My last post on fruit consumption pissed some people off. Good.
My previous posts from way back on including potatoes in your plan pissed some people off. Good.
A previous post that mentioned using rice as a hypoalergenic source of starch in the diet pissed some people off. Good.
I piss off vegetarians and vegans all the time. Good.
Diets are like blogging. If you’re not pissing anyone off, then you’re not doing anything interesting or challenging. As I said in a previous post, “Everyone wants to write a diet book that sells a million copies; nobody wants to write a million diet books.”
The point is, virtually all diet books seek to prescribe a narrow range of choices. It’s kinda baked into the cake, if you think about it. After all, the purpose of a “diet book” is to prescribe a certain methodology that typically involves food group choices and macronutrient (protein, fat, carb) ratios. A book that simply says something like “eat a variety of whole, real foods,” isn’t a diet book at all. It’s a manifesto. It’s principles. It is to be applied to a path of your own making, not a path for you to follow.
With respect to the last post, on fruit, there may be a misunderstanding by some. I’m not advocating massive consumption of fruit. A couple of my comments.
When the facts change, I change my mind. Given its enormous variety and abundance in the tropics worldwide, it would be highly unlikely that we didn’t eat it for a very long time, and we’ve only been out of Africa for 50ky. Add to that the fact that fruit, unlike vegetables and tubers in general, evolved to attract animals and be eaten.
Of course, that doesn’t mean anyone has to eat it, any more than they have to eat liver or oysters, but it does suggest that it fits well as a reasonable part of a diet if you enjoy it and if it works for you.
I also do like to emphasize the enjoy part. Seems that gets overlooked a lot in the increasingly dogmatic reenactment of paleo.
Todd replied with:
The problem is that the facts haven’t changed. With all due respect, perhaps we have a different conception of evidence, as you seem to be inserting what I call conjecture in it’s place. Nothing in Minger’s piece proves a thing about fruit consumption in the paleolithic, no matter how “likely” you believe it might have been based on how you believe fruit evolved or any other theory. As for leveling the “reenactment” epithet at me, nothing could be more off the mark. Indeed, it’s rather curious that you should level it after giving me a speech about how “likely” it would have been that something was eaten 50,000 years ago (without evidence) in order justify eating it within a paleo framework; i.e. the entire purpose of this thread. Heck, you went one step further and justifed “heavy consumption” based on the present existence of certain fruits which you allege haven’t changed in 50,000 years, again without evidence. I’m not arguing for reenactment, but merely strict empiricism. That a few sweet fruit hang from trees in jungles today doesn’t tell us A) anything about paleolithic eating patterns or B) whether the consumption of such fruit are a good idea.
Your whole line of reasoning applies equally to animal sources, seafood sources, levels of fat consumption and on and on.
That’s why I take the approach that makes the most sense, which is, the closer you get to the equator the more likely it is that more fruit was consumed rather than less and the farther away you get, the more likely that more animals and seafood were consumed rather than less.
There is simply no more justification in making fruit a special category — and particularly so for the hundreds of wild, non selectively-bred fruits — when it has clearly been in abundance for millions of years. I’m not advocating for heavy consumption, just simply that’s it’s just as likely many in our lineage did, as it is that many consumed heavy amounts from animals.
It’s all food and its all real food. And everybody is still in the same place of having to work out what works best for them, and also that overall food enjoyment is an important part of that whole quest.
Yes, you’re still on your own, and what can you do? Well, since Paleoman means: mass migration to populate the entire Earth; and since that implies in itself massively varied food availability — from equator to arctic circle — you have a couple of choices. One, you can strive to determine the best food choices for you and also to determine your ideal macronutrient ratios. Alternatively, you can just mix it up and vary it so much that you don’t fit into any dietary plan, not even “Paleo” as prescribed.
The latter is my choice.
So without further delay, let me construct a Sample Meal Plan for a week, designed to piss off.
Breakfast is eggs cooked in butter, with bacon and fruit; Lunch is a salad with grilled chicken or salmon; Dinner is a big steak and potato. (pisses off: low fatters, low carbers, vegetarians, egg white eaters and some paleos)
Skip breakfast; Lunch is the biggest steak you can find, nothing else; Dinner is a hunk of meat and a salad. (pisses off: dietitians, nutritionists, vegetarians, some paleos)
Nothing; fast day. (pisses off: dietitians, nutritionists, the USDA, the farmers who grow your hearthealthywholegrains, and just about everyone)
Breakfast is a huge amount of fruit, like two cantaloup or honey dew, or a big watermelon; Lunch is nothing; Dinner is a big helping of steamed white rice along with a meat, fish or fowl choice. (pisses off: see above)
Breakfast is meat. Lunch is meat. Dinner is meat; a zero carb day. (pisses off: Catholics, high carbers, – vegetarians and vegans contemplate suicide)
Breakfast is eggs with meat and fried potatoes; Lunch is fish with vegetables; Dinner is raw fish, raw oysters and any additional seafood you like. (pisses off: Catholics for being a day late, low fatters, low carbers, vegetarians, some Paleos)
Breakfast is two Bloody Mary’s chased with steak, eggs, potatoes and toast of choice; Lunch is a gin or vodka martini chased with pasta of choice; have a slice of pizza as an afternoon snack; Dinner is 1/3 to 1/2 bottle of single malt scotch and the biggest piece of rare prime rib you can find within 100 miles. (pisses off: Everyone)
Of course, that’s largely tongue in cheek. Not a real diet plan. That’s the point. Just eat real food, eat it often and exclusively — except now and then — enjoy your life, and create opportunities to socialize and share food with others.
Get good sleep, give your lover a decent fucking, and laugh at anyone and everyone who wants to prescribe a life for you, especially as concerns politics and its whores.
Done with dogma? Me too. That’s why I shared and tweeted it and you can too. Buttons up top.