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Offline JayJay

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Our worst nightmare
« on: October 23, 2014, 09:55:38 AM »
I've been a proud Paleo follower for quite a few years now and I've always felt like someone in the extreme minority who was privy to an exclusive "insider secret". Nonetheless, I've done my share of "Paleo evangelizing" and bashing the likes of Ancel Keyes and such with family members, co-workers, in discussion groups, and I've shared some of my knowledge and opinions here and in other Paleo forums. Still, I've always dreaded the day Paleo became mainstream - and I fear that day is near.

For the past few months I've noticed a ton of new stories floating around about Paleo (both positive and negative), ditching carbs, eating fat, etc. Today I found another one in a mainstream media source and it made me realize that we are now on a slippery slope.

http://www.businessinsider.com/experts-eat-more-fat-2014-10

If the mouth-breathing masses start to change their eating habits significantly, it will drive the price of the foods we need to new highs. It will also provoke the development of a new breed of "food perversions" designed to capitalize on this "new trend". We've already seen this in the Paleo world with all the pseudo-Paleo processed crap that the food industry tries to pass off as "Paleo". Next, it will be "better than lard", or "new age meat" or some processed junk that tries to look, smell, and taste like a whole food, but isn't.

In the mean time, the price of pastured meat and eggs, local, organic produce, and other Paleo staples will skyrocket.

I'm not promoting my WOE to anyone any more. It'll cost me in the end. I'm going to tell everyone how much corn, wheat, and sugary processed food improved my health from now on. As far as Paleo, move along, nothing to see here.  ;D

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Re: Our worst nightmare
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2014, 07:21:12 PM »
I hear ya, JayJay!  I'm not going to lie about my diet, but it's been years since I have told people that don't ask.  I want even my kids to be able to eat paleo all their lives, and that's going to get increasingly difficult as the population increases.

I am kind of hoping this move will eventually result in farmland being converted back into pasture land on the great plains of North America, though.


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Re: Our worst nightmare
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2014, 10:44:44 AM »
Warren,

True, there could be an upside to all of this. It would be nice to get grass fed/finished beef no matter where you shop, as it was 30-40 years ago here before CAFOs ruined the industry. But that will take time, and probably won't happen in my lifetime. In the mean time, the cost of the particular foods we eat will likely skyrocket. I'm probably going to have to make the time to start hunting again. A nice supply of fresh game meat every year would put a dent in the meat budget.

Cheers!

Jay

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Re: Our worst nightmare
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2014, 01:43:12 PM »
I live in the socially regressive state of Alabama and I assure you that the Paleo diet is well off everyone's radar here. Many of my co-workers eat white bread or pizza or pasta everyday, gush enthusiastically about the fact that a Dunkin' Donuts (forbidden Yankee cuisine) opened across the street, and say that they wish they had motivation to exercise, but consistently fail to do anything about it. I swear the administrative assistant/webmaster goes up a jean size every year. And when I bring in food like lamb, shrimp, or game meat they call it "weird stuff". One female coworker of mine brags about how she is the same size as she was in college. Of course that's because she's anorexic and her complexion is so terrible she has to hide behind a quarter inch of makeup. I'm sure in some places the Paleo diet is gaining traction, but in my part of the world, I assure you that sales of Mountain Dew are not suffering.