What if Professor Cordain had named the Paleo Diet, not something so distinct? What if he named it some more simple that does not conjure images in our brains of man with a club dragging his woman by the hair? Another name might be less apt to insult the common idea that we have evolved so much beyond what our knucle-dragging, hairy, dirty, heathen ancestors were.
What would we have if Cordain had simply called it the “Healthy Food Diet”? Or maybe he could have named it just “The Healthy Diet”. Would it be easier to convince more people it is not some extreme diet that only the most freakishly disciplined people can endure? Maybe then all who believe eating healthy is a chore or requires a sacrifice would be more apt to consider reducing our intake of sugar and junk food.
So what if? It may not be as catchy as the Caveman Diet, but maybe it wouldn’t be as easy to dismiss if we called the Paleo Diet something more along the lines of what it is… healthy. There are people who question whether or not the Paleo Diet is healthy. Some go a step further and say it is unhealthy. Ironically, many of them are overweight. They are the same folks that have convinced themselves they “need” carbs. They usually disguise their inability or will to cut out all the junk food (oatmeal, rice, pasta, and all grain products are included here) by saying something like “the brain needs carbohydrates”. That statement quickly outs their ignorance. The brain doesn’t need carbs any more than your ass does. The brain needs glycogen, not carbohydrate. Of which it can get plenty from a diet that has enough veggies and tubers.
If anyone can argue of diet full of the foods the earth naturally provides… meat and eggs, veggies, tubers, and berries is unhealthy, it would interesting to hear. To support their argument, they would also have to somehow show us how a diet full of hormone / antibiotic laden meats, man-made, genetically altered, chemically saturated, and artificially colored and sweetened PRODUCTS (let’s not call it food… the food companies don’t) would be beneficial to human health.
Admittedly, I doubt seriously changing the name would make any difference. Most Americans know full well the junk we eat cause the majority of our health issues. Most of us know that veggies are good for us and cake isn’t. It doesn’t matter; most of us still choose the cake.
For those of you that are on the fence and simply not sure about cutting out all the carb junk foods… think about it. Do some research and find out about the carbs you eat. You may find that pasta, rice, oatmeal, and grains have no nutritional value… worse they are detrimental to your health.
Those of you that believe in your souls you need grain carbs… well, ignorance is bliss.