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25 Jun

Rejected Food Pyramids

Picture8 The USDA recently released a report outlining dietary guidelines for 2010. While the new guide has not been finalized, one thing is for certain, the food pyramid is in need of an upgrade. The classic, 1992 food pyramid was scrapped five years ago. Apparently someone in the government figured out that 10 cups of grains a day was not solving the obesity epidemic. The 2005 food pyramid (shown right, click to enlarge) wasn’t much better, not so much a pyramid as a cacophony of clip art and food photos clustered under colorful disco rays. Seriously, the milk section includes transparent cheese. Is that a new Kraft product?

Fortunately, the USDA is currently accepting comments and opinions about their new health guideline. I am considering submitting my own pyramid for review. In preparation, the Worker Bees have collected other food pyramids submitted by various health professionals and concerned citizens. I have learned that all of the following have been rejected and will not be recommended as adequate diet guidelines for the average American, though several were heavily considered.

Submitted by: Taco Bell committee for enhealthenment

TacoBellPyramid 1

Submitted by: K. Bacon

BaconTower

Submitted by: H. Lector

LectorFood

Submitted by: Anonymous (of 215 S. Sesame Street)

cookie monsterCookiePyramid

Submitted by: Domino’s Pizza United Feed the Children Campaign

DominoPyramid

Submitted by: International Rambo Enemy Coalition

Rambo

Submitted by: Anonymous (of 9th Circle Cafe, Hades)

demonSatanEats

Submitted by: P. McCartney, J. Lennon, G. Harrison, R. Star

BeatlesLove

Food Pyramid Contest

I wonder what other food pyramids exist out there. Maybe you can help. In the comment board share your own findings. List the contents of the food pyramid and who created the pyramid for a chance to win a Grok On! Kleen Kanteen. For example, here’s another one The Worker Bees found:

Submitted by: Chuck Norris

Whoop ass (4-6 cans/day)
You (for breakfast, 2-3 servings)
Nothing (Chuck Norris doesn’t need food)

The Worker Bees will choose a winner Monday morning.

I have a hunch that whatever you find I’ll be sticking with The Primal Blueprint Food Pyramid. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Friday!

UDPATE:

It was no easy task, but the winning food pyramid submission goes to…

Russell with his Buddy the Elf Pyramid:

Candy (as much as you want)
Candy canes (as much as you want)
Candy corns (as much as you want)
Syrup (as much as you want)

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. “Submitted by: P. McCarthy, J. Lennon, G. Harrison, R. Star”

    One Mr. MCCARTNEY will surely not be impressed.

    unchatenfrance wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • That’s SIR McCartney to you.

      Grokette wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • My bad! I do beg your pardon.

        unchatenfrance wrote on June 25th, 2010
  2. LOL! I’ve got one on my laptop’s hard drive to submit to the worker bees.

    Aaron Blaisdell wrote on June 25th, 2010
  3. Mark,

    Where can I buy my Grok On! Kleen Kanteen????

    This has been on my wish list but I did not know there was a Grok on” version. I want one…. NOW!

    Primal Toad wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • I have a limited supply at the moment, but may offer what I have at PB.com soon. Stay tuned.

      If there is enough interest I may be able to make them permanently available. Thoughts, everyone?

      Mark Sisson wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I would love to get one of those man !!!

        Aziz wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I would buy one….

        Rob wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I would buy a few Grok On! Kleen Kanteens!! That would be awesome!

        sarah wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I would buy one!

        ben wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • I already have 3 kleen kanteens and I would still buy one!

          TexasPrimalSurfWahine wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • WOULD!!

          Rick wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • “I Want it Now!” …said in her best Veruca Salt voice.

        Danielle wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Yeppers, add me to the potential buyers list! Especially if it has the Grok graphic and not just the words.

        Julie wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Count me in for one as well.

        jus wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I’d buy one, too!

        Amy D wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Hey, count me in for a half dozen – my xmas shopping will be done for the year!

        PrimalLivinJohn wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I almost put a pic of mine on here for you to post but I didn’t want you to be bombarded with request for them :-)

        Greg wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • If you make one in a style I can use on my bicycle, I’m in! Those are hard to find.

        Cheryl wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Definitely Wanting!

        Willow NyteEyes wrote on June 26th, 2010
      • Also would purchase :-)

        Sara wrote on June 27th, 2010
      • Count me in!

        musajen wrote on June 28th, 2010
  4. Very funny.

    cathyx wrote on June 25th, 2010
  5. There must be a chocolate lovers pyramid out there somewhere.

    cathyx wrote on June 25th, 2010
  6. HOLY SH*#, THAT IS FUNNY

    JUPITER wrote on June 25th, 2010
  7. Submitted by: Shooter McGavin

    Pieces of s*** like you (for breakfast)

    Len wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • You eat pieces of sh*t for breakfast?!

      Bound to Earth wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • NOooo…

        Peggy wrote on June 25th, 2010
  8. Hah! Is this the *new* friday theme? Primal comedy club? I grokkin love it!

    Peggy wrote on June 25th, 2010
  9. Submitted by: Weezer

    Candy (1-2 servings)
    Pork (2-3 servings)
    Beans (2-3 servings)

    Len wrote on June 25th, 2010
  10. Submitted by: M. Tyson

    Lennox Lewis’ Children (2 servings)

    Len wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • Also:
      Evander Holyfield’s ear (1/4 serving)

      Marisa wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • That’s hilarious!

        I also really enjoyed the bacon and bacon wrapped non bacons pyramid

        Rick wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Tyson pyramid = awesomeness!

        Drey wrote on June 26th, 2010
  11. An interesting pyramid, “Why a Salad Costs more than a Big Mac” – http://www.livingtheamericangreen.org/?p=955

    And a funny “Food Pentagram” – http://theoubliette.blogspot.com/2005_01_01_archive.html

    Emily M wrote on June 25th, 2010
  12. Hi Mark
    Could you please link me to the report you are talking about – the one from USDA?

    Hope you’ll make a new post, when they release the new pyramid.

    Keep up the good work :D

    Regards
    Jesper

    Jesper wrote on June 25th, 2010
  13. On a serious note Mark, please do send your Blueprint piramid along w/ all the back up you have lol. :D

    madeline wrote on June 25th, 2010
  14. Cute.. but not very useful. Sorry for being a crumudgeon today but I look forward everyday to the daily MDA post for valuable information to help me on my quest for health. This just doesn’t make the cut.

    Simon Clement wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • Maybe one of the 2,000+ articles in the archives will suit you today. That is, unless you’ve read all of them… ;)

      Mark Sisson wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Wow, laughter is the best natural medicine in the world. I hope you are not that serious!!! That would suck all the fun out of life….

        Primal Lioness wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • And human memory being what it is, even having read them all, a quick re-read could never hurt. double wink

        Aaron Blaisdell wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Well, I won’t claim to have read them all but I have read alot of them. And I will try to lighten up.. so here is my own old, pre-Grok, food pyramid.

        Top – Dairy (Haagen-Dazs, Quart+ Daily)
        Middle – Pasta, Pasta, Pasta (5 servings)
        Bottom – Pizza, Pizza, Pizza (bound to give you a big bottom)

        Simon Clement wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • That’s better simon. That pyramid looks frighteningly familiar! :)

          Peachy wrote on June 25th, 2010
  15. here’s one that may actually be useful :)

    http://www.nourishingourchildren.org/Pyramid.html

    Kristen wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • That’s a cool and very un-CW pyramid, Kristen. Swipe the grains part off the picture and you have a PB pyramid!

      Not So Fast wrote on June 26th, 2010
  16. That bacon pyramid had me laughing out loud. Referring to all other foods as “non-bacon” is sheer genius!

    nathan wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • You mean there’s such a thing as non-bacon??? Is that even possible???

      Grokette wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • think of it as bacon condiments.

        moonablaze wrote on June 25th, 2010
  17. Also, add me and my hubby to the list of buyers of the Kleen Canteen…….

    I am slowly converting him over to be Caveman Rob.

    Primal Lioness wrote on June 25th, 2010
  18. My personal food pyramid would contain meat, cheese and red wine.

    cathyx wrote on June 25th, 2010
  19. Thanks for the smile today. My husband and I are enjoying this new primal lifestyle – 3 weeks in! I love your light-hearted, practical, fun approach. My favorite part so far is getting up from a meal energized to do something, rather than want to go sleep. Wonderful!

    Momto3 wrote on June 25th, 2010
  20. submitted by: The Dude
    8-9 white russians
    2-3 joints
    1 carpet

    Primalrob wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • Love It!

      Jennifer wrote on June 25th, 2010
  21. MARIO KART FOOD PRYAMID

    2.5%-Epileptic seizures
    2.5%-Childhood obesity
    10%- Red Turtle Shells
    15%- Regular power ups
    20%- Speed
    50%- Fast moving primary colors

    mike wrote on June 25th, 2010
  22. I don’t have a pyramid, as I went to grade school back in the “Four Basic Food Groups” era. I have my own “Four Basic Food Groups” (arranged in my mind in a tidy little square with bright primary colors.)I try to balance my four groups each day. Note that only 1/4th of my intake comes from the “other” group.

    Beef Group
    Pork Group
    Chicken Group
    Other Group – this includes eggs, nuts, greens, berries and dairy products. (Sort of a square-within-a-square…)

    And I would love a Grok kleen kanteen.

    Kansas Grokette wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • OMG 4-4-3-2! Only four servings of grain were required in the ’70s.

      Shebeeste wrote on June 25th, 2010
  23. hehehe this made me laugh so hard! Laughter really is the best medicine! ;)
    On a related note, I just found a food pyrimid the other day over at paleohacks.com that I really liked…hopefully I saved that link! Mark’s food pyrimid is also awesome, and is displayed on the wall in our computer room! :D

    Ika wrote on June 25th, 2010
  24. If global warming, volcanoes, asteroids or martians come here to take a lunch, maybe they could consider this one :

    Humans = (1 Bilion should be enough)
    Animals, insects ====
    plants, trees… ======
    Bacteria & fungi ========

    It’s up to you to figure it as “they should not eat more than 1 billion of us”, or as “there should not be more than 1 bilion of us on earth to be eaten” ;-)

    Renaud wrote on June 25th, 2010
  25. My co-workers and I just burst into laughter at the “Bacon Pyramid”. We all agreed that it was missing a bit, possibly the very tip of the pyramid: bacon wrapped in bacon. Nom!

    Angela N wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • http://www.bbqaddicts.com/blog/recipes/bacon-explosion/

      That should satisfy your requirement!

      jus wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • All I could think of was the “bacon explosion” recipe – a bacon roll w/ pork and chopped bacon in the middle. Surely that belongs at the pinnacle of the bacon pyramid!

      Kim wrote on June 26th, 2010
  26. Submitted by R. McDonald:

    3 servings of filler daily (extra ammonia for those wishing to avoid sickness)

    jus wrote on June 25th, 2010
  27. A quick Google search turned up a “Vegan Pyramid” over at Wikimedia Commons. Ingredients, in layers from bottom to top (I’ve excerpted some of the suggested foods):

    Grains, 6 servings: bread 1 slice; 1/2C cooked grain or cereal; ready-to-eat cereal 1oz.

    Legumes, nuts and other protein-rich foods, 5 servings: cooked beans, peas or lentils 1/2C; tofu or tempeh 1/2C; nut or seed butter 2Tbsp

    Vegetables, 4 servings: cooked vegetables 1/2C; raw vegetables 1 C; vegetable juice 1/2C

    Fruits, 2 servings: one medium fruit; cut up or cooked fruit 1/2C; fruit juice 1/2C, dried fruit 1/4 C

    Fats, 2 servings: oil, margarine 1tsp.

    Link here: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vegan_food_pyramid.svg

    Angela N wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • Just reading this makes every cell in my body scream “noooooooooo”!

      AutumnP wrote on June 25th, 2010
  28. Submitted by B. Marley

    Two joints (morning)
    Two joints (afternoon)
    Two joints (night)

    Heather wrote on June 25th, 2010
  29. The Buddy the Elf pyramid:

    Candy (as much as you want)
    Candy canes (as much as you want)
    Candy corns (as much as you want)
    Syrup (as much as you want)

    Russell wrote on June 25th, 2010
  30. The REAL Department of Agriculture food pyramid:

    Real food (use sparingly)
    Processed wheat products (3-5 servings)
    Processed soy products (4-6 servings)
    Processed corn products (9-14 servings)

    Greg wrote on June 25th, 2010
  31. My mother saw a sample food pyramid for 2010 on the news last week. I looked all over the net but couldn’t find it. She said they are considering a number of changes including less meat and more carbs. Gak! I was hoping they were moving in the right direction with the one from 2005. Sure they had a small sliced area for meats, but did you note the serving sizes? 5.5 ounces for meat and 6 ounces for grains. That is not great but WAY better than the previous pyramid. Strange they made the visual slice so small when the serving size was so close to that for grains. I was thinking maybe this was their way of sneakily improving the pyramid without admitting they had been wrong with the old one. But if they change the serving size to less meat, then I stand corrected. My Grok oriented mother said all the possible changes being considered and reported by the news show had been anti Grok changes. :-(

    Eva wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • I don’t understand how they can even be considering different changes. What’s to consider? There is only ONE correct direction to go in!! Do they realize how many people still uphold the food pyramid as strict dietary law (albeit none of us)? Do they realize what’s at stake??

      Andrew wrote on June 26th, 2010
  32. the kids I babysit for would have a pizza and an ice cream food group. all these are so skewed and people just want to be told they can eat what they want and lose weight. not the case!

    Katherine wrote on June 25th, 2010
  33. Submitted by John Lee Hooker (with a similar version courtesy of George Thorogood)

    1 bourbon,
    1 scotch, and
    1 beer

    Jeff wrote on June 25th, 2010
  34. Raw crumbled blue cheese (1 tub)
    Eggs (12)
    FAGE Yogurt (1 large tub)
    Coffee (8 cups)

    Repeat each day.

    epistemocrat wrote on June 25th, 2010
  35. Supersize Me Pyramid

    Veggies (1 serving from condiments with High Fructose Corn Syrup)
    Dairy (2 servings from cheese and shakes)
    Meat and Eggs (3 – 4 Servings)
    Grains and more Starches (6-7 Servings)
    Sugar (1 pound from just about everything on the menu)

    He actually did consume about 1 pound of sugar a day with his McDonald’s binge. Double yikes. That level of sugar consumption would give me nightmares 24 hours a day if I did that. The servings may need to be adjusted.

    Trevor wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • Sadly, if you didn’t mention that this was the “Supersize Me” diet, I would have just called it the average American diet!

      Marisa wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • Yeah, your right. Scary but true. I actually seen a Dr. Phill show once with severely overweight kids and the one Mother could understand why her child was so fat. She mentioned, she was feeding him wholesome foods. She was bottle feeding the kid pop instead of milk. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it.

        Trevor wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • You would need to add diet coke in there somewhere. As in:

        Double quarter pounder with cheese
        Supersize fry
        Extra large diet coke (have to watch your figure)

        jus wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • Diet coke wouldn’t be good either but if should be added to that pyramid.

          Trevor wrote on June 25th, 2010
        • The only thing diet Coke helps with is the guilt! :)

          Vince wrote on July 14th, 2010
  36. Submitted by: Anon. Elderly Woman (may she rest in peace)

    Housefly (1 serving)
    Arachnid (1 serving)
    Bird (1 serving)
    Feline (1 serving)
    Canine (1 serving)
    Goat (1 serving)
    Bovine (1 serving)
    Equine (1 serving)

    I’d say it pretty primal – lots of protein too!

    Marisa wrote on June 25th, 2010
    • I was wondering if I could cut my grocery bill down by eating insects. Anyone know of some good insect recipes and how to catch enough for a meal.

      Trevor wrote on June 25th, 2010
      • I wouldn’t eat them unless I grew them. Too many illnesses passed by bugs these days.

        Willow NyteEyes wrote on June 26th, 2010
  37. Submitted by: Pepe Le Pew

    Top: Decadent desserts au chocolat (1 serving)

    Middle: Extra rich meat in sauce (3 servings)

    Bottom: Crusty breads and creamy cheeses (as much as you can eat)

    TexasGirl wrote on June 25th, 2010
  38. –The Runway Model Food Pyramid–
    (the uncensored version)
    -Build the foundation of your healthy fiber eating plan with 6 to 11 servings from the flavorless colored cardboard rice cake category.
    -Choose an item from the diet coke or bottled water with ice cubes and lime 3 to 5 times each day in order to maintain healthy hydration and electrolyte balance.
    -It’s a treat to enjoy 2 to 4 servings from the strawberry margarita group as part of your daily fruit colored diet.
    -Limit your selection of pure white organic cocaine to just 2 to 3 hits per day.
    -Get protein from sex with drunken strangers at seedy bars 2 to 3 times every day as long as the cameras are still rolling.
    -Top off your daily eating plan with exercise via hefting of tiny snarling chihuahuas in glittering pink carriers and screaming stomping hissy fits at moronic personal assistants, but only in moderation so as not to raise blood pressure beyond healthful limits.
    -Oh and don’t forget to jiggle your pasty white boobs in the sun in order to get your vitamin D!

    Eva wrote on June 25th, 2010
  39. Love these! Too much fun. I have to say I’m in no hurry to try the transparent cheese. I’ll need to think a bit to come up with my food pyramid but I had to comment on the bacon pyramid too. TOO FUNNY!! It reminded me of an episode of home improvement where Tim the tool man Taylor was cooking a camping breakfast. He had bacon, sausage links and Canadian bacon. He told one of his sons about his favorite morning treat, a pig in a blanket wearing a parka (sausage link, wrapped in bacon and Canadian bacon folded around it). That made me giggle.

    Venna wrote on June 25th, 2010
  40. Brick’s Pyramid:

    -Lamp-This much!
    - 3 Tablespoons Toasted Mayonaise
    - Chocolate Squirrel-Eat Sparingly

    PJ wrote on June 25th, 2010

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