Earlier in the week, I received a comment about one of my Paleo articles that argued the point that following a Paleo Diet or Paleo Lifestyle is a strict black or white proposition.
In the commenter’s own words, “Don’t be a poser. Either live the life or shut the hell up, because those of us actually doing instead of talking are living healthier, more productive lives. If you are too, great! Congrats, how do you feel? If you aren’t? Get off the bandwagon”.
After I finished wiping up my giant puddle of tears, I started to think about how our tiny little Paleo community has changed & evolved over the past year or so.
Still clinging to it’s anthropological roots, Paleo (or Primal for the Sissonites amongst us) has ever so tentatively begun to shift towards the mainstream. And as more “normal” people begin to investigate the benefits of eating ala Paleo, some Paleo diehards are freaking out.
- Maybe it’s out of concern that the strict Paleo menu of meat, vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruit is going to be watered down and spoiled by the newbies.
- Maybe it’s because they like being in an exclusive club and they don’t want to share with others.
- Or, maybe they’re just assholes who think they’re better than everybody else.
But it got me thinking.
How do us Paleo eaters want the message of Paleo to be distributed to the rest of the world?
- Currently, they are three big voices in the Paleo universe – Cordain, Wolf & Sisson. Do we crown one of them king and proceed to proselytize their version of Paleo?
- Do we blend their messages into a hybrid Paleo?
- Do we promote an ultra-orthodox version of Paleo that doesn’t allow for my morning Starbucks Venti Bold with a splash of cream?
- Or do we adopt a more universal “coat of many colours” version of Paleo that leads people towards eating Paleo at most meals with occasional Neolithic baked delights?
Seeking some feedback, I posted a link to the above mentioned comment on my favorite Paleo facebook group – International Paleo Movement Group – to see what they had to say abot the comment and how they envisioned the evolution of the Paleo Diet.
The word zealot came up a few times.
What’s your opinion?
- Should Paleo remain an exclusive club?
- Should we welcome newcomers into the club?
- If we do welcome newcomers, do we insist on 100% compliance to Paleo doctrine?
- Or is 90% okay…or 80%…63%
- Or are we happy when the people we care about eat fewer Pizza Pockets and more real/Paleo food?
As I said to the IPMG group, I realize that the vast majority of people are highly unlikely to ever give up grains, dairy, french fries, etc
What they may do, however, is to learn from us that Paleo eating is the healthiest way to fuel our bodies….and that while 100% adherence is unlikely, they may be able to be 90% or 80% or 60% Paleo…thereby…
- improving their nutrition,
- improving their health,
- reducing the spread of lifestyle disease (diabetes, etc),
- reducing the cost of healthcare around the globe,
- improving economic health,
- reducing taxes and
- ultimately improving the quality & quantity of life for all us “modern” humans.
Thus endeth the rant.