sugars'

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on February 19, 2013
at 11:05 PM

This is good...I would add in "Not to Eat": processed foods, sugars (seems obvious but some people don't understand nutrition in the slightest)

79850813c5cfc0a089e1060ef9b6ed27

(785)

on February 19, 2013
at 11:04 PM

Excellent post! The only thing I'd add is to eat when hungry. only when hungry and only until you are almost full.

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Cfec3fb17e6d06f984ffedc2aae54920

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:33 AM

Dairy is something that should be excluded. It causes congestion/inflammation & too many ppl have allergies (incl myself - casein) to it.

I have wheat/gluten allergies too & baked my own GF bread - only issue is that it's extremely high in carbs.

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on February 20, 2013
at 03:06 AM

Disagree. Dairy doesn't cause allergies and many tolerate it just fine.

Cfec3fb17e6d06f984ffedc2aae54920

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on February 22, 2013
at 01:11 AM

Many people are lactose-intolerant!

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:29 AM

Interesting. The 80-20 rule is the most important thing. People will eat birthday cake and their favorite pasta dish. They just have to know what the default behavior should be. Sugar is bad, wheat is bad, animal fat and protein are good.

Leave out the exclusion of legumes and dairy. Not sure whether to exclude non-gluten grains, especially since white rice is okay. Maybe saying other grains are non-optimal also is not too confusing. But keeping things simple and unrestrictive is key.

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on February 20, 2013
at 01:44 AM

I would say wheat free because it is the worst of all the grains - it is inflammatory and many people are mildly gluten intolerant without knowing it! Although I realize many people wouldn't be willing to give up there beloved bread and pasta. The other thing I would cut out is sugar - it is extremely addictive and just by cutting out sugar there would be dramatic health improvements for everyone - if I ruled the world I would ban sugar and all these sugar companies would go broke, sugar is so unhealthy because it is empty calories.

I do agree paleo is for open minded people who are willing to sacrifice the things they like for health. I somehow doubt the majority of the population is in that category.

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on February 20, 2013
at 12:04 AM

Paleo for the masses would require more drive-thru options. Lettuce-wrappings won't cut it when so many people are in cars at dinnertime.

I go through so many cutting boards, sturdy plates, and pans in one day, I have a hard time picturing how paleo would work if I weren't home so much.

977d98d9ee4a3edba0141c0b3aa018a7

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on February 20, 2013
at 12:08 AM

So this is where the real challenge lays, do we advocate gluten-free breads as an "at least it's better" option? What's a fair bar you could set that anyone could adopt?

61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on February 20, 2013
at 12:18 AM

I am the chief cook and bottle washer at home AND work full-time outside of the home. It can be done! People need to go back to the days when, regardless of what was going on, you still eat home cooked foods. I do it by cooking for several meals at once and then making creative leftovers later.

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