Anyone care to opine about the wider impact of Don's 'Farewell to Paleo' post?
Undoubtedly we'll get some triumphalism from 30BAD et al, but the real question is how can this diet have failed for Don so emphatically?
Should he have leaned more towards 'Paleo 2.0'? Is failure amongst paleo-types inevitable given that there is no standard paleo model?
The whole thing is a straw man. It seems like everyone is like Art and Loren who recommend trimming fat off of grass-fed meat and avoiding fatty cuts of meat OR eating bowls of coconut oil and pound of bacon for breakfast and dousing their chicken with heavy cream. Either people who advocate low-carb OR people eating just fruit. Either people saying fiber is teh devil or people scouring their poor colons with the stuff. Where is the middle way in all this?
I'll tell you that if I ate the diet his new wife describes my stomach would turn to sludge too.
I'd also be a lot more interested in his manifesto if it weren't laced with woo.
Also, I was reading his wife's blog and she was saying how she regrets eating beef and how bad conventional beef is for the environment blah blah blah. I'm like...who the heck is eating conventional beef? Then I remembered his stupid primal on a budget thing involved eating factory farmed meat, which I do believe is somewhat unhealthy. IMHO it's not a coincidence that he spent an entire series on how conventional beef is AOK. It all stems from his really quite un-compassionate libertarian worldview, he started the dumb experiment because he saw Food Inc and didn't believe that a poor family couldn't afford good food (hint: it's not just about money!!). So to prove that he started eating meat from a system that is cruel to both humans and animals. I don't believe in woo, but I'm surprised that he doesn't see the karma here.
considering that all of his observations appear to be n=1 at best, i doubt it gets too many people stirred up.
i think many paleos have already figured out, like the paleo 2.0 manifesto stated, that there is no set paleo macronutrient ratio. In my mind paleo is more about removing the modern sources of toxicity from your diet(gluten containing grains, industrial seed oils, and limiting fructose) and going from there to tinker to see what is optimal for you given your current health/goals.
if he wants to shake up the paleo orthodoxy, the way to go about it is to write a series using actual studies that challenge the current thinking, a la stephan guyanet in his most recent series.
References to a supposed body of evidence for a specific stance, but without a single source attribution?
Irrelevant opinion piece.
Whatever he calls it, if it took him 14 years to figure out it wasn't working, he's doing it wrong, and I have to question his powers of observation and judgement.
why is everyone so offended by him and his change of diet is beyond me....
he has tried every diet out there and settled on one... good for him. who is anyone here, or any paleo eater to say his diet isnt working for him...what, because it not YOUR relgious-like cult-of-high-fat paleo so it must be wrong?
he isnt out to PROVE to you or convince you that you should eat like he does. he is simply stating his experience, and attempting to make sense of it and back it up if anyone is interested in changing
there is NO DENYING that the high protein high fat paleosphere is NOT working for MANY people. myself included, i convinced myself to keep going, keep eating high fat, keep waiting for the miraculous whatever of health and it aint happening. so because i dont coconut oil my food and eat bacon and 75/25 beef mean i am not paleo? because i dont eat a bowl of bone marrow at every meal and cook extra egg yolks with a cup of cream mean i am not paleo? i dont touch dairy either....but i may not be this way forever. i see no point in it being added mostly because it is expensive as $hit.
i like fish. my body loves red snapper, trout, flounder, redfish and everything else i can go catch for myself because i live on a coastal state. i go TO a farm and PICK my own eggs every week. i attend the farmers market every thursday and eat what is offered from local families. its wat is in season, its real food. i dont care what it is macro wise that is so far from a determinant of my food intake. i eat paleo because the grounds of eating local, nourishing, correctly grown food makes sense. this implies you eat with the seasons, your macros change, your nutrient surpluses and deficiencies change.
when there is free access to food i sure as hell am not going to the grocery store and buying beef pork or chicken.
and about deficencies...did it ever occur to anyone you just might NOT want a surplus of vitamin D 365 days a year, you may NOT want a high potassium iodine selenium ratio and high fish oil intake makes NO sense if you approach food seasonally. you just might want to stop throwing back supplements and looking for the answer to health when it lies in listening to your own body. so few people are actually WILLING to test a range of food on themselves without preconceived notions of whether or not it 'should' be healthy
instead of question whether you can eat mushrooms and onions, EAT THEM and figure out how you handle them. instead of knocking don for how he eats i can guarantee you havent tried it so who are you to say? how many people have actually attempted a low fat HIGH carb PALEO PALEO PALEO diet. everyone and their mom has tried a low fat diet, but not a paleo one. that doesnt mean a PSMF, that means a paleo diet based around starch, not protein.
Using "Traditional Chinese Medicine" as a marker for the Paleo Diet being good or bad is pretty ridiculous IMHO - isn't this the same quack-culture that brings us 1,000+ cure-alls for "impotence" and "the lungs" (the majority of which involve ingesting dried phallus from endangered animals) ?
I read his whole shpeel. Quickly came to a conclusion well before finishing it.. >> Bogus.
There's something inherently slippery about his approach. It oozes rottenness, never a good thing.
People who don't know how to process information and think correctly will flock toward him now, foolishly believing that they can 'trust' him because of his openness and willingness to 'tell the truth'.
Not me. I think exactly the opposite. I think he has been lying to himself and those he was teaching for all these years.
I always wish everyone well, even those who don't believe "Paleo" is right for them, of course.
But this exit is the opposite of classy. If he is willing to do this, what's next?
It seems he is diverting from meat and fat-based paleo to a higher starch and more wholehealthsouce type of paleo, or paleo 2.0. I see nothing wrong with him doing that, but saying "farewell to paleo" is somewhat of a misnomer.
So let me get this straight: Paleo is awesome for the first 14 years. So awesome that I'll be inspired to create a blog and act like pedantic pr*ck to all of the non-paleo advocates. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it all turns back into a pumpkin?
That's the only explanation, because otherwise it would have been intellectually disingenuous of Don to have had the symptoms all along and not to have been honest about it...