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This might be taboo... Paleo Diet and the Bible

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Created December 03, 2011 at 4:24 AM

So I was checking out Against the Grain by Richard Manning and came across a sentence from Genesis 3:19 ("In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground" and this was pretty much God's punishment for Adam & Eve for eating the forbidden fruit). That led me to check out some more mentions of food/diet in the Bible, and then I clicked onto this site which actually lists some "diet myths" that people have interpreted wrongly from the Bible and it PROMOTES EATING ANIMAL FATS AND NOT EATING GRAINS. My mind was blown (btw I'm Catholic but not super serious about it). There is only one mention of "Paleo man" in regards to eating honey on rare occasions but other than that, I don't think the site is promoting the Paleo diet (and emphasizes low-carb) but it has a lot of the same dietary guidelines (eat animal meat, avoid grains/milk, etc.). I chuckled at the conclusion when the author says that those who avoid animal meat are enemies of God and those who follow a vegetarian lifestyle and fear saturated fat are under the control of Satan. Also, the links to other articles at the bottom of the page are pretty interesting. I don't know how seriously I'm gonna take in all this new information but it's something I'd like to open up for discussion. MY QUESTION: Do you think using the Bible to "lure" people into Paleo would be okay or even right?

And please you guys, be respectful of someone else's religion.

*Edit: someone please either vote to close this question or help me out somehow. I knew I was walking on thin ice. Thanks.

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:29 AM

Why is everyone being so mean? Others are complaining that bringing up religion as relates to diet is bad manners being displayed here. Religion is a fact of life; billions have it; if there's means within it to cause change, what's wrong with that? Seriously, outside of getting pissy?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:27 AM

This isn't dinner; this is a forum for discussion. Dinner manners don't apply to a discussion forum.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:26 AM

She's welcome to do so... and I'm welcome to be irritated that someone is yammering about the Bible. This opens up a lot of stupid questions. Does the uncleanness of pork counter balance it's leanness and tryptophan level? How does halal and kosher (the later of which is in the Bible) fit into our genetic profile? Is it safe to eat the goat after the demons have been put into it and it's been let go? How about Unicorns? The Bible says those are real (in 9 places...) are Unicorns Paleo?

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Well, I appreciate the information, April. I already quoted some bits to a buddy I'm trying to draw over to the dark side. ;)

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:21 AM

But if we can use what April quoted to convince them that it's okay to eat Paleo without using an evolutionary argument, I think it has some value.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:18 AM

What's next? The transubstantiation makes my cookie into Jesus, because it is meat is it now Paleo-approved? Sheesh.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:16 AM

God is unseen and therefore occult. Getting diet advice from the Bible is, in fact, woo-woo. For the record, I'd feel the same way about witchcraft and suggestions that magic potions are the ultimate diet aid. Perhaps posting something you know is tacky and offensive isn't the wisest choice. At least don't be surprised when people are irritated.

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:12 AM

What the heck, man... "occult" and "woo-woo"? Show some respect and grow up.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:11 AM

Good plan.......

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Hence why I put in the title this may be a taboo topic. I knew I was walking on thin ice. Ugh, someone just delete my question.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:07 AM

Maybe bringing up cults of any size on a Paleo website is tacky and inappropriate. There is a reason manners suggests that religion and politics are poor dinner conversation choices. Same applies here...

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Sorry Olivia, couldn't hear you over my sarcasm.

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:04 AM

Superman doesn't have 2 billion followers, even though there's a really strong comparison between Superman and Jesus. Go ahead and Google "Superman and Jesus Christ comparison". The only reason why I'm interested in this because this could potentially change how people interpret the Bible and their health. And maybe I would listen to Superman and eat twinkies if he told me that's how he got his powers.

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:02 AM

oh look it's the sound of the point wooshing right over April S' head.

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:58 AM

Ok then here's my question: "Can we discuss the Paleo Diet and the Bible?"

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:56 AM

Fact is most of of what is going on on this site is "discussion". Sure some masquerade better as questions than others, but non the less they are a call for discussion. The questions that can be answered de facto have been done. The discussions are the most rewarding aspect of this site in my view.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:53 AM

pfft....boooooooo

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:42 AM

Nice! That's a good bit of info to have, esp since the evolution argument doesn't hold water with my Christian friends.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:30 AM

I like it...nice link.

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:32 AM

Hey April, I'm happy to respect your religion. Please respect the rules of the road here at PH, the first of which is: "Ask questions" related to the Paleo lifestyle. Your wish "to open this up for discussion" is not a question.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:53 AM

pfft....boooooooo

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:02 AM

oh look it's the sound of the point wooshing right over April S' head.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on December 03, 2011
at 04:58 AM

Ok then here's my question: "Can we discuss the Paleo Diet and the Bible?"

Medium avatar

(10663)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:05 AM

Sorry Olivia, couldn't hear you over my sarcasm.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on December 03, 2011
at 04:56 AM

Fact is most of of what is going on on this site is "discussion". Sure some masquerade better as questions than others, but non the less they are a call for discussion. The questions that can be answered de facto have been done. The discussions are the most rewarding aspect of this site in my view.

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on December 03, 2011
at 04:57 AM

So, the quite simple answer is this. Who cares?

No, really. Who cares? I don't care what the bible has to say about diet anymore than I do Spiderman comics or the movie 'Gone with the Wind'. Why? Because they are all just stories; not science, not anthropology and definitely not something you should be making educated, life changing decisions on!

I mean that. Every word of that. Would you be making diet changes if Superman told you to eat twinkies? Or not eat grains? Or to eat animal fat? No, of course not, you would be considered insane.

Same thing applies to the bible.

Perhaps, at an outside stretch of logic and reason, you can surmise some broad conclusions about ancient diets during the time the bible was written, but frankly, that is really grasping at straws. Without other supporting evidence, the bible by itself really has nothing to offer on diet...

Medium avatar

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:04 AM

Superman doesn't have 2 billion followers, even though there's a really strong comparison between Superman and Jesus. Go ahead and Google "Superman and Jesus Christ comparison". The only reason why I'm interested in this because this could potentially change how people interpret the Bible and their health. And maybe I would listen to Superman and eat twinkies if he told me that's how he got his powers.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:27 AM

This isn't dinner; this is a forum for discussion. Dinner manners don't apply to a discussion forum.

Medium avatar

(10663)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:09 AM

Hence why I put in the title this may be a taboo topic. I knew I was walking on thin ice. Ugh, someone just delete my question.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:11 AM

Good plan.......

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:07 AM

Maybe bringing up cults of any size on a Paleo website is tacky and inappropriate. There is a reason manners suggests that religion and politics are poor dinner conversation choices. Same applies here...

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:06 AM

From my perspective this conversation is in poor taste. Paleo is about letting genetics and ancestry have some say in how we approach diet. Christian, Muslim and Jews believe man was created 6000 years ago out of blood, dust etc... The religions deny that evolution occurs and as such deny the very mechanism we are using to study, think about and view diet. /END THREAD

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:21 AM

But if we can use what April quoted to convince them that it's okay to eat Paleo without using an evolutionary argument, I think it has some value.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:26 AM

She's welcome to do so... and I'm welcome to be irritated that someone is yammering about the Bible. This opens up a lot of stupid questions. Does the uncleanness of pork counter balance it's leanness and tryptophan level? How does halal and kosher (the later of which is in the Bible) fit into our genetic profile? Is it safe to eat the goat after the demons have been put into it and it's been let go? How about Unicorns? The Bible says those are real (in 9 places...) are Unicorns Paleo?

Medium avatar

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on December 03, 2011
at 05:12 AM

What the heck, man... "occult" and "woo-woo"? Show some respect and grow up.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:16 AM

God is unseen and therefore occult. Getting diet advice from the Bible is, in fact, woo-woo. For the record, I'd feel the same way about witchcraft and suggestions that magic potions are the ultimate diet aid. Perhaps posting something you know is tacky and offensive isn't the wisest choice. At least don't be surprised when people are irritated.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 03, 2011
at 05:18 AM

What's next? The transubstantiation makes my cookie into Jesus, because it is meat is it now Paleo-approved? Sheesh.

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