This idea caught my interest when I was thinking about how the USDA food pyramid makes grains the foundation of a healthy diet. I searched through Google Images and looked at some images of paleo food pyramids.
I was disappointed to say the least...some did not make sense. Some put berries into the same category as nuts, as if berries weren't fruit. One had water as the foundation, but water isn't food (I don't think something that has zero calories can be considered food).
Mark Sisson's Primal Pyramid was my favorite.
Here's the pyramid I made to explain what I eat to people...so much easier to show them a picture than to go through all the details of what's allowed and what's not!! It's mostly based on the recommendations in Primal Body Primal Mind by Nora Gedgaudas, and the proportions reflect what I usually eat. I had a lot of fun making it, and I think you can tell :D
I don't agree with Mark Sisson's pyramid or the Primal Food Pyramid. There are just two categories as far as I'm concerned. The base of the triangle is meat, fish, poultry and animal/saturated fats. The upper, smaller section is vegetables, fruits and nuts. And I wouldn't specify grass-fed. You may think that's preferable, but many folks don't have access to it or can't afford it, and all that does is alienate them.
Last time I checked my dad died of a heart attack from eating to much bacon and eggs, not steamed rice, veggies and fruit. You guys are trying to tell people that meat is good for them and whole grains, fruits, and starchy vegetables should be eaten sparingly? Not only would I die prematurely from eating that way I would perform so poorly in sports that I wouldn't be able to play anymore. Do some more research and get educated.
I really like the paleo "base camp" of fruit/veges, meats, nuts and seeds. I"ve found by following this eating principle on an 80/20 basis, I'm a much happier person and feel so much better every day. However, everyone is so unique and individual that experimenting with what works for each person's body is important. High quality yoghurt, cheese, kefir, ghee and butter are awesome from a health perspective and taste bloody fantastic, so if you suffer no intolerances, why not eat them....in moderation of course. Same goes for grains - especially for high level athletes. Rice and quinoa are great carbs and satisfying - although as you probably know, quinoa is from the grass family and not a grain.
At the end of the day, the paleo pyramid is a solid foundation which should be tweaked to each individual's unique needs.
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