I’ll probably end up using PGP a lot: Pretty Good Paleo. I’m not yet ready to drop the “Paleo” description from my posts on health and diet. Why? Because I don’t see that Paleo in any way needs to be policed. In no way does it need to be pure, approved, sanitized…or even highly accurate in all cases—gasp!
Good enough means: good enough for whom? I always find it useful to ask the question in various circumstances, to whom, and for what? When you do that, it really cuts to the chase, which is, anything one tries must work for them individually; and moreover, it ought to be a framework or system in which they find some pleasure, comfort or satisfaction in the undertaking. Or: people love things you hate, and vice-versa. Kinda makes the world of variety go round.
Why stand in anyone’s way or poopoo whatever success or satisfaction they may get from an approach that doesn’t meet your individual standards? Sure, there’s good reasons to bash outright bad approaches like SAD, low fat, vegan, food pyramid and so on. But within the general Paleo—or even LC—framework, there are a great many approaches that are PGP, and that’s fine with me. I think it’s good there are more varied approaches, not less.
So with that out of the way, here’s a list of various resources for you to check out, dismiss, try, embrace, succeed or fail with. No guarantees, but the veritable variety suggests that you might find something you really like. This by no means exhaustive or even close. Just a bunch of stuff I pulled from the grab bag this morning, as well as some old faces, to be included as well. There’s tons of stuff out there and this should give you a good idea of just how much of it is there is.
~ Jonathan Bailor has created an angel funded non-profit initiative for the purpose of ancestral nutrition education: Slim is Simple. Twitter hashtag: #SlimisSimple. Here’s the first [excellent] video they are working to get into churches, schools, etc.
~ Dr. Stephan Guyenet has gone a bit entrepreneur and I think that’s wonderful. Over time, he will be better able to evaluate the power of monetary feedback vs. academic, peer review feedback. I’m sure he’ll conclude both have their place, but perhaps one is better suited than the other in certain circumstances.
The Ideal Weight Program is a unique system for fat loss and maintenance that draws from the latest science on diet, physical activity, sleep, and behavior modification, and pairs it with engaging tools that help you define your goals and meet them. It keeps you consistently focused on the everyday factors that really matter for fat loss, and gives you the skills you need to make sustainable diet and lifestyle changes. Based on your own goals and priorities, you can choose one of two diet strategies for the initial fat loss phase:
- The Fat Loss and Sustainable Health (FLASH) diet, an intensive high-protein diet for rapid fat loss.
- The Simple Food Diet, a more flexible diet based on whole, natural foods specifically selected for fat loss. One important goal of this diet is to teach healthy cooking skills, using recipes and tips provided.
These diets are designed to naturally promote a lower calorie intake and fat loss, without requiring calorie counting. The Ideal Weight Program also includes important physical activity and sleep components, and explains why these are so critical for fat loss and health.
This is the ideal sort of thing for the more “specific plan” sort of person. You can sign up for free and there are enhanced programs you can purchase. You can also integrate with various devices like those you can cary with you and even a scale.
Stephan has for many years provided a wealth of free information on his blog. His blogging, particularly on the practices and health of non-industrial populations, greatly influenced me. If that’s the case for you and you find the Dan’s Plan approach to your liking, it’s one way of remunerating Stephan a bit for his work.
~ In the same category of apps and tools, Kevin Morton, a 5-year Paleo success and CrossFit Trainer has developed an iPhone app you might find to your liking. It incorporates both Paleo principles and Zone blocks. It’s called FoodRX and that link has the various screen shots and explanations. Here’s the iTunes link.
Over 6 years ago I began my interest in nutrition. When I was introduced to CrossFit I began learning about the zone and paleo diets, which helped me loose 30 lbs. I thought of the app in 2008 – then called zone buddy – because I wanted an easy way to keep track my diet and have a quick & easy reference. It was cumbersome to continually search for information and it seemed to be a barrier for a lot of people I helped start on these diets.
Changing my dietary habits largely impacted my health and influenced my decision to go to medical school following a degree in media communication. My current interest is childhood obesity.
It costs a whopping $0.99, but Kevin has provided me with an initial five free download codes so pop yourself into comments if you’d like one, while they last (passed out in the oder the comments come in—make sure you provide a valid email address).
~ I’ve mentioned him recently, but Paul Jaminet’s newly updated and republished Perfect Health Diet very well could be the thing PGP evolves into principally (Paleo + white rice, in a nutshell). Like me, Paul is very enthusiastic about gathering information from a variety of sources and synthesizing it, not worrying too much if any particular source is completely trustworthy on all matters. Paul has to be one of the nicest guys in the whole community I’ve encountered, and I believe that’s saying a lot because there are so many great folks.
He doesn’t for a second agree with my more base antics, yet he has been very generous in pointing people my way at times. Thanks Paul. I do have a copy of his latest edition and plan to review it soon. I think it’s that important, and so does J. Stanton, who gave it a very nice review.
~ I still remember when I had lunch with Patrick in San Jose a few years back and amongst a few ideas we talked about and he pitched, PaleoHacks is what got off the ground first. It now has 40,000 Paleo enthusiasts as members, and because it’s not part of anyone’s blog or forum connected to a blog, it’s pretty “anarchic.” Some love that, some hate it, but few are indifferent—as it should be.
So this is one resource where anyone can go and ask anything of the community, and get community answers. Answers could be opinion, anecdote, admonition, or a list of references. Others in the community vote up or down on answers, so if you believe in the wisdom of crowds, this could be what’s right for you.
I was, I believe, given the privilege of announcing it first and helping it to get off the ground with initial subscribers (I’m sure most on PH are not aware of that, and might be chagrined if they were—[chuckle]). I’m thrilled it has been a success.
~ For the ultimate geek and biohacker, there’s Dave Asprey, one of those people who if he didn’t exist, he would have to be invented. I’ve had the pleasure of Dave’s company a couple of times and the guy’s enthusiasm, energy, drive and geekiness are never in short supply. He’s The Bulletproof Executive.
~ Way back when, I got an email from one Stefani Ruper who had a blog I’ve forgotten the name of. She was looking for a bit of a boost which I was glad to help with (I don’t always, because I don’t have the time). She eventually suspended blogging and went back to school, then arose yet again with a Paleo blog oriented to women and some of their specific issues: Paleo For Women: Evolutionary Health, Revolutionary Womanhood. Some months back, she did a guest post here at FTA: No One’s Power but Our Own: Paleo Sexist Woes, and an Invitation to Rise Up and Roar which got a record number of Facebook Likes.
So again, this might be just the sort of variation on PGP some of you find to your liking, women in particular.
~ Angelo Coppola has had a very high production value podcast for a while now: Latest in Paleo, on the 5by5 network. It was a privilege to have been both a co-host and a guest on the program a couple of times. I really love his format for a show like that.
He’s now started a blog and I expect we’ll see the same kind of quality from him that listeners of his show have come to expect. Humans Are Not Broken. This is a takeoff from the tagline in his podcast: Humans are not broken by default. I’ve always loved that, because I’ve always felt it comes from the same basic idea as I had when I came up with Free the Animal.
I hope to do this again sometime soon. Please feel free to send an email to pitch me on including you but also, please don’t feel slighted if I don’t get back to you and you don’t see your project show up. I have limited time and I’m very subjective and fickle, so what might grab me one day, doesn’t the next. Them’s the breaks, folks. I’ll do what I can, when I can.
To preclude the obvious irrelevant question in a comment: Nope, zero financial interest in any of this and I didn’t even use an affiliate link for Paul’s book. There. Not that there’s anything wrong with having a financial interest in any or all of it, and I’m open to future considerations. I just like to fuck with assholes who think that’s a big deal on a blog that, face it, is hardly a big commercial success anyway.
Or: I hate people who hate people who make money.
I did get a coupon code from Stephan for Dan’s Plan to check out the premium service. I got the 5 coupon codes from Kevin for the iPhone app which I’m giving away. Paul sent me a copy of his book, which wonderfully arrived on my birthday. …Oh, yea, after buying 2 pounds of Dave’s coffee off him in Austin at The 21 Convention right before his presentation, I won a third pound by being the first to answer a quiz question during the presentation.
So, are we all squeaky clean and clear, here? I know there are thousands upon thousands of Paleos out there who hate to see anyone make a dime…the same ones who never, ever donate a dime—and are absolutely the ones who whine and complain the most…and staking my life on that would be a slam dunk (I hate envious people as much as I hate people who hate people who make money—but I repeat myself). I’ve done my absolute best to get zero benefit from doing this, because all you whiners are just so damn special. Mkay?
…I do this because I want more PGP variety, not less; I want no policing, and I want people to evaluate and decide for themselves amongst the various free and paid resources out there, all imperfect, all pretty good anyway.
Let money and attention drive the process, not lofty pronouncements and smears right out of the gutter. You decide? Eh? You. Decide. The. End.