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What's the worst paleo stereotype you've ever heard or read?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 10, 2011 at 11:40 AM

What prejudice about the paleo lifestyle has most shocked you? Has anybody ever pigeonholed you or made blanket assumptions about you or somebody else just because they've heard that you or that person happen to be paleo?

Dish on your horror stories...and whether you did anything to dispel any false stereotypes, confirm any true ones, or just let things slide to avoid an argument.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:37 PM

I think those are two great criticism of paleo.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:37 PM

ThI think those are two great criticism of paleo.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:10 PM

This ends up being an opportunity to explain how some babies are intended to die so that we don't water down our gene pool. No one seems to take that fact very well...

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 02:25 PM

At the same time that they are eating a tiny salad and a pile of fried potatoes.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 02:24 PM

yep, people look at my plate, miss the great huge pile of veg, focus on the meat and say, aren't you eating an awful lot of meat these days?

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 11, 2011
at 12:52 AM

How do you get kids into school without vaccines these days? I always have to provide proof that my spawn has been properly inoculated from scary nastiness.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 10, 2011
at 11:49 PM

I'd have been tempted to say, "That's for me to know and you to worry about."

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 10, 2011
at 11:36 PM

You've discovered part of my motives in asking; I wanted to see if paleo's already getting well-known enough to foster stereotypes, if any. ;)

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:25 PM

@L. Peltier I would gladly do so if I could thereby aid herd immunity; in fact I really do wish it could work that way.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:23 PM

You would think there would be more of a link between people who recreate a modern version of ancient religions and those who recreate a modern version of ancient diets, but that has been my experience as well :)

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:05 PM

I go back and forth on whether I think this is a strict/limited way of eating or not. After a year now, it just feels so natural...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:05 PM

Maybe you should have gotten two boosters! I have NEVER been vaccinated, nor sick in 42 years. My kids aren't vaccinated. You can have theirs. Hell, my dogs aren't even vaccinated. You can have theirs, too!

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on June 10, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Yes. I've had pertussis (in spite of the vaccine, because I never got a booster shot) when I was about 11 and it was AWFUL. I cracked two ribs from coughing. I can't imagine willingly putting an infant or small child at risk of something like that.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Agreed. I had the pertussis booster last year. Getting it isn't a big deal for me, but it kills babies. Going my part to keep the larger tribe healthy seems like an easy ethical choice. Given the studies I really can't understand people who put herd immunity at risk.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 10, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Really? Cool! Wiccan paleo is the rarest of breeds.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I still hear that one too!

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:07 PM

Well *I* think it is normal but I am a witch and I live with my boyfriend and his wife :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Yes. I got this a lot at the beginning.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Oooh! Do tell, what else do you do that's shocking?!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 10, 2011
at 03:45 PM

I feel the same way! In fact, they should triple the amounts of aluminum, themerisol and "chinese hamster ovary cells" amongst other things into ALL vaccines! In fact, I'll spring for the HFCS/aspartame chaser! EPIC FAIL.

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(12379)

on June 10, 2011
at 02:55 PM

cheeky kid you have there! :)

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Maybe one day soon you can, with a chickenasarus http://www.ted.com/talks/jack_horner_building_a_dinosaur_from_a_chicken.html

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on June 10, 2011
at 02:23 PM

omg good one, mth!

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 10, 2011
at 01:53 PM

haha - You're smarter than I am and he got an A in science...hmm!

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

(5801)

on June 10, 2011
at 01:24 PM

I would have said "Paleo not Mesozoic Era - which is divided into Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods; you're grounded until your science grades improve."

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on June 10, 2011
at 01:20 PM

I was reading this ridiculous blogger on Mothering.com (I don't even have kids; purely entertainment, haha) and she was going on about how she eats "the Primal Diet" which she described as all raw. I wanted to chime in on the comments, but it was too much work creating an account on Mothering.com... o_O

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3a833804187fe8926214e6c0bd8a0766

(1023)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:00 PM

"You eat like a caveman? Those guys only lived to be 30, you know."

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:12 PM

I still hear that one too!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Yes. I got this a lot at the beginning.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

(4875)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:10 PM

This ends up being an opportunity to explain how some babies are intended to die so that we don't water down our gene pool. No one seems to take that fact very well...

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F5f742cc9228eb5804114d0f3be4e587

(7660)

on June 10, 2011
at 03:36 PM

People think we eat nothing but meat. Nevermind I'm eating more vegetables than ever before.

I just get so tired of people thinking we're the abnormal ones. Yeah, you know, cause all that garbage of the SAD is NATURAL.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 02:24 PM

yep, people look at my plate, miss the great huge pile of veg, focus on the meat and say, aren't you eating an awful lot of meat these days?

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 26, 2012
at 02:25 PM

At the same time that they are eating a tiny salad and a pile of fried potatoes.

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34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 10, 2011
at 12:50 PM

Last night my 14 year old says "mom what are you making for dinner?" I tell him paleo chili - he says "Does that mean you're making it with dinosaur meat?" What a smartass!

D67e7b481854b02110d5a5b21d6789b1

(4111)

on June 10, 2011
at 02:23 PM

omg good one, mth!

Medium avatar

(12379)

on June 10, 2011
at 02:55 PM

cheeky kid you have there! :)

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 10, 2011
at 01:53 PM

haha - You're smarter than I am and he got an A in science...hmm!

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 02:54 PM

Maybe one day soon you can, with a chickenasarus http://www.ted.com/talks/jack_horner_building_a_dinosaur_from_a_chicken.html

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 10, 2011
at 11:49 PM

I'd have been tempted to say, "That's for me to know and you to worry about."

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

(5801)

on June 10, 2011
at 01:24 PM

I would have said "Paleo not Mesozoic Era - which is divided into Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods; you're grounded until your science grades improve."

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7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on June 10, 2011
at 01:09 PM

The association with fringey and dangerous pseudoscience like the anti-vax movement.

7d0c3ea9bf8be00b93e6433d8f125ac3

(7540)

on June 10, 2011
at 06:45 PM

Yes. I've had pertussis (in spite of the vaccine, because I never got a booster shot) when I was about 11 and it was AWFUL. I cracked two ribs from coughing. I can't imagine willingly putting an infant or small child at risk of something like that.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:25 PM

@L. Peltier I would gladly do so if I could thereby aid herd immunity; in fact I really do wish it could work that way.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:05 PM

Maybe you should have gotten two boosters! I have NEVER been vaccinated, nor sick in 42 years. My kids aren't vaccinated. You can have theirs. Hell, my dogs aren't even vaccinated. You can have theirs, too!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 10, 2011
at 03:45 PM

I feel the same way! In fact, they should triple the amounts of aluminum, themerisol and "chinese hamster ovary cells" amongst other things into ALL vaccines! In fact, I'll spring for the HFCS/aspartame chaser! EPIC FAIL.

34a367e60db77270bd7096dc04270fdc

(4171)

on June 11, 2011
at 12:52 AM

How do you get kids into school without vaccines these days? I always have to provide proof that my spawn has been properly inoculated from scary nastiness.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Agreed. I had the pertussis booster last year. Getting it isn't a big deal for me, but it kills babies. Going my part to keep the larger tribe healthy seems like an easy ethical choice. Given the studies I really can't understand people who put herd immunity at risk.

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79648d1e9f1a8d25d9450a8a1d18fe64

(395)

on June 10, 2011
at 01:05 PM

Most people I know haven't heard of "paleo" and as such haven't formed any assumptions or stereotypes.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on June 10, 2011
at 11:36 PM

You've discovered part of my motives in asking; I wanted to see if paleo's already getting well-known enough to foster stereotypes, if any. ;)

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Ae8946707ddebf0f0bfbcfc63276d823

(9402)

on June 26, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I've had people assume it means low carb/atkins. That annoys me. To me it's not about macronutrients, but about nutrient quality.

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8e10b687e328468783a72c55b64710e8

on June 26, 2012
at 02:17 PM

Just like Vrimj said, people mistake me as a vegan and attack me for it.

Most people don't know what paleo is, but when they see what I eat, they are often disgusted lol! I eat butter, and they tell me I'll get heart attacks, high cholesterol, die... and then when they see I avoid gluten and a lot of other foods, they think I am a picky, elitist doosh.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on June 10, 2011
at 01:12 PM

I'm tired of seeing that Banksy caveman image.

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58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

(478)

on June 10, 2011
at 04:57 PM

Most people I know other than hubs don't know about paleo, but one of my friend views it that I'm on a very strict diet. Kinda gives me a cringe a bit cause I don't see Paleo as a "diet"

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:05 PM

I go back and forth on whether I think this is a strict/limited way of eating or not. After a year now, it just feels so natural...

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 10, 2011
at 02:29 PM

These paleo people need to go back to their caves. One took my woman, one took my job, and a pack of them ate my dog!

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on June 10, 2011
at 01:49 PM

I have read a couple of articles that suggest that the Paleo diet is all about eating rotten ("high") meat. There are interviews with some knuckleheads that talk about how the taste and smell is "not that bad" and then talk up the health benefits. Every other aspect of the Paleo / Primal diet is not mentioned.

It's almost like someone is trying to denounce the diet...

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on June 10, 2011
at 12:07 PM

I think the idea that normal Paleo people eat raw meat needs to go away.

24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on June 10, 2011
at 01:20 PM

I was reading this ridiculous blogger on Mothering.com (I don't even have kids; purely entertainment, haha) and she was going on about how she eats "the Primal Diet" which she described as all raw. I wanted to chime in on the comments, but it was too much work creating an account on Mothering.com... o_O

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on June 10, 2011
at 05:35 PM

When I first told my mother about Paleo (and all of the health benefits associated with it), the first thing out of her mouth was, "How much do you weigh now?"

I reported my weight to her, and she seemed satisfied, and remarked, "I just wanted to make sure your diet wasn't making you fat."

Because, you know, our society got obese from eating dead animal flesh.

(In her defense, she doesn't give two hoots about my weight; she was so impressed by Paleo that she wanted to try it. Just, not at the risk of losing her figure.)

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 02:56 PM

Honestly it is one of the things about my lifestyle that people are the least surprised about and have the fewest negative assumptions.

I do think people expect me to be vegan, but as long as I have some bizarre eating habits new acquaintances are happy :)

In other words, it is the rest of my life people find shocking, not what I eat.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:06 PM

Oooh! Do tell, what else do you do that's shocking?!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on June 10, 2011
at 06:43 PM

Really? Cool! Wiccan paleo is the rarest of breeds.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 07:23 PM

You would think there would be more of a link between people who recreate a modern version of ancient religions and those who recreate a modern version of ancient diets, but that has been my experience as well :)

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on June 10, 2011
at 05:07 PM

Well *I* think it is normal but I am a witch and I live with my boyfriend and his wife :)

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90f66d30d977b07694403b469b3f85c5

on June 26, 2012
at 03:07 PM

Here's the one assumption that drives me nuts. It's when people act like I never learned the conventional "wisdom" that high-fat diets cause heart attacks, eating red meat causes cancer, etc. If I'm eating so much meat and eggs, I must not know any better, or maybe I just don't care about my health. It doesn't occur to these people that maybe I know something they don't know!

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B7fec4bf394de8dfa6403067aea94e1b

on June 10, 2011
at 02:57 PM

I get tired of people asking me how I can eat, with having to hunt and forage my dinner, even though we all live in a megacity.

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B12561b04f6ea052f198915c2017fd8b

on June 26, 2012
at 03:33 PM

The 2 most recent for me:

"Oh so you fell for a fad diet"

"You know Dr. Atkins died of a heart attack?"

The proof is in the (lack of) pudding though when I'm way healthier than the rest of my family and friends.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:37 PM

ThI think those are two great criticism of paleo.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on June 26, 2012
at 03:37 PM

I think those are two great criticism of paleo.

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