----First off, it wasn't a rant. And, if you subscribe to Sisson's version of Paleo™ then it absolutely does equal low carb, don't fool yourself.
First of all, nobody has the TM on "paleo" it means a lot of different things to different writers and bloggers. If you are going to talk about Mark's brand name it is "Primal" and he does have the TM on that. Yes, Mark's recommendations are low (er) carb but still leave a lot of room for variations (e.g. guys like Choco). The PB book is aimed at people who need to lose weight. And it works.
Secondly, tell me once where I ridiculed someone who made Paleo™ work for them and told them to stop eating that way? I just got done talking about how many folks I work with are die hard Paleo™ fanatics and I don't try to convert them or talk them out of it?
Um, calling them "fanatics" is pretty much ridicule right there.
Again, I never recommend "over indulging" and always maintain the stance of maintaining your targets over the long term. Many will find that they have considerable "wiggle room" where they can choose to eat non Primal treats, some even daily.
Why deprive yourself of a type of food you enjoy if you can do so and still hit all your targets?
This sounds perfectly fine to me. For you. I don't know that "many" will have that much wiggle room. If you are trying to lose weight, you have to make every single calorie as nutrient dense as possible.
As you said, the only real disconnect between us is that you still seem to be reserving caution that non "primal approved" foods somehow automatically lead to chronic issues. I would challenge you to back that up, or at least think about how there is really no evidence that this is true.
Like I said, come back when you're 45 and tell us how great you feel. Until then, I'm eating clean.
And if you want some evidence that junk food leads to physical problems, try looking around you at all the expanding waistlines, elevated BP, diabetes, etc.