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13 Feb

5 Things People Assume About Me That Are Wrong

WrongAs Mark’s Daily Apple and the Primal community have grown in popularity, I hear a lot of stuff bandied about. Some of it is positive, some negative, and that’s to be expected. You can’t please everyone – I would probably be surprised if no one ever criticized me. However, I’ve noticed that for whatever reason, some people have a skewed perception of my opinion on certain issues. Maybe it’s my fault for not being more clear. Maybe they just haven’t plumbed the depths of MDA (I don’t blame them; it’s got some deep archives) to find the truth, instead going on what someone else told them. But whatever the reason, I have an obligation to set the record straight. I don’t want people getting the wrong idea about me or my ideas.

In this post, I’m going to describe five common misinterpretations about me and then explain where I truly stand. You may still disagree with me. That’s cool. At least then you’ll be able to criticize me for what I actually said or wrote.

So, what are some things people assume about me that are wrong?

That I support unlimited calories, endless grams of fat, and constant relentless gorging.

To my knowledge, I’ve never claimed that calories don’t matter (cue frantic searching of MDA archives). On the contrary, I’ve held that while calories are the ultimate arbiters of weight management, the beauty of a Primal eating plan is that obsessively counting, tabulating, graphing, and monitoring calorie intake often becomes unnecessary. You’re eating nutrient-dense and calorie-sparse plants, nutrient-dense animals (and their fat), and nutrient-dense and calorie-dense starchy plants (when desired/required), and you just need less food than before. You’re sated, you enjoy the food, you’re sufficiently nourished, and so you don’t eat as much. You’re not telling yourself not to eat X amount of calories; you just don’t get hungry for all those extra calories and so it’s not an issue that requires conscious thought. Some people may even find counting counterproductive to weight loss if the counting intrudes on their enjoyment of normal life and becomes a significant source of stress.

If you somehow find the will and desire to gorge endlessly on multiple thousands of calories of coconut oil and butter and red palm oil and mac nuts and grass-fed beef and wild-caught salmon, you can and likely will gain weight (and fat). All I’m saying is this: why would you ever want to? Calories do matter, though. I’ve always said that.

That I hate carbs in any form.

The reality is that I view carbs as an elective source of calories to be divvied out according to training volume, performance goals, and individual variation in tolerance/desire. If you’re regularly engaging in lots of anaerobic activity (HIIT, sprinting, heavy lifting, mid-to-high intensity endurance training, sports like soccer, basketball, football), you should probably eat more carbs to the tune of 100 extra grams per hour of anaerobic output. If you’re just doing lots of walking, lifting once or twice a week, and throwing in a sprint session every now and then, you’ll probably be fine underneath the Primal carb curve. I gear my recommendations toward regular folks getting regular, but not excessive or elite level, amounts of activity – the people who juggle work, family, sleep, and leisure with exercise. That’s me, that’s most of you, but it’s not everyone. If I come off as a carb basher, it’s only because I assume that most people aren’t doing the kind of activity that warrants carb-loading.

I am a big proponent of eating a macronutrient that works for you and your lifestyle and your needs, whatever those look like. I’m also a big proponent of gorging on in-season berries to the point of stomach upset (not really, but kinda). My point is that I don’t hate any and all carbs.

That I hate gyms.

I talk a lot about the benefits of being outside in nature, particularly being active outside in nature. I often suggest that people go for hikes on a weekly basis, preferably with family members (both hominidae and canid). I discuss spiritual encounters in nature, wherein people experience what seem like “mystical” states of mind simply by leaving city limits and rubbing up against some trees and greenery. I’ve explained how exercising outdoors is not only more effective, but also more sustainable – people are more likely to stick with an exercise plan when they do it outdoors. What wins?

Trail running through a forest of redwoods with the brilliant morning sun shimmering through the canopy overhead or jogging on a treadmill while watching close captioned American Idol?

Sprints on a beach (complete with adjacent natural sea salt cold dip wave pool) or sprints on a track?

Stand up paddle boarding on blue-green seas or, well, there isn’t really a gym equivalent to that one, is there?

I’ll always choose to workout outside if I can. Of course, I live in Malibu, where winter is when surfers wear hooded sweatshirts with their shorts and sandals, so I have the luxury of exercising outdoors year round. Many people do not. Perhaps my perspective is skewed.

That said, I like gyms. I work out in a gym on a regular basis. And bulky, oddly shaped natural objects like rocks and logs are fun to pick up and put down, and you can get really strong using them, but barbells, weight vests, kettlebells, and other manmade fitness tools are arguably better for building pure, raw strength. You know what? Make like Arnold and lug a barbell and some weights out to the forest and get the best of both worlds.

That I hate any and all forms of cardio.

One of my earliest and most popular posts was my tirade against chronic cardio, or the kind of extended mid-to-high intensity endurance training that made me sick, broke down my body, required me to eat an inflammatory diet laden with cheap refined carbs, destroyed my social life, and sapped my will to live. My terrible experience with high-level endurance training helped me find a more sustainable, more Primal path. It got me where I am today, basically. It was the impetus for my search for something better. I guess you could say I’m not a big fan.

I’ve become known for that stance on chronic cardio, but many people assume that distaste extends to all cardio. They assume I roll my eyes at people who ride their bikes to work, who run a 5k every now and then, who use the rower at the gym, who go hiking with heavy rucksacks, who swim laps. I don’t hate all cardio, though. I mean, how many times have you gotten annoyed with how often I tell people to walk, hike, and otherwise move around at a slow pace? That’s “cardio.” I fully support all forms of movement that result in improved health and happiness. I’ve mentioned before that my characterization of an activity as chronic cardio is more qualitative than quantitative. Rather than hewing to some objective standard, it often comes down to your subjective response. For me, running more than five miles or so becomes a race, even if I’m the only one around. I stop enjoying the run and start to focus on how fast I’m going, how far I’ve gone, and how much I can push it. I get sucked in to the competitive tunnel.

I’m not even against running the occasional marathon, if you truly enjoy it and it improves your quality of life. But training for marathons round the clock? Logging 15-20 miles a day? I can’t in good conscience recommend that people do that in the pursuit of good health. Do it to say you can. Do it because you love it. But don’t do it to live forever.

That I romanticize the hunter-gatherer existence.

I don’t romanticize anything (except, perhaps, grass-fed meat). I simply acknowledge the reality of our situation: humans, as a species, have evolved under various selective pressures and environments, and by studying those pressures and environments, we can learn about what lifestyle interventions might work for us, today, in the here and now. Moreover, we undoubtedly did not encounter 10-hour workdays consisting solely of sitting on our duffs, penned in by cubicle walls, isolated from our fellow humans (except by choice). We did not eat sugar, seed oil, and grain slurries out of colorful boxes and plastic packaging. It is a simple fact that some things about our modern existence are screwy and ridiculous, and when we spend our days sitting down, completely isolated from nature, from other humans (in the flesh), from edible plants and animals in their original packaging (absent some fur, perhaps), problems arise.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors spent most of their lives outdoors. One wonders if perhaps spending time outdoors is therefore “normal” for our physiology and we should do it more often. Sure enough, recent scientific evidence shows that being outdoors confers numerous health benefits upon humans. Health benefits that we can verify with actual biomarkers.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors got a decent amount of sunlight (being outdoors), depending on where in the world they lived. One wonders if perhaps sun exposure provides any benefit to modern humans. Sure enough, evidence suggests that vitamin D (which humans make from sun exposure) performs many physiological tasks, like immune modulation and bone calcium resorption, vital to our health. (Also, sunny days tend to make people happy, which counts for a lot.)

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors experienced high infant mortality. High infant mortality is not very good for human health.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors did not have access to modern medical technology. Modern medical technology is good for human health.

Do I think we can gain valuable insight about what makes us tick and what works today by examining the ancestral environment? Yes, absolutely. 

Am I happy to live in the 21st century where babies generally survive and people can hold all the world’s knowledge (and then some) in the palm of their hands and casually implore lightning to do their bidding with a flick of a switch? Heck yes.

To say that certain selective pressures helped determine the physiology of modern humans and that we can glean helpful and relevant lessons from studying (or even speculating about) said pressures is not to say that everything was perfect back then and we need to return to that perfect Edenic (that wasn’t) lifestyle. It’s just saying what it says. Nothing more.

What other misconceptions about me and my message have you seen out there? Lemme know in the comment section! Thanks for reading, folks.

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. “I’ll always choose to workout outside if I can. Of course, I live in Malibu, where winter is when surfers wear hooded sweatshirts with their shorts and sandals, so I have the luxury of exercising outdoors year round. Many people do not. Perhaps my perspective is skewed.”

    Nope not skewed Mark. Possibly uninformed though. Where I live, I can run, ski, swim, hike, paddle, ride, bike, play Ultimate, and do anything you do. I just do them during the appropriate season!

    You do know about seasonal outdoor workouts, right? 😉

    Catherine wrote on February 13th, 2013
  2. “I’ll always choose to workout outside if I can. Of course, I live in Malibu, where winter is when surfers wear hooded sweatshirts with their shorts and sandals, so I have the luxury of exercising outdoors year round. Many people do not. Perhaps my perspective is skewed.”

    Nope not skewed Mark. Possibly uninformed though. Where I live, I can run, ski, swim, skate, hike, paddle, ride, bike, play Ultimate, and do anything you do.

    I just do them during the appropriate season!

    You do know about seasonal outdoor workouts, right? 😉

    Catherine wrote on February 13th, 2013
  3. My husband assumes you are a rich coconut loving nutcase who only looks the way you do cos you have nothing better to do than bound along Malibu beaches! However he now only eats grass fed meat, no longer requests Cheerios and has started switching off the TV and computer in the evening. Not to mention he now admits that he doesn’t think bread is good for you anymore and has cut down on the sugar in his tea. So you might be a nutcase(!) but he’s taking a lot of what you said on board …

    Tracy wrote on February 13th, 2013
  4. I had an older gent who was a former competitive powerlifter speak to me the other day. He had many friends who were athletes and he flat out said, all my long distance runner friends are having a lot of trouble. The constant pounding and wear and tear of ‘cardio’ has taken its toll on their bodies.

    However, he and other lifters weren’t too bad. He was a large burly man of 60 but you’d argue he was in his 40s. He had no back issues whatsoever and he still enjoyed lifting on an occasional basis.

    Maybe not statistically significant but interesting all the same.

    afromuscle wrote on February 14th, 2013
  5. Mark

    As a believer in our modern diet and way of life etc being “wrong” and hence supporting the paleo movement and ideas it is important that one is accurate.

    So, when you mention “calories” it is really important that this conventional measure of energy intake is rejected and discredited! It is a false and incorrect measure as it purely measures how much energy is released when samples are burnt in a crucible – which bears no relation to the actual energy input to the human body! I.e., how the human body processes proteins/fats/carbohydrates and the way these are stored or excreted or incorporated.

    Conventional wisdom is totally wrong on the food energy values and I would therefore hope more enlightened sources like yourself would not give these any credence!

    Richard P (UK) wrote on February 14th, 2013
  6. Well said Kirk!

    I stumbled onto MDA and the Primal Blueprint while doing research before starting Crossfit training (At age 56).

    As a retired law enforcement officer, and owner of a couple of businesses, I research almost everything before randomly throwing myself or my income into it.

    I have to give credit where credit is due! I started out at a little over 250#’s in late October, and today, weigh in at 216#. The first 20#’s of that (MOL), was lost strictly by changing my “dietary lifestyle.”

    The weight loss resulted in an immediate reduction in many of the “daily aches and pains”, which had led me to a more sedintary lifestyle over the last 8-10 years. At the same time, it gave me the energy to become more active.

    As of today, I feel better than I’ve felt in years!

    I Crossfit 3x’s a week, and have implemented several of the changes Mark recommends in my daily lifestyle.

    I am seeing physiological changes that I haven’t seen since I was in my early 30′s!!

    And while I have plateaued again at 216#(+/-), I credit that more to the reduction of fat and the addition of lean muscle tissue.

    My goal was and is, my former military seervice and martial arts competition weight of 195-200; however, I may forego that goal if the changes dictate.

    I’ve read as much as I can possibly digest of Marks information, as well as that of others who hold views similar to his.

    I have also read (and viewed) a large amount of the information provided by those with an alternative viewpoint.

    IMO, both have their points, and both have their purpose.

    The thing that bothers me most, is the constant negativity, the demeaning commentary and childish name calling, from many outside the Primal and/or Crossfit communities.

    Why? Other than to further a personal agenda, is there a real purpose to such rhetoric?

    In decades of martial arts training, it always amazed me how one “style” would claim that their system was better than the rest.

    In the real world where I lived and worked, there was no one “perfect” system. Instead, it was usually a combination of “systems”, along with some good old fashion street fighting and a modicum of common sense, that won the day!

    The same holds true in the diet and training areanas, at least for me.

    In my humble opinion at least, one should do what works for them, what makes them feel/look better, and what in the end makes them healthier.
    If medical science and testing happens to prove out the fact that they are better and/or healthier than when they started, then what’s the gripe?

    In my lifetime as a LEO and former member of our military, it has been brutally obvious, that we have no shortage of reasons to argue, fight and wage war on each other. Why add health and the quest for a fuller, longer, and hopefully happier, life to the list?

    If the lifestyle, diet, or exercise program isn’t for you, doesn’t fit your personal goal(s), or you simply disagree with it, why not just move on to something that does?

    I am always up for lively debate, but when it turns personal or negative, it’s time for me to move on.

    And while I have seen my share of “paleo” or “Primal” purists, and adamant Crossfit followers, I really haven’t noticed a lot of negative commentary out of either of these groups torward other disciplines.

    There really is room in this great world of health, training and nutrition for everyone and thier opinions.

    As for any comment about Marks commercial interest in all of this, all I can say is these sites aren’t free.
    Everyone has to either make a living, or rely on the government (or others) to survive. Taking the second option, would likely be in opposition to Marks “Primal” beliefs, and frankly, we have enough people waiting for the government to support them!

    Mark is a businessman. It costs money to stay in business, and he makes a lot of information available at no charge to those of us who wish to partake of it.

    Mark has chosen a path that he feels helps others, while at the same time supports himself and his family.

    In the end, as long as there is no harm done, I see absolutely nothing wrong with either of these goals.

    Mark, thanks for all you have done and continue to do, to promote health and longevity.


    PS- Sorry for the unbelieveably long post!

    Gordon wrote on February 14th, 2013
  7. It is very upsetting to be misunderstood, I experience it often since I train horses and their owners often misunderstand me and not only their horse when I explain things, cause we have different experiences, approaches and knowledge or on the whole not the same wavelength. It can be very frustrating, so I unterstand the urge to make things more clear. Unfortunately you can’t force anybody to understand you :-)
    I want to point out that I never had any of the misconceptions mentioned above, though I’m only into this for three months. Mark has explained everything so well and clear to me that I think those who misunderstand his arguments just want to use them for their own purposes, pull out a phrase out of context and use it in their own selfish way. I find your articles and work tremendously valuable and generous and hope you will continue to share them despite the inherent misconceptions of those who misread your explanations and views.

    Margit wrote on February 14th, 2013
    • Hear, Hear Margit! How wise you are, and very clear. Thank you!

      Mary Anne wrote on February 14th, 2013
    • +1

      Joy Beer wrote on February 14th, 2013
  8. I like playing Grok. 46 year old, grandfather and father of 4, successful business executive. I used to work my butt off with cardio and weights, 2 hours 5 days a week. Now I Tabata, lift heavy things, walk, sleep, eat GF beef/bison, raw wild fish, offal, and steer clear of most carbs(other than from veggies/berries/fruits). NEVER FELT BETTER.

    Thanks Mark!

    Dave wrote on February 14th, 2013
  9. It’s a funny world. One has to wonder why some folks get so hot-and-horrible over the topic of seeking a better way of living. I live in South Africa, and we have Prof Tim Noakes as a thinking, testing sports scientist, who, in recent years, has taken great interest in Mark’s ideas. He has been attacked by medical academics, by sportsmen, by armchair athletes, because he dared to change his mind, and publish his thoughts, about eating differently than he previously advocated. The nature and language of his critics is much the same as that used by Mark’s critics. Hey, you can’t please ’em all.

    Peter Lawton wrote on February 14th, 2013
  10. Hi interesting comments just recent UK studies at diet and diabetics have confirmed your position that we only really need 30 seconds of serious work out per day or 3 min a week, stay off hydrogenated fats like all margarine, stick to butter and animal fats that your body was designed to eat, enough carbs and roughage in fruit and nuts and as this appears to confirm your stance, well done you. dietitians are slowly waking up, as are cardiac surgeons.

    Brian Crawford wrote on February 14th, 2013
  11. I live in a very small town where everyone knows everyone else, most are related. It’s amazing how gossip about what someone things or believes can be twisted. Everyone knows that’s what happens but they still let themselves be sucked into the hearsay.

    As a natural bodybuilder, I first began thinking about exercise and fitness from a hunter/gatherer POV before anyone ever heard about a Paleolithic Diet. I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me to think about diet in those terms. I mistakenly listened tot he FDA’s guidelines. That was a mistake. I always felt like I had to starve myself to keep my body fat percent down. Not anymore.

    Humans always think they can do a one- upmanship on nature. Humans feed grains to cows believing that’ll make for better steaks. It makes them sick (a cow’s version of metabolic syndrom) and in turn can make us sick. We squeeze seeds for oil and proclaim it healthier for our body to cook with. Is it? Maybe, maybe not. Why…when none of our ancestors did that and so it was never part of diet.

    People get it when I tell them: “If I take a cow out the feed lot and put it on the best pasture grass eating a diet it cattle evolved to eat, am I putting that cow on a fad diet?” People easily get that metaphor. So why do they have difficulty apply that same reasoning to themselves? It’s a simple question: “If modern humans have been around for 200,000 years, what is the natural diet that humans have evolved to eat and would we be healthier if we rediscovered that nutrition and followed it?” That doesn’t mean there aren’t new foods we can eat, such as fermented dairy. But I want lab tested confirmation.

    A paleo/primal diet and fitness approach isn’t something that written on fad stone….it is written into our human genes.

    Viewing nutrition from the lens of “an evolutionary template” or “what would Grok do?” is a simplifying means to distill multitude of genetic-related nutritional information into a concept much easier to grasp.

    Scott wrote on February 14th, 2013
  12. There is a certain vegan man who likes to shoot himself on video (shoot yourself then!) that says so many things about you. He says:
    1. You are a vegan man too, because your advise is to prepare a meal with a big big salad.
    2. You can be active all day and play frisbee on the beach because you are addicted to caffeine.
    3. You recommend low quantities of hormones like testosterone.
    4. You are fit because you practice calorie restriction throu fasting.
    5. Actually you are not fit, you look fit.

    And much more nonsenses. But arguing with vegans is pointless.

    Agustín wrote on February 14th, 2013
  13. Does anyone else still get nervous when Mark is called a quack or when the latest CW study is released? Like so many others here, I’ve had some outstanding results, but the voice of CW can be extremely loud, especially when you’ve been listening to it for 46 years! Right around Easter I’ll be having blood work done for the first time since starting Primal 14 months ago. What if my numbers don’t match what I’m feeling? And how can I explain big fluffy cholesterol to people who have no idea what I’m talking about, MDs included? I applaud Mark for all his work and open-mindedness, and especially for always ending with “what do you think?” He has always encouraged us to take responsibility for our own health, not just parrot his words. I may not always understand the medical mechanics, but I do know that I feel great, and my husband enjoys being around his peri-menopausal, but no longer moody, crying, and overwhelmed, wife!

    Tigger wrote on February 14th, 2013
    • Oh yes. As someone who has been following this for just a few months, but with absolutely no changes in weight, energy etc, I’m just waiting for the long line of people to ‘I told you so’ about this way of eating. But I’m going to stick with it and hope that I will be proved right to have kept the faith!

      Grokesque wrote on February 14th, 2013
  14. I once stumbled upon a website/blog, I don’t remember who it was by or what it was called, but the guy who wrote it was mainly bashing you in particular and paleolithic life styles in general. I said several times that in your books you don’t cite any of your research, but as someone who has actually read the book I know that’s not true.

    Paige G Olfert wrote on February 14th, 2013
    • Sounds like they’re a misinformation agent, or just misinformed, but the latter can make make people unintentionally be the former.

      Animanarchy wrote on February 14th, 2013
  15. As a fitness pro who promotes the use of low carb/paleo lifestyles, I know it is very easy for people to misconstrue what you say and make it into something they want to hear. If you say mac nuts are good for you all of a sudden people are ODing on them. It’s a challenge, but fun when they start to see results.

    Susan Campbell wrote on February 14th, 2013
  16. The beauty is in mixing the knowledge of the past with the advances of modern times. How amazing to be able to live happily and healthy as primal eating, moving being, yet have access to life saving medical technologies? For one to feel completely against anything ‘non-primal’ one would not even be able to begin a blog about it, the act itself completely modern. We can go forward, choosing the positive from the past, combined with the positive of the now, and create a very pleasant existence.

    Chris wrote on February 14th, 2013
  17. One thing that I had been thinking hard about the other day was how many measure calories (a unit of energy) to predict how much fat mass we will put on. I had read somebody claiming to have tried a ‘calorie deficit’ diet, and found that she lost zero pounds. The people on the forum she was on ridiculed her for suggesting something physically impossible. The more I thought about it, the funnier it seemed to me that I had no idea how calories in food are measured. I looked it up. Near as I can tell, a sample of the food gets burned (set ablaze) inside something called a calorimeter, which is designed to measure the heat efficiency/output of chemical reactions. Now, I’m not a chemist, but I suspect that the numerous chemical reactions that occur in the body as part of respiration, for one, vary dramatically in their efficiency, on a day to day basis in one person, let alone an entire population, and secondly, are not terribly similar to combustion. So, what I’m trying to say is, it would seem that the number of ‘calories’ printed on a nutrition label are so far from being an exact guess that they might as well not be there at all. And that’s just the ‘in’ part. I can’t imagine how incredibly complex it would be to accurately measure, let alone predict based on height and weight, the heat efficiency of some repetitive activity such as walking or running. So, while I’m sure, as Mark suggests, “calories count”, I have serious doubts about how useful the estimated values printed on nutrition labels, and displayed on treadmills really are. But that’s just me…

    jerp wrote on February 14th, 2013
  18. mark, you have made one cool ass blog. well done. you are an inspiration and a great role model.

    jake wrote on February 14th, 2013
  19. “casually implore lightning to do their bidding with a flick of a switch”
    Makes me think of lightning hitting St. Peter’s Basilica.. Just speculation but if it was done with science I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

    Animanarchy wrote on February 14th, 2013
  20. +1

    Bald and Angry wrote on February 15th, 2013
  21. Now for my reply to Mark’s post: excellent. I still agree with you and find your thoughts and insights tremendously helpful and so down-to-earth. You have helped me bigtime. Thanks! Next time I sidle up to a tree, I will think of you!

    Susan wrote on February 17th, 2013
  22. Hi Mark,
    I would like an answer to people who say you are on steroids, I’ve read often in an italian paleo facebook group

    Marco wrote on February 18th, 2013
  23. Bravo, Mark!

    Carrie wrote on February 19th, 2013
  24. I am a competitive powerlifter and I find that the day of my workouts and the day after, I can eat more carbs than when I am not lifting. I mostly eat one or two pc. of fruit a day, plus rice, vegetables and a little meat for lunch and dinner. I also allow myself to eat whatever craving that my body wants after dinner. Sometimes it wants a PB and Jelly sandwich, sometimes it is a sip of Fanta. I don’t freak out about the fact the I am having a sip of soda, because if my body didn’t need something in that gulp of soda, it wouldn’t ask for it. I know that I would have to cut that stuff out if I want to get even lower body fat though. I compete at 198 pounds and am usually 190-194. I really love the ideas Mark talks about, and look forward to moving to a city that has more nature available. Right now I am in Beijing, and the more I read these posts, the more I realize I am in the wrong spot. No ocean, no greenery, no mountains and fresh air. A lot of people contact, but I also want more nature back in my life, like it was when I was growing up in Missoula, Montana.
    I will probably move to LA, where at least there are lots of parks and the beach.
    Thanks for everyone’s helpful comments. Looking forward to buying mark’s book when I get back to the states.

    David wrote on February 25th, 2013
  25. You can please some of the people all the time. all the people some of the time but never all the people all the time. Too bad on the ones that don’t agree with you. You have LOTS of fans like me who really appreciate the primal way of living and exercising and your daily apple blogs. I look forward to reading them daily.


    John Tod wrote on February 9th, 2014
  26. I love this post. Especially the bit on romanticising the hunter gatherer ancestors. I love how mark puts everything in perspective so beautifully.

    Aloka wrote on February 13th, 2014
  27. A lot of Mark’s critics who have their own blogs were paleo/lc cheerleaders not so long ago. But now that they’ve decided to go a different direction, they want to denigrate everything they embraced earlier and capture the same audience for themselves. So they come to these kind of sites and spew misinformation. Why don’t they instead walk the walk, prove the worthiness of their sudden epiphanies, and let an audience come to them? Mark did not go trolling vegan sites to build up his readership.

    Sonysunshine wrote on February 13th, 2014
  28. Ah Mark. You never fail to pique my interest.

    I think it’s been said already: some people are looking for magic pills, some people want to eat more food than they need and be told it’s okay to do that, some people (I’m sorry but someone has to say this) simply aren’t good at comprehending what they are reading and yes, some people really just want to knock the primal concept down because it’s unnerving for them.

    Anecdotally I am hearing more and more doctors moving toward the primal philosophy of food. A co-worker’s heart doctor told her to quit eating grains. My jaw dropped. It really did.

    Julie wrote on February 14th, 2014

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