I do mention my diet to people on occasion... mostly people who haven't seen me in a year or so since I was seriously ill with brain issues.
I saw one person just a few days ago at the grocery store and we were chatting, she was amazed how good I looked. Not only that I had lost weight, but how bright and clear my eyes looked, and how glowing my skin was... (seriously, her words).
(She's known me and known that I've been sick for many years... of course I didn't know that it was autoimmune then.)
I didn't use any name for my diet. I just said that I had medication, but that diet also played an important role in controlling my medical issues... zero processed foods. Whole natural foods, gluten/grain free, vegetables, fruits, and meats (including fatty ones) and some dairy. And I feel wonderful.
Her response. "If everyone ate like that this would be a healthier country."
“You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.
Atkins and Primal are perfectly compatible. I do both. Atkins is just unapologetically low carb. And I like that. Yes, they sell artificial products. Dr. Atkins did to when he was alive as the low carb craze kicked off. But the focus of the diet is whole foods. There is a max limit of 2 products per day and they are not necessary. That is made very clear. If you read the books the products are barely mentioned at all. They do advertise their products on the website (which the products pay for) but they don't really push them, IMO. In fact, the emphasis on whole natural foods is what made me seek out more information and led me to Paleo and Primal.
Seeing as how so many diet gurus like Mark Sisson are standing on the shoulders of Dr. Atkins it would behoove people to get the facts straight about the Atkins diet, and what it still is today, before parroting the urban myth version of it.
Shouldn't criticise the Atkins products seeing all the ads on here for "Primal Fuel" - I mean what is that stuff? Where do I find it growing wild in the countryside so I can harvest my own?
It appears that Dr. Robert Atkins was an early pioneer of the Paleo movement. I'm sure he was an inspiration or at least a resource for the Paleo/Primal lifestyle. More emphasis is now placed on organic grass fed beef, buffalo, chickens, polar bears, etc...and a better quality of life! Meaning more sleep and core exercises. Also appreciating and savoring an occasional bit of dark organic $5 a bar chocolate and glass of Stags Leap Artemis cabernet sauvignon!! It's almost embarrassing how much I enjoy this once or twice a week reward with all the primal "mmmmmmmms and ahhhhhhhhhhhs!" Anyways i am enjoying this primal lifestyle! Thanks all for the interesting and educational posts!
Oh yeah! The original question! "Oh it's like Atkins?" Just tell them "Mmmmmm, kinda only much better!"
Also did you know the word "Organic" comes from the Latin word "Ogodomic?".........it means....$2 dollars more! Peace...5x
Thanks, everybody! Sounds like there's some controversy here about Atkins, so it wasn't as dumb a question as I thought. Mostly I think I will resist the urge to gush about PB, because people get so defensive about what they eat.
Having said that, I cannot wait until my weight loss is noticeable, so when I am asked how I did it, I can say, "Oh, I started eating better. Tons of bacon and butter!" But I won't bring it up.
I did Atkins for years. I find they are more alike than different. I mostly stayed away from the processed stuff anyways.
The biggest changes I have made since switching my diet are dumping diet soda, and the artificially sweetened treats(on occasion) They never agreed with my stomach anyway.
The main things I have added are sweet potatoes, dark chocolate, real salt, and coconut oil.
I would say that 90% of my diet has remained the same.
I don't talk much about my diet, but people are constantly commenting on how healthy I eat.
As to the OP, if I talk about it enough for someone to make a remark about Atkins, I just shrug and say, "Okay." People will research if they care or they wont. Either way, I am unaffected.
The processed crap wearing the Atkins label is still better, or less crappy, than most of the stuff people eat and call food.
I came to Paleo/Primal through a low-carb Atkins diet. Atkins himself encouraged a more natural diet, but understood that we are weak, and offered a less-lousy alternative to cheez doodles and soda. Back in the day I carried an Atkins bar for that moment when I had to eat something and the only store around was a 7-11. It saved the life of many a Snickers bar.
I would not go back, but I do not regret the path that led me here today. Dr Atkins was instrumental in persuading people to question conventional wisdom.
Further, in his books he emphasized that his plan was not a "diet" but a lifelong change of eating strategy. He told me all about induction phase, ongoing weight loss, and maintenance. Not his fault that I lost the weight and went right back to SAD. People who follow his plan imperfectly are like most Christians, who do not even come close to the ideal but still gain something from the attempt.
So, my answer to the original question is "it's like natural Atkins," which is close enough for people to grasp, and allows a reasonable starting place for a discussion of how to eat for better health. Several of my family have followed a similar route to improved health.
No need to get all snotty. Do we want to help people understand something important, or score snark points at the expense of a chance for reasoned discourse?