PRIMAL: Taking a swipe at the paleo diet

Friday, March 29, 2013

http://www.alternet.org/food/popular-paleo-diet-bunch-baloney?page=0%2C3&akid=10235.1122391.8sa7Wx&rd=1&src=newsletter813955&t=3

Food
AlterNet / By Jill Richardson
Is the Popular ‘Paleo Diet’ a Bunch of Baloney?
The Paleo diet might be more successful in generating profit for its proponents than producing health for its followers.

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Long story short, while many aspects of the paleo diet are uncontroversial and beneficial, like increasing fresh fruit and vegetable consumption, switching to pasture-raised meat, and cutting out processed foods, the overall premise of the diet as well as some of its key components appear based on pseudoscience and unsubstantiated claims. But, you might notice that many of the most popular, well-known paleo diet Websites sell books, diet plans and memberships. It appears that this diet might be more successful in generating profit for its proponents than producing health for its followers. 

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Well, their arguments certainly penetrated my thinking.

I can’t say that I’m a “good paleo”. Heck, I’m probably not even a “bad” one.

I have replaced water for ALL soda — diet or otherwise.

I have virtually eliminated the “pink stuff”.

I have been eating more salad, bananas, and organic apples.

I have been eating a LOT LESS pizza.

Beer and pizza is still my weakness!

Argh!

One thing’s for sure, they aren’t making any money from me.

Maybe it will be better for me, it can be worse. Can it?

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INTERESTING: Sleep is not the cousin of death

Sunday, August 19, 2012

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-three-ss-you-must-get-right/

The Three S’s You Must Get Right

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You hear it all the time: “It’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle change!” or “Fitness is something you live!” It seems like every health guru out there with a diet and/or workout plan says something to that effect. Unfortunately, if you fully subscribe to their prescriptions and do so for life, you’re still only changing what you eat or how you work out.

While that’s most of the battle, it’s not enough. Diet and exercise are simply vital components of a lifestyle. If you make a permanent modification to your diet and exercise without addressing the other things that encompass a “lifestyle,” you’re selling yourself short.

Which is why I believe it is necessary to focus on the other stuff, too. I’m convinced that good health, longevity, happiness, and weight management come down to far more than just diet and exercise.

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Sleep

Sleep is not the cousin of death, and no, you shouldn’t hold off on sleeping until you’re dead. Sleep is restoration time. It’s when your body repairs itself. And, chances are, you’re not getting nearly enough of it.

Are you? How often do you get a “good night’s sleep?” Do you regularly wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day?

If you are like most people you are not getting good, regular sleep. You’re hitting the snooze button several times, fumbling for your coffee fix, and yawning at work. You’re staying up late with the TV going or you’re taking your laptop into bed.

It wasn’t always like this. For millions of years, up until about a hundred twenty years ago, humans all over the world enjoyed restorative, refreshing, regular sleep. When the sun went down, they either went to sleep or started getting ready for it. Life would wind down. Candles and fire were too costly to burn all night, every night, so nighttime meant bedtime.

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This will be the hardest part of going primal.

I am NOT a good sleeper.

We’ll see.

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