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Wednesday
Nov182009

The Truth? You Can't Handle the Truth!

This is a follow-up to my previous post on the Paleolithic diet.

Recapping briefly, I was breaking down an article in my local newspaper.  The story had stated that a diet comprised entirely of whole foods, with no processed "food-products," chemical additives, or unnatural hormones was the best move for your health.  This surprised me, not because there was anything wrong with the message, but simply because good advice like this doesn't show up in mainstream media nearly as often as it should.  

But we've only talked about the first half of the newspaper article, so far.  Remember how promisingly it spoke of a whole food diet's health benefits?  Well, the message didn't last.  Rather than keeping the momentum up, here's what followed in the second half:

...realize that, for most people, making such a massive dietary change is asking an awful lot.  In a world of ice cream, cheese and pizza – not to mention wine and beer – it's difficult for many people to imagine never enjoying some of their favourite foods again...

So, in the name of balance, if you want to incorporate a few caveman strategies into your daily routine, then start by choosing lean cuts of fish, fowl and even four-legged animals, or getting your hands on wild game when possible.  Beyond meat, focus on a diet of vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds and even starchy vegetables and eggs, and less of the processed stuff, and you can hope to strike a reasonable balance – and do your genes a little good.

As you can see, what started so well devolved into excuses, followed by a list of concessions.  The words I highlighted are qualifiers.  Basically, they're giving you permission to use the back door and sneak out.  They're excuses to avoid doing anything that makes any meaningful difference, yet they still allow you to pat yourself on the back for "at least trying".  By the end of the paragraph, the ammended "easier" version of the diet is so diluted that it barely resembles the original recommendations anymore.  It's basically a meat-based typical Western Diet made with slightly more expensive cuts of meat and a few more fruits and vegetables tossed on top. 

This is the level most health advice falls to today.  It's hard enough to find the right information with all the clutter out there.  To make matters worse, even when someone has the right ideas, they have to dumb them down, diluting their message to satisfy the masses who are unwilling to read about making significant lifestyle changes, let alone act on them. 

It's for this reason that you should never rely on the major news streams to give you any sort of reputable nutrition advice.  They simply don't print the whole story.  Anything worth reading has to be cut until it's appealing to everybody.  When it comes down to it, most people don't want to hear about changing their habits.  Even if they know there's a problem, they just want to be told that what they're already doing is fine.  And if that's what people want, that's what publishers write.  Keep that in mind when you're reading.

 

Note: The original newspaper article which I've referred to above is no longer available via the publisher's website. (Aug.21, 2016)

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

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