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Sell Paleo in one paragraph or less

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 19, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Recently a skeptic friend of mine asked me why I ever started "The Paleo thing" in the first place.

Here was my response:

The Paleo diet has endured for over 1 million consecutive years while the USDA has been pushing the 4 food groups for merely 60 consecutive years. Which one is the fad diet? I don't know about you but I'm investing my money in the company that has been in business the longest. 1 million years of life is a pretty impressive streak, don't you think?

I think it struck a chord with him.

How would you quickly and painlessly explain why you chose to adopt a lifestyle that many people including close family and friends might view as a fad, peculiar, weird or naive?

Eb5ad630bb366c5f7dcf656810aa3f95

(506)

on November 01, 2011
at 07:17 PM

@Ed I'm in the UK :-)

42f31d2df6a59f40845020e3ffd70394

on October 30, 2011
at 02:21 PM

I think some combination of this plus results youve achieved personally is the perfect response. The goal is not to educate the other person in just a paragraph but to effect them emotionally where they decide to look into it further.

A912ff969107d3eda04ee78c683a6bc5

(178)

on October 30, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Eat meat! Not wheat!

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on October 30, 2011
at 01:05 AM

@Tom, I'm interested to know in which part of the world you live, that you call a shopping cart a "trolley"? Here in the southeastern USA we call it a "buggy."

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 12, 2011
at 02:03 AM

If I can get my boyfriend pregnant with a glance, that is some serious mojo... :)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:35 AM

I love it! Succinct and spot on.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:28 AM

Someone just hit me with a screechy "You're on a stupid fad diet!" I'm cribbing this one. One million consecutive years...awesome.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 20, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Ok, Ghee Lovin' Wolverine it is

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 20, 2011
at 12:54 PM

I am a two time University of Michigan grad, so I am conditioned to hate Badgers, but how can I not love the Honey Badger. I think I am going to change my PH name to Honey Wolverine.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

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on July 20, 2011
at 12:52 PM

When I went to the University of Wisconsin, we didn't really give a shit, either. We just OD'ed on cobra venom (ie. beer) and ate a lot. Great video!

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 20, 2011
at 12:45 PM

Thanks a lot!!!

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(572)

on July 20, 2011
at 10:42 AM

Super-sperm! Total +1 for making me laugh out loud.

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(572)

on July 20, 2011
at 10:39 AM

That's one way for any paleo-strivers to get some candy. Nothing wrong with some ab-fab!

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(2169)

on July 20, 2011
at 02:16 AM

I might start asking just so I can get that response!

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on July 19, 2011
at 11:35 PM

hilarious vid ....BADASS!

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on July 19, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Fixed the formatting :)

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:45 PM

It's a pity that those folks reciting the 'Hippocratic Oath' don't actually follow anything the man stood for.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:29 PM

sorry for the commas, but the enter key does nothing on this site, which totally wrecks poetry! LOL

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 19, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Funny. Jokes aside - I think if you reworded to be "I used to FEEL like you", that might be an interesting one

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on July 19, 2011
at 04:41 PM

+1 for the video link.

1c4ada15ca0635582c77dbd9b1317dbf

(2614)

on July 19, 2011
at 04:29 PM

http://paleohacks.com/questions/9247/how-would-you-sum-up-your-paleo-experience-to-date-in-ten-words-or-less

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 19, 2011
at 03:18 PM

That was a great part. When I first watched it, I thought the little guy was going to die, and then when he bounced back up and started chowing down again, I thought "wow, he really is a bad ass". No matter how many times I watch that video, I still LMAO.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:13 PM

The Honey Badger is HILARIOUS!! My favorite part is when he passes out after OD'ing on king cobra venom.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:08 PM

Those are some excellent points. The simpler, the better it sticks and you save yourself the hassle of trying to engage in a complex debate that doesn't exist yet.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:06 PM

I'm very insecure. Just kidding. My friend asked me a question. I just didn't want to be rude. I wanted to give him a short, sweet explanation to save me the hassle of having to cut him off in the event that he kept asking questions.

9adbf19e76ac38da796f29302c4be90a

(209)

on July 19, 2011
at 02:35 PM

Why do you feel the need to justify this? As long as you are happy with the lifestyle that is what matters. If others don't like it too bad for them

A0b8c4cc369f93ee987ce15b1bf323fe

on July 19, 2011
at 12:55 PM

+1 for the view from 10,000 feet

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:28 AM

Hahahahahahahaha

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:18 AM

I smiled when I read this! +1 from me.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

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on July 19, 2011
at 01:20 AM

We've had similar questions before (here's one example: http://paleohacks.com/questions/1665/the-best-paleo-elevator-pitch#axzz1SUvA0mbl ), but I'll let it stand because we haven't done it in a while. Carry on.

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C33e8c236e72d67c4b6c028401d23cce

(1884)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:12 AM

"I used to look like you."

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:18 AM

I smiled when I read this! +1 from me.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 19, 2011
at 06:30 PM

Funny. Jokes aside - I think if you reworded to be "I used to FEEL like you", that might be an interesting one

Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

(942)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:28 AM

Hahahahahahahaha

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B42d397a05ae7820b8fdda458e98ea06

(160)

on July 19, 2011
at 12:56 AM

So easy a caveman could do it

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 19, 2011
at 01:21 AM

I don't believe in selling it, but I will play along. Regardless, I don't think you can sell the entire concept and all the depth of understanding in a paragraph, so like any good marketing campaign, it needs to be succinct yet provocative to at least entice the listener to dig deeper. Oh well here goes -

"We live in an era of unprecedented technological achievement - space travel, the Internet, the ability to obliterate the world many times over. Yet as easy as it is to marvel at our magnificence, doesn't something seem awry to you? Look around you - do you think it is natural for so many people, particularly children, to be disease ridden with obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other diseases at epidemic levels? I don't. Maybe we need to figure out why, in spite of all our medical advancements, we seem to be getting sicker as a society. My grandmother always told me that an ounce of prevention was worth a pound of cure. Maybe our ancestors knew the secret and we need to get back to our roots to become healthy again. What do you think?"

I am intentionally leaving out the specifics of Paleo. If they bite, then you can go from there. Also, you asked for a sales pitch in a paragraph or less, which I did not take to be a 1 line marketing slogan. I realize this is coming across more as a TV ad than a casual conversation with a friend, but that's my professional training coming through. Oh well.

A0b8c4cc369f93ee987ce15b1bf323fe

on July 19, 2011
at 12:55 PM

+1 for the view from 10,000 feet

42f31d2df6a59f40845020e3ffd70394

on October 30, 2011
at 02:21 PM

I think some combination of this plus results youve achieved personally is the perfect response. The goal is not to educate the other person in just a paragraph but to effect them emotionally where they decide to look into it further.

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Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

on July 19, 2011
at 03:44 AM

That fellow Hippocrates had a good answer for this: "Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food."

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:45 PM

It's a pity that those folks reciting the 'Hippocratic Oath' don't actually follow anything the man stood for.

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5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:26 PM

Does a Haiku count????

Once was skinny fat

Now ripped arms and tummy's flat

Paleolithic

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on July 19, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Fixed the formatting :)

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 20, 2011
at 12:45 PM

Thanks a lot!!!

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:29 PM

sorry for the commas, but the enter key does nothing on this site, which totally wrecks poetry! LOL

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 12, 2011
at 01:35 AM

I love it! Succinct and spot on.

5
531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on July 19, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Look around. The diets being pushed on us aren't working. Try going back to basics for a month. Cut out the garbage (vegetable oils, bread, refined sugar). That's my plan.

(NOTE: Stephen Hawking said that every equation he puts in a book cuts out 1,000,000 sales, so he only put one equation in Brief History of Time. An analogous situation is achieved with putting too many "paleo concepts" into a rebuttal against the Standard American Diet. At least that's my opinion. Most people tune out if you talk about Omega-3s or grass-fed butter.)

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:08 PM

Those are some excellent points. The simpler, the better it sticks and you save yourself the hassle of trying to engage in a complex debate that doesn't exist yet.

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69a2a5deb24d5b8d3aae3d9652fac564

(1020)

on July 19, 2011
at 12:58 AM

"I'm just in to living longer and feeling better than everyone else. I'm kinda crazy that way."

If he believes in Evolution, then I'd challenge him to try and make logical sense of how we could have evolved to optimally run on neolithic foods like seed oils and grains and processed sugar.

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F459b52f72744f7d3ab3a72a5152a36f

on October 12, 2011
at 12:49 AM

Cut out Wheat. Eat more Meat.

A912ff969107d3eda04ee78c683a6bc5

(178)

on October 30, 2011
at 03:49 AM

Eat meat! Not wheat!

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65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

on July 19, 2011
at 06:25 PM

You'll be able to induce pregnancy just by looking at the opposite sex.

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(572)

on July 20, 2011
at 10:42 AM

Super-sperm! Total +1 for making me laugh out loud.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on October 12, 2011
at 02:03 AM

If I can get my boyfriend pregnant with a glance, that is some serious mojo... :)

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5266ac5977ec9d80ac8047697dbbe55b

(738)

on July 19, 2011
at 05:37 PM

"Used to feel like shit, now I feel like Superman" is my most recent nutshell answer. Lately, I tend to avoid discussing paleo except with my close friends and family, unless someone is REALLY prying. Too often in the past, the conversation has turned toward food, I become the "guru" of sorts, some drunk guy starts arguing for moderation, some drunk girl starts arguing for granola, some fat person starts arguing for Splenda, I am forced to drop some real, concrete knowledge to prove points, get the "oooooh so serious" or something related, etc...I'm over it. Eat your ice cream cake, drink your Mike's Hard Lemonade, and come to me when you're sick of feeling like shit and would prefer to feel like Superman.

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 19, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Answer #2 - I completely forgot what happened to me this weekend with some friends that we went on a 3 day weekend with and is completely related to this question...true story (no bullshit).

I was reading Perfect Health Diet (2nd time), a friend saw it, and asked what it was all about. I said it was related to a Ancestral style of eating and he wasn't quite sure what that meant. So here was my response -

So there's your sales pitch in 3 bullets. Get them to laugh their ass off after watching the video and then unless they have absolutely no sense of humor (in which case screw them, cause Honey Badger don't give a shit), they might be willing to take a few minutes to read something more substantive.

226b10cbb6b1d3530b00d2d84a2dc86e

(3313)

on July 19, 2011
at 03:13 PM

The Honey Badger is HILARIOUS!! My favorite part is when he passes out after OD'ing on king cobra venom.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 20, 2011
at 12:54 PM

I am a two time University of Michigan grad, so I am conditioned to hate Badgers, but how can I not love the Honey Badger. I think I am going to change my PH name to Honey Wolverine.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on July 19, 2011
at 04:41 PM

+1 for the video link.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on July 20, 2011
at 12:52 PM

When I went to the University of Wisconsin, we didn't really give a shit, either. We just OD'ed on cobra venom (ie. beer) and ate a lot. Great video!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 19, 2011
at 03:18 PM

That was a great part. When I first watched it, I thought the little guy was going to die, and then when he bounced back up and started chowing down again, I thought "wow, he really is a bad ass". No matter how many times I watch that video, I still LMAO.

957a563c7e4a165663fd3c71207c39da

on July 19, 2011
at 11:35 PM

hilarious vid ....BADASS!

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 20, 2011
at 02:30 PM

Ok, Ghee Lovin' Wolverine it is

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(19479)

on July 19, 2011
at 01:12 AM

Paleo, the original diet.

sell-paleo-in-one-paragraph-or-less

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 19, 2011
at 12:23 AM

Paleo is your medicine. Eat well live optimally.

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Eb5ad630bb366c5f7dcf656810aa3f95

(506)

on October 29, 2011
at 11:46 PM

"Doesn't it seem strange to you that the most natural fat in our diets - saturated fat - is apparently massively dangerous to our most vital organ? Doesn't it seem strange to you that in order to stay healthy, we apparently need a shed loads of supplements and artificial foodstuffs, when every other creature on this planet is well adapted to their diet and stays effortlessly lean and efficient?"

Or...

"Imagine we bump into each other in the supermarket. In my trolley I have fresh meat, eggs, fish, maybe some cheese and milk and a shed load of fruit and vegetables. None of it comes in packets or tins. Now look in your trolley - if a random spectator had to say which was more healthy, which do you think they'd pick?"

This one is particularly effective I think; people get hung up on the fat and the lack of "whole grains", without stopping to think how much of their grocery is comprised of these supposedly healthful foods, I.e. precious few anyhow! They usually concede that my trolley is the most natural/healthy etc.

Ultimately, don't bore people - if they think it's silly, good luck to them and their pancreas.

6426d61a13689f8f651164b10f121d64

(11478)

on October 30, 2011
at 01:05 AM

@Tom, I'm interested to know in which part of the world you live, that you call a shopping cart a "trolley"? Here in the southeastern USA we call it a "buggy."

Eb5ad630bb366c5f7dcf656810aa3f95

(506)

on November 01, 2011
at 07:17 PM

@Ed I'm in the UK :-)

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on July 19, 2011
at 07:29 AM

I'm nominating all you CF superstars to just flash your abs and giggle whenever someone asks you why paleo is a good idea.

Medium avatar

(572)

on July 20, 2011
at 10:39 AM

That's one way for any paleo-strivers to get some candy. Nothing wrong with some ab-fab!

Medium avatar

(2169)

on July 20, 2011
at 02:16 AM

I might start asking just so I can get that response!

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on July 19, 2011
at 12:23 AM

It's a good question BAMBAM, and I'm interested in seeing what others have to say, but I'm not going to answer it.

I find with some people it is simply best to just let the results speak for themselves, be happy about that, and go about your day.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on October 12, 2011
at 07:59 PM

Two words "Mmmm Bacon!". :)

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