I have just listened to a lecture by Dr. Daphne Miller and now I am starting to doubt Paleo. No, not the whole foods approach. I do not doubt that it is healthy. I doubt the fact that Paleo diet is healthier than other diets. Of course, it is a healthier alternative to SAD, but it is still far from being perfect.
Why? Because Paleo's approach to food is too narrow. Dr. Miller pointed out that there are many components of traditional diets:
She views "diet" as a holistic term that is a part of culture rather than a list of foods that you need to eat and the way to choose them.
Also, after listening to her lecture, I have finally understood the answer to my questions (that Paleohackers were not able to answer) - why Japanese, Italian and French used to be healthy (before McDonalds and Dunkin Donats arrived) despite all the carbs in their diets.
Here is the link if you are interested:
My a-ha moment happened around 1:15.
I also am skeptical about the Paleo gurus now. If there are so many healthy ways to eat, why demonize some foods? All those so-called Paleo gurus - I am sure that they believe in what they preach - but... they are making money out of it too. Is it a new cash cow now? And to claim that Paleo is the ONLY healthy diet is (to say the least) misleading.
Please do not misunderstand me. I am not against Paleo. I just don't think this is the only way to be healthy. I know I am going to get a lot of heat for this question. But I really do not care. I am not here for the money. I am just searching for answers.
In case if my question is not obvious:
Am I the only one who thinks that traditional diets (the way people used to eat before the food industry was developed) are way healthier and tastier than Paleo?
If you like a restrictive diet because you have issues controlling your dairy/grain intake, go Paleo.
If you like a restrictive diet, but can't live without dairy, go Primal.
IF you like a traditional diet that doesn't really exclude any food groups besides processed foods (which all healthy diets do), go WAPF.
Interesting topic and thanks for sharing the video and your thoughts. I'm enjoying this discussion.
One thing I was wondering is if parts of a traditional diet are always the healthiest?
As an example, here's a reference I remember from the Perfect Health Diet:
Greenland Eskimos (Dyerberg and Bang, 1979; Dyerberg et al., 1978) who ingest on average 6.5 g/d (3.8 percent of energy) of EPA and DHA derived mainly from seal (Bang et al., 1980). A tendency to bleed from the nose and urinary tract was observed among the Greenland Eskimos (Bang and Dyerberg, 1980). One study comparing perirenal adipose tissue fatty acid profiles with incidence of hemorrhagic stroke in human autopsy cases from Greenland showed that the amounts of EPA and DHA in the adipose tissue of 4 hemorrhagic stroke victims was greater than in 26 control cases with no cerebral pathology (Pedersen et al., 1999). Furthermore, ecological studies have suggested an increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke among Greenland Eskimos (Kristensen, 1983; Kromann and Green, 1980).
It makes me think that it's good to pick and choose what's healthy for the individual, which I believe is part of the point of this topic that diet should be individual and not one-size-fits-all.
As a nurse, I understand what nutrients are, and I don't see why not trust in what God made, not man. Aside from the toxin debate, how about nutrition...we have 3 energy choices, protein, carbs, or fat...so pick. Forget all the internal science for short...each digests at a different rate and has different nutrient density. We have to vary the diet, but carbs are addictive and require consistent replacement or they cause cravings. This can at the least add to lack of nutrition and over consumption in calories. Glucose transports nutrients....but the nutrients need to be there! Might as well go low carb, higher protein and fat. Satiety lasts, and if run out of fat energy, already have extra in storage. Go body go!
Satisfaction and energy allow to be active and eat more nutritious food.I feel comfortable choosing food based on need and not craving. Tastebuds are manufactured and change to like what they are trained to like. I love whole foods plain before I cook them and spice them.
Paleo isn't making money on word of mouth and sales of whole foods at local markets. Most of us cook from scratch to boot, so even healthfood stores aren't making money off me. I don't use supplements, I use food medicine! I run circles around everyone I know! 3 months paleo.
Former depressed, fatigued, and fat carb queen.