Title basically sums it up. Even if I see someone who looks really good, as soon as I see them eating grains I automatically get a little paleo snooty in my head and think theres no way they can be healthy, or at least optimal healthy, eating grains. Am I wrong?
Definitely wrong! Confirmation bias is strong in the paleo echo-chamber.
The more I read about omega-6, the more I thought it was the most important health issue that no one is talking about. The more I read about sugar and cancer, the more conspiracy theories I cooked up. When I worked at a meditation research center, I thought that was the be all and end all for maintaining health. When I'm in a forest, it occurs to me that living in concrete jungles is under-rated as a cause of death.
The issue de jour always takes the forefront in one's brain. If only life were so simple. There are many factors in maintaining health, and several very important non-diet issues. I doubt that someone who eats bread every day but eats in moderation, chillaxes, and has a strong support network would classify as "unhealthy". Unless they were more gluten intolerant than average.
I admit that I raise an eyebrow from time to time when I see healthy folks eating grains and the like. But I also remind myself that I am no evolutionary biology expert and that person's ability to ingest grains may be remarkably better than my own.
I just trust in the knowledge I have to keep myself happy and healthy. If anyone else is curious, I definitely welcome questions. Otherwise I just gauge the situation and try not to get preachy.
I'm always going to be a student when it comes to my own nutrition and health.
I find that people have the same thoughts about me, not eating grains....So I guess its what you believe in and should know that diet is just as personal to people as politics and religion!
I don't discuss those either, adding diet to the list as well!
I'm beginning to think that there are many paths to health and longevity. Paleo also means different things to different people. You're mistaken if you believe your brand of Paleo is monopolizing longevity.
Low carb / high carb / low fat / high fat / low protein / ad libertum protein.
The main thing is that you're eating whole foods. Can vegetarians attain longevity? Yes, I think so, why not. You're missing some fatty acids but you can always supplement. I've seen those who eat plant-based diets live for a very long time.
Again, there is no single way.
You might need more data before deciding how unhealthy they are being.
Do they have rice with sushi once a month?
Do they eat cracked wheat salad 6 times a day?
What are you basing your judgement on?
I would not judge them on health anyway. My ancestors lived to 70-80 overweight, proably with metabolic syndrome, eating all the dairy and grain they liked, and died of strokes and heart attacks. I have no problem judging their behavior. However my parents eat the same thing but are active and much fitter in their mid 80's. While I may consider their bland diet of cookies, margarine and miracle whip to be in poor taste, it would be stupid for me to criticize their health. I should be so healthy at 85.
Yes I think it's totally wrong to think that anyone who eats grains is unhealthy. Ridiculous in fact, since the facts are all around us. There are millions (billions?) around the globe who consume grains and are healthy.
And making believe that you are healthier because you don't eat grains than others who do is silly. There are a myriad of factors that affect us.