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    Who cares what this diet/lifestyle is called? Due to recent complaints...

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    Hi,

    I really, really don't care about the anthropological and other historically related reasons for eating this way.
    After the TED talk about the Paleo diet, now there is a similar article in Scientific American.

    And I really don't care.

    What matters to me is that this works!

    It makes me feel good!

    So maybe there needs to be a name change, or maybe someone needs to define it in a different way.
    (Not implying any criticism of Mark here, he's doing great work!)

    What are the real ways of defining this diet?

    To me:
    Don't eat anything that has a negative effect on your body.
    Don't eat to reward yourself.
    Don't eat unless your hungry.

    To me, sugar, grains, and an overabundance of carbs make me fat and lethargic.
    I suspect processed foods do the same.
    So I don't eat it.
    I do believe there are some people that do OK while eating grains (there seems to be).
    I don't think anyone does well eating sugar, but for some, maybe a little sugar now and then is OK (at least when they're young adults)?

    So how about calling it the empirical diet?
    Or your ideal diet?
    Or just not calling it anything?

    Does anyone have any ideas?

    Note that I'm not trying to redefine anything here, I'm just throwing out ideas...


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    I like the Richard Nikoley approach: individually optimal diets.
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    I'd apologize, but...

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    You can change your diet if you like and then call it whatever you want. But if you are following the principles of Primal Blueprint as laid down by the author then that is the name of your diet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kochin View Post
    I like the Richard Nikoley approach: individually optimal diets.
    ^Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annieh View Post
    You can change your diet if you like and then call it whatever you want. But if you are following the principles of Primal Blueprint as laid down by the author then that is the name of your diet.
    Of course, that's completely true.
    I certainly follow this program closely enough to tell everyone I am on the Primal Blueprint.
    But there are a few diets out there, and quite a few people, that have similar ideas as Mark, which work quite well.
    I was just trying to start a more general discussion.

    I'd like to see the day when you go to the doctor, and based on the type of problem you have, one of the first things he/she will discuss with you is what you eat. And I don't think that way of thinking will be defined by the name of the diet as given by a single program.

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    I appreciate what you're saying, but a couple of decades have been spent building brand recognition (you can see this through google analytics etc), and until mainstream medicine sees paleo/primal/ancestral as an option for people to try (at the very least), the ability of people to find information about this way of eating, sleeping, exercising is important!

    I agree that the 'caveman' rhetoric can be very unhelpful (and anti-scientific) - see Mat Lalonde's discussions on adaptation to new food sources.
    Last edited by upupandaway; 06-04-2013 at 03:49 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norbluto View Post
    I'd like to see the day when you go to the doctor, and based on the type of problem you have, one of the first things he/she will discuss with you is what you eat. And I don't think that way of thinking will be defined by the name of the diet as given by a single program.
    That would be so great. The more sickness I see around me the more I feel that people are bringing it on themselves and if only only they would eat better surely they would start feeling better.

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    Agree, I went to the doctor recently and was amazed at how unhealthy almost everyone looked. I never really noticed before.

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    Well naturally that would be a good place to find unhealthy people.

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