Just curious what everyone thought about Kurt Harris' latest blogpost about the Myth of the Paleolithic Diet? I personally think he comes up with some great points that might help this kind of community grow. Any thoughts?
Kurt is a very important cog in the Paleo world and always the one to talk some sense into our heads...
I think his article is one of the best i've read, EVER!
So, yeah, i'm all for Paleo 2.0!
Already sharing the link with my friends. I'm glad to have a fresh, reasoned, current summary of the core principles that most people could digest.
Awesome post IMO. I think it basically comes down to eating real natural foods and not stressing over stupid things to try and fit in the idea of being "paleo."
so much of what attracted me to the paleo way of eating and being was the simplicity of it all. long before i knew what the paleo diet was, when i was vegetarian and raising my first baby, i would go to this mothers group for moms and babes 0-4 months old. it was great, but the level of neurosis in there made me start to dread it. i always sort of felt that my baby would let me know what she wanted, and that if i couldnt figure it out it was because i wasnt paying attention. that attitude served me well for the most part. i saw other mothers in the group spinning themselves into depression and hystericas and anger and resentment and fear over things like, "my mother in law told me not to pick up the baby when hes crying, but i want to." and, "someone in the checkout line said that my baby was too skinny and that i needed to supplement with formula; should i?" and, "what sacrifices to i need to make so i can afford the 300 dollar diaper bag to match my 700 dollar stroller?" it all seemed INSANE to me. so, i blogged about my new invention, "instinctual parenting" or "evolutionary parenting." pretty sure i wasnt the first one to come up with that, but the idea was essentially to just follow your gut and do whats best for you and your baby, and that you know your baby best. if i ever was in a situation where i didnt know what to do, i would always ask myself, "what would a mother in rural guatemala do? what would a mother do ten thousand years ago?" i have to say, the answer was always the right one, and that little mothering hack made our life so much easier, funner, healthier, happier and simpler.
its a long way of saying that i really appreciated dr. harris' post. i read it as an invitation to relax, to be in tune with your body and what it needs, what it craves, how it feels, and to go with that. i personally like having a list of specific foods that i avoid, and leaving it at that, not fretting when i eat soybean oil on occasion, or if there are trace amounts of gluten in the soy sauce at the restaurant. thats just best for me. i tend to (and you do too- dont deny it) get caught up in the specifics of food. several times a day i hear the voice in my head telling me to settle down and just make the healthiest choice. i think that the voice of reason, or the voice of least-neurosis, should be loudest for some of us.
KGH was the precursor to my Paleo-genesis about 7 weeks ago. Someone I trust (who isn't even Paleo) linked me to his original Tylenol and the War on Drugs post with the simple suggestion: "Read this". I did, and I loved the analysis, so I checked out the rest of the blog. 2 days later I had given up gluten and my Paleo journey was underway.
His most recent post will likely get passed around and influence more people to experiment with Paleo.
While a lot of the content of the post was good, I didn't think it was new data, nor was it particularly original (to him vs. other great writers/bloggers/researchers). I seem to be the only person who thought he was erecting something of a "Paleo strawman" just to knock it down. I offered the mildest of criticisms in a comment in that thread, and he basically insulted me in return. So now, I've crossed him off my reading list. There are plenty of other great (and scientifically rigorous, and optimistic, and intellectually generous) sources who already agree that "lean meat isn't the answer" etc. etc.
(All that said, if other people have been finding that post handy in turning on new people to healthier ways of eating and living, that's wonderful. It's just that for me, life is too short to read someone who thinks he's all that and a bag of pork rinds.)
I think its awesome. One of the best articles on our subject i've read. Dr. Harris isn't afraid to change or modify his position on nutrition or whatever else he's interested in. Also check out his latest interview over at The Healthy Skeptic Podcast. Its very good.
i've posted it on facebook and emailed it out to many of my friends. i feel there is now no reason for me to explain why i eat the way i eat to anyone when he does in 20 minutes what it would take me several hours to do half as well...
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