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Here’s my new home office. I’ve thrown out the chair – instead I just got myself a standing desk. Why? Continue Reading →
I’m at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta at the moment. It’s the Paleo conference of the year.
One of the highlights of the first day was the new lecture by Hamilton Stapell, Ph.D., called “The End of Paleo”. He argues that Paleo will remain a fringe movement and never go mainstream, for many reasons.
I tend to agree, although I hope that some of the most important components will go mainstream (e.g. that excess sugar and flour is bad for our weight and health).
And perhaps there is some cause for celebration. Stapell showed the slide above, demonstrating that Google searches for “paleo diet” worldwide trails the searches for “cupcake”.
Statistics should always be taken with a grain of salt though. It’s all about how it’s presented. Continue Reading →
Are you surprised, even a little bit? Then read the 1939 masterpiece Nutrition and Physical Degeneration (free online). Or just look at the stunning pictures.
There’s been a lot of debate about low carb in the Paleo community lately. Some people look at this debate in full black-or-white mode. Either Paleo must be very low-carb OR macronutrients do not matter at all. That’s sad.
Other people, like Richard Nikoley, are more pragmatic and able to see (50) shades of grey. Nikoley just listed a few good low carb blogs:
Diet Doctor is at the top of the list. Thanks!
Is calorie counting an eating disorder? I think so. When I wrote it quite a few people got upset, including a reader by the name of Brittany. But she gave it some thought – and then she really got the point. In fact, she expresses it more eloquently than I ever could.
Here’s her mail: Continue Reading →
Is the Paleo movement something new, or is it just a repetition of something that has happened before?
The lecture that impressed me the most at the Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 has just been posted online. Here’s Hamilton Stapell, Ph.D., comparing the Paleo movement to the “Physical Culture” movement of the early 1900′s. The similarities are startling. Better diet with less sugar and processed crap? Check. Strenght training á la Crossfit? Yep. Intermittent fasting? Sure. Sun exposure? Yes. Barefoot walking? Absolutely.
Both movements are about a “return to nature” in a stressful and disorienting new world, according to Stapell. They’re a reaction to rapid social, economic and technological changes.
If the movement of the early 1900′s were a reaction to the Second Industrial Revolution, the Paleo movement of today is a reaction to the Digital Revolution (sometimes called the Third Industrial Revolution).
Stapell’s argument raises some intriguing questions. Will the fast-growing Paleo movement of today go mainstream, or will it stay fringe until it fizzles out? Stapell was asked that in the Q&A (not in the video). He hesitated a bit and then said that… no, he did not believe Paleo will go mainstream.
I think Stapell might be right. This “return to nature” Paleo concept is very powerful today, but in ten years time running around barefoot might feel very passé.
What I believe is truly important is to make some core concepts in the original Paleo movement go mainstream. Like the focus on human evolution for understanding what’s likely to be healthy today (followed by controlled trials to prove it, of course). And most of all, in the middle of a disastrous epidemic of obesity and diabetes, to realize that we are not genetically adapted to today’s extremely insulinogenic processed high carb junk food.
Here’s a very cool list, containing several of my heroes:
The list is in “no particular order”, unfortunately.
The recent trend towards calorie counting in Paleo land is baffling. Some people need a reality check. There’s nothing less Paleo than counting calories.
When did our ancestors start eating meat? An exciting archeological find supports the idea that we needed meat to survive as early as 1,5 million years ago. That means our ancestors had probably been eating meat regularly for a long time prior to that date.
The piece of bone above comes from a two years old child that may have died from lack of (vitamin B12) meat millions of years ago. Thus veganism may have been dangerous for a long time!
Another milestone: The Diet Doctor YouTube-channel just hit ONE MILLION video views. Here’s a top 10 list of videos you may like:
- The Food Revolution – AHS 2011, 172 000 views
- The Cause of Obesity with Dr Robert Lustig, 64 000 views
- Low Carb Living with Dr Stephen Phinney, 42 000 views
- Low Carb Explained with Dr Mary Vernon, 38 000 views
- The Paleo Diet Explained with Dr Loren Cordain, 33 000 views
- How to Cure Type 2 Diabetes with Dr Jay Wortman, 28 000 views
- The Science of Low Carb with Dr Eric Westman, 17 000 views
- Low Carb Paleo with Mark Sisson, 8 000 views
- Good Food is Good Medicine with Dr Jeffry Gerber, 5 000 views
- How to Eat to Get Pregnant with Dr Michael Fox, 3 000 views
During the coming weeks you’ll get new videos with Gary Taubes, Dr Peter Attia, Dr John Briffa and Dr William Davis.
What or who else would you like to see?
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