1. Matt,
    I just finished reading “The Paleo Diet.” To think, this whole summer I was taking the “principles” of the diet from what others told me.
    Dr. Cordain is straight-forward in explaining the diet. I think many of things you list as nearly acceptable are in fact not recommended. Crossfit deviates significantly from the tenants of the original diet.
    My other point, Dr. Cordain specifically addresses these paleo diet-like cheat meals. He admonishes to avoid them and treat them as you would other foods outside of the diet. The Paleo Diet allows for open meals depending on your goals and many of the things can be eaten during those times but not on a regular basis.

    I also understand that I am “preaching to the choir” but I think many other people may be in the same situation as me, listening to partially correct information without understanding the in-n-out of the Paleo Diet. More importantly not understanding the research behind the diet.

  2. Dale you are exactly right. Cordain’s diet does restrict all or most of the items I called (barely/mostly) “Paleo-acceptable” … I think most sensible people would restrict (to a certain degree) the contribution such foods make to their diets! More people should read Cordain if they are interested in the “Paleo diet.”

    As I see it, CrossFitters pursue an eclectic diet they choose to call “Paleo”: one inspired by and including influences from the ProteinPower (“Low Carb Lifestyle”) diet, “the Zone,” the Primal eating movement of Mark’s Daily Apple, and the Atkins diet, with elements thrown in besides from the Whole Foods, Michael Pollan “Food,” Local Foods, Slow Foods movement, from the Raw foods movement, and of course, from the plain old world of competitive weightlifting. Call it an “open source” diet, if you want.

    The trouble with the open source diet is, without good information, and an underlying theory you trust, how can you make good decisions about certain things? Is coconut oil good or bad? (good?). How many eggs a week is ok? (15-20 is fine?). Can you eat Agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, or not? (no! you might as well eat sugar.) Why do we allow sweet potatoes but not potatoes? (it’s plain foolishness; eat either only in extremely limited quantities). Can I eat bananas? Quinoa? etc.

    Anyway, thanks for your comment.

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