Recently, in my humble opinion, there has been this shift of almost anti-paleoism coming from the "paleo" community and I am curious where everyone thinks this movement is headed. I was reading a recent response by Melissa McEwen's, who I respect immensely and not calling out in anyway, regarding a poop hack and she said "Finally I got it to go away altogether by just well...not eating paleo." Also, Kurt Harris, another respected individual in this community, has totally detatched himself from paleo and Matt Lalonde's speech at the Health Symposium had a sort of anti-paleo feel to it. The kicker for me was Robb Wolf's podcast (Episode 93) when they were just bullshitting at the beginning he went on a rant about Paleo Orthodox and how we might need to hit the reset button and start all over. By the way, many of the points Robb made during that "rant" were very valid and hit home with me.
When I first started Paleo I read Robb and Mark's books and I loved them because they were simple and to the point. To my beginners eyes it seemed the focus was eliminating grains, legumes, Dairy (Robb's book), PUFA's, processed foods and generally going VLC or LC while eating grassfed/wild caught/free range moderately high fat meat and fish. I also began reading some others blogs who had a WAPF feel to it with fermented veges, butter, and such. However, like everything things seem to be evolving and there are many, including Robb himself, who have accepted items originally thought to be avoided (rice, potatoes, etc.) and have eliminated items originally thought to be ok (nuts/seeds, high fat meats, fish oil, some fermented veges, etc). Now I am not saying I disagree with these thoughts or this movement cannot or should not evolve, but it has certainly caused some sort of a Paleo Orthodox which has definitely turned off many who we rely on to pass the message away from the term Paleo. Also, it seems to confuse people who start Paleo using Robb or Mark's book as a starting point. they seem confused when they witness the Paleo Community eating dairy, rice, potatoes, etc. It's almost like we are presenting to the rest of the world like we are a little unsure of what we are doing.
Now you may think that I am hanging this whole movement on the term "Paleo." Well you are partially correct. I think if we want this thing to catch on and not just be a cult movement we need a term to define the lifestyle we are promoting. Simply saying don't eat processed foods doesn't seem like an effective marketing tool because most laypeople don't view grains and PUFA's as processed. Or promote an elimination diet and introduce foods of individuality seems like it would get a "that's to realistic" response. Do I think the term needs to be Paleo, no, but just as Robb mentioned podcast 93 we cannot be battling within ourselves if we want this thing to be accepted by both the medical/academic field and the layperson.
I realize that ever movement is going to have orthodox views, but it seems that it is slowing us down and confusing not only the outside viewers but the "members" themselves. On top of that many of our "leaders" are turned off by the self righteous dogma.
With all the different concepts that seem to touch the original paleo concept, should we, as Robb said, hit the reset button and essentially start over or can we come together as a community and make this thing catch fire?