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Whats the best way to spread the Paleo Diet to the world?

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Created June 20, 2010 at 9:56 AM

If your job was to spread the Paleo Diet to the world, how would you do it? Where would you start?

A "tell at least one person about the Paleo Diet" Day? That's the best I could come up with at 3am.

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on June 20, 2010
at 06:07 PM

Thanks for the michellestype1 diabetes link, Melissa, there's some great comments there for her "quitting paleo" post.

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on June 20, 2010
at 05:44 PM

I would be very interested to hear the specifics of your paleo diet. I remember when I first started, before really researching Paleo and finding Paleohacks, I went hungry a lot, ate too many lean meats, and too many veggies sans fat. If I had stuck to this I would have eventually quit as well. Best of luck to your dieting habits in the future!

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on June 20, 2010
at 04:36 PM

Heretics, all of them! :)

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on June 20, 2010
at 03:35 PM

I noticed that this gal quit too http://michellestype1diabetes.blogspot.com/

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on June 20, 2010
at 03:21 PM

I don't think the paleo diet is right for everyone. If evolution can produce lactose tolerance and a whole rainbow of skin tones, surely evolution can produce gluten tolerance and carbohydrate tolerance. I believe that every body is different, and the most mindful approach to eating is to figure out what works for you – rather than abdicating that responsibility to the normative crowd.

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on June 20, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Can't imagine taking these recommendations as "extreme" or difficult to follow: http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/ There are certainly wide interpretations as to the "paleo diet" from Loren Cordain's lean meats, to Charles' Washington's Zero Carb on conventional grain-raised red meat, to Atkins, to Protein Power, to South Beach..... Which "paleo" were you on, Rob?

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on June 20, 2010
at 01:54 PM

wow, i totally second the call for TED talk re paleo. That would seriously bring our argument to a whole different level. More articles in accepted news sources always help. There was an article in the NYT maybe 3-4 months ago. I quickly sent it to pretty much everyone i know. Lots of people need that kind of qualifier before they believe something.

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on June 20, 2010
at 01:33 PM

Rob, sorry to hear that. Although I don't think the paleo diet is extreme, except maybe socially for some. The paleo diet should be doable for everyone, that's what its evolutionary foundation tells us. I don't want to push anything, not at all, but maybe you could put your case in a paleohacks question to get some feedback? Just an idea

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on June 20, 2010
at 01:15 PM

How long did you try it for? How much fat were you consuming?

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on June 20, 2010
at 04:45 PM

I have moved away from trying to preach about "Paleo" -- it weirds people out, they think it's a fad diet, and they get distracted by the "wait, didn't cavemen die at the age of 25, and that's why they didn't get cancer?" type of questions. They also tend to be overwhelmed by the extent of foods they need to avoid: all grains, all legumes, all processed foods, all vegetable oils, all sugar, etc. etc.

I have started telling people that I basically avoid all processed foods. Eat Real Food Only. Avoid most things with nutrition labels and ingredient labels.

This makes intuitive sense to most people -- they just don't want to commit to doing it, because it's inconvenient. But if they seem interested, then I'll throw in a little info about insulin/inflammation, and give them three basic rules to follow:

  1. No sugar (everybody knows and agrees sugar is bad)
  2. No vegetable oils (it's very easy to go home and throw out all vegetable oils). I tell them they can still use olive oil at low temps, otherwise they would think I'm crazy. A surprising number of people are receptive to the idea of using butter as a cooking fat. It tastes good and they seem to understand the "polyunsaturated fats = fragile and easily oxidized" line of reasoning.
  3. No gluten. This is the tough one. People LOVE bread and pasta and cookies and pizza.

At this point I just tell them to try it for 2 weeks and see how they feel. I had a client report back that her acid reflux problems disappeared. She was shocked and pleased. Yes, I know 2 weeks is not ideal -- I'd rather they try for 30-180 days -- but it's a start, it feels manageable, and it can yield good results anyway.

I try to avoid talking about lectins, phytic acid, etc. unless they are REALLY interested in the details. I think a lot of the time, most people just want to know how they can look killer in a bikini -- they aren't really interested in the biochemistry. If you hit them too early with that stuff, they tend to zone out.

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on June 20, 2010
at 11:25 AM

from another comment I made somewhere on paleohacks:

One more thing. Nassim Taleb is a great spreader of the ancestral health meme, outside the immediate paleosphere. I think that paleo deserves a few other great meme-spreaders (is that a word?). I'm not really talking about celebrities, but more about intelligent people, capable of reaching a bigger audience. People like Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, EO Wilson, Steven Pinker, Jared Diamond and the likes. But hey, Scarlett Johansson would be OK too! ;-) Oh, that, and a TED-talk on paleo/ancestral living, that would be nice.

Personally the best strategy so far has been the 'lead by example'. Helps (a bit) for family and friends, but not the best way to conquer the world. Although maybe, there may be some exponential effect to this strategy ;-)

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on June 20, 2010
at 01:54 PM

wow, i totally second the call for TED talk re paleo. That would seriously bring our argument to a whole different level. More articles in accepted news sources always help. There was an article in the NYT maybe 3-4 months ago. I quickly sent it to pretty much everyone i know. Lots of people need that kind of qualifier before they believe something.

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on June 20, 2010
at 01:16 PM

Since the paleo diet is pretty much unknown here in Quebec, Canada, I have created my own website about it. It's just starting but I hope I can make a change in my city and/or province.

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on June 20, 2010
at 11:08 AM

I'd write up something detailing my experiences on how the PD improved my health and helped with weight loss, and then send it out to a few friends who I know wouldn't consider it a waste of time to at least read. In turn, they'd probably know someone they'd want to send it to, and it would at least get that "far" from me.

I'm not a fan of pushing the diet, because when people do that it tends to come off as "preachy" even when that's not the intention. It turns others off to the concept, I think.

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on September 16, 2011
at 08:21 AM

I don't do that.

You need to be motivated for changes, nobody can impose it on you. If somebody asks me or whines about problem, then its another thing.

Life priorities are different. And some people are like trashcans - can eat anything without any ill effect whatsoever.

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on September 16, 2011
at 07:50 AM

I don't want the paleo diet to be popular as long as there isn't more quality meat available on this planet. Pretty selfish, but what can I say? I need my meat!

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on June 21, 2010
at 12:29 AM

i'm so greatful i found arthur de vany via reading something by nassim taleb. it definitely helps to have people you admire for other reasons spread the word on paleo. there are people out there who would give paleo a try if they only knew about it and read some of the science and/or testimonials about it. people at work and family have asked me how i've gotten in shape. i tell them, but still most don't follow paleo. you have to be very motivated. and those people are out there, they just haven't heard of paleo yet.

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on June 20, 2010
at 05:57 PM

I don't TRY to spread the Paleo Diet at all. Diet is like religion for most people. They believe what they believe and pushing the matter won't help. My experience with spreading the Paleo has been in random situations with people that have noticed the benefits:

  • Numerous people have noticed that I look different (lost weight, cut/fit, skin glowing, etc). Many of them want to know what I changed. This is a great opportunity to tell people without sounding preachy
  • People close to me that know others with digestive issues (IBS, GERD, Acid Reflux, etc) have explained to their friends that they know this crazy guy that got rid of his digestive issues completely. To date, I have had 3 people call me and 1 person go primal and another paleo. Both have solved their issues.
  • People at work have noticed me eating "strange" things like liver, bone marrow, etc. and have inquired as to why I would eat those things.

On another note, a friend of ours recently has experienced some unexpected weight gain. She asked us for advice b/c my wife and I both seem "healthy and fit." Unfortunately, she wouldn't believe that eating fat is healthy. She was also shocked that I didn't care that my cholesterol was 240 (a VAP test showed that I had healthy levels of HDL, low triglycerides, and large amounts of large particle LDL). Unfortunately, this is the society we live in. If people want to make the change, they will.

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on June 20, 2010
at 10:32 AM

I've decided Paleo isn't for me. I've recently had all kinds of stomach problems - I went back on the grains.. back to a conventional diet and all is well again.

I don't think its for everyone - so would be reluctant to promote it to everyone. I tried it for awhile.. indeed, raced on it - but in the end it just didn't work out. It's too extreme.

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on June 20, 2010
at 04:36 PM

Heretics, all of them! :)

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on June 20, 2010
at 01:15 PM

How long did you try it for? How much fat were you consuming?

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on June 20, 2010
at 03:17 PM

Can't imagine taking these recommendations as "extreme" or difficult to follow: http://www.paleonu.com/get-started/ There are certainly wide interpretations as to the "paleo diet" from Loren Cordain's lean meats, to Charles' Washington's Zero Carb on conventional grain-raised red meat, to Atkins, to Protein Power, to South Beach..... Which "paleo" were you on, Rob?

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on June 20, 2010
at 05:44 PM

I would be very interested to hear the specifics of your paleo diet. I remember when I first started, before really researching Paleo and finding Paleohacks, I went hungry a lot, ate too many lean meats, and too many veggies sans fat. If I had stuck to this I would have eventually quit as well. Best of luck to your dieting habits in the future!

7df8f3cc7f1475c3ecbbd4a4feb87d04

(514)

on June 20, 2010
at 06:07 PM

Thanks for the michellestype1 diabetes link, Melissa, there's some great comments there for her "quitting paleo" post.

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(10299)

on June 20, 2010
at 01:33 PM

Rob, sorry to hear that. Although I don't think the paleo diet is extreme, except maybe socially for some. The paleo diet should be doable for everyone, that's what its evolutionary foundation tells us. I don't want to push anything, not at all, but maybe you could put your case in a paleohacks question to get some feedback? Just an idea

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on June 20, 2010
at 03:35 PM

I noticed that this gal quit too http://michellestype1diabetes.blogspot.com/

A480640a53eb5dc8966f49141942f705

on June 20, 2010
at 03:21 PM

I don't think the paleo diet is right for everyone. If evolution can produce lactose tolerance and a whole rainbow of skin tones, surely evolution can produce gluten tolerance and carbohydrate tolerance. I believe that every body is different, and the most mindful approach to eating is to figure out what works for you – rather than abdicating that responsibility to the normative crowd.

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