Are You/Is It Primal or Paleo? Primleo?


Who gives a shit?

The folks who separate Primal from Paleo annoy the hell out of me. The folks who separate those who go against conventional wisdom but aren’t really “Paleo” and those who are “Paleo,” annoy me too; just a little less so.

Who gives a shit about what is or who is Paleo or not? In the end, does it really matter?


Let’s stop playing games. All of us who are not afraid of going against conventional wisdom must be on each others sides. It’s ALL of us vs the food industry. Us versus the folks who are corrupt and don’t give a shit about your health but instead only those dollar bills that don’t add true value to their lives anyways.

I’m not against making money (I sell a “Paleo” smoothie recipe ebook to prove it). I’m against folks trying to earn every last penny in a corrupt way that damages the health of society. The worst part? This is what has been going on for decades.

It needs to stop. Now! This will only happen if we quit labeling humans and food in unnecessary circumstances.*

What I’m learning in the WISE 102 class through Hawthorn University class that I am taking right now is, well, it’s crazy. If the health of society is going to ever turn 180 degrees then the truth must be known. I’ll do my best to make this happen in 2013 and beyond.

A hilarious perspective

Now for some “softness” read the hysterical quote from Liz Wolfe that my sister transcribed from one of the Balanced Bites podcast episodes:

Well if you eat cheese you are not Paleo, your Primal, but if you don’t eat cheese then you’re Paleo, except for, if you have more than three slices in your refrigerator that your husbands gonna eat, then you’re probably primal, it’s just like who cares, you can make anything Paleo in some weird justifying type of way, like we could say “the only thing that’s really nutrient is if the earth…the only thing that’s really paleo is like the nutrients your eating, so Paleo people get lots of vitamins A, B, E and K2 so, lets eat tons of cheese, egg yolks and get some sun. Wow that sounds pretty Paleo, I dunno it’s like, just keep the focus on nutrients and see what keeps us super healthy and what is a real whole food. Umm, cuz I know when I first started the Paleo thing, I was chicken, broccoli, coconut and coconut oil. Yeah it sounded paleo to me but whatever.

And now for Diane Sanfilippo’s thoughts…

Well if you think about, I think too like just, the whole “is it Paleo or not” thing like, I feel like I’m a broken record sometimes but I think that the whole dairy issue got really muddyed up when we were really looking at pasteurized process dairy, it doesn’t mean, you know, yeah we took this word Paleo and maybe the Paleo man wasn’t chasing down a cow and milking it but that doesn’t mean that that food isn’t nutrient dense and valuable to us, you know it doesn’t mean that it’s good for everyone, you know, like we know that but, I think that that’s where you know the Weston A Price approach, I know that Chris Kresser is pretty keen on raw grass fed like good quality, I think it’s like A2 versus A1 milk…

What are your thoughts?

I don’t care about…

  • What Paleo man ate
  • What is Paleo or not
  • What the perfect diet is because, well, it’s an oxymoron
  • What works for thousands of folks in a non reliable study
  • The opinions from folks who think “low carb” is for all humanity (it’s not)
  • The opinions from folks who don’t educate themselves
  • The opinons from folks who don’t have an open mind

I care about…

  • What foods taste good to me
  • What foods nourish me
  • What I learn about my body from studying myself
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Fasting from technology
  • How to live a meaningful life which goes way beyond nutrition
  • The truth

*Note: There are GREAT instances where a label is appropriate. For example, I recently set up a Chase business bank account since I quit Fifth Third Bank. The business specialist had some questions about my business in order to set up the best type of account (they have like 3 or 4). I told her I had this website (the one you’re reading) on health and wellness. She wanted to know more specifics and I told her that I “eat a weird way” or something. She then asked what that was and I then stumbled for a moment and said… “well, have you ever heard of the word Paleo?”

“Yes!” she replied (or something like that).

Thus, the rest of the time that we set up my new account we talked about “Paleo.” It was one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me. I didn’t care about the fact that she was Paleo per say but rather the fact that she understands that saturated fat is indeed heart healthy and what not.

Thus, labels can be both misleading yet very helpful and rewarding. Just please use labels, especially “Paleo” wisely. It is becoming a worldwide phenomenon and it’s not slowing down. The year of 2013 is going to be amazing for this community. Just remember that when it comes to what is Paleo or Primal you should really be thinking…

Who gives a shit?

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