We have talked some about educating others, which can be an uphill battle in the current climate. Perhaps one clue as to how we might help others is to find out more about others helped us. How did you first find out about paleo eating and decide to try it? Was it last resort or reasoned science? Did you hear about it on the news or did a close friend tell you? In my case, an internet friend suggested the book Good Calories Bad Calories. I procrastinated buying it but then she offered to send me a free copy, which made me feel guilty about procrastinating. So I bought it, read it and was scared straight! (Thank you Mr Taubes for writing that book!)
for me a lot of things begin with a book... :) A friend tried to convince me that it's the bread that is bad, not the butter. I was totally skeptical... but finally borrowed "Good calories, bad calories" from her. Could hardly stop, finally got my own from half.com. After that I got a lot of stuff on low-carb. I read all from Atkins, through Protein Power, Schwartzbein Principle to Eat Fat Lose Fat. And many in between. I decided I wanted to go low-carb, but I was quite confused about the definition of "low" and still had to learn a lot about it all. I had to start somewhere, so I started with kind of Atkins, but with my own spin on it. I started to use fitday to learn about the levels of carbs/protein/fat in foods (never really thought about it before). After a while I was just a "generic" low-carber, but felt I was missing something. Can't remember exactly how (maybe a suggestion in a low-carb website?) but I got to Mark's Daily Apple... then through links to other blogs and websites. The paleo explanation finally gave me the missing link, I had now a full picture, my rational mind in need of very strong logic could be at rest :)
I landed on paleo through crossfit. It is too bad that there was a "split" between Robb Wolf and crossfit because others who are exposed through the mainsite might not get to paleo as fast as they should. I watched their nutrition videos (after subscribing to the crossfit journal), and just followed other links to sites like Mark's Daily Apple, PaNu, Eades, etc...
There are several great paleo podcasts, but I normally just point people to the PaNu get started 12 steps page. It puts things into perspective as generally people hear about it and start freaking out about not having dairy, etc... It helps people realize that there are "generally" 11 things more important than eliminating dairy, and puts things into a sort of "bang for your buck" guide.
For me it all started with an article on the benefits of eating saturated fats on Tim Ferriss' blog:
Gary Taube's book is mentioned in the article and I started to read everything about the book and the principles behind it which eventually lead me to Mark Sisson's Mark's daily apple.
The rest is history!
I think the lesson here is to make the concepts very accessible and not to bother the general population with too much science, but more with logic, common sense and testimonials.
Tim Ferriss has a very large reach since is book, The Fourhour Workweek, became a bestseller and when he says something a lot of ears are listening.
Interestingly, he's in the process of writing a book titled Becoming Superhuman which, I think, will focus on nutrition and physical fitness. I hope he'll be able to tackle the problem in the right angle and reach a ton of people with it. Might be interesting to follow because he might not mention the Paleo diet when talking about the concepts and people might start referring to the diet with other names than the Paleo diet. This is all about branding and I think it will be important to try and keep the name "paleo diet" strong so we can have a central concept where people can look into.
Only the future will tell us how the truth about nutrition will finally get to the public.
Through Sherdog.com which is an MMA website. They have a section for diet and supplements and there was a heated discussion about the topic. Then I read an aricle on the Hadza and my whole world changed both philisophically,and diet wise.
I've always eaten Primalish long before I knew there was a word for it. Except for the grains bit, I guess like most people, I ate bread, I could never consider it a meal unless it was predominately animal products. I'm glad to find out I was instinctively eating right all along.
I believe it was a blog post which said something in the likes of "vegetables taste like cardboard. Eat meat". There was also a link to MDA and voila I was hooked (and dehooked from whole grains that I was eating two, three times a day then).
I had to find a way to cure my father pre-diabetes condition, high blood pressure and lack of energy. Google was my friend and so was amazon (bought some books and started getting knowledgeable).
I used it for me to improve my training performance about at the same time.
It started with my eldest child being allergic to wheat and dairy. We had some tests run and the whole family has digestive enzyme issues. My best friend and her children are Celiac's. That's where it started and the journey took us Paleo/Primal about six months ago. I have Cushings (Post Surgical Removal of a brain tumor) and weight issues and depression follow me like a bad ghost. Since going Paleo I have lost 35 pounds. I am through my first 10% goal and half way done with the second...the change in the way I feel is astounding. I have read lots of books and may web related sites, MDA religiously. Currently reading the horrifying tale "Fast Food Nation" and am solidly ensconced in this new/old tradition of eating. Some friends and family think we are a bit off center...but the evidence is clear. Weight loss, better health and blood test numbers don't lie!
I read this article in January, walked into my kitchen and threw out all grain and sugar, and haven't looked back. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/fashion/10caveman.html
I owe it all to Melli from huntgatherlove :)
I was active in the raw vegan community around the same time and loved her posts so much, and then I followed her to fabulousforagers when I was first going away from veganism. Then I spent the next year absorbing all the nutritional stuff over there before finally adding ruminants and dairy back into my diet. I didn't find out about paleo until I found out she had a blog! And from there I started reading sites like wholehealthsource, paleonu, and marks daily apple.
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