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    Paleo Fantasies

    I've noticed Mark and others in the primal/paleo community taking a lot of what I think is unfair criticism over the years for things they either didn't say or misinterpretations of what they actually said.

    There's a new book coming out called "Paleofantasy" for instance that claims to debunk the paleo diet, though the marketing for it shows complete ignorance of what claims are actually made by the mainstream paleo community (we're addicted to potato chips because they crunch like the bugs our ancestors ate?!). Of course, we will have to wait for the actual release to pass proper judgment on the book.

    Nonetheless, inanities do persist in the primal/paleo community. There are a few things that I would call bonafide "Paleo Fantasies" (see link below).

    7 Paleo Fantasies

    I'm curious, what things do you hear commonly said by primal/paleos that are either misinterpretations of primal/paleo, ridiculous, or just plain wrong?
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    Interesting topic Brian! As in most religious cults there are some absurdities going on, also within the paleo/primal community, and nobody can be right about everything, not even Mark Sisson or Gary Taubes! One of the worst dietary tendencies I observe is the over indulgences on processed fats and oils, people putting loads of butter into their coffee to get a health benefit from lower insulin impact etc., is almost funny by its naivety...

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    One of the worst dietary tendencies I observe is the over indulgences on processed fats and oils, people putting loads of butter into their coffee to get a health benefit from lower insulin impact etc., is almost funny by its naivety...
    Butter in the coffee... hadn't heard that one yet. Though I must admit a little coconut oil in the coffee sounds good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianBrookshire View Post
    Butter in the coffee... hadn't heard that one yet. Though I must admit a little coconut oil in the coffee sounds good.
    Called bulletproof coffee. Some folks use it to boost fat when they struggle to get enough, appetite suppression and to help curb cravings. I haven't personally tried it. It's a miracle for some folks, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorbag View Post
    ...people putting loads of butter into their coffee to get a health benefit from lower insulin impact etc., is almost funny by its naivety...
    That one in particular cracks me up. Coffee is a processed food, butter is a processed food, but somehow mixing the two together ends up being a paleo/primal forum's wet dream of a perfect breakfast.

    Go figure...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeDub View Post
    That one in particular cracks me up. Coffee is a processed food, butter is a processed food, but somehow mixing the two together ends up being a paleo/primal forum's wet dream of a perfect breakfast.

    Go figure...
    Your guys definition of "processed food" is whack IMO. Coffe = cooked fruit (OMG the processing!). Butter = Churned Cream (I can just shake a jar of grassfed cream and get this). WTF? So any cooked or cut food is highly processed now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckhammer View Post
    Your guys definition of "processed food" is whack IMO. Coffe = cooked fruit (OMG the processing!). Butter = Churned Cream (I can just shake a jar of grassfed cream and get this). WTF? So any cooked or cut food is highly processed now?
    +1.

    Because really, if we take it all the way back, I guess we should be biting chunks out of whole hanging cows because butchering it is a process. And don't wash anything because washing is a process. And eat those raw potatoes because if you cook them you'll turn them into processed food and then they won't be what Grok ate! [/sarcasm]
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    It isn't just the diet. It's the lifestyle. I heard one guy (won't mention names) talking about experimenting with not using soap. That's just plain old retardedly disgusting!!!

    Another one was cold baths instead of hot ones. Again, stupid!!! Am I supposed to throw away my iPhone, my car, ditch supermarkets, and go out in the woods with a spear looking for food because that's what my ansestors did?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripped View Post
    It isn't just the diet. It's the lifestyle. I heard one guy (won't mention names) talking about experimenting with not using soap. That's just plain old retardedly disgusting!!!

    Another one was cold baths instead of hot ones. Again, stupid!!! Am I supposed to throw away my iPhone, my car, ditch supermarkets, and go out in the woods with a spear looking for food because that's what my ansestors did?
    I have no issues with people not wanting to use soap, there's plenty of shit in water to clean you unless you have other stuff on your body (oil, etc from manual labor) that one and the lack of shampoo has never seemed "crazy" to me. If you don't smell horribly, carry on.

    Cold baths have their purpose too. I wouldn't make them a staple, but a cold rinse feels awesome. Hot showers are not my thing.

    As far as the article in question, I only read the titles of the 7 fantasies, but I basically agree with all.
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    And there I was hoping this would be a thread about 'I fantasise that I live somewhere where warm sunshine wakes me in the morning; I fantasise about getting free bacon' sort of stuff.

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