Is it possible, that the reason Paleo is viewed as a weight loss diet and not a lifestyle choice, is because it lacks the proper name?
There is Vegetarian, Vegan, etc. and these are viewed as dietary lifestyles, possibly because they can say, I am a Vegetarian, or I am a Vegan, and that encompasses their beliefs in one small phrase.
I have recently talked to a freind who is going Vegan, I asked him why, and he said it was a healthy lifestyle. Maybe if we can coin a term to convince people that this is a livestyle, and not just a fad diet, it would broaden the reach of the Paleo diet to more people who may otherwise disregard it as a weightloss diet.
Not to say that more people is necessarily a good thing, but it could sure change alot of peoples lives.
What can we as people who eat a Paleo Diet say that we are?
I am a paleo? I am a caveman? They just sound awkward.
Do we need a term that says oh, that person only eats __. Maybe then more people/companies would make appropriate adjustments/provisions.
Ideally we would say I am a human. But, that is no longer a qualifying term, as far as diet goes.
What are your ideas?
For now I'm sticking with ancestral. It's about me and my ancestors.
I liked primal at first but it's a bit commercialized for my taste.
I tried out "archevore" but it had no zing.
I tried out "Omnivore" but everyone's an omnivore.
I tried out "Whole foodist" and even I laughed.
I tried out "moderate" but that's taken already.
So, for me it's either "crapless" as sage said or "no-junk-no-how"' or ancestral.
I'm still willing to think about other labels, though, since I don't live or die by what we call what we're doing. "by any other name" as Willie said.
I think it is hard to have a fits-all term at present as most of us are coming from a variety of approaches (PHD/Primal/Paleo/WAPF/GAPS/...) and are still trying to define exactly where our body does best and what camp we fit in. We could go for a broad umbrella name I suppose but I think that could undermine the history, theory and individuality that each variation of this way of life/eating brings. Sorry if I'm rambling - trying to organize my thoughts.
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