Not too long ago, PaleoHacker Adam Crafter asked what a Paleo magazine would contain --- I am thinking along those same lines and I need your help.
I am working on a BIG project whose mission is to responsibly steward the Paleo Diet into the mainstream and will bring the best voices and personalities of the Paleosphere together in the form of a group-blog/online magazine.
Ergo, what should it look, feel, and smell like?
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Would love to see a feature on raising kids paleo-style - so many of us as parents are struggling to turn the ship around, as it were, and we're mired in a culture of classroom birthday parties, nonfoods marketed to our kids, sedentary lifestyles, and so on.
Ideas for topics within this feature:
I would readily subscribe to a publication with this feature! All of my current magazine subscriptions (Women's Health, Parenting, American Baby, Good Housekeeping, etc.) promote sandwiches, baked goods, pastas, low-fat dairy (ergh!), 100-calorie-portioned snack foods, and other cringe-inducing menu ideas.
This particular idea is less oriented towards attracting new people to paleo and more about providing something light and fun, but:
A monthly feature: "What's in my refrigerator?" You get a prominent paleo; you take a nice, big picture of his or her refrigerator; and then have him or her discuss what's in there and why. Can't you just imagine Stephan Guyenet or Richard Nikoley or Michael Eades talking about their fridges? I for one would be hooked.
Whatever you do, please keep in mind what tends to happen when a good idea goes mainstream: it gets dumbed down, corrupted, commercialized, bastardized. We're already starting to see "Paleo-friendly" products and the like. Some of them are great, others not so much.
The cheapening of Paleo into a fad diet is inevitable to some extent. Endorsements from celebrities! Talk show coverage! This may even be desirable as it will increase awareness and genuinely change some people's lives for the better. Still, if we could actively stave off the bastardization as long as possible, that would be great.
Sorry, I don't have any brilliant suggestions for you regarding the specifics. Haha.
[Edit] See this article on how Reddit went from excellent to merely entertaining, for example.
It’s sad ... but inevitable because once anything gets popular, it becomes a trend and then people get onboard who have no idea what made it originally valuable. They then make it into what is convenient for them, which since they lack direction and live in denial, is whatever doesn’t offend their lifestyles.
This is already happening with CrossFit as thousands of affiliates are opening with no real idea of how to coach or program.
I remain impressed with the average level of discussion here, and I hope it stays that way for a long time.
A Better resource for Offline Community. Not a commune or farm
A way for likeminded people to get together locally. Face to face paleo groups.
An improved Meet-up.
Regional connections like WAPF does
Recipes with pictures of food.
Before & after testimonials
Posts about health & nutrition
And "hot topics" such as relevant current events and controversial diet issues.
Go for it....
Your hardest decision will be figuring out by what name to call the site...lol...
What makes the Paleolithic model of achieving optimal health and longevity so compelling is that it is utterly obvious when you understand the basic evolutionary science behind it.
If you want to make Paleo eating mainstream then you must first deal with this unfortunate fact:
"In the U.S., only 14 percent of adults thought that evolution was "definitely true," while about a third firmly rejected the idea. "
I like reading anthropological literature, from the scientific, academic kind to the more pop-science books. I think are great for sketching a more general framework for a paleo-lifestyle. And they are fun to read. Maybe an idea to include some of this?
Another thing that could be interesting is expanding the evolutionary view. Not only adjusting the mismatch between current en paleolithic times, but also adress some of the other aspects of evolutionary medicine.
Good luck with this very promising website!
healthy environment advice on: what should your house/flat look like? What to use for cleaning and washing, what to remove, what to buy.
the paleo home of the month
paleo for elder people
paleo holidays (feasts, treats and sweets)
vacations for true paleos
Just don't replicate Paleo For Life, which seems likely to attract only those already aware and online (it's a good site, though). It seems to me that to go mainstream, the effort would have to have a strong offline component, as Stephan-Aegis suggests.
It's very difficult to break through to people on this subject. I know from personal experience. After I lost more than 20 pounds in a couple months, I thought people would would be all over the diet, but it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, and requires a paradigm shift. On that note, here is a powerful post by Robb Wolf.
This is an uphill battle.
Have a special edition just for those most vain creatures-teens!like teen cosmo! Do lots of appealing to vanity and highligt teen stars who are say gluten free or sugar free (r there any?) let's start young! Paleo vending machines in the schools!!!