This was said here by Evelyn (CarbSane) to ben
@ben61820: Jimmy is co-opting paleo to save his business. To be fair, even a year or so ago, "paleo" was rather synonymous with low carb. There've been quite a few comings out, changes of heart, and rising stars who aren't LC in the past year but Jimmy's ignoring that.
So we know what Evelyn thinks, but what does everyone else think?
Is the paleo community just imploding from within? Or is the low carb community?
I am not of that opinion. His paleo tilt really seemed to come after #AHS11.
Jimmy is just learning and expanding his 'healthy foods' list. Don't bash him, I think everything Jimmy does is from the heart and for his health and that of his family. He is a really very nice guy. And btw, how would being Paleo profit him anyway???? That is just silly. If he changed his show and blog name to "livin' la Vida Caveman" you might have a point. But he did not and he will not IMHO.
I don't think so either. It came after AHS plus he is really enjoying the food. Also with Paleo he isn't endorsing any low carb frankenfoods. He is also trying to break his own weight plateau.
I think the idea of this question bothers me.. not specifically in the Paleo community, just in life. The idea of it is something you see in politics a lot too. ("OMG! He's flip-flopping!") And while I have no interest in turning this into a political discussion, my point is only this:
As human beings, we can only make decisions based on the best information available to us at the time. When we are presented with new information, we may analyze it and change our opinions/ideas on things. This is how we learn and grow. If we don't consider new information, we stagnate. So to assume that one is changing their mind on something (or not changing specifically, more.. adding on, I suppose...) purely for some sort of other reason (financial gain, etc.) may be selling someone short. Yeah, that could be his (or anyone else's) reason, but it might also be because he learned something new and is acting on new information presented to him.
Honestly, I prefer to see someone's ideas evolve - whether they do or do not mesh with my own. It's nice to see people think and move forward.
I think it's utterly ridiculous. Jimmy's not the first low-carber to transition to a cleaner, "paleo" version of the diet. Many of us started with Atkins and fell into the low-carb frankenfood trap, caring far more about the net carb count than the source or quality of the food. Jimmy's on a journey to improve his health, and as he continues to learn, he'll adapt as he goes. Simple as that.
Absolutely not. Jimmy is a committed low-carber and continues to be an outstanding leader in the LC community. As others have said, he adopted a Paleo/Primal lifestyle following AHS11. His transition to Paleo reflects a genuine desire for improved health and is in no way related to financial concerns.
I do not think Jimmy is co-opting paleo for business sake, nor do I think the paleo community is imploding. Re the latter, I like Chris Masterjohn's take on the usefulness of the "ancestral" label rather than specifically "paleo" ... and I think that when the dust settles, there will be room in the big tent for a lot of folks.
Re the former, I think that Jimmy is, like me, trying to help other people as he solves his own weight issues. Alas, unlike me, he's really invested/branded as a LCer, so some of these discussions are challenging to some core fundamentals he holds pretty sacrosanct. I think he's just mostly trying to just make sense of it.
I know virtually nothing about Jimmy Moore's site and history, but this makes no sense to me. "Paleo" has a small amount of traction in the media as the Latest Wacky Fad those crazy hip urban kids are doing now. "Low-Carb" has a much more solid customer base, and has greater appeal in the so-called "Heartland" (it plays better in Peoria, for those of you old enough to remember that phrase).
Plus the product endorsement revenues from LC frankenfoods have to be far greater than whatever tiny smattering of organic ranches, etc. would be willing to participate.
Doesn't mean things can't change, but adopting "Paleo" as a specific business framework before it's even defined itself clearly and is still a fringe phenomenon would not qualify, in my book, as a safe move.
He isn't even paleo anymore, because he doesn't think that giving up dairy improved his health. I am very sure that he was just trying paleo out to see what it might bring him. Jimmy is going to have a great career regardless of which diet he is advocating.