Is This The Worst Paleo Article Ever?

This week, Playboy published an article called Screw The Paleo Diet: Here’s To Evolved Eating. The article has caused uproar in the paleo community and has been dubbed “The worst article I’ve ever read on paleo” by the paleo Reddit community. 

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The article starts out by explaining that the paleo diet often appeals to men because it’s apparently more socially acceptable to boast about ripping meat off a bone than it is to suggest that you count calories. While the article alludes to a valid concern – that it’s less socially acceptable for men to be concerned with health and weight loss than it is for women -, the article quickly turns to slating the paleo diet. 

Here are the arguments put forward, along with the Ultimate Paleo Guide responses to them.

The “Cavemen Weren’t Hot” Argument

“I’ve seen skeletons and mummies of ancient men, and not one of them looks as if he could have played on a decent high school basketball team, much less banged Raquel Welch in 1966. Not one Centerfold in this magazine has ever listed under her turn-ons “short, hairy, smelly men who will never own a home.”

The writer might want to bear in mind that not everyone is obsessed with how they look. Many or perhaps even most paleo eaters are motivated by looking after their bodies rather than prepping them for a Playboy photo shoot.

Besides, take a look at the Ultimate Paleo Guide and Paleoso writers. We don’t think they look too bad.

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The “Cavemen Didn’t Really Eat That Way” Argument

“Here’s precisely what our ancestors ate, according to science: whatever the fuck they could find.”

“I also know our ancient forefathers didn’t have access to flaxseed oil—which the paleo diet recommends—because not even our regular fathers had access to flaxseed oil.”

We’ve spoken before about how eating paleo isn’t about trying to be a caveman or trying recreate a caveman’s diet. Of course cavemen didn’t have the healthiest lifestyles and, due to scientific and technological advancements, we’re much better equipped to look after our bodies these days.

But paleo followers aren’t concerned with what other people used to eat. They’re concerned with what they eat and how it affects them. People eat paleo because they’ve tried it and felt, looked, and performed better while on it. 

It’s irrelevant what cavemen ate and what they did and didn’t have access to. The point is to experiment with natural food to find out what works for your body.

And that flaxseed oil? It’s guaranteed to make you feel way better than high-fructose corn syrup, hotdogs, and other modern “foods”.

The “Cavemen Died Young” Argument

“Paleo dieters claim that the postagricultural diet—which saves us about 23 hours a day in foraging and hunting, most of which we squander on creating inane diets—causes illnesses of affluence such as diabetes, asthma, heart disease and cancer. But I would argue the reason ancient man didn’t get these diseases was because he died before the age of 50.”

Again, cavemen didn’t have access to all of the technology, medications, and scientific knowledge that we have today. They were exposed to a lot more danger than we are today, so, yes, they probably did die young, but not necessarily because of the way they ate.

The argument that the average lifespan of a caveman was only twenty-five has been misunderstood. An average lifespan of twenty-five years could mean that Caveman #1 lived to be only five and that Caveman #2 lived to be forty-five. The high infant mortality rate skews the numbers, so it’s hard to get an accurate picture of how long cavemen actually lived. For more on this, read this article

The “We Are Not Cavemen” Argument

“We now have totally different bacteria in our guts, which have developed to digest the huge variety of interesting, nutritious foods we’ve cultivated, such as the modern varieties of corn, bananas and tomatoes that people eat on the paleo diet but our ancestors didn’t have. Progress has, in nearly every case besides Facebook, made our lives longer, easier and more fun.”

While humans have evolved, they haven’t evolved as much as you might think. Humans have been around in some shape or form for hundreds of thousands of years. During the majority of that time, we’ve eaten a paleo-style diet.

It’s only been in the last ten to fifteen thousand years that agriculture has changed the way we eat. Our bodies have not yet fully adapted to be able to deal with grains, legumes, and dairy, so it makes sense that if we want to look after our bodies, we should feed them food that they know how to process.

The quote included here also demonstrates the author’s lack of research, as corn most definitely is not paleo.

The “There Are Other Ways To Lose Weight” Argument

“Paleolithic man was miserable, cold, desperate, sick and stupid. But he wasn’t so stupid that he would have turned down pasta. I get that we’ve gained weight because of processed foods. So eat less. But don’t make a big deal out of it and turn it into a philosophy romanticizing a simpler time.”

Eating paleo isn’t simply about losing weight. People eat paleo for many different reasons, though usually these reasons involve improved health or managing an autoimmune disease. We don’t eat paleo purely to consume fewer calories and to lose weight. We eat paleo because we want to give our bodies exactly what they need to function well.

But for those who are looking to lose weight, the paleo diet is a phenomenal option because it delivers results. You only have to look at a few case studies to see that. Plus, paleo is a very simple diet to follow. It doesn’t involve calorie counting and you don’t have to starve yourself. In fact, you can feel full and enjoy your food. It’s therefore a very appealing way to lose weight.

While the writer is upfront about his lack of expertise on the subject, and while this article does make for a fairly entertaining read, we recommend that you do not rely on Playboy for your nutritional information. 

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3 Reasons To Eat Paleo

Okay, so you’re not convinced yet.

You don’t care about the history of the paleo diet, or what’s on a paleo diet food list, or even which paleo recipes you can make for dinner. You still want to know:

Why start eating paleo in the first place?

Well, here are three reasons as to why eating paleo is a good idea:

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Paleo Food Regulates Hormones

The super scientific reason is that eating paleo is going to help regulate your hormones, most notably insulin. Insulin is the hormone that’s perpetually jacked up because of the insane amounts of sugar that most people consume.

This huge amount of sugar causes your blood sugar levels to skyrocket, which causes your insulin levels to jump (and high insulin levels literally put the brakes on the fat-burning process), which can be a real bummer for those people trying to lose weight.

As a bonus, many people who reduce their sugar intake also find that this simple change clears up their skin, hair, and tons of other things as well.

You’ll Eat More

No more of this counting calories bullcrap. No more eating salads or impersonating a twig.

The great thing about paleo is that you can EAT UP!

Seriously, chow down.

Paleo food is so nutritionally dense and satiating that it’s very difficult to accidentally overeat while eating strictly paleo (try it, we dare you).

If we got a dollar every time someone felt better, and lost weight, simply by changing the type (not the quantity) of food they ate, we’d be rich, rich men.

You’ll Eat Better Food

Why beat around the bush?

Eating paleo means you’re eating better food – period. Try to convince yourself that your Twinkie is the epitome of human culinary perfection, but, when you get down to it, eating paleo means you’re going to have to do some sort of cooking, and that requires you to make real food. You’ll get good (or at least decent) at cooking, and you’ll find yourself eating much, much better food in general. And, once you start doing this, it’ll be hard to drag yourself back to that Twinkie.

There are three solid reasons to start eating paleo. What’s your reason?

Want to get started with paleo? Start our 30 Day Paleo Challenge.

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How To Lose The Final Five Pounds With The Paleo Diet

This is a guest post from Vic Magary.  Vic is an advocate of the Paleo diet, proud pet-parent to his golden retriever Coda, and creator of the Final Five Formula program.

photo (7)The Paleo diet is a great eating strategy for weight loss.  But sometimes, even when following a Paleo diet, it can be challenging to lose that last bit of fat.  Sure you are healthy and fit, but maybe vanity combined with an upcoming beach vacation has you wanting to lose those final 5 – 10 pounds.  If those last few pounds won’t seem to budge, here are a few tips to take your Paleo diet to the next level:

1.  Stop fudging the numbers.

Do you follow the 80/20 rule?  Or even 90/10?  You know, where you eat Paleo almost all of the time but still allow yourself to stray from the plan once or twice per week.  If that is what you have been doing, stop cheating and lock it down tight.  If you really want to lose those final five pounds forget “cheat meals” and other permissive slips.  Instead focus on sticking to the Paleo path 100% of the time for 2 – 4 weeks.

2.  Pass on the potatoes.

Many fans of the Paleo diet see potatoes as a gray area.  Since they come from the earth and have no additional ingredients, it’s easy to make the argument that they should be included under the Paleo umbrella.  But they also cause the exact blood sugar spike and corresponding insulin response that you want to avoid when trying to lose weight.  So if you are trying to take your leanness to the next level, skip the potatoes (and yes, even sweet potatoes).

3.  Watch your portion sizes.

There is no way around it – losing that last bit of fat is going to take a reduction in your caloric intake.  And since counting calories can be tedious and impractical, focus instead on “eye-balling” your portion sizes.  For vegetables, especially those awesome green leafy vegetables, eat all that you want.  For meat and fish, use the size and thickness of your palm as a portion guide.  But the big one to watch out for is nuts. It’s so easy to grab a huge handful of almonds and mindlessly munch on them.  Instead, keep nut portions to what fits in the center of your palm without overlapping – that’s only about 6 – 8 almonds for most people.

4.  Reduce or eliminate fruit.

Fruit can be a good source of vitamins and minerals, but it is also a source of sugar.  Like potatoes mentioned above, the natural sugar fructose in fruit can cause the insulin response we want to avoid when working to lose fat.  Typically the included fiber and relatively low calorie count makes fruit a relatively harmless indulgence.  But when trying to lose those final few pounds, placing your focus on a variety of vegetables for those vitamins and minerals and eliminating or greatly reducing fruit can help you reach your goal.

5.  Consider Intermittent Fasting.

If you are already following the tips above and you are still stuck at a weight loss plateau, then intermittent fasting may be worth experimenting with.  This is simply adhering to an eating schedule that involves an extended period without food followed by a specific window for eating.  A common intermittent fasting schedule is 16 hours of fasting followed by 8 hours of feeding.  As an example, you may have your last meal of the day at 7:00pm and then not eat again until 11:00am.  An even simpler way to think of this is skipping breakfast.

Remember the tips above are not necessarily meant to be permanent practice.  Following the 80/20 principle and enjoying the occasional potato can be great for maintaining a healthy weight.  But if you are looking to lose that last bit of fat, then you have to do something differently than you have been doing.  To drop those final 5 – 10 pounds maintain a strict Paleo diet, watch your portion sizes, eliminate the potatoes and fruit, and consider intermittent fasting.

The Final Five Formula is a program specifically designed to help you lose the final 5 – 10 pounds.  It combines a tiered system of diet, recovery, and exercise to help you take your body composition to the next level.  Get the full details on the program by clicking here.

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How To Make Paleo Pancakes

How To Make Paleo Pancakes

So you want to go beyond just making a great paleo breakfast and make some paleo pancakes of your own, huh?

Well, you’re in luck, we have a great 3-ingredient recipe for you that we’ve tweaked it a bit for our own tastes. What we ended up with is absolute perfection. Enjoy!

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Paleo Pancakes Recipe

The great thing about paleo pancakes is they are super simple to make. Case in point: this only takes 3 ingredients.

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Ingredients
  1. 2 ripe bananas
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter
Instructions
  1. Mash up the bananas
  2. Add in the egg and mix into the batter
  3. Stir in the almond butter to the mix (more almond butter = more pancake-y type texture)
  4. Cover pan with butter or coconut oil
  5. Cook the pancakes until brown on each side
  6. Top with fruit as needed
Adapted from Mark's Daily Apple
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How To Make Paleo Pancakes Recipe – Infographic

 

Make your own paleo pancakes and learn more about the paleo diet at UltimatePaleoGuide.com.

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Paleo Pancake Resources & Tips

If you want to customize or tweak your paleo pancake recipe to your own liking, here are a few more tips.

  1. Add more almond butter for more pancake-y type texturing (the more almond butter added, the more solid the pancake).
  2. Top with warm grass-fed butter to really bring out the flavor.
  3. Top with fruit (personally, we recommend some of the fruits on our paleo diet food list – our favorites include blueberries, blackberries and strawberries).
  4. Depending on where you fall on the sugar spectrum, you may want to add some all-natural maple syrup for a slight sweetened flavor.
  5. If you want to stay away from syrup, you can go with a  lighter sweetener and use some natural honey. It’s absolutely delicious – you’ll thank us later

That’s all there is to it! That’s how you make paleo pancakes.

Happy eating!

Recipe via Marks Daily Apple

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Caveman Blogger Fights For Free Speech And Internet Freedom

News at 11! Sharing your own health story can get you shut down.

Steve Cooksey at Diabetes Warrior has been sharing his own personal story of health and weight loss using the paleo diet. There’s just one problem. He didn’t pay lots of money to learn about paleo from a book or to get a license. He just tried something and found that it worked (first hand experience really is something, huh?). Well, that wasn’t good enough for the great state of North Carolina and their Board of Dietetics/Nutrition who sent him a letter this January, threatening to shut him down.

Apparently you need a medical license to share what’s worked for you (no more stories anymore!). Well, Steve’s not going down without a fight. He’s filing a lawsuit and challenging the government’s authority to stop regular people from giving out advice (and *gasp* letting people make up their own minds about their health.

We’re big fans of promoting what works. At a time when the majority of Americans are overweight and a huge number of us are obese, it’s clear that the current nutrition regimen isn’t working.

So why not change it? Consider the paleo diet.

It’s not just a matter of a free speech. It’s a matter of common sense. Keep fighting the good fight, Steve. We support you (we just hope we don’t get a takedown letter for saying so!).

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