I originally misread this question as "Have you ever given Paleo a bad name? What is the rudest thing you have ever said about the area of Paleo." I assume I can't be the only one who was originally resistant to the idea of Paleo and talked some smack about the diet or the adherents to it before coming around. So, what are some of the worst things you've ever said about Paleo? Embarrassing and/or cringe-worthy is okay.
Here are mine: I mocked the first person I ever met who described their diet as "adhering to the principles of the Paleolithic era" (he didn't have the luxury of short hand yet, i guess, as this was in 1999) behind his back mercilessly. I used to say that his diet (which, at the time, was only raw meat and nuts) was insane and had no scientific backing at all and that anyone who ate like that smelled horrible (based solely on this sample size of one dude who admittedly was constantly ketosis-pungent--or maybe he was also not bathing, i don't know.)
Later down the line I also wrote Paleo folks off as "misguided neo-primitive wannabes" and just plain sad.
If only my past self could see me now!
I remember when I first tried lowcarb, I figured it didn't sound super healthy but then again, neither was being fat. The thing is, my version of low carb was pretty healthy. I had to nix milk cuz of the lactose sugars. And I didn't want to pay for a lot of expensive lowcarb product, so I ate a lot of meat and veggies instead. And I never did like the taste of grain oils so I was happy to eat butter and bacon fat instead.
But the whole time, I was worried it wasn't healthy to eat that way! I often went around saying it was probably a good diet for overweight people because it worked and although maybe not ideal, the benefits of the weight loss outweighed the potential health risks of an 'unbalanced' diet. THis was back before I did any research. But the thing is, even back then, I was eating basically paleo and worrying about it being unhealthy. Later, I did more research and now I have even become a research addict! And I am relieved to realize that my version of lowcarb was certainly a darned sight better than what I had been eating before.
I sometimes enjoy calling people "paleo-evangelists" or "paleo-fundamentalists". This inevitably comes about when someone says that eating a cupcake will kill you, or something of that nature.
@Kamal,I agree that politeness comes first.. its just human that way - but on 'free the Animal' the SG got picked because her position as SG did not represent her health and she did say 'You can be healthy at any weight' (Although, I have a suspicion she meant you CAN get healthy at any weight). But the country's SG making a TV statement could have been edited better.
One has to appreciate the candidness and forthrightness of Richard, even if it may seem to edge towards rude sometimes.
Finally, I do not know Richard nor I'm a schill for him. I am an avid Paleo and read copiously about it and practice it as well.
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